The way the music industry has evolved as of late is quite phenomenal and was evident that it would eventually happen. Artists such as Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead, are in complete control of their record sales and distribution techniques. Relying completely on self-promotion and their fan-base for the overall success of their album sales. So far it seems to have worked well for them. Rock band FILTER’s frontman Richard Patrick interviewed with DelcoTimes.com. He discussed that his band is about as independent as a group can get these days, despite the amount of success it’s had in the past.
Here is a great statement from the interview;
Comparing the way music is now to a newspaper box, Patrick says that most people put their coins in and take one newspaper, even though they could just as easily grab the whole stack.
“But nine times out of 10, with music, kids don’t feel like they should have to pay for anything,” he said. “You release a CD, and some kid takes it and rips it into his computer and then makes a hundred copies or digital copies for his friends. If you had a food replicator, as opposed to the CD burner, and you hit the button that would make you a Big Mac, McDonald’s would go out of business, correct? So what’s the difference between that and music?”
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what prevails in years to come with retail music stores such as HMV.