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Thought For The Day: Music in 2021

This is me, somewhat lost. *Insert sombre, poignant music here* I’m lost because I haven’t sat down at a drum kit for over 4 months now, and I haven’t seen live music itself in a venue capacity or otherwise, for over a year.

Here is me pondering over the prospect.

It’s making me more agitated and anxious, the more I think about it, the fact that I haven’t played or seen music for quite some time. I feel like I have a mild case of ADHD, and playing the drums is my escape from it all. The release of endorphins rushed onto a kit smashed half to hell. I know there are more pressing matters in our daily lives right now, but this is a music blog. For you all know, this is all we ever talk about. Nothing else matters if it’s not music.

With the live music industry in muddy water regarding its resurgence in the coming years, and the proximity of socially distanced gigs simply not feasible to break-even, where will we see our entertainment in a years’ time – hell, in a month’s time? It certainly isn’t opening capacity up to a third, like New York and their partnering music venues are doing. Nor is it cramming thousands of people into a field in for Reading and Leeds Festival 2021 in August – a mere month after restrictions are reduced for us.

The music industry is on its knees as is, especially with streaming providing next to nothing for artists and their due payments. With artists relying on tours and shows prior to COVID to earn a decent living wage, will more and more musicians have to revert to a career change? Will it just be the elite musicians who can already afford the loss who remain to keep the momentum going? The situation is disastrous, especially with the lack of certainty in the music camp right now.

The most important topic the music fans are discussing is, if we will ever feel comfortable in a crowd for a gig ever again.

A lot of questions right now, but not a lot of answers.

By manvmusic

In one of the most controversial, ever-changing and unpredictable industries, join my rants and ravings as I dissect the music industry word by word through technology, current events, industry stories and problems.

11 replies on “Thought For The Day: Music in 2021”

It’s so true. I’m not a performer and yet the outlook for music and theater makes me so sad.
It’s one of the things that bugs me when people talk about the pandemic shutdown measures as temporary. There are long-lasting economic impacts and major shifts in consumer behavior – will musicians be able to survive? Will people ever feel comfortable going to a concert or a show again?

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Yeah, you’re spot on with that. We’ll always venture into a pub after the measures reduce, but the comfort of being in a tight-knit crowd? That’s a different story. I think you’re spot on with these consumer shifts that will definitely change the face of how we see live music. It all depends on how we deal with it. Thanks for your words on this one, means a lot to hear some voices for this topic 🗣🙌

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I’m actually not sure about comfort level with the bars and pubs (although I don’t live in a city with a real bar scene – my friends are mostly homebodies anyway…) but nonetheless, it’s so hard to picture not only the virus gone but the consumer comfort going back to where it was…

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Yeah it’s difficult to imagine that’s for sure, but there’ll come a time I’m sure of it! Here’s to holding out 🎉 – thanks for stopping by and giving us your thoughts as ever 🗣x

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