Thousands to record an album and within days its online for Free on 50 download sites.
It's great to come across this site and to be able to add some thoughts, as artists we often keep a low profile on our thoughts but this is a good place to tell a short recent story.
I have been playing music all my life and now produce, mix and advise other artists as well as play on their music. I have worked with a number of top musicians around the globe including guitar legend Jeff Beck and Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple to name a few
The internet has given us so much but taken so much away. Being able to work with people globally from my own studio is amazing but the issues of free downloads have now gone way past the point of no return.
Last year we started production of a new album to come out of Australia in a Gothic/Metal style for a female artist. The album cost around 20,000 dollars in total including the mastering. We have all become part of this project and its very special, I played on and mixed/edited the album. The album was finished about 3 weeks ago and along with the artist we have been looking at distribution for hard copy as well as digital download. At this point I would like to add that the only people to have this album are the artist and the distribution company. A date of February 20th 2014 was set for the release date, three days ago the artists contacted me to tell me that even though no one knows publically about the finished album it has already been uploaded to over 50 free download tottent sites including the artwork. Obviously someone at the distributors must have let a copy out as they only have hard copies and someone uploaded it, once this happens its spreads like a disease. So as you can imagine the artist is royally angry and we are looking into this.
I can't believe that this is allowed to carry on, surely a department of the government should take a roll in this, especially as they are losing masses of tax revenue. A tech wiz I know says its super easy to put a code into Google and Youtube that will stop this, and it works like this (short form), you go to upload music and you are asked if you own the rights to it, you say yes then it asks for a code for that track, this code is given to the artist when they upload to say CD baby and so on or to a specific ID company, only the artist has this, if they give that code out to anyone then it's their loss. No code no upload! That simple
Its not just the artists that are losing out with the studios and manufactures of studio high end gear as well. Music is a part of 99.9% of people's lives yet so many people think it's their right to download for free. I know we have all copied, borrowed CDs and music, I remember listening to the radio back in the day and tapping it but this has now become an epidemic. Millions each year is pumped into sport yet new artists unless manufactured by greedy corporate business men do not stand much of a chance.
Even the venues are taking advantage but worse than this are the plethora of promotions companies offering services to bands with no guarantees that anything will happen, just to make money out of desperate artist.
Record companies used to at least give people a chance even though advances where expected back with massive interest loaded on top.
At the end of the day theft is theft, I actually had someone email me asking why they could not find another album we have produced online for free, amazing! But I'm sure they would be happy to drink, smoke and never expect to go to the store and walk out with a cart full of groceries for free.
Someone should monitor these sites and shut them down or they go to jail, after all Youtube and Google profess they do this already with new sites that go online.
Give bands a chance to at least get something back for all the hard work, then companies would be more interested in investing back into the business.
Thanks for reading this and I hope it will at least help.
Company: La Foret Groupe
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