I am utterly in love with Shpongle, Younger Brother and Ott’s music and lots of other Twisted releases. Your music has touched my life in ways I cannot even describe.
Today Ott’s wonderful new album was released and I was able to buy it in FLAC format immediately via Bandcamp. Ott is clearly a switched on dude. Why is this not possible with the other twisted releases, such as Shpongle and Younger Brother? I’ve looked over your twisted downloads website and I cannot find any reference to file formats at all so the only logical conclusion is that it’s all MP3. With quality hifi you’d have to be partially deaf not to be able to tell the difference between an MP3 and a lossless recording, so I cannot for the life of me figure out why you’ve not made it quick and easy to download lossless copies of your recordings.
I do not buy CDs as a rule because I like to avoid unnecessary production of plastic and all a CD really is these days is an inconvenience. If I were to purchase a CD it would be immediately ripped to digital audio and never played again, in fact it would be so worthless to me at that point I might as well sell it on which would then probably cost you another lost sale and defeat the point of me buying it from you in the first place.
I have all of the Shpongle and Younger Brother albums on vinyl and will keep buying them on vinyl as soon as they are available, I’ve used this fact to justify downloading your music in advance of the vinyl releases because why should I pay twice for the same piece of music? That seems fair to me, although I’d be interested to hear opinions on the subject.
Anyway, I digress. What I would really like and think you should consider is to be able to download audiophile resolution versions of your tracks. If you added them to the downloads store on your website with an added premium you’d make a lot more revenue out of me and I dare say a lot of other shpongle fans too. I suspect that logistics and bandwidth may present some issues, but you could run a private torrent tracker for distribution to keep the costs down. I can’t help but think this would be easy money for you, and given that very few artists do this it could even help promote the label. The fact that your download site, as far as I can tell, only offers MP3s is really disappointing.
The younger brother pledge scheme is a good idea, and I pored over the items but quite honestly there wasn’t anything there that I wanted that I could afford. I would however gladly give up money for hi-resolution versions of your albums and would be happy to pay more than the price of the CDs. As you claim to be struggling financially to run the label, will you please consider doing this? I know some people have criticised your past comments regarding financials, I’m not going to judge either way as I don’t look at your balance sheet so I have no idea how successful twisted is. What I will say though is that I’d be very very surprised and shocked if Simon, Benji and Raja aren’t quite wealthy as individuals.
So, I’ll leave this with you. I’m sure there are other twisted fans who would gladly pay for these hi-resolution copies of your music, you really have nothing to lose.
Thanks and love =)