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    • CommentAuthorjzellis
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2008
    So I'm almost done recording my album, and I'm weighing my options as regards what to do with it when it's done. I'm thinking of sending demos out to small/indie labels.

    I was also thinking about submitting it to a couple of netlabels, but I'm not sure what good a netlabel would actually do for me. I know how to get my music into the major online retailers, and I know how to make my own website. Also, I get the impression that most netlabels tend to deal with obscure/difficult/non-commercial music (industrial noise or dubstep or minimal techno, etc.) My stuff has some non-traditional elements, but it's at least as "pop" as, say, a Tricky record.

    I know there's some people on here involved with netlabels and I was hoping someone could tell me what benefit I would get from dealing with one. I'm really curious, as I'd prefer to forgo the traditional method of trying to get on a label, if possible. Do a lot of netlabels handle promotion / booking / licensing stuff, for example? Any info would be awesome.
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2008
    hey man, I'd be interested to hear how your search on this front goes. I'm in the initial stages of setting up my own record label/collective for some projects i'm in/close too.

    I think generally most netlabels act mainly as digital distribution (getting your cd out on itunes/emusic/napster) and little else. promotion /booking and the like would then usually fall to the artist themselves or other management
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    Ollie's right, unfortunately. As fas as I can tell, the primary advantage of netlabels is the concept--CCL'd music that lets you get your work out there without cost or too much hassle for you. Personally, I love netlabels, but they're extremely weak on promotion; there's very little of a "united front" mentality among netlabels in general, or even among the artists who release music through them (an artist who releases on several tiny netlabels, say, generally seems to rely on devotees to post his discography to discogs, & that's as far as "promotion" goes).

    The promotion aspect will almost certainly fall to you, though some netlabels have a more integrated site, with artist bio pages & the like, that would allow you to at least tell people you're interested in gigs. Additionally, some netlabels do limited vinyl releases of tracks in addition to free digital downloads (unfoundsound is like this), or do a kind of "now it's on beatport in three months it will be free" setup (I think archipel used to do this, maybe still does).

    Given the capabilities that you've listed, you may want just to set up your own site. If you're interested in CCL, maybe talk to some netlabels. If you're interested in licensing for $$, netlabels will almost certainly not be what you want.

    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2008
    yes thats the main reason I've set about setting up my own label. I figure if I get together a group of like-minded artists (both locally and from around the place) then together working as a collective we can advertise/promote/distribute and collaborate together where possible. a sort of pooling of resources. jzellis, you may find that this kind of thing is the way to go because at the end of the day as hexameter says, the only thing these netlabels are really doing is getting you a digital distribution contract with one or two add-ons occassionally. if thats all you want, go with the net-labels. if you want anything else, it may be best to do it with a team.
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    Ollie, that's really awesome! What kind(s) of music are you focusing on?

    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2008
    at the moment the plans are for ambient/free/electronic stuff up to post-rock/shoegaze type stuff, but the plan is once we've got a few releases sorted to move out into other 'experimental' genres. hopefully all involved will be inclined to mingle and work with each other.

    i'm currently in the process of recording a 3rd EP for a three part series of live-improv ambient music done with piano & guitar (me) & live effects processing. very brian eno. with regards to the netlabel, we'll try to promote this ourselves with things like free 'sampler' downloads of a track from each EP, other artists, and internet based prostitution-ing. then hopefully team up with some other artists who will (hopefully) be part of the collective and put on live evening-installations.

    operative word for all this being; "hopefully".