I love DIY music. The true DIY musicians are easy to spot, they stand out, and at the same time they’re quiet. Constantly working and creating different angles. Guerilla marketing, merchandising with zines, propaganda, and whatever else. Its truly impressive, but it only goes so far.
The music industry in my opinion does in fact need the record labels, publishers, management firms, booking agencies, tour and stage crews, advertising admins, distributors, roadies and stage hands, social managers, personal managers, and finally artists. Why? Because that is exactly why….that’s just too much for 1 or even a band of 4. Something will get lost in the mix, and leadership is leadership when delegating appropriatly used. Unless you have a rich investor you’ll never get all that accomplished without the financial backing of the label to begin with. Sometimes another set of eyes is best. Now what if you went into all this fresh and with no prejudgement biases with labels and just focused on the task rather than who owns this or that. The task is giving the public “good” music ultimately to settle down and bring peace to souls. Were all fighting, why fight more? Build positives rather than negatives. Shoot out and Aim high. Your career, and money shouldn’t ever be before the soul. In fact it shouldn’t even be in the same sentance. I do want to sign with a label, I do want to help create a new start for our industry. It is our industry, “team pride” is another way to say that.
All the way down to supporting local music. Its our industry folks, what are gonna do?