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Absolute Industry: Roundtable Label Discussion

Posted by - 09:27 AM on 11/24/10
This past Sunday, I sat down with Max Bemis (Say Anything), Kenny Vasoli (The Starting Line/Person L) and Chris Conley (Saves the Day) to discuss the current state of the music industry and life after being a part of a major label. Head here to read the hour long discussion, and hit the replies with your thoughts. Where do we stand? What do bands have to do to succeed? Is this all forcing creativity and weeding out bad personal investments in bands that will just break-up in a year anyway? Is the idea of the rockstar dead among the underground, or is the underground the new bohemian rockstar? Will the majors eventually fold, and there will be a level playing field amongst any and all labels? Will we see the inevitable death of physical mediums and eventual death of digital purchases in the future?
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09:33 AM on 11/24/10
Thomas Nassiff
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Coolest thing ever.
09:56 AM on 11/24/10
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Good interview. Definitely read all of it. They're right.. and this has happened for many years. If you think of this scene as the 'grunge' scene (i know it's not it).. that was taken over by majors as well. This goes back decades and I don't think it should be a shock to any bands.
10:05 AM on 11/24/10
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That would be fantastic tho if all label funding for records disappeared and artists if they truly cared about putting out music had to struggle for it. I feel like it would weed out a lot of the types which should be weeded out.
10:22 AM on 11/24/10
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Amazing read! Those dudes are so smart. Especially Chris.
10:23 AM on 11/24/10
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Jesus what a read. Good one, though.
10:43 AM on 11/24/10
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Great interview.
10:43 AM on 11/24/10
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Awesome interview. The comments from Chris were completely on target, I think. If bands worry more about writing a record with staying power than being fashionable, they're headed in the right direction.
11:11 AM on 11/24/10
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Good interview. Definitely read all of it. They're right.. and this has happened for many years. If you think of this scene as the 'grunge' scene (i know it's not it).. that was taken over by majors as well. This goes back decades and I don't think it should be a shock to any bands.
Very true, artists complain about "the system" alot, but it goes back so far that you just always have to be aware about it before you sign that record deal. I feel at the level these guys are on though, they can continue putting out music their fans will love; and continue to play mid-sized venues for the duration of their careers, which isn't too bad imo.

Btw, I saw the end of their tour in Austin on Sunday, and it was awesome seeing Say Anything with Kennedy and everyone was singing along just loving it....that's probably the best feeling in the world for an artist.
12:09 PM on 11/24/10
we found our own reasons to sing
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"when you're a walking mannequin, thats misery"
01:10 PM on 11/24/10
eyes closed and far away
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^ Yes. Awesome line.

Such a great read.

I also loved Max's line: "Kids will always want a band's t-shirt, unless there's some weird movement where that's not cool."

And the very last paragraph that Chris' said. So so true.
01:28 PM on 11/24/10
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Really good read. Some awesome guys.
01:35 PM on 11/24/10
they all got boyfriends anyway
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I love how SA's label wanted them to have a look so they dressed up like their dads going to work. Nicely done guys.
01:47 PM on 11/24/10
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Maybe it's because I'm not a "kid" anymore but most of the band shirts I have been seeing lately I wouldn't be caught dead in. Or maybe it is the fact that I have questionable tastes in bands (sometimes it is just fun to go to a show and dance). The only shirt I thought about buying in the last year or two I talked myself out of it because I haven't worn band shirts in a while.

But the interview as a whole was great they really know what they are doing and how to say things intelligently so people don't mind listening to them. They made excellent points and didn't have to be dicks about it. Kudos to them.
02:41 PM on 11/24/10
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