So, you may have heard about Radiohead’s “free” release In Rainbows. Its a very good album. But I’m not here to discuss the album (which you should definitely pick up, cause its great). Instead I’m here to discuss the music industry, which in my opinion, could really use a flipturn. Currently, artists signed to major labels do not see the cut of profits they deserve. And fat-cat suits are sitting up in their mansions raking in the millions, basically for having connections. Not to mention the fact that most of the mainstream music comes from untalented hacks who come up with a catchphrase, dance, or both (supaman that ho!) and start selling way more records than they should.
The industry is monumentally out of wack, with paychecks incredibly disproportionate to talent, and a vast majority of the wealth in the hands of a vast minority of the people. Its just not right. And it needs to change. Radiohead has taken us all a step in the right direction. By cutting out the middle man, and promoting their album strictly through word of mouth (use that internet baby!) they managed to amass a huge number of downloads. And the whole concept of “pay what you think it deserves” is great. Of course your gonna toss a buck or two at them, and huge fans will pay absurd amounts, and mass-downloaders will freeload… but it will all balance out.
That’s why, all Vinyl Meltdown releases will be released in this fashion. We are not a major label. We are also not terribly greedy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like money as much as the next person, but I also don’t want to see people paying 15 bucks for a CD. Thats a bit ridiculous. Taking a cue from Radiohead and Saul Williams (The Rise and Inevitable Liberation of Niggy Tardust) we will offer albums for download, either free, or with a $5 donation via paypal. pretty easy right? The paid for versions will include some bonus material, perhaps an extra track, some additional artwork, or something totally unexpected. We’re still working on setting that up, but we also have a lot of new artists in the mix, so keep eyes peeled for that. Definitely got big things poppin’ over here.