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Shadow's Journal Response
I have just spent 30 minutes reading all of your replies and thoughts. All I can say is...THANK YOU. I have learned a lot from this experience, and you've given me much to think about and consider. Before it all inevitably takes a negative turn (it is the internet, after all), just let me say one last thing in case it wasn't clear: I consider myself a music lover FIRST, and a person who makes their living off of music SECOND. In that respect, I feel as qualified as anyone else to criticize the current state of affairs. (You'll have to excuse me, I frequently forget that I'm "part of the system/problem.")
I loved reading the post from the indie label manager (Tonedeff), and I just want to say...man, that's what I'm talking about. As someone who helped run Solesides/Quannum for over 10 years, people just don't know how hard it is to make the books balance, and that was largely pre-internet!!! Since then, I've seen so many friends and peers throw up their hands and say, "it's just not sustainable." THAT is the reality we all must address and deal with as music lovers, and THAT was the crux of my letter. If we can come a little closer to figuring out the answer, then this was all worth it. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to Amoeba Records to go buy some vinyl.
Let's conclude with Tonedeff's closing thoughts:
"But in the grand scheme of things...this music we make HAS to come out. We don't have a choice, man. It's our responsibility as artists to offer our perspective/filter on the world for those out there that need something to latch on to for survival. These people that support us - NEED us to keep going."