SF MusicTech: A New Hope
from the a-new-day-dawns dept
Honestly, what struck me was the sense that the industry is finally coming through that long dark winter, and that the future is suddenly wide open in front of them. Yes, there were reasonable complaints (some of which I hope to write more about later), that there hasn't been much "real" innovation or disruption yet. But almost everyone was looking forward and thinking about all the exciting things that could come next. It really felt like an awakening of sorts, where people are finally realizing that the major labels no longer have the power to be bottlenecks, and that the playing field is wide open with opportunity. Lots of people recognize that there's a long way to go and lots to be done, but it really was the most optimistic "music" related event I've ever been to.
So the central theme that I started noticing was a simple one: lots of people in the industry are done with complaining, and they're ready to move forward. That can only be described as good news.