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...
This week's interview comes from Ethan Diamond, the brains behind the popular digital distribution system known as Bandcamp. Head here to see how it all started and some interesting results on who's gaining the most momentum and sales by using the model. What do you guys think of the site? Do you think offering countless plays and full streams is way to combat leaks? Do you think the United States still needs to gain a system such as Spotify? For Rdio users and former Lala users, did it help in discovering new music without the guilt or need to download illegally? With the recent pass of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act this week, do you think some will slow their...
This past weekend I attended Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival is put on by Transmission Entertainment. The booking agent behind TE: Graham Williams. Williams took some time to sit down and talk about his job and where he sees the touring and show scene going from his earlier roots. Is the market overly saturated with bands? Are local communities the way to go right now? How many shows can the general public afford a month, let alone in a week? Is touring the only way for bands to make money due to illegal downloading? Most important, is it the ultimate test to see if a band can and will make it? Hit the replies and last have an after class discussion.
To end our week of band interviews, Matt sat down with John Gourley of Portugal. The Man to discuss the band's success coming out of having every album leak early and speaking out about it during each release. This brings up the interesting question of whether it's okay to download in the spectrum of being a fan, if you've constantly supported said band before and later. Are leaks and illegal downloading as hurtful as we make them out to be? Is there a difference between sharing mixtapes back in the day and flat out libraries online now? Hit the replies and let's discuss.
Today's interview comes from Envy, with whom I recently spoke on their final show in the States after their first tour here in four years. Tetsuya Fukagawa talks a bit about how local acts start up in Japan. For our users in other countries, how are your music scenes? How do they run, especially the D.I.Y. ones? Do you think if we weren't as flooded with music and almost spoiled with numerous tours here in the United States, do you think there would be a greater appreciation for music and live shows? How would you feel to be able to only see your favorite band play every four years since they were not from your country? Hit the replies and get the discussion going.
Continuing this week's string of interviews, Thomas recently spoke with Man Overboard about the leak and success of their album Real Talk which was released earlier this year. Head here to read the short interview. I'd like to get some discussion going today too. Do you think bands need to begin releasing their albums digitally right away? Is marketing obsolete once the public knows a record is ready to be released? Are special packages for pre-orders a great way to keep physical mediums alive amongst not only fans, but listeners as a whole? Hit the replies and let's talk. Real talk.
This month, we'll be featuring interviews with bands, distributors and the inside men/women of the music trenches as they discuss the current industry of marketing, touring, digital distribution and trying to plug those Internet leaks. Today's interview comes from Such Gold, who recently had their new album leak in an un-mastered, un-mixed format. Head here to see what they had to say.
You can read an in-depth update from Jeff Rosenstock, frontman for "digital pioneers" Bomb the Music Industry!, below, in which Jeff discusses the group's forthcoming tour schedule, a split release scheduled for the new year, his ongoing recording process, the formation of a new side project, the vinyl release of Goodbye Good World, the band's previously digital-only release, and much more.
Our Bomb the Music Industry!contest has closed it's doors, and our eleven, lucky winners, whose names can be found in the replies, have been chosen. We'd like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who tested your luck, and our gratitude goes out to Asbestos Records for sponsoring this lovely event.
Bomb the Music Industry!, the brainchild of ex-The Arrogant Sons of Bitches frontman Jeff Rosenstock, has posted two, brand new live recordings on their official MySpace page. The tracks were recorded live on October 14th at the Knitting Factory in New York City on the Skank and Destroy tour, which featured headliners Mustard Plug, as well as additional support acts Against All Authority and Westbound Train.
Just a quick reminder that our Bomb the Music Industry!contest comes to a close tomorrow, so be sure to enter for your chance to win while you still can. Also, please don't hesitate to check out all of our other contests, in which you can win a handful of great prizes from our wonderful partners.
We've teamed up with Asbestos Records and Bomb the Music Industry! to present you, our readers, with a brand new contest, in which one lucky winner will receive a test pressing of the band's forthcoming, 12" LP, To Leave or Die in Long Island, and ten runner-up winners will snag a Bomb the Music Industry! tour poster. For more information on the contest, as well as instructions on how to enter, please visit our official contest page. To Leave or Die in Long Island, which will be available on limited edition, coloured vinyl, is scheduled to see release this November via Asbestos Records.
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Bomb the Music Industry! will be releasing their sophomore, full-length effort, To Leave or Die in Long Island, on limited edition, coloured vinyl this November. For information on how to pre-order the release, please visit the Asbestos Records website. Furthermore, the album artwork has been placed in the replies for your viewing pleasure.
As promised, I had the opportunity to sit down for an extensive, informative discussion with Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb the Music Industry!, in which Jeff gives explains to readers his thoughts on the current state of mainstream music, major record labels, and more, as well as dispells rumours, and informs fans of what's next for his indepdendent project. You can read the interview for yourself right here.
In the very near future, I am scheduled to sit down for an interview with Bomb the Music Industry! As always, if you have any questions for the band, please leave them in the replies and I will do my best to get them answered.
You can listen to a brand new song from Bomb the Music Industry! entitled "The Soul Crushing Northeast" on the Quote Unquote Records music player. The track is set to appear on the band's forthcoming EP, No No New York, which is scheduled to hit stores on an unannounced, later date.
You can listen to and download a new interview with Bomb The Music Industry! on the twenty-fifth installment of the Top Welt podcast. As always, you can purchase a higher quality version of the podcast from the iTunes store.
MTV's segment on MySpace and its role in the music industry will be airing during the times below (EST). The piece features Cute Is What We Aim For, as well as A&R reps from Atlantic (Sickamore) and Virgin Records (David Wolter, Don Rohr):