MEMBERS of the MidemNet Visionary Chair Committee closed the two-day digital-music forum with a heated debate on the future of music creativity.
The future is not with fans interacting with artists’ recordings, nor with mobile distribution, insisted Harvey Goldsmith, the UK concert impresario and managing director of Artiste Management Productions. “Nobody is worrying about who owns what. But the moment someone has success, there will be a bun fight for ownership,” he said. “I think rock music is not about pleasing people; it’s about being edgy and having something to say. Fuck it! If it is strong and edgy, the fans will find it.”
Regarding mobile distribution, he added: “Not one of the mobile companies that have had conversations with us has a strategy for selling music.” But Terry McBride, CEO of Canada’s Nettwerk Music Group, reminded Goldsmith the industry is changing. He cited circumstances where fans use digital tools to contribute to an act’s studio recording.
With more mobile operators and handset makers hiring experts from record labels, the mobile sector will increasingly influence the music industry, responded co-panelist Ralph Simon, the MEF’s founder.