For a long time and especially since the release of my “Starksy & Glitch EP” I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking if I could pass the release over to them. In some rare cases I will but more often I don’t. Anyway, it made me think.
Seems like the more successful a record is, the more people turn up trying to get it for free. And that is great, it means they are interested in it, they would like to have it, they would like to listen to it.
But clearly listeners are not aware of the possibilities a single piece of sale can bring to a recording artist. That may be no surprise – how would they know? It’s hardly common knowledge and maybe it doesn’t even have to be. But there’s so many things in life that we get to experience only one aspect of and therefore don’t get to appreciate it completely. Like a party event for instance. Many things to complain about, from the sound quality, through the amount of people that showed up or whether that live-act was more like a laptop DJ set with MIDI controllers to the size of the cloakroom, etc. However, unless someone has actually organised an event themselves, they probably have no idea about the diversity of factors that make or break a club night or series.
Truth is, a purchase can make or break the success of a release. Or it could mean a DJ booking to a city. Or a collaboration with an artist. Or all of those and more.
Either case, it has great potential – probably desired by the fans themselves.
So yea, it made me think. And I was fascinated by the thought that with such small input may come so much impact. Not sure listeners are aware of that.
What do you think?