Originally posted by New001
people like me get accused of being close-minded, but if you listen to bands like Muse and Minus the Bear all the time, you won't learn much. step out of the box once in a while. a big reason why i praise older artists from years ago is partly because they had no computers or digital enhacement tools to use. what they played is what they got on record. they had to be good players, or their record would suck. today, we dont have to worry about skill level. if you cant sing in key, we have pitch shifters, just as an example. there are many tools today that help a crappy artist sound amazing. that wasn't even dreamed of 40 years ago. those guys were just good, period. loads of talent. plus, being a session artist or a member of a house band was very common for musicians working in studios. they would basically play the music for whatever singers were laying down a record and had no official band. so as a result, they had to be very keen and versatile musicians. its no joke, those guys had serious skill. a couple bands come to mind: The Funk Brothers, Booker T. and the MGs. you might argue that 60s R/B was alot simpler than alot of what came after that time period, but the point is that the musicians had to have all the riffs up their sleeves ready to go, so when the time came to compose music for a song, they'd be able to knock it out. ( and they had to come up with an arrangement in little time).
I very much agree that I have said well above my fill as is on this thread, but I was reading an interview with Cesar Diaz and it made me think of this thread, so I had to add just one quote to further support my position regarding favoriting older artists, as seen in the above excerpt.
"And if you can’t play…you can definitely make it today" - Cesar Diaz
This guy is no joke. worked on amps and pickups for a living throughout his life, and even helped shape the signature tone for guys like Clapton and SRV. He really knows his s**t and is to be respected by any musician and technician. If he's saying something like that, then that should send shuddering thoughts through anyone who has any kind of genuine passion for music. I'll believe anything he says. To me, it says the end is near for all that is genuine and "human" in the music industry.