I. Support. Music.
This is something a talk about supporting music, many people support in different ways either buying music, concerts tickets or buying merchandise.
Everyone has their unique way of doing it and every band and crew out there is thankful of it, bands say it at their shows they publicly say it on their blogs and tweets, bands go throughout so much to get shows for fans, setting up a tour take a lot of work and expenses, the main reason bands tour or at least back in the day was to promote a CD’s the way things are now bands make a Cd to promote their tours, why the change? Because they barely make any money in CDs unless they sell millions of CDs but if you think about it even when they sell one million cd’s the portion of the money the band makes on that cd is minimum, plus they have to pay whatever advance they got from the label when they got signed. Example labels advance the band 1 million dollars when they get signed, when a cd is sold at 10 bucks the band gets maybe 1 dollar which that 1 dollar goes back to the label to pay the advance they got not from the other 9 label keeps that (see how more or less it works) people may think because they see a band selling millions of cd’s that they are killing it and it won’t hurt the band if someone downloads the music for free but it does, it hurts the band, the label and the crew so every illegal download from one band hurts a lot of people.
Some bands give away their music and I tip my hat to them but this is a decision that the band is entitled to do, not us fans we are not entitled to take their music for free. Yes I know it happens and it won’t stop same way I wont stop saying its wrong. It’s hard for anyone that is a real fan to hear people that say that they are fans but steal music and even try to steal Merch at shows (it happens to many bands) even now bands are getting their Vans and gear stolen.
The music business is going through rough times you see it in ticket sales (increase in fees and prices) because every time someone steal a song someone else has to pay the difference and guess who that is? Yep the real fans.
People will do what they want and most of the time this is because they don’t know better, I make it an effort to inform people how it works and how it affect many, information is a powerful tool that we need to use and help people understand. I cant do it on my own but I’ll tell you one thing I’m willing to give it a try and you should do the same.
This is my opinion and only an opinion.
This is why I think anyone who has the money to spare to buy a CD should do it. I did, when I still had money (now I have to save everything for food until the indeterminate time someone sees fit to give me a goddamn job) and really, I don’t see why you wouldn’t choose to. It’s better all round - the band gets money, you get a physical CD with an actual lyrics booklet (those things are the best ever and why I want the actual CD for all my favorite albums). See, I totally understand why people download music illegally if they’re really fucking poor like me; I just think it would be much better and more excusable if you only download stuff you really want and intend to buy when you can afford it. Especially if you’re a fan of a small band that still has little publicity and isn’t well-known, you buying an album is what enables them to keep going. You’re making it possible for them to make music. A band like Empires, for example, who started out putting all their music on their website for free in the hopes people would realize how fucking amazing they are - and they are, and that album is still there, although they’ve started charging for the newer stuff - you’re what make it possible.