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Photo from the cover of DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
I’m about to step into controversial waters here and I’m OK with that. I’m going on record to say it: Piracy does NOT kill music.
If there were AA meetings for music lovers, I would probably have to attend one at least 3-5 times a week. “Hi, my name is Matt. And I’m a music addict.”
I obtain music in any way I can: streaming, iTunes, record stores, live shows, Amazon, online orders from labels, and yes, even the controversial music torrent sites.
Each source has it’s own purpose for how I can and want to gather music. If you follow me online, it’s no secret I am obsessed with vinyl. I spend money on vinyl weekly. But most of the vinyl I buy is because of A) impulse (7″ mainly) or B) because I am obsessed with the record and want to hear what it sounds like in it’s beautiful analog form and have that gorgeous physical object to hold in my hands. (also adding great decoration to my living room)
There are many ways to preview albums that I am fully aware of and use them frequently. MOG being the go to choice for me. But getting a preview from iTunes can give me enough of a sample to let me know if I am into the overall sound or not.
Part of the problem is that I spend a lot of my time in the car listening to music, a place where I can’t stream albums. So I end up wanting the physical copy. But most of the time it’s silly to go buy the CD when I most likely will go buy the vinyl or attend a show and buy the CD directly from the merch table.
Being labeled as a “stealer of music” really hurts. Albums I have produced, mixed, or engineered that have never been picked up by labels or distributed correctly can be found on many of these sites. HELL YEAH I SAY! The hard work we put into the record will be enjoyed by anyone who wants to get their hands on it. And in most cases, in multiple audio formats for your choosing. When I see 1,000 people have downloaded the album that’s sitting in boxes in a closet, I can’t help but grin from ear to ear.
I can state the obvious that there are so many reasons why NOT to do it, but it’s here to stay (for now). Sorry record labels. Forget your 1970’s model of distribution and realize you need to adapt. I am the customer and the customer is always right. So cater to me. I will selfishly obtain music in anyway that I want, paid or unpaid.
As proof of my point. The album of the week in the right sidebar (or found below) is one I spent months of my life working on. Go ahead and download it. I didn’t make a penny off of this record but am very proud of it. Hope you enjoy.