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Why I have a problem with some labels on Bandcamp

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I make house music, I share tips for house music producers on YT and Patreon.

Dear friend,

Today, I want to share my (not-so-positive) opinion about how certain labels manage music and their artists on Bandcamp (and elsewhere).

These days, I’m doing intensive music research in preparation for an important gig, which I’ll talk about soon.

As a result, I come across numerous releases and profiles of more or less well-known labels.

On Bandcamp, it’s common to find labels that, some time after the “vinyl-only” release, decide to publish that release in digital format as well.

You’re probably aware of this too.

And to be clear, I have nothing against this. 

In fact, not being a big vinyl collector, I like to buy old music that is now available digitally.

Well, just a few days ago, I found a release from a label (which I won’t name) that I bought when it originally came out on vinyl.

It’s a very nice EP, produced by an “Unknown Artist.”

Let me say that, when it comes to original mixes and not edits, I don’t understand the reason for publishing as an “unknown artist.” 

But what disappointed me the most was not even seeing a couple of lines introducing the release.

I understand some might say, “only music matters”, but come on, let’s give the release the importance it deserves and allow buyers to have at least some information about the history of the record they’re purchasing.

Don’t you agree?

In the specific case I’m talking about, the “release date” was the recent Bandcamp publication date, even though Bandcamp allows you to set a past release date, such as when the vinyl was originally released.

This would already be an appreciated piece of information.

Secondly, if I were the label owner, I would write a brief description explaining that the release was initially launched on a certain date, and maybe include some anecdotes.

I don’t know, anything that makes the release stand out among the thousands of songs that are published every day.

Here’s an example of a description that I appreciated:

All this makes me think that the only interest of some labels is to monetize the music without truly valuing it.

But I’ll stop my monologue now.

If you want to share your opinion, if you think I’m just an idiot thinking this, answer this email and let’s have a chat!

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FROM THE WEB

1 – The Business of making sync music

If music is your passion and want to find a way to monetize it, have you ever thought about making music for commercials, documentaries, tv series? In this video this guy presents the business side of it (YT video).

2 – The story of Mochakk

Mochakk is a Brasilian dj that in the last couple of years got very famous with millions of followers on the social platforms. Despite he is not playing my favorite music genre I think he is talented and his story is very interesting. Had a great time listening to this interview on the Will Clarke podcast (YT video – Spotify).

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

Here I share what I’ve been listening to lately both from the house music world and from every other genre.

I will keep feeding this section of my newsletter, with the hope you enjoy it.

1 – HOUSE/MINIMAL HOUSE MUSIC

Seafoam – Chatter – Bandcamp

2 – OTHER GENRES

Afro infused beat.

Bosq & Kaleta – Ipadé – Bandcamp

Always be curious towards new music, you never know where inspiration comes from.

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Mihai Pol’s Masterclass: learn Mihai Pol’s production secrets in this video tutorial where he walks through one of his latest unreleased productions.

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