« on: August 14, 2008, 05:18:53 PM »
I released Dreamscapes on Earth Mantra awhile ago and a french nelabel which appears defunct now (been down for a long time...not sure what's up) as well as over at last.fm.
I try not to charge too high a price for my releases, I think it's reasonable what I (and others) charge for time put in making the music, getting them printed (either professionally or in your home, hey, ink, etc...costs). I have been on the fence on doing a run of 100 for my 2nd and split release but seeing I have had hardly any sales on them (not for a real lack of promoting them) I am on the fence on it. I'll eventually release my 2nd release on a net label, probably Earth Mantra again. I am not looking to get rich as I have no delusions that I'll be able to sustain my lifestyle by doing that. With that said I think it's great folks put stuff out for free as well as sell their music. Hey, we all put a lot of time, effort, sweat, blood, whatever into our music/craft. It isn't unreasonable to try and recoup some of the costs for it. Be it for software updates, new gear, etc...
But in the end for most of us it's a no-win situation with regards to being able to recoup and maybe make a few bucks to the plus. I know I'm way down with regards to investment in software/updates and hardware. Even when I was playing in the band (for 4 yrs) we hardly saw squat with regards to money from doing shows. Even on tour we all paid out of pocket >$600 apiece to do 10 shows in 12 days. Times that by 6 for the 6 members on the tour + ~$1200 in gas = a big loss. We had fun for damn sure, a LOT of laughs, some good shows (less than the mediocre ones of course, low turnouts, etc...) but it was interesting. Playing the Heathen Crusade II back in Jan. 07 was a BLAST! We all had a great time, but again, we didn't make diddly for money, met a lot of great people, et al.
But to me in this style of music, you have to have a label in order to be able to at least meet what you spent on time/sweat/gear, but then again that's my opinion. At least some of us do this as a hobby/project (me), others are deeper into it for the longer haul (most likely). I don't know when I'll stop. I would like to continue putting out releases now and then, not the *yearly* thing like most artists. But when sales are null/little to none it makes you think twice on continuing some times. At least it does to me. Probably since it's ROIC that I look at more than others (RIOC = return on investment capital, i.e. gear and software mostly). But as long as I'm a) having fun, b) enjoying myself and c) putting something out that at least some folks enjoy (I love hearing from the few who've purchased in the past and ask when a new one will be out!) I am content. Of course I'd love to make a few grand or so a year on this but I know better ;-)
Anyways, off my soapbox. I'll still contribute to the Drone Download Project, any other label that's putting a compilation out and is interested in having me on it and any label that's interested in doing a release by me. Stephen Philips is next on my list for a release to the masses ;-)