INDEPENDENT MUSIC IS FOR INDEPENDENT MINDS
It’s been just over a year now since we launched our website and ‘released'
Days. In a way it was a kind of experiment to see what an artist
could do to make themselves known without spending any money or using conventional
channels of promotion.
The experiment continues and with the release of Folk
Songs we have a much better idea of what works and what doesn’t.
The music industry still seems to me to be in the same mess it was a few years
ago when I was directly involved with it at Dune Records (see
biog.), although perhaps to some extent people have got bored talking about
On one hand there’s the voice which says ‘Cd’s are dying,
the future of music lies in digital downloads’. On the other, ‘People
still want a physical object that can hold, look at any artwork/ credits and
file it away amongst all of the other music which has accompanied them along
their musical journey’. Then of course there’s perhaps the
worst voice of all for musicians: 'no one’s going to buy anything
anymore because you can find everything for free here or there on the internet'.
The answer for artists in this moment in time is to provide both physical cds
and digital downloads for people who still buy music and try to give incentives
to those who don’t to do so. We did this with 14
Days, putting our music up for sale in many websites both as downloads
and cd’s (with companies who print cd’s at request) at the lowest
price possible. What we’ve found out is that regarding downloads, the
majority of sales have come from the most well known and trusted places ie.
. As for cd’s, apart from the fact that after their costs we earn practically
nothing, the artwork is often minimal and of a poor quality.
So, with the release of Folk
Songs, we’ve decided to take a new approach and take our
experiment of truly independent music even further. Now you can buy
directly from us from our Music
Store. For downloads, once we’ve received the payment an
access code will be emailed to download high resolution mp3s and album artwork.
For cd’s, we’ve printed a full 12 page booklet for Folk Songs, 4
page booklet for 14 Days and have printed cd’s for both. Obviously there’s
an element of trust involved here and although we encourage buyers to buy directly
from us, the albums will also be available from trusted sources, but only a
select few. The ones that work.
Ultimately, we don’t want present ourselves as anything which we’re
not. We’re two musicians who have a love of writing music. Everything
we do, we do at home from the recording to the promotion in our free time (which
isn’t much because we both have full time day jobs).
That said the end product doesn’t really differ from any other artist
found in the mainstream of the music business.
Single pieces and albums of music of a high quality available to anyone who
likes the sound we make or what we have to say. The only real difference is
that we’re almost unknown artists and if people decide to ignore us, if
they do chance upon us, the only thing blocking the growth of independent
music and any other form of independent art or thought is our mentality and
We’ll carry on writing whatever happens because it’s something inside
that’s stronger than us.
If we had to categorize ourselves you could say folk, rock, alternative, pop
or even at times country but perhaps the
best way to describe the music we make is
independent music for independent minds.
Lending a Voice - Interview with Plunkett - Independent music for Independent
Minds by Eddie Dickey >> LISTEN