I’ve been to 2 of these events this year. One with Lescop in France ‘les victoires de la musique’ and with Savages at ‘the barclays mercury prize’ in uk . It was quite enjoyable to be there and feeling we were giving a bit of a different musical proposition , proud of what we are , and i think people enjoyed it too .
Lots of people working in the music industry were gathered in the same room , the millionaires , the famous artists , the young ones , the proletarians , the assistants , the bosses, everyone together chatting and getting warm, you know catching up …
Made me realise one thing though : no one has a fucking clue about anything . Lawyers , managers , agents , promoters , artists , no one knows how to get this mess working together.I’m talking about the crisis in the music industry , the elephant in the room . They probably don’t want to think too much about it .It’s celebration time after all. Everyone holds on to their own wallet, hoping it will get bigger in the next couple of months. And if it doesn’t , we’ll blame the crisis.
The mercury prize is sponsored by a bank . The same one that would shoot you in the head if you ‘re a musician and you got a £40 overdraft. It sucks , no matter how you look at it , it sucks as politics sucks today . I wish a clever angry music lawyer would come and try to get back what was stolen by steve jobs back in the days. You know some kind of rebellious motherfucker who says : enough is enough , apple , spotify , internet providers , every big ass company using music as their main communication : time to pay back. For real , not the usual ‘money from streaming and digital sells improves year after year’ , fuck that , fix it now . Let’s have a look in your profit and let’s share it in the music world. I don’t know , i’m not a money specialist but it looks like some people enjoy grandly this very slow fixing process.
I was intrigued when James Blake took his prize , he said : ’ i thank my parents for teaching me how to be self efficient’ . I actually can say the same about my folks . To me it sounds like we , artists, won’t get help anymore from the people representing us in this industry. They sold our stuff for nothing to some kind of fucking billionaire computer nerd . And for generations to come , money is stuck and being held by people outside the industry. NO ONE to fix it for now . What we get from money makers as musicians is the same that civilians get from the actual governments , fucking austerity plans: it only says one bloody thing : Some rich naughty boys don’t want to let go until someone comes around and threat the shit out of their asses . And some of these naughty boys were sitting in the bloody room sharing the moment with us… Batman anyone?
Apart form that the food was free and delicious , as usual.