Is It Too Easy To Make Music? : All Songs Considered by Will Butler In a recent interview with Spinner, the lead singer of British rock group The Cribs offers some pretty divisive commentary on the way music is m...
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Is It Too Easy To Make Music?

In a recent interview with Spinner, the lead singer of British rock group The Cribs offers some pretty divisive commentary on the way music is made today. Gary Jarman says that it's gotten to the point where the means of production is far too accessible.

He insists, "It shouldn't be easy, you know?"

Jarman bases this claim on the fact that it was a lot harder to make music when he was just starting out a decade ago. He says he had to trek across England to find new music, and that getting the equipment he needed to record was prohibitively expensive.

"Nowadays it's just like everyone's got a laptop, everyone's got GarageBand, everyone's got a MySpace page... People can have a band or do a song as if it's a vanity project," he says.

Jarman and his two brothers have released four studio albums. Their most recent, Ignore the Ignorant, was recorded with new member Johnny Marr, of the Smiths, and has made a significant dent on the UK charts.

So is this just a "back in my day" rant, or does Jarman have a point? Do you think that cheap and easy access to new music and advances in home recording technology has "dumbed down" the music that we hear today? In short, is it too easy to make music now? Tell us what you think in the comments below.


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