Billy Brandt Talks the Fall of Record Labels and the Rise of Streaming on Behind the Mic

July 3, 2019

In the years that Billy Brandt has been making music, he's seen the industry go through a lot of changes.

Specifically, in the way that music makes its way from the studio to the ears of fans.

During a recent interview on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi, the singer/songwriter opened up about the fall of record labels, and how he feels it's had a negative impact on the music industry as a whole.

"That system was not broke, that system worked like a charm," Brandt said of record companies. "The internet broke the music business."

"I love the internet, because now we're all stars and we can look good and sound good on our phone and I love that," he added. "But it broke the business."

Still, Brandt says that he feels positive about the future of streaming, and hopes that artists will start receiving more "pay per play" sometime soon.

While on the show, Brandt and his band The Sugarees played three songs off of his latest offering, Riverside, which he's been very purposefully promoting full-force around the area since it dropped last month.

"I keep doing these (records) over the years and I haven't really pulled the promotion button since (working with) Jill (Jack)," he told host Pam Rossi. "I wanted to do the same for myself. So I worked and I contacted the right people and spent a little money and just put it out there."

Billy Brandt and the Sugarees' new album Riverside is available now and more info can be found on their website. Check out their entire performance and interivew on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi below.