Duality and the Republic Interview – Rave Magazine
Monday, 20 February 2012
The trend of bands putting out their albums for free, especially on Bandcamp, seems to be growing pretty quickly. What’s your take on this?
I personally think that this is the best thing to happen to music in decades. It seems that people are discovering and unravelling the potential of DIY recording, in that it’s far and beyond what it was even ten years ago. You get artists like Converge or Thrice who are have recorded and mixed records by one band member taking the initiative and saying ‘no, we’re not going to pay for studio time and a producer, we’re going to do it ourselves and get the best results’. There’s still a fair bit done ‘professionally’ though. Then you have people like Ben Sharp (Cloudkicker) or Cory Blight (Over-Reactor) who do everything themselves (minus singing) and at a massive capacity, mainly because there are no middle men to slow things down and they have all of the instruments you need to make a record at their fingertips. So artists are finding out how to get professional quality at no cost, and so they’re charging nothing to the listener to obtain it. In that sense, music piracy is probably the best thing that could possibly happen to music, because it’s eliminating the buy and sell factor. I suppose when you have such an easy flow between the creative output and the distribution of the product, then the growth of the movement is totally inevitable.
See interview: http://www.ravemagazine.com.au/content/view/31465/5/
[Image of Cory Blight by Josh Meney]