Way back in the day, when I was in a touring rock band, we often dreamed of being picked up by a major label, having our financial woes taken care of and really rocking out with perfect equipment, a great tour van, hotels and fully promoted tour support. But after seeing fantastic band after band around me getting signed, shelved, ignored, or just under supported I’m more convinced now than ever that labels are leeches.
I remember the first time my band was signed, we were offered something like 3 points per album, which effectively meant about 50 cents per band member per album sold. This is the kind of thing that is common across artistic ventures and genres. Why is it that the artist, the person who makes the product, gets less for their own work than virtually anyone else? For a very long time, this has just been accepted because there were no other alternatives.… Read the rest