Do you think the music industry is fucked, and moreso, do you think it's fucked for rock musicians?
Nowadays, I'm tempted to say "it's over" and look back with nostalgia on golden ages of rock n' roll, and better days for musicians in general.
At the same time, I still wonder about certain things. The demand for music is still there, it's just not a demand for physical albums, and although physical album revenue is no small loss, I also know that the costs of promoting and self-producing music has plummeted significantly in the last few years.
Additionally, touring will always be there. The demand for a good live show seems to be as high as ever, from what I can see. The challenge seems to be acquiring that fan base, in the first place, which is much more a DIY undertaking, nowadays. Also, for rock musicians, part of the challenge is dealing with a musical era that favors rock music much less than in previous decades. But nonetheless, there are still success stories. Gaslight Anthem and Black Keys, to name a few. Established acts like Springsteen, The Stones, Green Day, and your own Sum 41 still seem to do very well on the road. Rock music definitely isn't forgotten in this day and age.
Sorry, I know that's tons of rambling. I guess the question is ultimately, as someone who has worked extensively in many different corners of the music industry, do you think rock musicians can adapt to our current music industry climate? Is there a light at the end of the tunnel of this weird transitional period?