[d@DCC] Re: Industry's view of non-major label musicians
ldegruchy at gmail.com
Wed Dec 8 20:56:49 EST 2004
"The music industry treats its own proteges as mortal enemies and its
customers as criminals. This can't be healthy for music culture"
This brings un an interesting point. Last Saturday, I went to watch
a live performance by a local singer/accoustic guitarist who does
cover for blues and mellow pop songs (who's REALLY good, BTW). I had
a chance to chat with him between sets.
He basically told me that whenever somebody told me he should be
famous and get a big record deal he told them he'd rather not. His
impression was that the record studios would take all the profits from
his records/tours and pay only his costs. For this reason, he's
perfectly happy being small time.
He and a local fiddler recently released an album that they paid
$10,000 to produce, and after a year and they've already recoupped the
costs and are making modest profits.
What makes he coments very interesting is that they echo the comments
in the message that I'm replying to. The musician I spoke to, who's
very talented and personable, would rather be small time and avoid the
fame and exposure of a famous record company-signed rock star. This
speaks VOLUMES about the state of the music industry.
"Freedom lies in being bold."
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