It's probably been said before, but there's a big BIG difference between being an artiste, and being a performer, and then again being a businessperson.OTʜᴇB wrote: I guess all we can do is try and get some people into better music (of any genre) and hope a trend emerges. If you think about it: If the trend becomes like that of Mozart orOTʜᴇB wrote: I guess all we can do is try and get some people into better music (of any genre) and hope a trend emerges. If you think about it: If the trend becomes like that of Mozart or Bach, pretty much EVERY pop artist is going to go bankrupt within weeks as near all of them have absolutely no idea what they're doing and just recede and disappear - we can only hope
Excelling in not just one, but ALL THREE categories, necessarily amplifies the odds and shrinks the pool of potential candidates.
Apart from Mozart, in (older) modern popular music, I think of Elvis, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Prince, MJ, Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmonds, Juan Gabriel.
I kind of think MJ and Elvis were light in the business-savvy dept, but more than made up for it in the performing & output areas.
But, it really does come down to personal aesthetics and de gustibus non est disputandum.
It's great to be around folks who can make informed decisions, but that isn't always the case.
Some openness is required, certainly.