Another Musician Who Recognizes The Concept Of True Fans

from the flo-rida dept

News.com is running an interview with an up and coming hip hop artist named Flo Rida who appears to clearly grasp the concept of True Fans. When asked if he gets upset about people sharing his music online he says:

“If you’re really in touch with your fans on a personal level then you don’t have to worry about things like that. A lot of times I make sure I go onto MySpace and holler at my fans, looking at them on YouTube, showing love, making sure that I’m in tune more so on a personal level than just having a hot song…cause these are people who just might want to go to the store to get the album as well as download. These are people who might want to put your poster on the wall or see your (album) art.

The reporter also notes that he used to shout his cell phone number out during concerts. It appears that treating his fans right has its rewards. One of his songs set a record with 13 straight weeks at the top of the charts as the most popular ringtone and he has two Top 10 digital singles on the charts despite the fact his album hasn’t even been released yet.

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Wolfer (profile) says:

Re: I dont get your closing statement.

The album is relevant in that it isn’t relevant… or at least not as relevant as the RIAA thinks. That’s the point.

It’s relevant to the discussion of whether or not albums are important for artists to be popular or to get exposure. If an artist can have this much exposure when the album hsn’t even been made available yet, then the relevant question is “how important (relevant) can the album really be to an artist’s success?”

Michael Long (user link) says:

Birdmonster

Interesting. I noticed, however, that you tend to skip over news that doesn’t support your premise. Chris Anderson just posted about the long-tail band Birdmonster, which just left the ranks of the “do it yourself” group to sign with a label.

To quote, “Do we want to be musicians or do we want to run a business? To do both equally well just seemed unrealistic.”

Mike (profile) says:

Re: Birdmonster

Interesting. I noticed, however, that you tend to skip over news that doesn’t support your premise. Chris Anderson just posted about the long-tail band Birdmonster, which just left the ranks of the “do it yourself” group to sign with a label.

How does that disagree with what we said? I’ve always said there’s a room for the labels to act as the business partners for musicians… it’s just that it should be in helping them sell the scarce goods, not the infinite goods.

I never said the bands should do it all themselves. There’s definitely room for business partners to manage the business. In fact, that’s exactly what I was saying the RIAA members should be focused on:

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070201/004218.shtml

So, actually that story is an example of exactly what I believe will happen.

And I didn’t “skip over” the story because it didn’t support my theory (which it actually does). I hadn’t seen that story, and now that I have, perhaps I will write it up. There are thousands of stories a day. I have time to write maybe 10 to 12. If I don’t write one of the others, it doesn’t mean I’m ignoring it…

teknosapien (profile) says:

Well this is not the first band/artist

to do this – remember that little old bad called the Grateful Dead they used their fans to spread the music which did promote the band. When they were touring they were the top grossing touring band in the world beating out the Rolling Stones and others on several occasions. as for the “Do we want to be musicians or do we want to run a business?” the smart move would be to hire the right people (fans) to run the business portion of the venture, while, you the band work on the Music. Any band that goes the way of a record company is probably not one I would listen to anyway so as it speaks to the core reason why they are a band in the first place

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Well this is not the first band/artist

Mike, I agree completely. My confusion was regarding teknosapian’s post. He held the Grateful Dead up as and example but then said he would not listen to a band that “went the way of a record company” The two comments seemed mutually exclusive as I understood them.

:HAn. says:

Re: Re: Well this is not the first band/artist

11. teknospien didnt explain fully. The Grateful Dead (as well as another hugely successful band, Phish) would allow fans to tape their concerts and encouraged sharing the music. Both of these bands probably had the most die-hard fan base of all time and their concert grossings were among the top (and yes, they sold and continue to sell TONS of records). The music industry always seems to forget this for some reason….Probably because it PUTS THEM OUT OF A JOB

:HAn. says:

Re: Re: Well this is not the first band/artist

11. teknospien didnt explain fully. The Grateful Dead (as well as another hugely successful band, Phish) would allow fans to tape their concerts and encouraged sharing the music. Both of these bands probably had the most die-hard fan base of all time and their concert grossings were among the top (and yes, they sold and continue to sell TONS of records). The music industry always seems to forget this for some reason….Probably because it PUTS THEM OUT OF A JOB

Twinrova says:

+1 for the Artist, -1 to the RIAA

It’s great to see a change in the industry. I didn’t think I’d live to see the day. Hopefully, this trend continues with other artists.

But what about “retro” music? Sadly, I see no “free download” future for this stuff, which is a shame.

My vehicle is in the shop so I’m driving the second car, which has no MP3 playing capability. I’ve been flipping stations constantly, trying to find something decent on the radio.

My goodness, I can’t believe today’s music sucks so bad. I can’t believe anyone charges for this crap. Well, even if “Flo Rida” (oh come on!!!) does offer freebees, it will go to the crowd that apparently finds the music entertaining.

I may not like the music, but I certainly enjoy the change.

I’ll accept that happily.

Hit Beats (user link) says:

Fans are important!

It would be nice if Indie hip hop and rap artist, and R&B artist can get a REAL chance that allows them to get noticed by real fans.. Indie is the way to go. Already the production side is available. I get tracks and beats from http:.//www.beatslocker.com and they are totally hit major sound and great quality hip hop and rap beats. So that side is covered where as before only then major labels had access to these producers.. I already have airplay and Uni has contacted me! But in the end it would be nice to stay indie and keep the cash…all that remains to conquer is promo and marketing.. distribution is even covered …. when that happens majors are truly over!

Right hip hop (user link) says:

Make fans Notice or whats the point?

It would be nice if Indie hip hop and rap artist, and R&B;artist can get a REAL chance that allows them to get noticed. Indie is the way to go. This could be another step for the indie and the end of major labels. ITunes def helped as you can distribute like the majors. Already the production side is available. I get tracks and beats from :

http://www.beatslocker.com

and they are totally hit major sound and great quality hip hop and rap beats. That was never available before….So that side is covered where as before only the major labels had access to these producers.. I already have airplay and Uni has contacted me! But in the end it would be nice to stay indie and keep the cash…all that remains to conquer is promo and marketing.. distribution is even covered …. when that happens majors are truly over!

Right hip hop (user link) says:

Make fans Notice or whats the point?

It would be nice if Indie hip hop and rap artist, and R&B;artist can get a REAL chance that allows them to get noticed. Indie is the way to go. This could be another step for the indie and the end of major labels. ITunes def helped as you can distribute like the majors. Already the production side is available. I get tracks and beats from :

http://www.beatslocker.com

and they are totally hit major sound and great quality hip hop and rap beats. That was never available before….So that side is covered where as before only the major labels had access to these producers.. I already have airplay and Uni has contacted me! But in the end it would be nice to stay indie and keep the cash…all that remains to conquer is promo and marketing.. distribution is even covered …. when that happens majors are truly over!

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