Do we need record labels, if yes, then what do they exist for?
One common myth is they exist to filter out the rubbish. The same argument could be put forward for publishers.
We hear all the time of writers who were rejected by a hundred publishers before anyone would take them on.
I dare say musicians have similar stories to tell.
In which case, why is there so much rubbish on record labels? Why are so many bad writers being published?
In other words they are not acting as filters. Far from it. Often as not it is the good stuff that is rejected, it is rejected because it is different. That is why we hear of the writer who was rejected by one hundred publishers. We read their book and think, how could this have been rejected?
The rubbish is then hyped and the public brainwashed into buying.
What then of those creative artists we have never heard of? Who send off their demo disks, their manuscripts, only to get rejected.
The record labels, the publishers, are not acting as filters, they are acting as gatekeepers, deciding what will be read, what will be heard.
Anyone who has the money, can go into a recording studio and record good music. Many sadly go in and record poorly engineered crap, but that is another story.
On the other hand you can invest in your own recording equipment.
At the end of the day good music is good because it is good music, not because it has been hyped by a record label.
A twitter account is more important than a record label, but only if you use it effectively.
- Steve Lawson on books, music, communication and sharing
- Paulo Coelho: “Tweeting Is Art”
- “Twitter is art”
- A Conversation With Paulo Coelho
- Atwood leads the way in social media and new publishing
- Steve Lawson and Andrew Dubber discussing record labels
- We started a record label
- No More Unsigned Artists – A Solution To A Semantic Problem
Three people, eight hours, £17 and Any And All Records the world’s fastest growing record label was up and running.
Impromptu – Darin Wilson
Conversations – Steve Lawson and Jez Carr
It is also vital to be on bandcamp, people can then easily listen to, share and download your music.
WattPad has been set up to provide a platform for writers and poets.
About the only useful thing record labels ever did was put records into record shops. But could you listen?
When was the last time you saw a record shop?
Rounder Records in Brighton Record is to close at the end of July after 46 years trading.
Spillers Records in Cardiff which claims to be ‘The Oldest Record Shop In The World’ narrowly avoided closure and eventually had to move from its prime high street spot in 2010 after 60 years in the same location.
Record shops have gone the same was as bookshops. Record shops destroyed by the big record labels, bookshops destroyed by the big publishers.