- Brisbane, QLD, Australia
The article, which this thread is about, correctly states that sax is becoming rare in recordings and as a popular instrument in the sphere of professional music.
As the article speculates, and I agree with, a main reason is simply financial. Costs are reduced by using electronically-generated sounds where ever possible: drums, beats, etc even cleaned up bad singing voices. More Avicii, less people.
That's 99% of the reason. Arguing over the 1% won't make saxophones or singers more employable in a digitally-generated age of cost-cutting.
If a sax player today wants future commercial success they must be a salesperson more than a musician. They must have their own Instagram/Youtube account and work incredibly hard to entertain and attract new followers. Their follow on dream then involves publishing their own records on their own label that are streamed on Spotify etc. No modern artist wants to be a slave to the traditional recording labels, earning pennies.