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Does Having Money Hinder Musical Creativity?

Does Having Money Hinder Musical Creativity?

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Yesterday, grime rap sensation 'Wiley', publicly announced on the popular micro-blogging site Twitter that he will start walking from the major record label, Warner Music, after the label failed to understand the artists desire to release a new single.


As many popular artists now favour releasing a good number of singles before the launch of a full-on complete album, to date Wiley has produced three singles that have respectfully reached number one, three, and nine in the popular music charts, all of which flirted with the Dance and Drum & Bass music genres. Now whilst this is all important information, Wiley can simply be used as a case study for the information below.


A number of years ago, before the favoured digital distribution of music, artists would typically release one CD single with a maximum of two so that the record label could test the water to see if the demand was there for any particular artist. However, since this method cannot be used to judge popularity so well in the digital age, you might wonder why the record label is pulling on the artists strings so tight; especially so when previous releases have proven to be a success.


Following the point when a major label signs an artist, typically a large proportion of the funds available is ploughed into creating the right artist image and making sure that they are happy. Unfortunately giving someone money might only add to an artists social comfortability and should not be used as a way to buy musical creativity or as a means to control and take away what the artist feels about their own progression. In fact Wiley clearly demonstrates frustration along these lines as he passes the following comment "I am walking out of Warner today... [I've] rinsed majors for every penny... Need to put up my own money where my mouth is now and stop pussyfooting around the industry".


In the current climate, the majority of up-and-coming artists or producers do foot the bill for their own creativity and work in their own homegrown studios because money is not their soul 'ideal' outcome... The artists main priority is exceptionally organic; being to produce music that creatively flows from deep within them and out onto a record. Granted, some popular artists are almost literally a product of the star-studded life. Justin Beiber is an example, he has a very comfortable celebrity life in and amongst 'his' (and that should be expressed very loosely) music career but he isn't sat there every day making the music that actually is who he is. Both Beiber and Wiley appear to be almost opposites but surely the credibility and authenticity should be on their artistic abilities and not on how much money will by them 'this or that ability'. A poor tradesman may blame their tools so, perhaps not so strangely, it should be duly noted that money does not equal creativity and it certainly does not have the right to mould a person into a musico-frankenstein. Wiley earns our respect.


Edd Harris

Yesterday, grime rap sensation 'Wiley', publicly announced on the popular micro-blogging site Twitter that he will start walking from the major record label Warner Music after the label failed to understand the artists desire to release...

Edd Harris 6th April 2013

Article Ref: #DoesMoneyRuinCreativity