In recent years, the biggest changes we have seen were earth-shattering ideas brought on by genius 20 somethings like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Tom and Chris of Myspace, Tim Ferriss (4 Hour Work Week), and Kevin Rose (Digg). These are people with ideas and even though they were young and inexperienced, they conquered their respective industries with innovative thought.
I am not saying everyone who is old is incapable of innovating. However, age, resume, platinum records etc. do not translate to anything in this industry right now. If I can impart any advice for a band looking to work with a manager, producer, mixer, label, lawyer, etc. it is make sure they have young and fresh new ideas and understand today’s landscape. Otherwise, I don’t care how many platinum records they have on their wall, these times will break that person in an instant. Beware of old ideas, they are dead! Look for a person with fresh ideas, it does not matter if they have no resume, as long as they will work hard on those ideas, it will be much better than someone who doesn’t get today’s landscape. The times we live in you need to judge people by their work ethic, their ideas, not what they did in the past, because even five year old achievements are irrelevant today.