In 2016, nearly everyone listens to music digitally. There’s iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and more. The debate over whether it’s beneficial or not is endless. Today, Mick Fleischmann, bassist for Vision of Disorder voiced his opinion on the matter:
“Everyone can think of an example where they bought something and didn’t like it at first, and then a month later gave it another chance and it became their favorite record. If the future is – you don’t like something or give it a thumbs down and you never see it again, or never get it recommended again, you will miss out on a ton of music instead of just seeing things and taking a gamble and buying stuff and then forcing yourself to sit with an album longer. And if your gamble doesn’t became one of your favorite records at least now a days it doesn’t cost you $20 to find that out. If the price to own an album is so much cheaper it should encourage people to buy a bunch of stuff, sit with that music and grow to like more music in turn. Simply exposing people to a bunch of music where they can sift through it really fast and never go back to it isn’t going to grow anyone’s collection and it won’t open them up to a new scene or sound.”
Fleischmann’s none too happy about streaming and digital downloads. It makes you wonder if increased use of online music access has affected Vision of Disorder in some way. Regardless, he makes a valid point: the industry isn’t what it used to be. Streaming changes the game entirely, and it might not be for the better.
You can read Fleischmann’s full statement here.