Music producer T Bone Burnett has come out swinging against Silicon Valley in a no-holds-barred interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “What’s happened in reality is that the power’s been consolidated in very, very few companies, and the middle class of musicians really has just been wiped out. I mean, the Internet has been an honest-to-God con,” he says. “The car industry gets decimated and people go into apoplexy. The recording industry gets destroyed and people seem to be sanguine or happy about it, almost, because they’re getting everything for free.” Burnett also criticises crowdfunding: “Promoting yourself and crowdfunding and all that kind of stuff, that’s no way for an artist to live,” he says. “I don’t believe in crowdsourcing because you’ll end up doing the same thing over and over again. People tend to want artists to do the same thing, and it is incumbent upon artists to do something that the audience doesn’t want — yet. I’ll tell you this. I won’t follow an artist who will be led by his audience. Because I don’t want to have to follow an artist that I have to lead.”

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