Thom Yorke Warns Students About the Future
“The Rax Active Citizen Toolkit” is a new textbook designed to make high schoolers more politically literate. Written by Jamie Kelsey, the textbook interviews political figures, British broadcasters and entertainers alike, including [lastfm]Radiohead[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm]Thom Yorke[/lastfm].
During his interview, Yorke, with more than 20 years experience in the music industry, offered advice to students who aspired to be career musicians. So what did he have to say to them? Here’s a hint: things are looking grim.
Find out what Thom Yorke warned young, aspiring musicians in 3…2…1…
[pullquote quote="It'll be only a matter of time — months rather than years — before the music business establishment completely folds." credit="Thom Yorke"]
According to the British singer, it is “only a matter of months” until the fall of the mainstream music industry, and as a result, aspiring musicians ought not tie themselves to the “sinking ship.”
Yorke also said the fall of the industry would be of “no great loss to the world.”
“[It'll be] only a matter of time,” Yorke says. “Months rather than years before the music business establishment completely folds.”
It’s pretty terrifying when any industry collapses — as it often means a loss of jobs and an entire market even; however, when Billboard Magazine calls [lastfm]Nickelback[/lastfm] the “band of the decade,” it’s pretty self evident why the mainstream music industry is collapsing.
And while Yorke’s advise is certainly eye-raising and thought provoking, it would have been nice if a man of his experience would have paired up the bad news with some good advice.
The mainstream music industry might fade away, but there will always be a new batch of young and talented musicians with the passion to succeed. This news won’t stop them, it will only forge them forward to find the loophole.
What do you ladies and gents think, is the mainstream music industry truly in such dire peril?
And for your listening and viewing pleasure, classic Radiohead track “Paranoid Android” below.