4. Country Tends to Follow Pop Trends — Just a Few Years Behind
Wiseman: Forty percent of the active rock males have abandoned that format and come over to country.
Robbins: If you listen to early-2000 pop radio, there was still a lot of organic instruments on there – acoustic guitars and drum loops were huge back then. Those John Mayer records or that Ashlee Simpson stuff. And that’s kind of what we’re doing now. There's very few guitars on pop radio. I actually think EDM, being so much of pop music right now, is a big part of why country music has transitioned. We’re doing what pop radio was doing. People like those songs and we’re filling that void now.
Minor: The core country music listener is probably the guys that lost rock & roll before Nirvana came along and the hair bands [died out]. So, we’re probably the closest things they have.