US house pioneer Todd Terry accused most major label employees of not knowing what they are doing in the latest issue of One Week To Live this week and suggested more DJs should be A&Rs to rectify the industrys failings.
The music industry could have been 15 times more successful if they had hired music people, but they hire a person who is their friend or a corporate head that doesnt really know about music, the New York legend complained.
This is why the record business is the way it is now. Money is spent on everything BUT the music, he added.
The hugely prolific producer blamed the industrys previously hugely lucrative remix culture for enticing record makers away from the dancefloor, a point he applied to himself last year, in an interview with Skrufff.
Remixing was just a phase; I did a bunch of remixes but, to tell you the truth, I didnt believe in it, Todd confessed, If the record couldnt stand on its own, why did you need twelve different remixes of it to make it popular.
Now every song in the dance community is a novelty, because we dont have artists who can really portray it by playing real shows, or a DJ whos always out there DJing to push a track and really make it work, he continued.
Now you dont sell records, you play gigs. Before it was about selling records so you wouldnt have to do gigs. Now I basically give the records away, because its better promotion for me to do the gigs. And thats how I make money, by playing gigs; I dont make money on record sales alone anymore. By the time you release a record anywhere, its over; in four or five days. In the past you used to sell ten/twenty thousand copies whereas today you are lucky if you sell three, he added.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)