At 6/30/10 01:10 PM, Chronamut wrote:
yes going indie is the way to go my friend - why let someone else get rich off your expense?
Only if you want to be fighting for touring and advertising funds your entire life. There is a reason why being an indie musician is both a blessing and a curse. Yes, you do have more say in your music, because you aren't dealing with a super giant label. But on the other hand you make way less money.
You also get far less funds for cutting albums, touring, and advertising. Also most indie labels lack the ability to advertise you to more than the surrounding local. Granted some indie labels are well known to industry professionals, like Park the Van Records. And a few might get invited to important conventions like NAMM. But truthfully, how well known are they by the general public? Not very.
Going indie is the way to go if you want to have to fight your entire career for all the tangible benefits. The intangible benefits outweigh the tangibles for some people though. Things like a wider range of musical expression, less focus on singles and more focus on albums, and generally a more loving and respectful relationship with your label are the main benefits of being an indie musician.
I'd bet nearly every artist/musician/band/etc, when looking at the pure numbers, would gladly leave any indie label they are a part of to join a major label. Because joining a major label = more publicity, thus more fans, leading to more sales, leading to more albums, leading to more tours and performances, which leads to more income.
Truth be told it is really easy for indie musicians to sit and say "indie is the way to go," because they have never had the full experience of being signed to a major label. I'm guessing if you were offered a 7-8 figure annual income based on record sales and two tours a year through the publicity a major label would give you, you would take their deal in a heart beat.
And I love your comment about letting others get rich off of your expense. Truthfully the labels back their musicians MILLIONS of dollars to cut albums, tour, produce music videos, hold conventions, and advertise their products. The reason many music labels are taking bigger cuts nowadays are because artists often default on their contracts.
Labels earn every penny they make off of their artists because their artists would never have the same opportunities without their label. The general public just hates labels because they take legal stands to make people pay for the music that they spend MILLIONS to produce and promote.
Seriously, your comment is just naive man. "OMG THEY GET RICH OFF OF THE ARTISTS!!!! SHAME ON THEM!!!!"
Yea, they do. They also vault many of their artists into fame and help them make mega-millions through supporting their tours and record sales.
Does it work for everyone? No. But to make an analogy, does surgery cure everyone who gets a procedure done? No. But you wouldn't tell someone who needs a tumor removed that they shouldn't get surgery because "OMG THE DOCTORS GET RICH OFF OF YOU!!!!"