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Interview with Ryan from ORGY!

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Oct. 5th, 2002 | 10:06 pm
posted by: immorak in loud

What's you're opinion on music file-sharing and the current online drama crap with some of your new songs getting out?
Here's the thing people have to understand about the song-sharing and stuff. There is kind of a strange dynamic created when… How do I saw this concisely? I'm all for file-sharing and internet music. I think record labels are fucking idiots for not learning to work with the technology and instead just trying to stifle it. Because they aren't going to win. You can't hold back progress. I mean basic economic law is that you have to give consumers what they want in a capitalist society. That's what makes it thrive. And what they're doing by creating prices for CD's that are ridiculous, I mean, sixteen fucking dollars for a CD? Y'know the label gets about ten dollars off of that. So off a two million seller. The label makes twenty million dollars. And then they sit there and talk about how the artist owes them money? It's really ugly, it's really ridiculous. When CD's first came out, it was said that it was going to make music cheaper. And instead what they did was up the price. You can't just abuse consumers and fans for much longer. They're gonna fuck up. And it's just a matter of time before that technology catches up with them. And it's already been trying to. I mean they tried to quash the first round, by quashing Napster. Instead of going 'Wow. Great idea you guys! Fuck! How can we get in on this? Y'know let's sign a little deal, maybe fans can pay 25 cents for a song… and hey! Woo-hoo! We won't have to print CD's. Oh how cool!'.. And fans could get on there on their own time and trade all these songs. Which would make the act stronger. It's kinda silly, I mean they talk about how CD sales have absolutely declined. I mean they really have. But the reason is because they quashed a new market and when you don't give consumers what they want it fucks the demand up. So what's happened is that they're blaming internet music-sharing for declined record sales. But what they have failed to mention is that two years ago record sales were at their peak, I mean fucking sales were flying out the goddamn window. And file-sharing was at an all time high. That was before they cracked down on Napster. So all that is is free marketing, it's free guerilla marketing and labels and everyone who are trying to overthrow it are fucking idiots. I mean if anyone thinks that the artist makes a dime from a record sale, they're fucking out of their minds. We don't make anything from record sales.
But that being said. You have this strange dynamic. This weird problem with people's music getting out before they're done with it. That is a little shitty. But if the record labels had come up with some kind of info-structure to make this whole thing work, maybe things would have been different by now. Maybe people's music wouldn't be just flying out there. A lot of that shit happens when runners and people from the record label take it upon themselves as a right to put things like that online. Every now and then music might be stolen or something, but I've found that it's usually someone connected to the studios.

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from: machizmo
date: Oct. 5th, 2002 09:26 pm (UTC)

He sounds like the voice of reason in this turmoil going on the music industry.

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