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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:34 pm 
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What are the pro's and cons from using a label for a first release (and if it is even likely for that to happen)?

And if you release a project independently, can it be re-released through a label?

Independent's cool and could work in generating a buzz to your name that would appeal to a label, but I really don't know much about this whole label thing.

Just some label stuff I'm curious about :)

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 Post subject: Re: Labels
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:20 am 
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Fuck ‘em.

DIY.

Just be diligent, post on all platforms, and let the music speak for itself.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:15 pm 
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Nice take, I felt like that a lot. Would be cool to work up a collective of like minded individuals yet make different music with some sort of common foundation or whatnot. Don't have to follow through a label and their connections that way and still independently distribute music. But Im still interested in what they can do for you in terms of bookings for sets or whatever.

Who knows, collectives end up as labels themselves soon enough haha

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:44 am 
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r4ph431 wrote:
Fuck ‘em.

DIY.

Just be diligent, post on all platforms, and let the music speak for itself.




This. 100%.

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 Post subject: Re: Labels
PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:38 pm 
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Also... to prevent any misconceptions... I don't mean labels who are all on this "playlisting" shit. I mean labels that can help with getting vinyls printed, help you out with bookings etc etc. But surely there's a catch? I can't imagine a label to do all this for free? Like manage the distribution or records printed or shows n shit?

I just don't really know how all this works haha

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 Post subject: Re: Labels
PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:36 pm 
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Jaytreaze wrote:
Nice take, I felt like that a lot. Would be cool to work up a collective of like minded individuals yet make different music with some sort of common foundation or whatnot. Don't have to follow through a label and their connections that way and still independently distribute music. But Im still interested in what they can do for you in terms of bookings for sets or whatever.

Who knows, collectives end up as labels themselves soon enough haha


Like, most labels will not connect any of their artists. At the end of the day, you'll end up working by yourself as you already do if you depend on a label to hook you up with artists. If you want to use their distribution, you'll have to pair up with a "big" lofi label or something. Exposure is exposure and it can always help. However, people will want to listen to your music because they like you or can establish some kind of connection with you and that's all on you and your work to be out there as an artist with your own ideias. Labels don't really help with that.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:11 pm 
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Hey Forest, nice insight :)

I was thinking that. Personally, I wasn't really looking into the whole "lofi label" side of things (just personal preference, though they equally still have my respect and house some great artists for sure), but something more multidisciplinary and ranging from beats, to rap, jazz bands, and all sorts of other experimental music, be it electronic or not, is what appealed to me the most. Two main examples that encapsulate this diversity in music that I could think of off the top of my head would (quite obviously) be the likes of Stones Throw and Brainfeeder, a really nice and diverse roster of artists (no way am I saying fuck it get me on them now thats a looooong way away that would need some strongggg work behind me haha, they're just examples of the variety I'm into). I think being a part of something pretty wide yet a tight niche sort of thing would be dope one day.

I have noticed quite a few artists, despite being with a label for their releases, to still have a pretty strong and communicative relationship with their listeners. Probably thanks to social media. I still think with a label, they can be their own artist with their own direction and own true projection but it probably varies and depends. Seems possible to do that alongside a label, right? I wouldn't really know though.

And facts, I know labels aren't the "cheatcode" to going places or whatever, and at the end of the day, its still down to me to make those connections and put in the work. That's something I'm already on doing and with this internet age, being able to reach out has become a lot more realistic. Making friends with other creatives who share a similar ethos is a lot better done through yourself than relying on some miracle to just spawn them to you haha.

End of the day, only person who can run these connections is myself and I'm pretty keen on at some point work up a collective community of musicians and artists across genres and disciplines in my City to surround myself with more.

Enjoyed reading what you had to write g, take it easy :)

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 Post subject: Re: Labels
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:08 pm 
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That was a cool reading Jaytreaze. I believe I understand what you're saying and I actually think about that all the time.

If I think about Stones Throw, I remember about their legendary forum. Also, there are a lot of videos on youtube that were recorded on their storage. A bunch of amazing musicians smoking and doing their thing inside the label basement. Also, there are some videos or people using their recording studio. To me, it looks like a community that organized itself at some point and became a label because someone decided to try it. I don't know the story but looks like it. I'm sure all its roster isn't close friends or anything, but a bunch is and it keeps the thing glued to some extent.

There's also Run for Cover Records. They used to have a show called Tuesday with Tay. A bunch of dudes and girls working on the storage and asking Tay some questions. It's relatable as fuck and it's only the people doing their own normal thing. Being humans beings, basically. Both labels have music genre-crossing artists and I believe that it's because they are about people, art, and music. Also, they are professional, but they are still a bunch of idiots making jokes and that's the secret of life I guess.

And to make a parallel, it's pretty much like any active band. When you get 3, 4, 5, or more people that are really active in their minds on how to put stuff to work, they'll be showing their music to a lot of people. They just have a bunch of people doing things and aiming at, more or less, the same spot.

As a beat head, it's kind of a bit harder since you're on your own, usually. But if you strive for creation, you'll want to have people talk about it from time to time, and then comes your idea. There are some collectives already and youtube is actually a great place to find out what people are doing.

Honestly, man, I hope you can hook up with some cool artists to come up with something.

Time to grab another cup of coffee.


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