HI Darren. someone elese wrote me about this so I'll just post what I wrote back to him:
I had to do some serious thinking about my previous work and what I wanted to do next. First, I was at the point where it was becoming incredibly hard to write an entire album worth of music. After 3 or 4 songs I find myself wanting to stop. Even thinking about the process of making a physical release kept me from making music. This is why It would take 1 or 2 years for me to get enough stuff together to make an album.
Over the last 4 years, I have used a service called Tunecore which delivers my music to Itunes, Emusic, Amazon, etc. Because I get statistics on what people are downloading, I know that barely any albums are selling but individual tracks are doing very well. At the same time cds haven't been selling at all. I'm lucky to sell one every 3 or 4 months now. BUT, my music online is doing better than it ever did when sold as cds. In addition, much of my music has been floating around file sharing websites so it's almost easier to just download it for free than it is to purchase it.
So, all this together made me realize it was time to set my music free in a way where those who choose to buy an album or a song could, and those who casually come by for a listen can without paying. When I think about it, trying to monetize my music like a pop band makes no sense. The whole business aspect of my music was all wrong.
So here's the wild thing about all this. I have made more money with Formation than any other album entirely and it's been out for a few weeks AND it's free if you don't want to pay. People are putting their own value on the music. Because of this, I feel totally free now to make the music I want to make. I can do anything I want without the weight of "business" over me. It's liberating.
I do have a few listeners who really want cds. Actually your idea of a record sounds fantastic. I did a double take a few weeks ago at Urban Outfitters as they have a record isle in there with new albums! One of my ideas is to do 3 or 4 short albums and then try and get 100 or so listeners together to pick their favorite songs from digital releases and then pick what they want to do with them. So, if enough people wanted to take 8 songs and put them on a record, we could do this. 100 people at 10 bucks a head is almost enought to do this along with hiring a graphic designer for some extra special artwork. I would basically help the process along with artwork and title etc.
So, I'm not saying physical product is out but I'm not going to follow the standard process I've been following.
And, thank you to everyone who has been supporting my music and this latest release. More to come very soon.