The Work Realities of Professional Studio Musicians in the German Popular Music Recording Industry: Careers, Practices and Economic Situations

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Title The Work Realities of Professional Studio Musicians in the German Popular Music Recording Industry: Careers, Practices and Economic Situations
 
Creator Herbst, Jan Peter
Albrecht, Tim
 
Subject Popular Music Studies; Art of Record Production; Ethnomusicology
studio musicians; session musicians; recording industry; music business
 
Description Among the professional roles in the recording industry, studio musicians have received relatively little academic attention. The present study explores the work realities of professional studio musicians in Germany, one of the largest music industries in the world, and is based on interviews with six pop musicians; guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and drummers who are between 27 and 66 years old. The findings show how changes in the recording industry - most notably dwindling budgets, the rise of project studios and virtual collaboration - have affected working practices, skill requirements and business models. The findings indicate that in Germany it is hardly possible to make a living from studio work as a professional musician. This is true even for leading session players. Sinking fees and the lack of access to royalties pose a problem that is not tackled due to fierce competition and the risk of damaging one’s reputation.
 
Publisher IASPM - International Association for the Study of Popular Music
 
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Date 2018-12-10
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
Interviews
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/article/view/886
 
Source IASPM@Journal; Vol 8, No 2 (2018): Open Issue; 18 - 37
2079-3871
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/article/view/886/pdf_1
 
Coverage Germany
Present
6 studio musicians: 3 guitarists, 1 keyboarder, 1 drummer, 1 bass player
 
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