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Musician Finds a Following Online

Postby curzlgt » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:55 pm

Story : http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123060241431841475.html

In late 2006, Justin Vernon, a musician in Eau Claire, Wis., recorded nine songs while staying at his parents' hunting cabin in northern Wisconsin after a breakup with a girlfriend and his long-time band. He used just a desktop computer with recording software, a three-piece drum set and a guitar.

A few months later, Mr. Vernon posted the songs on his MySpace page, hoping to get some listeners and feedback. He also printed 500 copies of a CD with those songs to sell to friends and fans and send to music bloggers for review.

He got that and much more. Thanks to the buzz his online tracks generated on music blogs and social-networking sites, Mr. Vernon has played at numerous venues and appeared on the "Late Show With David Letterman." He signed a record deal in October 2007, and his first album, "For Emma, Forever Ago," sold about 87,000 copies through mid-December, with about half of those downloaded online. With a band he formed early this year, called Bon Iver, Mr. Vernon is now playing sold-out concerts across the U.S. and abroad.

"The Internet played a significant role in feeding people the music.... It's like wildfire [how it] spreads," Mr. Vernon, 27, said before a show earlier this year in Philadelphia, where the band performed to a boisterous crowd of about 500 in a church basement. "That propelled us right into being able to choose what kind of record label we wanted to work with."



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Re: Musician Finds a Following Online

Postby nik » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:12 pm

Amazing, he does the start up and gets a following then hands control over to a label :spank: .
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Re: Musician Finds a Following Online

Postby Knucklez » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:15 am

in other news, X-girlfriend has been begging to "get back" with the now successful musician. :loveyou:
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Re: Musician Finds a Following Online

Postby curzlgt » Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:21 pm

nik wrote:Amazing, he does the start up and gets a following then hands control over to a label :spank: .


Despite common perception here, not all labels are composed of evil, blood sucking, hell spawn leeches. Some actually care about their artists, getting them exposure, distributing their work, helping them to make more money than they could of their own. Not all labels require their artists to sell their soul, or give up their creative rights, some don't even require them to hand over their first child.

The guy in the article is clearly savvy as far as how the internet can help an artist, yet he did choose to go with a label. Perhaps that tells us that for an artist to go completely without a label is not as easy as we would like to believe..................
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Re: Musician Finds a Following Online

Postby Downloader » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:17 pm

Knucklez wrote:in other news, X-girlfriend has been begging to "get back" with the now successful musician. :loveyou:


I hope he tells her to take a long walk off a short pier.
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Re: Musician Finds a Following Online

Postby nik » Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:45 pm

curzlgt wrote:
nik wrote:Amazing, he does the start up and gets a following then hands control over to a label :spank: .


Despite common perception here, not all labels are composed of evil, blood sucking, hell spawn leeches. Some actually care about their artists, getting them exposure, distributing their work, helping them to make more money than they could of their own. Not all labels require their artists to sell their soul, or give up their creative rights, some don't even require them to hand over their first child.

The guy in the article is clearly savvy as far as how the internet can help an artist, yet he did choose to go with a label. Perhaps that tells us that for an artist to go completely without a label is not as easy as we would like to believe..................


Yes he probably got a better deal than if he had signed with one of the big 4. These guys don't work for free and they outlay money so they will want it back many times over. Just because your not asked to bend over does not mean your not getting screwed. Everyone involved will want a %. I know it would not be easy to DIY but he did most of the ground work himself.
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