More And More Musicians Seem To Get It

from the slowly,-but-surely dept

One of the encouraging things over the past couple of years has been the increasing number of artists who do seem to get digital technologies, and figure out ways to embrace them. From Maria Schneider to Pearl Jam to the String Cheese Incident we've tried to highlight artists who have learned to treat fans like fans, rather than criminals. It's good to encourage these types of activities, so thanks to Jeremiah for letting us know "Thomas Hawk has an interesting (and visually pleasing) post up about Bob Schneider, a Texas-born folk/rock singer. Thomas is enamored by Bob's practice of providing live recordings of his gigs *AT* his gigs. From Hawk's post:
"So Bob shares his music on his website for free. Yeah, that's cool, but what else does he do? Well, as a music collector I love live recordings. There's something about those little nuances in your favorite songs that make them so very enjoyable after you've really grown attached to a song. So I was really excited to hear during last night's performance that it was being recorded and that you could buy a copy after the show of the show. I bought a copy, a 2CD set for $15, and the sound quality is outstanding. Much better than the bootleg CDs that I used to trade and a real treat to add to my digital library and something with meaning and memory for me from having seen the show."
The one thing I like most about Bob's "products" (I hate calling it that) is his quality guarantee: 'If for some reason, you don't dig it, please bring it back and we'll give you your money back or give you another one.'"

Jeremiah also asks if we'll see bigger acts try this sort of thing -- which we already have. We've written about a few bands that offer live recordings of shows just as those shows end, but there's one (big) problem with the concept. It's been patented. Clear Channel, who owns the patent, has threatened bands that do this, claiming patent infringement. Hopefully, this patent is successfully busted by the EFF. It's currently being re-examined based on prior art the EFF submitted.

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    Pusilanimous Bob Fan, 6 Jun 2006 @ 7:58am

    Re: No it doesn't sound silly

    I believe Bob's policy on the live CDs is that if you want to give a copy to your friend, go crazy: this is advertising for him and as good as the live recordings are, if you like the music you're likely to buy the studio album too. It also gets a little addicting after a while to pick up the live sets because he really tweaks the performances: Song A will sound radically different from one concert to the next.

    The other thing is that Bob/his band get all the profits from the live recordings so it's pretty lucrative for them to sell a couple hundred live CD sets at each show. They probably make more profit off the $15 CD price than they do from their cut of the $18 event ticket price.

    Bob's cool: great music and great content policies. Just don't talk during his performance or he'll throw you out (though he will give you your ticket price back... :-)

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