How To Find Motivation When Beyonce Almost Makes You Leave The Music Industry

Ultravox singer Ure says competing with acts half his age who had songs "written by committee" made him question his future in the industry.

Ultravox singer Ure says competing with acts half his age who had songs "written by committee" made him question his future in the industry.

The Ultravox singer and Vienna hitmaker exclusively told the Daily Record that he contemplated leaving the industry after becoming disenchanted with the current music industry model which found him competing with singers half his age and people like Beyonce who had songs written by committee.

He said: “I just released my new album last year and it was my first solo work in twelve years. In the middle of that period I had a huge crisis and I couldn’t decide if wanted to be part of the music industry anymore.'' 


''I didn’t like what was going on and I was competing to get on radio with someone way less than half my age and I didn’t like the idea that record companies manipulate you to get dance mixes done and all of that stuff.”


Ure added: “It sounds very petulant but I didn’t really want to be part of an industry that was so manipulative. There was a whole thing recently about the amount of writers involved in writing a Beyonce track - twenty people - that’s songs by committee.''


"That’s nothing to do with real music. Songs should come from the artist’s heart. You should be able to find exactly what they’ve got locked up inside and should wear their hearts on their sleeve and you can’t do that in a room full of people saying ‘I think you should say ‘if’ instead of ‘yes’ and ‘but’ instead of ‘you’’. It doesn’t make any sense.”


Midge who appeared at BBC at the Quay for BBC Music Day with Ken Bruce revealed his decision to stay in the music industry came after remembering a conversation he had with Kate Bush.


He said: “It was a big touch and go moment for me but I remember having a conversation with Kate Bush about twenty years ago when she was talking about giving up music and I said to her ‘You can’t give up music because if you give it up, I give it up and someone else gives it up and mediocrity wins and you’ve got to fight your corner’.''


"So I realised you can't win a war without a bit of a fight so finishing my album and releasing what I thought was interesting was my little fight.”


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The article has been published by

The Daily Record, a newspaper based in Glasgow.

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