[quote author=“Airspeed”]The artists are Twisted, this is a small Indie label. If you think that Simon P. doesn’t have any influence over business decisions then I think you’re in denial. This is their music, their label and their business so let them dictate how they either successfully or unsuccessfully operate it. If you guys had pre-paid for an album that had a promised release date then you have a valid argument. If this has happened three times then I really see your point. But to ged mad and cranky isn’t going to help the situation at all in my opinion. I’m sure the crew at Twisted are aware that there is a problem and if they want to tell us why then they will. I just hope they don’t stop communicating information with us because guests of their forum and website get cranky like spoiled rotten children. Just my opinions, if you don’t like them then start your own label and see if you can do better.
dude… we both work for small indie labels, as well as write and release all our own music. we know how the business works. we’re well aware of how an indie label should run, and we can assure you that this isn’t the right way to do it.
if the artists “are twisted”, as you say, then maybe it’s time they hired some people that aren’t artists so shit can get done on time. artists that own their own label are all well and good, but you end up with a business model that isn’t always productive or fair to the fans. you can’t expect an artist (like si p) who’s working on 15 different releases, to also have the time of day to do all the label administration that needs to be done in order to have a timely release. it’s just a lot of work. we only have one project going, and we can tell you from experience that trying to write and mix/master the tunes, do all the administration and design, PR, promotions, marketing, etc., takes a LOT of time and if we could hire people to do it for us, we would, but we can’t and so instead of setting release dates for our stuff, we don’t announce the actual date until the product is in the hands of those distributing it. it’s a pain, and sometimes it means a release date isn’t announced until a week before, but at least we’re not getting peoples hopes up then shooting them down. we’re by no means as big or as successful as twisted, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to respect our fans and stick to our word.
getting mad and cranky and telling twisted that they’re fucking up is something we, as the consumer, has the right to do. we’re unhappy with how the services are provided. you realize that this album, along with ott, and younger brother, were delayed multiple times each. and yet instead of learning from the mistakes, it just keeps happening.
as said before, there’s a reason the digital distribution model is so great. if a phyiscal release is delayed because of art, plant problems, weather, shipping, etc., then the album can still be released digitally. for example, we preorder the CD, and get the songs to download for free (since most of us will probably rip them for our ipods anyway). that way people get the music when we were told it would be released and not strung along till the DAY BEFORE THE RELEASE.
we will always support twisted and listen to the tunes and go to the shows and tell people all about them, but that doesn’t mean we’re ok with being jerked around multiple times. it just ain’t right!