Alan Parsons: "Now there's no chance of getting rich with music unless you're Beyonce or Britney Spears"

Mexico City (AP) — Alan Parsons believes he had "very good luck" to have started in music 40 years ago, when he says artists had more opportunities to succeed in the industry.

"Now there's no chance of getting rich with recorded music unless you're Beyonce or Britney Spears," the British musician said in a phone interview with the Associated Press from his home in Santa Barbara, California. "The ones who make the money are the Google, the itunes, the Apple of the world, not the artists. It's a very sad time for recorded music. "

The engineer, producer and co-author of successes such as "Eye in The Sky" and "Mammagamma" expressed gratitude to maintain his career in an industry whose model has completely changed since the end of 60, when he collaborated in the production of discs like "Let It Be" and "Abbey Road" of the Beatles.

For Parsons, born in London in 1948, it takes something very simple to keep the industry afloat: "If you want music you must pay for it."

"It's a pleasure when I can go to foreign countries to play live because in my opinion that is the future of music," he said. "Recorded music will disappear because no one can afford to record music and not receive a payment for it."

Parsons will be presented Wednesday at the National Auditorium of Mexico City and Thursday in the city of Puebla with a symphonic show accompanied by 90 musicians. During July he will continue his tour with dates in Germany and Poland.

The musician has appeared in Mexico on several occasions, the most recent in 2014. He also has a live CD/DVD of a free concert he offered in Medellin, Colombia, which recommended listening to his Mexican fans.

"It's great. It is a very good representation of how the concerts will be in Mexico, "he said of the production launched in 2016. "It's very extravagant."

It also has a live album from Madrid from 2010.

"I don't know how to explain it, I don't know why we do so well in Spanish speaking countries, in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, even in Venezuela," he said. "Perhaps they don't understand the lyrics, maybe that's a good thing," he added.

In December last year, "Eye in the Sky", the most representative theme of Parsons, turned 35 years. In the era of Facebook, WHATSAPP and GPS, the song that speaks of an omnipresent vigilance seems to have been prophetic.

"It has become more emotional in recent years because we now live in the time of security cameras wherever we go," he said. "Every satellite on Earth is watching us, it's a lot like George Orwell's world, as he wrote in the novel ' 1984 '."

Parsons also collaborated on Pink Floyd's album "The Dark Side of The Moon" as a sound engineer and produced the albums of the Alan Parsons Project, the group that founded in the decade of 1970 with the late Eric Woolfson and with which he released discs as "I Robot" , "Pyramid", "Eye in the Sky" and "Stereotomy", until its dissolution in 1990.

"My role as a producer is like the director of a movie," he said. "I always appreciate the memories, the influence, the inspiration of working with the Beatles and Pink Floyd and all these wonderful artists. I recognize that without them I would not be who I am, I will never forget that. I was very lucky and I was in very good places in good times. "

For 2018 it keeps its vision in the present.

"I'm making a new album, I'm in the studio," he said.

The first songs are expected to be known at the end of the year.