We all have our own perspectives on this matter. And perhaps I simply came from a different background and past experiences. I was always self-taught as a producer and songwriter because I was under parental pressure to get a “real education” and a “real job”. So I had my struggles with learning what tools I actually needed and how to use them.
And there was a significant lowpoint where I felt disillusioned. On the one hand, my prospective manager, booking agent and record label put extraordinary pressure on me to develop my style and skills before they would officially sign me. And the industry expects an artist to literally push themselves to the brink of poverty just to show how dedicated they are.
And on the other hand, I was often bombarded with exciting marketing campaigns of the hot new tool that had just come out. Each time, I would be filled a sense of excitement that this new one would get me one closer to the finish line in my journey as an artist/producer. But all that happened was that my wallet got lighter. And I felt really let down. I would have been fine with spending all those thousands of dollars on plugins and gear. But I just wished I had been able to make the choice based on accurate information instead of feeling like I had been tricked into thinking that owning 10 different EQs would somehow give my music more credibility or whatever it was I was thinking.
I have been lucky enough to be involved in many aspects of the industry including DJ, singer, and nightclub promoter, and as an entreprenueur I talk to a lot of people. And my experience is that music production is fun only for people who are able to achieve some kind of progress in a reasonable period of time. But developers in our field seem to be indifferent to this. The interfaces are hard to learn for beginners. And even when you learn what the knobs do, developing a style is hard. But nobody seems to care about these real issues that would solve a lot of people’s problems. People out there are craving some basic meat and potatoes and everyone is serving up pizza.