Jamey Jasta
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Hi Jamey, thanks for taking the time to respond to my question regarding independent Canadian act Exes For Eyes' campaign to go platinum by selling their new album online (digital only) for $1. As to their reasoning, my understanding of their logic is that this intends to create a new business model which ensures that bands keep the lion's share of the profit (by cutting out labels, promoters, retailers, managers etc.) and also curb piracy. I was wondering if you think this is a realistic idea for newer bands to be able to make a decent living through their music?


Jamey Jasta responded on 12/27/2014
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If a band has culturally significant song or a song w/ the potential to become a big hit then I think this could work to be profitable but but cutting out labels, promoters, retailers, managers etc will just create more work for the artist and in the long run I think the creative part including song writing, arranging, creating and being inspired will be affected by the biz, how can you write good songs if you're doing a million jobs, and what are the odds that everyone is the band will be good at their individual responsibilities, you'll still need an accountant to split the royalties & issues payments, someone to fill the mailorders, some one to book the shows, it's a massive work load for a band with a album that is good & selling well.

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