two binary answers and an explanation afterward
Re: Should artists distribute their tracks for free?
Would free distribution hurt established artists such as those on the Hypnos label?
This is a topic so long discussed in past.
About the price of music and distribution:
there is a problem of costs on delivery music on a phisical support: CD (CDr) life-cycle is not exactly "free" for music maker that's why I need to cover operational costs and so I need to ask money on shipping
Virtually, I mean on music delivered on the net, would be free because costs for maker are really low,
so low that do not justify a cost cover to the listener; the problem is that, a part payments, I feel "too much lo-fi" the current digital music "technology" lyfe-cycle (audio compressions, bandwith, internet, computers, etc.); in other world: I think CD is the best hi-fi & simple in user experience (please listen far from pc
), so I chose the compromise to deliver my music via shipped CD; that's have a cost that I ask to listener/buyer.
About the artist perspective:
I'm a musician, but more than that, I'm interested in the deep mystery of music.
Anyway let me assume the point of view of an "artist"...: what I really think is that the main (initial!) point to possibly create art is freedom, but Money and Freedom did not ever agree
. When artists will understand that, artist will be a bit more happy. If you, as art maker, are focused on listeners responses ... on money return ... on social power ... you are ... let me say in a polite way: "not free" ... unable to discover true beauties, you will dry up.
About established artists:
Their problem is that in many cases established artists consider their activities as a job ...
"work" / "projects" are common terms to describe their activities.
This is comprehensible because the artist fit himself in our society with a role apparently respectable ...
many years ago, I was eighteen, I was playing for money in an commercial folk dance music band ... a kind of Italian traditional ugly music called "ballo liscio" (maybe something similar to "country music" in USA...)
That's was a real job form me! I was paid for study and perform (complex) guitar lead parts ...
After two weeks of live I was in the point to break myguitar in two parts for the rage ...
Afterward I allways decided to separate the way to survive (any job) from the music.