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Old 08-18-2020, 06:43 AM   #851 (permalink)
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would you guys disagree that the decline of physical media hurt indie music
There’s so much great **** on BandCamp that I don’t think so. It may have hurt indie musicians but not the listeners. And it’s always been hard to point of next to impossible to make a living playing music. Even a bad living.
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Old 08-18-2020, 08:30 AM   #852 (permalink)
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If they made me music czar with the power to disperse one year’s military budget as music grants one decade would be worth a thousand years. I’m not even joking.
I feel like if you believe this then it follows that:

mo funding = mo better music

I'm not wanting to go back to the days of Mega Rockstars with golden toilet seats

but being able to make just enough to not have your creative energy soulsucked away by a job...
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Old 08-18-2020, 08:38 AM   #853 (permalink)
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would you guys disagree that the decline of physical media hurt indie music
Nah it just shifted hurts.

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here in Austin, for instance, local alternative music is basically funded by patronage from rich relatives (as such, it mostly sucks)
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I just cant imagine half the music I like even existing if the dysfunctional people in the bands couldn't sell records
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Old 08-18-2020, 08:41 AM   #854 (permalink)
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well the hurt seems to be dropped right on the type of musicians I likes

tbh it's super speculative though, I have no data on, uh well anything
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Old 08-18-2020, 08:54 AM   #855 (permalink)
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Physical media did float bands but it was still a derivative of commercialization of the music industry that labels had built, so it's exposed to the same kind of threats and competition. Touring was the new name of the game (Boy Harsher is a success story of this, they toured like crazy), but with covid I'm not sure how that's going to go. Not sure what the next key will be but it seems like networking and prerelease marketing is still getting a lot of artists off of the ground like black midi. I've seen an uptick in limited releases, raffles, and other merchandising, maybe that type of release will lead to some kind of return to physical media appreciation.

It'd be nice if there wasn't a specific thing that you had to do to make a longstanding band or whatever since recorded music favours some bands as opposed to live music and vice versa. A UBI type deal would create an artistic explosion like we've never seen before imo.
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Old 08-18-2020, 10:33 AM   #856 (permalink)
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Doesn't Sweden do that? I seem to remember reading an interview with the singer from The Haunted saying it was the main reason he could earn a living doing music.
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If I could get enough money to live in my own little place and gorge myself on ****ty food off of music I'd be content.
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