Joe Bonamassa On The Downside Of Using AI In Songwriting

In one of the most recent Music Connection interviews, blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa talked about his music career, and was asked what his thoughts are on music made by AI. He mentions the risks of AI and makes the following comment:

It’s a personal integrity issue for me. There are great songwriters in every generation, and they all have a certain personality, but AI is going to get really dicey. You’re going to see singer-songwriters who—and it’s not their fault if they decide to—check their integrity at the door.”

Bonamassa complains about the misuse of AI and its effects on musicians:

“They’re just desperate to get a break. I understand that, but you’re going see people asking where did this song come from? ‘Oh, you know, I just locked myself in a cabin with my computer.’ […] What happens if your favorite album… [it] turns out some computer wrote it? Is it plagiarism? I don’t know. Who owns the IP?”

The guitarist then explains how it can cause trouble, giving a few examples:

“The big data conspiracy theorist in me says, if I say, ‘Hey ChatGPT, go write me the best Joe Bonamassa song of all time,’ and out comes ‘The Somber Ballad of Jonathan Henry II.’ I write that song, put it out, it sells millions of records and wins all the GRAMMYs. Somebody who chooses to access the data goes, ‘Hey, I have your search engine and our algorithm wrote that for you.’ […] The easiest thing to avoid that is to write your own damn song and just try to write the best songs you can. Not everybody is Bob Dylan.

Though he’s not happy with the use of artificial intelligence in music production, Bonamassa was mimicked by Jukebox, OpenAI’s music composition tool, which was later removed from the net.

You can listen to the guitarist’s latest single ‘I Want To Shout About It’ here.