This site doesn’t care if you’re on an iMac or a motherfucking Tamagotchi.
I will not, however, worship at the feet of some sulky indie band shivering in a car park staring aggressively into different bits of the middle distance for no reason. There’s just no story in it.
That which is created rapidly and in high quantities contains more variety and is more likely to be successful/innovative. Applying the 80%/20% “rule”: If only 20% of the effort is needed to get 80% of the quality, then spending by spending only 20% of the effort, we can create five times as many artifacts at 80% quality!
Every once in a while I like to remind myself of the principles of Crap Art.
I guess what I am getting at here is this: whenever you come across someone complaining about the current state of being a musician, whether that be another talking head on Digital Music News / Music Think Tank or a high profile artist like Thom Yorke, take a close look at whether they mention what is happening on Bandcamp. Because if they don’t —and especially if they go on about the evils of the Spotify’s of the world, yet don’t have any of their albums available on Bandcamp— then they’re not really participating in the working solution they complain doesn’t exist.
Solid gold. We’re all thinking it. You’re thinking it.
You hand over the money and immediately have this hilarious gag—I bought a cassette tape!—to share with your friends and Instagram followers.
If you really want a sustainable career in music then do what Chester Burnett did: make dangerous, soulful, provocative, majestic art… and keep all the receipts.
A great post about Howlin’ Wolf and his mad bookkeeping skills. Of course, it forced me to head straight to YouTube…