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deadbees on 12/12/2015 at 08:47PM
NO POP — music genre, ethical guideline, as penned by Toronto music writer Lonely Vagabond:
“rooted in the attitude that people should search for the music that moves them, away from the corporate machine and towards artists who haven’t lost their capacity to be creative, experimental or boundary-pushing.”
No Pop. I wish I had thought about this myself. With that “label” or tag — call anyway you want — Lonely Vagabond perfectly nails the reality of today music dilemma. New alternative? Not so sure about that. The Pop vs. No Pop antagonism is a reality. Is it a fact. And it’s not only about economics — actually it’s not only about music either. The whole contemporary western world can be read through the No Pop lens.
Anyway, let’s stick to music. Let’s start with the Record Industry. Actually no, let’s take a look a the Music Industry. There it is: Music Industry. Am I the only one uncomfortable here? Does anyone else pick the oxymora? Music & Industry. Do these words go together well? How come the juxtaposition of Art and Industry doesn’t raise any concern?
We’ve basically been drowned into that evil blend for too long we don’t even notice how much of an evil non-sense it is. Let’s get this straight: the Music/Record Industry only concern is its own wealth and growth. The industry must grow. Call it economics entropy if you like. Whenever it fails to get any fatter analysts will raise the Crisis emergency flag.
The Record Industry feeds itself harvesting the fruits farmed by musicians, songwriters, producers, managers, promoters… The revenue must remain high and stocks should go up. Profit. Holding companies profit. Shareholders profit. That’s the corporate Music Industry’s gospel. Do you think this may provide opportunity for spawning challenging artwork? No chance. Art is out of the picture. Long gone.
As any other industry, the Music Industry is dealing with assets and products. How does it raise substantial revenues? By releasing profitable products, addressing the consuming masses in the most straight forward way. Give people an easy to get along music. Take away all adventurous creative outbursts. Make it shallow. Make it light. Get it on repeat on every television network. Make it POPULAR.
So what’s the alternative? What’s the NO POP way? Music driven by art. Driven by songwriting urge over profit perspective. A lot of people around me claim that the Record Industry biggest failure is its failure to bring them revenue. Musicians, songwriters, independent record label managers… all those brave music soldiers who fought hard without looking back and expected a paycheck down the line. And never got one. I hear you fellows. I feel for you. But in the most twisted way I do believe that dire pass you remain stuck in is your only pathway to truth worthy music creation. Don’t get mad. Just hear me out. It’s art integrity over career. The Gospel over greed.
Look around, there’s no point into making desperate career plans. Musician entrepreneurship, that’s bullshit. It may bring down some dough but won’t make a decent album. Not even a song.
Come on, look around. Every single artist you may be into, look for their best piece of work. I don’t mean the most successful nor the biggest seller. But their highest artistic achievement. I doubt you may find any of these among releases being crafted after a wealthy deal. Get this straight, financial success kills the creative urge if not the ability.
So people, don’t run after fancy career plans. Don’t fantasy yourself as the next Record Industry shooting star phenomena. That would be just the end of your genuine artistic career.
That’s my point you may ask?
Shouldn’t you entitled to retribution for your work? Yes you should. Shouldn’t you be making revenues off your music? Yes you should. And as an indie record label I will make any possible effort to make this happen for my artists. But remind this: all fancy stardom plans will lead you to no good — if you may ever achieve them. Stick to solid songwriting. Maybe you won’t be able to leave your day job. So beat it. Better this than turning into a rich spoiled musician.
My advice won’t get you a fancy car but will keep you crafting great music.
deadbees on 04/04/2011 at 12:46PM
Kill The Record Industry,
Save the Music.
Dead Bees records give special care into releasing periodic compilations – “Dead Bees records label samplers” - as milestones of the extended Dead Bees family ongoing work. These samplers are made available as physical CD-R, but also as free digital releases, under the terms of Creative Commons licenses.
It is our deepest belief that music must remain free and these releases are a gift from the artists to their audience.
This music is meant to be shared, so please spread those records. Make copies of them, and give them away.
We will also post it onto various websites, soon-to-be-sued file sharing portals, and onto non-profit free music, such as Archive.org or FreeMusicArchive.org.
The making of these compilations, with the aim to share them for free, appears to be more meaningful now than ever. When the old established music industry is desperately trying to prevent its empire from collapsing, blaming the wrong people for its decline, releasing free music is more than a friendly giveaway, it's a deliberate ethical move. Here's our choice: we either let the masses consider music as any industrial goods, or we try to remember there is more in art & music and see beyond copyrights and profit. Music is about sharing feelings, emotions, decibels. And this should remain priceless. Does this mean music makers should not fulfill their piggybanks ? Of course not, it's time we all create a new economical system working rather for the best interest of musicians than for industrial holdings'.
Originally due on 10/10/10, our tenth sampler got a bit delayed. We are sorry about that. This new compilation tracks were gathered last summer for an early batch, and some others were recently added over the past weeks. This very long process got us more tracks than we could include on a single CD, so we had to put some of them aside. This means we already have material ready for sampler #11!
Dead Bees #10 new track providers include: FEDERALE (Collin Hegna, from THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, Portland, Or), THE RUSTY BELLS (Toulouse, Fr), OSTRICH TUNING (Toronto, On), PETE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Peter Holmström from THE DANDY WARHOLS, Portland, Or), THE COBBLESTONES (Paris, Fr), GEORGE (Paris, Fr), TREASURE MAPS (New York, NY), THE DEAD MANTRA (Le Mans, Fr).