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Ringo Talks About Music Biz

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Ringo Starr shared his thoughts on the current state of the music business. Ringo and his All Starr Band will kick off their tour of Down Under and Japan on February 7th, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He spoke to the local and explained that the state of music is in shambles — and he actually likes it that way, saying, “It is falling apart, the record industry! Now you can get delivery of your music — from outer space! Even so, you can’t deny today’s pop music. You can’t deny Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, or all the rap acts out there, and in amongst it all somewhere, there are always bands. I’m not so excited by the boy bands, you know, who just dance around and sing; I prefer to see a band play. But whatever it is you like, there’s a lot more of it.”

He went on to say that sheer amount of different music available in 2013 is thrilling: “You used to have to choose between five or six main acts, now you have to choose between 100. There are so many styles of pop music, now. It’s open city, and that’s what I like. Anyone can break through, if you work hard enough.”

Ringo says that unlike other musicians who took their time to gravitate towards their ultimate instrument, nearly 60 years ago, that wasn’t the case with him: “I only ever wanted to play the drums. My grandparents used to play the banjo and mandolin, and they gave me one of each, and I had no interest. We had a piano at home, which I walked on. There was nothing else from when I was 13 — I just wanted to play the drums. This burning desire to be a musician and to be a drummer. Just the drums.”

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