When it comes to musicians and their relationship to labels, the New Economy is not outdated. The Music Industry Blog describes the relationship between musicians and labels as constantly changing. This not only affects the technology used, but also the changed meanings of market participants.
That cannot be summed up in a nutshell, as we know, a completely new environment with countless tools has emerged. In the past, musicians were dependent on labels, but today they can easily publish themselves. Countless tools are available for production and post-production, and the same applies to marketing.
Musicians do not need labels, they can easily found them and if a relationship is entered into with a label, then the relationship is often no longer permanent. From an extreme point of view, the benefit of the labels lies in the initial promotion, they say in the article below. Once musicians are known, they can easily market themselves.
There is more in the following article, which also includes an interesting graphic with the different market participants: Labels are going to become more like VCs than they probably want to be.
If you are in electronic music, ektoplazm will please you. It is a completely free platform offering free downloads and streams of modern electronic music. Having started with psytrance today ektoplazm lists nearly all genres of up to date electronic music including downtempo, goa, techno and ambient.
The about page tells, that the founders aim to support the global community of counterculture. Indeed, whereas electronic music today is played everywhere on the planet it often exists beside mainstream media. It has become so popular, that you may even not recognize to some kind of underground music. To go on with its support the ektoplazm netlabel has been founded in 2008.
ektoplazm provides music files is of high quality either in mp3 or even in lossless flac or wav formats. You may navigate by searching or choosing a genre by tags, artist profiles are available as well: ektoplazm.
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Ayeko.com is both an online radio and netlabel playing own music and music of other netlabels. The genre in general is electronics ranging from house and techno to minimal and experimental. Furthermore played tracks are downloadable licensed by some kind of creative commons licenses. For more visit Ayeko.com.
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The term crowd funding label is used by sonicangel to describe its service. It is a mixture of netlabel and crowd funding for music projects and musicians. The members of the site may support their favorites by various activities and especially by buying fanshares. By doing so fans may be invited to tours, get new releases for free and in the case of fanshares may even get a share of the revenues generated by a release. The part of a label is represented by a record contract given to the most succesful musician or musicians. For more visit sonicangel.
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