How Oversaturation Hurts The Touring Industry
In an interview with Subba-Culcha, Jim Root of Slipknot and Stone Sour got asked his opinion on the state of the music industry and the devaluation of recorded music. As someone who hasn't left the road in almost 11 years, Root knows all too well that touring is the only way to make money from music. He also foresees the ongoing and upcoming oversaturation of act on the road that will plague the concert business for years to come. Root has an interesting view to share. Take a look:
Rob Sayce asks Root, "What’s your take on the way that music has changed in the beginning of the digital age, the way that it’s become devalued in many people’s eyes, almost throwaway?"
"It absolutely has become that, it’s almost reminiscent of when rock ‘n’ roll first started getting spun in the fifties.
Everything was single-based, nobody cared about records until bands like The Beatles, The Who and Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd too of course, started experimenting with making full-length records. It’s kind of a weird evolution, because in some ways we’ve been seeing things going down the toilet.
It’s already started effecting touring, the only place a band can make any money at all anymore is by touring.
That’s part of the reason that I haven’t come off the road in the last 11 years. And now you’re going to have every band in the world, even if they’re successful on radio or successful in the pop world, having to hit the road in order to make money. They’re not making any money from publishing, and they’re not making any money from selling records, so they have no choice.
And what you’ll see from that is such an over-saturation of every band, y’know, touring bands might be playing in your city on any given night, all fighting to pay their mortgages, I guess! (laughs).
You can certainly see it that way. It goes pretty deep, and it’s not just that…
The culture of buying an album on CD or vinyl has gone out of the window." ( Read on.)