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Back to the Future... of Music: 4 Predictions About Today's Music Industry That Were Eerily Spot On

Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads. (Image via Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

The future of the music industry and the way we consume music has been a hot topic for the last several years. The introduction of streaming services, the lack of transparency in royalty payments, and the concerns of piracy have plagued the minds of artists in recent years. We often wonder how musicians will survive in this "freemium" industry, and it creates a dim look at the future of music.

Predictions of what the world may look like in 10, 20, even 30 years bring out the curiosity in everyone. We've been formulating ideas of the possibilities since The Jetsons and more recently in Back to the Future. While we don't have flying cars yet, some past predictions have been pretty spot on. 

Much like we're doing today, musicians of the past were curious to know what music was going to sound, look, and act like in the future (which happens to be today's modern culture). Icons of different eras and genres have been calling the future cards for decades now, and their forecasts are eerily correct.

So hop in the DeLorean and let's go back to the past (to see the future).

Musician Life

Aug 12, 2016 07:00 AM

Rachel Bresnahan

5 Types of People You're Guaranteed to Find at Every Music Festival

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The summer season is phenomenal in so many ways, but it's certainly the best time of the year to go to music festivals. There's nothing that quite compares to being outside, listening to your favorite artists, and dancing with the rest of the crowd.

Festivals are unique in so many little ways. When you're an attendee, it's as if the campground is a separate universe. There's a community, people will make friendly gestures toward each other, and everyone is free to act how they want. These little bubbles are the perfect places to let loose, get dressed up (or down), and just have fun.

But the best part of going to festivals (besides, you know, listening to music) is the people watching. Go ahead and try to argue against this, but you can't. No matter what city, state, or country you're in, festivals are prime for kicking back and doing some serious people watching.

How to Work That 9-to-5 and Still Be an Inspired Musician


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I speak for myself when I say this, but I'm sure plenty of other musicians think the same: we all want a consistent, full-time, make-a-living-off-of-music job. Whether that's behind the scenes or center stage, being able to sustain a life off of our music would be fantastic.

But because we all need to have a place to live, buy groceries, and pay off student loans, we sometimes have no choice but to opt for a nine-to-five job. It may not be music related, but a day job can make life a little bit easier to handle. However, there are times when it may seem as if you're focusing less and less on your music and losing touch with that part of your identity.

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Even if you aren't playing or booking gigs every day, that doesn't mean you're giving up your musicianship. There are ways to focus on your day job as well as your passion for making music.

8 Gadgets to Always Keep in Your Instrument Case

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It's the night of your show and you're about to take the stage. You can hear the crowd's excitement, and maybe your nerves are kicking in or your confidence is about to set off, but then it happens: something breaks. Your pedal's batteries die. You lose the only pick you brought... oops. Whatever may happen, you always want to be prepared.

Much like the bottom of a purse, instrument cases can be bottomless pits for strange items. Personally, my instrument case was always home to a variety of weird accessories like plumber's tape, tiny screwdrivers, and a Tupperware container full of warm water. While all these items had a purpose to me, there were other times when my case acted like a gym locker.

But as musicians, we need to prepare for the best, the worst, and the weirdest. You never know what might happen just as you're about to head onstage or while you're in the middle of a performance. So the next time you need to schedule a spring cleaning for your case, ditch the broken pencils and the mystery garbage for these helpful items.

Musicians: How to Be More Confident in Networking Situations

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Networking. A dreaded term for introverted musicians... and really everyone, sometimes. The concept can be quite uncomfortable and pretty awkward. We're somehow supposed to go into a situation with loads of professional strangers and strike up a conversation about our lifelong career aspirations, but play it off as no big deal.

Uh, what?

The whole ordeal is still foreign to many of us and can turn into a storm of stress and anxiety. What happens if you mess up? Or you don’t know how to start the conversation? Fear no more – here are some tips to ease the tension, start the conversation, and gain more confidence to meet and make music industry connections.