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ART & MUSINGS BY LYNNETTE SHELLEY
November 23, 2008
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An interview with yours truly has been posted over at
Bill's Prog Blog
. In it I discuss the new album Fossil Eyes by
The Red Masque
, as well as an anticipated new live album and more.
Click here to read.
One question though, do you really think that CD's will be "out" in 2 to 3 years? Maybe this is an old-school mentality, but I would think that a large portion of people will still want a hard copy. (Though that can come from backing-up.)
November 25, 2008 at 7:33 AM
Thanks for the comment.
I don't think the cd will be completely dead in 2 to 3 years but definitely dying. I dont' see cds at all in, say 8-9 yeas time, unless they come in really special "collectors" or unique packaging. The only groups that will hold on to cds will be older folks in my opinion, and I already have heard about some labels switching to all digital formats. I personally like cds, but even I, when I buy a new cd, will immediatley load it into my iTunes and I pretty much listen to the album from there and leave the cd in the shelf. Maybe I'm wrong. I guess we'll find out! And I have to speak to DK about it, but I am believe we've had more download sales than physical CD sales on the new album.
November 25, 2008 at 9:39 AM
I have been thinking about this since I posted my reply. Artists might help push us into a CD-less world. Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails are sort of proof. Mind you, they have already made a name for themselves, but I am sure it was easier, and cheaper, to release an album for download, without an album contract, and having to print up CD's (though all three releases by these two all have been released on CD).
I know you are with a new, and stronger label now, but do you think it would be easier for you? I am not sure how much marketing a label can do for a band like The Red Masque, seeing the garbage that the majority of people listen to.
November 26, 2008 at 6:38 AM
Hi Again Scott.
Well I think you have to realize there is a big differnece between a major label and smaller avant garde label like RER USA. Smaller labels can take more risks on artists like us BUT they also can't afford the cd losses of illegal downloads as much as a major can. I think the smaller labels will go all download first before the majors will simply because it's more economically feasible for them.... And then the artists will follow. I still think there will be "deluxe" packages for consumer that likes 'collecting' cds.
November 26, 2008 at 10:01 AM
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