First post here. Excited this week with the new Shpongle album release. I have ordered a copy a couple of days ago, and so now the wait begins for it to be delivere (to Australia). Even though i technically ‘own’ the record and could download it now, I am going to wait for the CD, so I can make a bit of a ritual of the experience. Throw a dozen cushions on the floor, roll up a fat one, lay pack and press play !
The comments here (including Simon’s) have made me think about the issue of piracy a lot these days. Shit, I’m no saint, i have downloaded shitloads of music, mostly classic discographies such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin etc). It could be argued that these artists are either dead or disbanded, have made millions each in personal wealth, have a limited market to the target demographic of music buyers (ie youth). Well that’s my half-arsed justification.
I would even justify illegal downloading on the basis of ‘try before you buy’. For example, i like a limited number of ‘psy’ tagged bands, but I would say that over 90% of what i hear isn’t to my taste at all. To buy a CD every time I ‘have a hunch’ on a band, psy or otherwise, become a costly, actually a limiting experience.
So, it may be hypocritical for me to comment, but I beleive that persons who illegally download music from current independant artists whose material they are alredy a fan of, well that simply sucks, and is disrespectful to the process these people go through to make great music for you to enjoy.
The best Shpongle can hope for in this fickle climate of crap, emotionless, talentless music is perhaps a hundred thousand sales generated by existing fans, and some new followers along the way. I doubt they sit back at the studio and daydream of U2 mega-sales.
So any PRE-EXISTING FANS of Shpongle reading this, please, please consider your actions if you are one of these people who isn’t planning to pony up for the experience. Don’t know about other parts of the world, but if I were to order this CD from a store, they would charge me something like $35.00 (thats what I paid for ‘Nothing Lasts’). Most other CD these days are $25-30 retail.
BUT….. Twisted Records charged me the princley sum of $17, and that included postage from the UK. That’s about the price of a shitty pizza. Half price, and probably more money going to the artists by buying direct? Not a big sacrifice if you ask me.