Why do rock acts still rely on labels ?
Posted by: Laurent ()
Date: November 01, 2006 05:46PM

I might be completely wrong, in which case this post would make little sense :-), but I have the feeling that a lot of melodic rock bands tend to still very much rely on labels to release their music.

I see very little CDs released by the artists. Most of them are with people like Frontiers, SPV or Escape.

I understand that having label support can ease certain financial difficulties in the first place. And it might also help on the promotion side.

This being said, if I take the news section of this site, there are very seldom announcements about CD released by the artists/bands and sold on cdbaby for instance.

I'd like to compare the melodic rock scene to the contemporary jazz's. A LOT of jazz artists/bands release their music independantly and sell it on the internet. These artists also suffer from low sales (in average between 2,000 and 10,000 for "names" - I am not talking Kenny G or even Boney James).

Now, I feel that the promotion offered by most labels doesn't really make a difference in terms of sales. Therefore, why wouldn't a band pay for the recording and then make a bigger margin by selling its work on the net ? I understand that not everyone has the money to fund a project in advance. But if jazz musicians can do it, why so little rock bands do it ?

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Why do rock acts still rely on labels ?256 Laurent 11/01/2006 05:46PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 162 Alex 11/01/2006 06:27PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 156 DJ Klaus 11/01/2006 07:33PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 144 Nick 11/01/2006 08:10PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 158 blm 11/01/2006 08:28PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 207 Laurent 11/01/2006 09:09PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 213 DCPete 11/01/2006 09:16PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 187 Rob DeVore 11/02/2006 12:38AM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 162 Angelmilk 11/02/2006 01:03AM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 182 Chazz 11/02/2006 04:55AM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 156 pgn111 11/02/2006 06:23AM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 171 Niclas 11/02/2006 07:27AM
Posting on behalf of Lance King Nightmare Records 180 Nick 11/02/2006 07:34AM
Re: Posting on behalf of Lance King Nightmare Records 206 Niclas 11/02/2006 08:02AM
Re: Posting on behalf of Lance King Nightmare Records 148 Nick 11/02/2006 08:32AM
Re: Posting on behalf of Lance King Nightmare Records 177 Niclas 11/02/2006 02:35PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 176 Andrew 11/02/2006 09:36AM
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Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 150 Russ 11/02/2006 07:21PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 170 ARfm Studio 11/02/2006 08:29PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 293 Birgitt 11/02/2006 09:54PM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 162 Paul Ryan 11/02/2006 10:15PM
Ain't it the truth? 193 Heavy Harmonies 11/03/2006 12:08AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 164 DJ Klaus 11/03/2006 12:18AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 147 Paul Ryan 11/03/2006 12:49AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 189 DJ Klaus 11/03/2006 04:53AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 171 Heavy Harmonies 11/03/2006 01:50AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 178 JJ 11/03/2006 02:04AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 161 DJ Klaus 11/03/2006 05:23AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 170 Nick 11/03/2006 01:22AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 150 Heavy Harmonies 11/03/2006 02:03AM
Re: Ain't it the truth? 182 Chazz 11/03/2006 03:01AM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 167 Chazz 11/03/2006 02:59AM
Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 324 Laurent 11/02/2006 10:18PM
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Re: They don't have to.... 162 Laurent 11/03/2006 12:38AM
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Re: Why do rock acts still rely on labels ? 164 Danny Danzi 11/03/2006 11:07PM


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