October 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of my first paid job in the music industry. University gave me 4 years of volunteer experience at UCT Radio, but in October 2005 I stepped into the office at Musketeer Records, earned my first regular paycheque and officially started my career in recorded music.
I am writing this with some trepidation because 2005 doesn’t feel that long ago, but recounting tales of the olden days, this piece makes me sound incredibly old.
It’s unbelievable how much has changed in the music industry over the last 10 years. Those changes are primarily driven by technology, which is where I’ve focused my career. I could go on forever about the differences between 2005 and 2015, but here are a few significant areas where I’ve seen major changes during my working life.