[linux-audio-user] POLL: Marketing Free Music

Cesare Marilungo cesare at poeticstudios.com
Sat Mar 11 07:49:12 EST 2006

James McDermott wrote:

>As for a name, I agree that "web releasing musician" is a bit
>unwieldy, and "PIZZA" and "ECS-files" would require a bit too much
>explanation! "netlabel" is a term that already has some currency -
>could we use that or a variant?
Yes, the term "netlabel" already has some currency, but I'm not so happy 
with it.

Here's why:

* I'm discovering that almost every artist who made a release through a 
netlabel consider it just as a starting point to gain some kind of fame 
and recognition hoping to release a conventional cd for a *real* non-net 

* Most successful netlabels and their artist already have that "I'm too 
busy to answer your emails" attitude. I could have lived happily without 
this kind of people. Don't want to be perceived as a part of this scene, 
for sure.

* A netlabel and the people who run it are still unnecessary middlemen, 
albeit of a newer kind.

* If an artist gives his work to a netlabel, one of the reasons is what 
Carlo described before as the need to have somebody else judge the 
quality of his work. It's some kind of certification a true independent 
artist could do without.

Obviously I'm not talking about all netlabels and every artist featured 
there, but most of them.


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