We are progressing in everything: technology, green movement etc. what about music? record labels have become obsolete. What next? I have ideas, but I want to hear you first
Not sure what you mean. I think most artists still strive to have a recording contract. Unless you're Reel Big Fish. So if there is still a desire to join, and a moderate demand for cds, they'll exist.
I happen to think that it would be great if small bands could get the kind of exposure that big bands get with out representation, but it is still a fact of life. I am curious to see what will happen over time.
My dad works for a record label. They only have three artists signed with them. He serves as the manager. Even on a smaller scale they exist And my brother is looking to get signed. Most artists (like my brother) start out doing it for the fans and wanting to get heard, becoming a part of a major record label is a way to do that, as long as you don't sell out
i see both points.
i knew a lot of people who tried to get a record deal but ended up with nothing. there is definitely something to being signed but most bands have to 'sell out' to get there no matter how small or big.
i think the way to go is Independent.
Most bands don't have to sell out. Lots of bands make it big and never do. Independent works for certain bands. As long as the music is gettin' made, I don't care.
Because some record labels have a crazy big legal department and invest a crapton of money into their artists. So they're looking for something in return...
Of course there are other ways. And many bands choose that path.
One part of the music industry I am keeping my eye on is "digital." Sites such as ITunes and Rhapsody selling individual digital songs is changing the way people buy their music.
When I had a choice with a "45" over the LP, I would purchase the song I wanted on the 45. That way not spend a lot of money for the other waste time music a lot of people would put on albums to fill space. (Not saying all artists did this, but...a lot of them did)
For a while we were forced to buy the CD/album and pay the high price if we wanted the song. Since I can now buy only the song selection I want...I will continue this way. And the digital download of an entire CD is cheaper than buying it in the store if I decide to go that route.
With sites such as Itunes you can sample the CD list and then decide whether to buy 2,3, 4 songs, or the entire package.
And for new artists...I have seen downloads for independant musicians. This could benefit them somewhat. Will it end up replacing labels? Probably not anytime soon, but technology is moving so fast it could be a possibility someday.
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I did and did. The music industry as a corporation is just business. Artists lose their creativity in most cases. There are always exceptions to the rule for some artists that are "big" enough, such as a MaDonna, Elton John, Billy Joel, Janet Jackson and the like.
Many aspiring musicians lose out when Label management forces them to follow the direction of the label.
But in fairness.....I am sure some Labels have made a few artists also.
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