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Musicians Use AI More Often Than You Think, Survey Reveals

More than half of the respondents conceal the use of AI because of their fans' reaction concerns.

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AI-generated music is no longer surprising to anyone, neither fans nor musicians themselves. Tracks made by artificial intelligence are uploaded to popular streaming services, shared across social media, used in renowned music establishments' performances, and are even considered for the Grammys.

More music industry players, such as labels, giant streaming companies, and even the Recording Academy embrace this advancement and believe that the infiltration of AI is inevitable.

But what do musicians think about it—are they embracing it?

The recent study made by Pirate, the private music studio house, to figure out how many artists are currently using AI in the studio and how many plan to use it in the future, says 53% of musicians they surveyed have "concerns about how their audience might perceive music created with the assistance of AI."

More than 1,000 respondents from the US, UK, and Germany took part in the survey, including songwriters, band members, producers, instrumentalists, and rappers.

The survey reveals that only 48% of respondents are ready to be transparent about AI use, and as much as 25% of the respondents have experience leveraging this technology in music production.

Among those artists who hadn't used AI yet, 46% want to consider using AI music tools in the future, and 55% of artists are actively acquiring new skills in response to ongoing advancements in AI.

How musicians mostly use AI

The most popular application of AI use, according to the survey, is 'Songwriting & Composition.' Seemingly, musicians find AI useful when writing lyrics.

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David Borrie, Pirate CEO, explained the reluctance to reveal the use of AI, comparing this new technology with Auto-Tune and the criticism artists who used this advancement faced in the past.

But not all artists fear artificial intelligence and the reaction of their fans.

Some musicians partly employ AI for their activities and believe that the combination of AI and human creativity driven by AI helps them "harness the benefits of AI without compromising authenticity."

Our readers surely know about Grimes, who was among the pioneers who harnessed the technology and launched Elf.Tech, an AI-powered tool that allows fans to create music using her voice stems. A few days back, the Beatles released their last song, thanks to AI. Let alone countless music producers and DJs who simply need to use AI to isolate vocals and instruments to create mixes and beats.

If you want to experiment with the new tech and make your own AI song, check our guide, that'll walk you through the process and share tools to do that.

If you want to read more coverage on AI in music, check the Kill the DJ's AI or Music sections.