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Home taping…

In Today i am mostly pissed off with.... on September 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

Following a stream of emails has forced me to write a train of thought.
Can independent labels justify spending money on watermarking and ISP chasers .
I am intrigued to know if these companies really make a financial difference. Or is there another approach? True story . Big club record appears on torrent. Watermark traced back to A List Dj. A list DJ denies all knowledge. What then? DJ no longer a fan of said label, as Dj is now accused of being the route cause of label bootlegging . Label loses support of one of their key promotions people.

As for ISP chasers. Well this is the new Geffen approach to slapping the hand of offenders. But. We all know the age range of those highest offenders. 18. – 24 if you don’t. Chances are they live at home. Chances are , it’s their parents ISP. Where does that leave anyone.
Ultimately this all leads to ignorance, and where there is ignorance, there’s bliss. Educating people in the awareness that escapism requires money to be created, is the key route to all off the above issues.

Since writing this AIM are proposing a three strike option. 2 hand slaps and then finally reducing offenders bandwidth. This will allow them to use basic internet facility, but not download large files. This seems to be one of the most realistic ideas so far.

Pigeon Holes and bird poop

In Today i am mostly pissed off with.... on September 7, 2009 at 3:13 pm

A true artists continuing battle is to remain relevant, correct?In order to remain relevant you need to be constantly one step ahead of yourself,no? In order to stay one step ahead you need to be aware of your surroundings.  Allowing your mind to follow a naturally progressive cultural timeline is possibly the key to remaining constantly relevant. Sticking with the same thing for 2 long creates the massive stigma known as the PIGEONHOLE!

n. A small compartment or recess, as in a desk, for holding papers; a cubbyhole. A specific, often oversimplified category. The small hole or holes in a pigeon loft for nesting. tr.v., -holed, -hol·ing, -holes. To place or file in a small compartment or recess. To classify mentally; categorize. To put aside and ignore; shelve

Once in the PIGEONHOLE, getting out of it can be an issue. I have an issue with both the pigeon hole and the pigeon holers. The pigeon hole is generally a pain in the arse for the artist. Pretty much you are unaware until you are in it. Then you have to work your way out. This usually means losing old fans and finding new ones.

The Pigeon holer is also a pain in the arse as he is the person that has put you in there ,covered you in bird poop, and left you to fester. Ultimately deciding that you you are, else will never be, his/her thing.

This then becomes the artist/said persons battle. Re- inventing or re-branding. This to me, is the greatest challenge. Constantly suprising your audience is a great achievement and should always be your goal. The problem is, the more you do it, the harder it becomes.