Saturday, January 10, 2009

Interesting comment on today's music scene by "Lucid Culture"

Just came across an amazing web site called "Lucid Culture", which is mostly about the arts, with an emphasis on live music in the New York City area. But it also has a wealth of interesting articles and reviews on all kinds of things.

In describing their mission, the folks at Lucid Culture had an interesting comment on today's music scene:

Why the focus on live music, as opposed to recordings? At this point in history, with the internet enabling independent artists to sell directly to the public, the major labels will soon be finished (at least as far as new product is concerned). Likewise, the majority of the indie labels will soon be toast (although there are a few speciality labels who seem certain to continue to thrive). For these reasons, live shows are where pretty much everything is happening right now. By all means, please continue to support your favorite independent bands and artists by purchasing their albums (and please refrain from putting their stuff up online where any moron can download it for nothing).
To read more about them, go here. And if you happen to be in the New York City area, you should not only check out, but bookmark, their incredible live music calendar.


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6 comments:

kdsde said...

By all means, please continue to support your favorite independent bands and artists by purchasing their albums (and please refrain from putting their stuff up online where any moron can download it for nothing).

I second the first part of that statement, but don't agree with the stuff between ( )!
How are those independent bands and artists are supposed to built a fan base if it would not be also via a "moron download" possibility for free?

Anyone here heard about Skyla Burrell Blues Band for example?
If not then see:
#59. [x] Skyla Burrell Blues Band - 09-13 2006
#64. [x] kdsde - 09-13 2006
and some following post counts between her and "the pirates"

http://thepiratebay.org/blog/40

So I think if someone found an independent band or artist that one loves he should put it up for "morons to download" (together with a link to the micromoney payment system that the band/artist hopefully has set up on their homepage of course! If the band does not have such a thing, that's their fault then and not of the persons that like to explore new stuff via "moron download" instead of FM/AM for example)

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with KDSDE on this one. These folks don't seem to have any better understanding of how to use the internet to their advantage than the RIAA.

Ray Beckerman said...

I'm no business person, but you guys make a very valid point. I.e. you're saying: (1) yes, pay for your copy, but (2) if you like it, do indeed disseminate it far and wide to help the artist build a fan base.

Ray Beckerman said...

By the way, don't you agree that Lucid Culture is a nice site?

Ray Beckerman said...

I brought your point to the attention of the folks at Lucid Culture, and received an illuminating response which helps explain where they are coming from.

Anonymous said...

Ray, thanks for taking the time to point out the dilemma to the folks at Lucid Culture. Very interesting response from them, and it shows a litte better understanding than their first statement.

And, yes, they have a very nice site. :)