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dyingforbadmusic on 03/06/2011 at 03:38PM
It's quite hard these days, releasing music, even though in some ways it's simple with all these tools like cd burner, mp3 and the internet infrastructure. It's fun to make music, do the cover-artwork and hold a finished release in your hands, but it's horrible to try to promote yourself (as band or label). Shouting out into the white noise of social networks is one way. Sending out promotional copies of your records makes you poor, especially if you are a no-name whether or not your music is good (whatever this means). Finding a distrubutor is similarly hard if you are unknown. Releasing just as mp3 is not better. I don't know the formula, but it's still fun to release music on a small DIY label, even if cdr is a crappy format. It's the communication with the artists, the excitement of holding a finished work in your hands, and the hope that a handful people may like it too. After over ten years running several DIY labels (starting with tapes in photo-copied covers) I still believe that it's better to have a limited edition of cdr sold to people who are really interested, than 500 factory pressed cds where just 100 are sold, including the promotional copies.
So here is a compilation of artists from my DFBM label. I love every single record and if they were available on vinyl, I would buy them. But for now, it's the free mp3 or cdr format.
dyingforbadmusic on 12/20/2010 at 12:30AM
So here is my final FMA Bestof2010 mix. FMA is a great ressource and it's always a pleasure to find some awesome music here. Often enough I've found an artist by listen to WFMU Radio. So WFMU is the first instance which preselect and give a starting point to dig deeper.
And if you don't mind, I invite you to listen to my general Top 20(10) list of the Dying For Bad Music blog. It's a good mixture of free music by independent artists and releases of more well known artists. This shows that quality is not depending on record deals and label contracts. So I hope you enjoy the mixtapes. Have a further reading on Dying For Bad Music (and discover much more free music)
I have to honour FMA as a well developed webapplication too. I like the userinterface and the handling. (Even if I have some points on my wishlist ;-)) Good work!