Last weekend when I was in Dublin I went to this old authentic Irish pub that had live music playing at it. The band was great and of course I wanted to continue to follow them after seeing their performance. I went up to them after they finished and asked if I would be able to find them on facebook and if they were on itunes. They were slightly offended, and then preceded to give me their philosophy on music (and in large part, life) and their feelings of social media dominating the industry that is their passion.
They said that since music isn't their occupation (they all must have other jobs, but didn't specify as to what) there is no need to "push the buttons of social networking." According to them, since they create their music for the sole purpose of enjoyment and to spread the beauty of their talent to others who truly care, they find social networking systems and the use of itunes unnecessary. They're only interested in sharing their music and talent with people who are sincere in their curiosity of it. Being that I really was interested in getting to further listen to them I asked if I could buy a CD. I purchased a CD for 10 Euros and they were delighted.
I must say, this was without a doubt the first CD I have purchased in a couple years- but it was an experience I enjoyed and got quite nostalgic about. I remember when I was younger how excited I would be to go to the CD store to pick out some music with my mom. This time I was even more excited about the CD because I developed a relationship and had conversation with those that were on the CD, which is why I suppose they prefer this type of interaction as opposed to the itunes music store.
Is the distribution of CD's dying or already dead? Does the industry allow for experiences such as mine to happen anymore, or do groups have to actively engage in facebook and itunes to share their talent?