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Steve Albini tells you why is better not to sign with a major label.

“STEVE ALBINI: I’m not really interested in participating in mainstream culture. Participating in the mainstream music business is, to me, like getting involved in a racket. There’s no way you can get involved in a racket and not someway be filthied by it. You’re another catalog item, another name on the list of people who are collaborating with the enemy.”

Steve Albini is one of the most prolific music producer (or Record Engineer as he likes to be described) the world has come to know until today. He recorded albums with Nirvana, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Motorpshyco, The Breeders, Fugazi, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Jesus Lizard and some italian bands like Uzeda, Zu, 24 Grana. I remeber the time when in Senigallia at the Red House Studio many italian indie bands (Three Second Kiss, Manila Hemp) recorded with him.

If you are in a band or in a solo project or you are a producer or anyhow involved with music and still want to sign for a major label, please read carefully what Steve Albini has to tell you.

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In this essay the almighty sound guru goes deeply through figures explaining why is better to stay independent, and I will add to release yourself your music. keeping control over it forever. This way it will take you longer to be worldwide known but you will know how the game works and will be solely responsible for your music and its exploitation.

If you are interested please go dig for the dispute between Steve and Sonic Youth when they signed for a major in 1990 (it was DGC).

One more thing about his ethics: Steve Albini doesn’t pretend future royalties on the records he produces, he just gets a daily flat fare and that’s it. can you imagine that in the contemporay fucked up music business? ehehehe… he’s the man!

Steve Albini is also a guitarist playing with Shellac, Rapeman, Big Black.

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The Music Industry versus The Internet @ Music Think tank

I am constantly reading and studying about royalties revenues and contemporary exploitation of music and its placement, this is why I read blogs like Music Think Tank and others aggregating them in my rss feeder.

 

 

This time, for example, this post it’s about “Guardian of the free Internet” Vs. “Rights Holders” (labels, artists, publishers) debate and it really made me think and I suggest you to read it and, if you like it, you can comment about it down here. Count me in if you’re up to a discussion!

Especially the “Why are you paying for distribution?” question is something I totally agree with: why do I (or the label which I am releasing for) should pay fees to sub-distributor companies or big distribution web sites like Beatport and similars for doing absolutely nothing? or close to nothing (you know how many tracks gets released daily on these huge web stores and how little promotion or visibility they gets… apart form that I’ve never seen a cent yet…I know I am not famous but ZERO is still ZERO… c’moooon)

 

 

 

This is why lately, while following the ACTA campaign, I am  looking at websites like Bandcamp or other direct-to-fan selling platforms and Copyleft, as a very good opportunity and strategy for the contemporary music producer.

 

 

The Music Industry versus The Internet – MTT – Music Think Tank.

 

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