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I thought you might like my music site that's focused primarily on early 90's Los Angeles underground/rave culture.
Und dort habe ich nicht nur ein paar Mixe von Deejays aus LA gefunden, die ich noch kenne (DJ Dan, ), sondern auch diesen Hammer: Christopher Howell (Luna-C) gründete Anfang der 1992 das Label Kniteforce, das maßgeblich an der Popularität des grade hochkochenden Hardcore Breakbeats in den UK beteiligt war. Die Tracks des Labels folgtem oft dem Muster: ein paar Beats, ein Piano-Break, dann wieder Beats, ein Break mit einem hochgepitchten Pop-Sample und dann alles zusammen.
Und Christopher Howell hat dem kompletten Kniteforce-Katalog gerippt und online gestellt. Alle Releases, als 320kBit MP3s inklusive Artworks for free. Ich bin dann mal für den Rest des Tages wieder 16 und es ist 1990 und alle außer mir tragen Zipfelmützen.
In some ways, it could be seen as a betrayal for me to give away the music that people had spent money on. But the truth is, the industry has changed, and I have decided to change with it rather than fight the inevitable. Its little comfort to those who paid for the back catalogue, I know. But if those people hadn’t done that at that time, I wouldn’t have been able to reach this point in the first place. And I am forever grateful to those who paid. Sadly, though, it is the nature of things to lose value, and the music business is no exception.
The music industry is damaged beyond repair in my humble opinion. This doesn’t mean its time to give up – rather, it means its time to look at the whole industry from a different perspective. To wax lyrical, the phoenix rises from the ashes – but first, you have to have the ashes. The whole music scene has been burning itself to death for years, as many cling to an old way that no longer works. Right now, we are all kicking the last embers of an old fire that has burned the same way for nearly 100 years. Change has come.
I would love for music to still be on vinyl. I would love for selling MP3’s to be as exciting and profitable as vinyl used to be. It would be excellent if people didn’t file share.
But I choose to live with what is, not what I wish for. And so, I choose to move forward in a riskier direction. And its a big risk – I can’t take this back or change my mind, even if I wanted to (which I don’t). On the other hand, with things being the way they are, the value of music has dropped in a very large way. This is simply the truth. People who argue it are clinging to the old model of the music industry, hiding from reality, and are in for a rude awakening eventually.
And its okay that things have changed. In this, there is freedom. The very fact that the old way is dead means that a new way can live. No longer is the record label the king of the artist. Acts like Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead have already dispensed with the need for a record label, and they are just a few of many. These 2 examples may be world famous acts, but the facts remain the same regardless of the size of the artist.
We are at a turning point, the past and the future balanced. But the weight is moving in one direction only.