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As the music industry grapples with the rise of AI, we sought insights from ten industry leaders, including CEOs and music producers. From embracing AI as a new musical instrument to AI developing new sounds and discovering talent, these experts share their predictions and strategies for this technological revolution.
Dive into their unique perspectives on how the music industry will respond to and leverage AI.
- Embrace AI as a New Musical Instrument
- Use for Content Identification and Rights Management
- Personalize Music Recommendations
- Adapt to AI in Music Production
- Discover Better Decision Making
- Create Virtual Music Partnerships
- Balance AI and Human Artistry in Music
- Enhance Music Composition and Human Creativity
- Rethink Copyright for AI-Generated Content
- Develop New Sounds and Discover Talent
Embrace AI as a New Musical Instrument
AI in music is not a problem; it’s a playground!
Think of computers. Did they kill music? No, they just spiced things up. AI is doing the same. It’s like a new instrument in our hands, making it easier to create cool tunes and find fans who dig our style.
Live gigs aren’t going anywhere. They’re still the heart of music. Plus, I think that music is turning into an adventure. People don’t just want to listen; they want to dive in and make their own beats. It’s a golden opportunity for tech wizards to teach us all how to jam in this new AI world.
So, more fun, more chances to shine. Sure, we’ve got to ride the AI wave, but trust me, it’s going to be an awesome ride!
Use for Content Identification and Rights Management
Naftali Schnitzler, Music Producer and Coach
Working in the music copywriting business, I have seen some ways in which the industry is dealing with the increase in AI.
One of the biggest ways in which AI is filtering into the music industry is with content identification and rights management. AI is used to identify and manage copyrighted content, addressing issues related to intellectual property and copyright infringement. To combat this, musicians should stay informed about AI tools used for copyright management and ensure that their rights are adequately protected through legal channels.
Personalize Music Recommendations
AI-assisted music recommendations will be more specific and precise for each person. To personalize the entire process of listening to music, artificial intelligence algorithms will analyze listening habits and taste, as well as the emotional response to the music. This means that it will curate your playlist as per your individual needs.
Adapt to AI in Music Production
I think that the music industry will be fine with AI because the music industry is already used to making use of technology in new ways.
For example, if you look at the way we make and distribute music now, it’s all pretty much done by computers and robots. The only people who are involved are the ones who program those machines, and even then, they’re usually just doing it remotely from their home offices.
So, I don’t think that AI will be an issue for them at all—they’ll just find a way to incorporate it into what they do now, and then move forward as usual.
Discover Better Decision Making
The music industry has always been a place that embraces new technologies, and I think it will continue to do so.
In my experience, the industry is also very open to new ideas and making space for them. The music industry has a lot of experience with change, which means that it’s easier for them to adapt to new technologies.
We’ve already seen the rise of AI in other industries, like marketing and healthcare. In these fields, AI has been used to help employees make better decisions about their work lives and make more informed decisions about their clients’ health. We can do this through machine-learning algorithms that can analyze massive amounts of data and make predictions based on past trends or patterns.
Create Virtual Music Partnerships
With the recent developments in AI, there might be a creation of virtual music partnerships. These are instances where artificial intelligence virtual artists would work together with real musicians to come up with unique and trailblazing creations. This union of human creativity with the force of artificial intelligence will take music creation beyond its limits, redesigning the entire business altogether.
Balance AI and Human Artistry in Music
One way I see the music industry responding to the rise of AI is by integrating AI technologies to enhance music production and distribution. AI can assist in creating new sounds and compositions, offering artists and producers innovative tools to express creativity.
However, the industry will also likely focus on maintaining the value of human artistry and creativity, balancing AI use with the unique qualities that human musicians bring. This integration of AI could lead to new genres and forms of music, while also raising questions about authorship and copyright in the digital age.
Enhance Music Composition and Human Creativity
The industry is likely to embrace AI as a tool for enhancing creativity and efficiency. One way the industry might respond is by using AI in music composition and production, assisting artists in creating new sounds and compositions. AI can analyze trends and suggest adjustments to appeal to specific audiences.
My prediction is that while AI will become a significant part of the creative process, the unique emotional and storytelling aspects of music created by human artists will continue to be irreplaceable.
Rethink Copyright for AI-Generated Content
The rise of AI has the music industry rethinking its approach to copyright. Recently, a supposed collaboration between Drake and The Weeknd, “Heart on My Sleeve,” caused quite a stir online—only it was the brainchild of a TikTok user using AI to emulate their voices.
While the song was removed from streaming platforms over copyright claims, it highlights the need for the industry to find new ways to protect artists and their music. The focus will likely be on updating copyright laws to address the challenges posed by AI-generated content.
Develop New Sounds and Discover Talent
One way the music industry will likely be changed with AI is by developing new sounds and rhythms that haven’t been heard before.
As it is now, many songs are homogenous. You can overlay one with another and find the music is basically the same. AI can change that by including sounds from other places or upcoming trends the big cities don’t know about yet. My prediction is that many new songwriters and stars will sprout out of nowhere because of the effective way they use AI.
Mehar Jolly is the Interview Team Head for Icy Tales, conducting interviews and writing on health professionals, celebrities, writers, nutritionists, speakers, authors, and more. With a Journalism degree and over five years of experience, she is a leader in her own right.