The AI Musician: Will Robots Replace Human Artists in the Future?

by Andre Gonsalves

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the music industry, from generating new compositions and mimicking human voices to optimizing the production and distribution of music. As AI technology continues to advance, it is expected to revolutionize the way we create, consume and experience music.

In this article, we will explore how AI is disrupting the music industry and what it means for artists, listeners, and the future of music. We will draw insights from recent news stories, including AI-generated songs and the legal battles over copyright infringement. Additionally, we will examine the potential benefits and drawbacks of AI in music, and how it may change the nature of creativity, ownership, and authenticity.

AI-generated music presents new challenges for copyright laws. As seen in the case of the song “Heart On My Sleeve,” which used deep-faked vocals from artists Drake and The Weeknd, music labels have started to take action against the unauthorized use of their artists’ voices in AI-generated songs.

However, the legality of using AI to generate music that imitates a human artist’s style is still a grey area. The US Copyright Office has ruled that AI-generated art cannot be copyrighted as it is “not the product of human authorship.” Meanwhile, it is unclear if music created by a human but with AI elements can be copyrighted.

Pop singer Grimes recently announced that she would allow musicians to clone her voice using AI to create new songs and would split the royalties 50/50 for any successful AI-generated song. Her invitation highlights the potential legal complexities surrounding AI-generated music and copyright.

Another significant impact of AI on the music industry is the rise of AI-powered music recommendation and curation. With the vast amount of music available online, it can be challenging for listeners to discover new artists or tracks that align with their tastes. That’s where AI comes in.

Platforms like Spotify and Pandora use AI algorithms to analyze users’ listening habits, search history, and other data points to recommend music tailored to their preferences. These algorithms can even suggest tracks based on the time of day, mood, and other contextual factors.

AI-powered music curation has also proven to be a boon for independent artists, who may struggle to get their music heard in an overcrowded market. AI algorithms can surface music from lesser-known artists to listeners who may be interested in their genre or style. As a result, independent artists have more opportunities to gain exposure and build a following.

However, the rise of AI-powered music recommendation and curation has not been without its controversies. Critics have raised concerns that these algorithms could perpetuate biases and limit listeners’ exposure to diverse music. For example, if a listener’s music history consists mainly of male artists, an algorithm may recommend more male artists, further reinforcing the gender bias. Some have also expressed concerns that AI-powered curation could lead to a homogenization of music, with algorithms favoring popular, mainstream tracks over more niche or experimental music.

Despite these concerns, AI-powered music recommendation and curation are likely to play an increasingly significant role in the music industry’s future, shaping how we discover, consume, and create music.

As AI technology continues to advance, the possibilities for its impact on the music industry are vast. With AI-generated music and AI-powered recommendation and curation systems, it’s clear that the future of music is closely tied to AI. However, the use of AI in music is not without controversy.

As the industry grapples with issues of copyright and ownership, it will need to find ways to balance the opportunities and challenges presented by AI. Despite these challenges, the potential for AI to revolutionize the way music is created, consumed, and enjoyed is immense.

Artificial intelligence is poised to significantly transform the music industry in the coming years. While there are challenges to be addressed, such as copyright issues and concerns about human creativity being replaced by machines, there are also many potential benefits to be gained.

AI-generated music can help to expand the creative possibilities for musicians and enable more personalized and engaging music experiences for listeners. As AI technology continues to evolve and become more integrated into the music industry, it will be fascinating to see how it impacts the industry as a whole and what new opportunities it will create for both artists and audiences alike.

While the rise of AI in the music industry is undeniable, there is one thing that machines can’t replace: the human touch. Our mixing and mastering service is proudly done by real, living, breathing humans – not robots or AI. While we may not be able to teach a machine how to crack a joke or have a good time in the studio, we do have the expertise to make your music sound amazing. So if you want to stand out from the sea of AI-generated tracks, trust us to add that human element and help you create a truly unique sound. Plus, we promise not to short-circuit and ruin your entire album!



Andre is the head audio engineer at ADG Mastering, which he helped found in 2012. For the last 10 years, he has made it his mission to empower aspiring artists and musicians from around the world. You can see more of Andre's writings on our Blog.

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