Meg Neal
megneal
11/10/15
1:18 PM
1

To me music is about passion and a connection to the artist. How is an artist supposed to be passionate about something they didn’t even write. How am I connecting with them when they are singing someone else’s words. This is the reason I’m not a fan of most top 40 music. To me your not an artist if you don’t write Read more

11/10/15
1:15 PM
1

Check out Gavin Brown. he’s written most of my gavorites for bands like billy talent, 3 days grace, breaking benjamin etc..

11/10/15
1:05 PM
1

Be careful with that Taylor swift image. Her fans will eat you alive for suggesting the best songs on 1989 were written by max Martin.

11/10/15
12:31 PM
1

“And yet it turns out that the same handful of top writers and producers are behind hit after hit—a mysterious priesthood of musical mages.” Read more

11/10/15
12:16 PM
1

They are enormously influential culture shapers—the Spielbergs and Lucases of our national headphones Read more

11/10/15
12:08 PM
1

I’m curious as to why a picture of Taylor Swift was used below the masthead. Hasn’t she traditionally written her own songs? Only her latest album utilize the services of these hit-makers. Am I mistaken?

11/10/15
11:38 AM
1

If it’s a hit usually it’s some Brit behind it. Don’t know what’s in their water, but man do they know how to make music.

11/10/15
11:35 AM
2

This is why today’s pop artists, primarly consisting of mainstream “hip hop” (which isn’t hip hop at all), sugary pop and mainstream country, are not artists at all. As a general rule they don’t write any of their own songs, cannot play an instrument and often require AutoTune to fabricate their alleged singing Read more

11/10/15
11:34 AM
1

I for one think that the amount of music that is available is much more culturally important than the difficulty in monetizing it. There is real music out there, made by artists who play their own instruments, sing without auto-tune, and who sell their belongings to buy studio time. This music has one thing that even Read more

11/10/15
11:32 AM
2

Yeh...sorry, no. The expensive part when making “hits” is marketing - nothing else. We made music ourselfs some 15 years ago, quite successful actually (for a very small market) and the only real expenses come from marketing, or in that case, buying you own records to get higher in the rankings and get played on radio. Read more

11/10/15
11:22 AM
1

Yeah I’m hitting the age where yeah all these music from this generation sounds like shit (south park) - I think what irritates me most is when a song has the tired “hey mr DJ play my song all night" words into it. So lazy !

11/10/15
11:13 AM
1

I don’t know about you, but I’ve conditioned myself that EDM is the only good “machine music.” For the most part I actually have fun with it, as supposed to listening to the new boy bands and shit.

11/10/15
11:05 AM
1

Just listen to “POP 101” by Marianas Trench. Its a punk band with a song about the formula for every pop song out there (and lead singer Josh Ramsay knows, since he has written many of the pop songs out there for other “artists.”) Yes, I despise pop music, so I put “artists” in quotes.

11/10/15
11:00 AM
5

Reducing musical success down to an algorithm is one of the worst cultural mistakes our society has made in a long time. Dropping skill and instruments from music is going to have a very long effect on the music industry.