Indie Artists Discuss Dealing With File Sharing
from the there-are-strategies dept
Unfortunately, I can’t find who first sent this in, but the site Inieoma recently had an interesting multi-part “discussion” on how independent artists are dealing with the issue of “piracy.” Some of the parts are quite interesting. Simon Indelicate has a bit of a bipolar post that does a fantastic job laying out the economic issues of music production and consumption. He notes that the technology has flipped scarcity and abundance on its head — entirely separate from the file sharing issue. He is pessimistic about new business models working for most musicians (about the only point I disagree with him on), but thinks that the overall world is a better place with the internet and cheaper production of music. Quite a good read.
Then there’s an interview of Dan Bull, known around these parts for his musically brilliant open letters to Lily Allen and Peter Mandelson. In the interview, he discusses his views on the music business and things like file sharing. He notes that he’s mainly “against… enforcing backwards laws in order to cling onto an obsolete business model.”
Next up, is an interview with Matt Stockman who is starting up a new record label, called Sharabang, which plans to give away its music for free to “open up other revenue streams.”
No matter what industry you’re in, to thrive you must firstly listen to your customers. For Sharabang Music it’s about listening to music lovers, how music is now consumed and adapting to this to offer genuine choices. What we’re actually doing by offering music fans a choice is trying to put the value back into recorded music by diversifying the product range and offering far more than can simply be sent over the internet.
The whole interview is interesting, as Sharabang is working hard to come up with interesting scarcities. One cool idea is that every concert of a band on the label will be filmed with audience participation encouraged. And there will also be limited edition t-shirts that are tied to a specific event or group, to encourage people to buy more and “wear them with pride.” We keep hearing more and more about companies stepping up to help artists embrace new business models, so it’s great to hear of one more that appears to understand the best way to face the modern era.
There are some other parts to the discussion as well — some I agree with and others I disagree with, but overall there are some great viewpoints and thoughts on this general issue of how musicians can adapt to a changing world. Perhaps none of it’s really all that different from what we usually discuss around here, but it’s still great to see how different people are expressing their opinions on the issue.