Country stars have weighed in on the idea of using artificial intelligence to write their music, with one performer expressing concern that the technology could “get out of hand real quick.”
In the music world, artists like Tracy Lawrence, Riley Green, Nate Smith, and Tyler Hubbard have found success sharing real life trials and tribulations that connect with their fans. It is that sense of reality that many of those who spoke to Fox News said will ensure that real humans will never be replaced.
“I don’t really know. I played around with … a little bit of the AI stuff,” Lawrence said. “It’s a little scary that it’s kind of out there in the Wild West. I’d like to see some more regulations on it.”
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“I’m afraid it’s going to get out of hand real quick,” he added. “I hope that we put some buffers in place. Songwriters should be able to write their songs from their mind. They don’t need AI helping them write songs. There’s a lot of things we can use it for that probably, we really shouldn’t, so we’ll see how it turns out.”
Smith said that the “world’s always going to change. Anything’s going to happen. Nothing’s worth freaking out over, I think is the main thing… Real country writers, I think, are going to be around forever.”
“I would struggle to think something that couldn’t feel could really write a song, to make somebody else feel,” Green added.
While Hubbard joked that as long as AI “doesn’t learn how to write songs and perform on stage, I’ll be OK. But you never know.”
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Mitch Glazier, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), said he gets why artists feel uneasy about AI because, “you spend your whole life grappling with what you want to put out to the world, how you want to express your ideas, what is your art. And a lot of times it’s very personal, and it reflects your lived experience.”
“It’s your genius. … It’s the essence of who you are,” he added. “So, to have that taken from you is a very personal and objectionable act. And even if it’s done, you know, sometimes by people who might love your work … that is not the art that the artist is … agreeing to make and that reflects who they are. Having your name and your likeness and your image and your voice appropriated is an incredibly scary and vulnerable act that I think that [artists] take very personally.”