Bending the supply-demand continuum

In an attempt to cover up the fact that I FORGOT THE BLOG last week, I‘ve come up with a particularly intellectual title today. (In my defense, I was wading knee-deep in royalty statements and accounting last week, with a deadline, and didn‘t actually forget to blog. I simply forgot that it was Tuesday. The realization that it had been Tuesday woke me up at about 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. It could happen again.)

Royalty statements and accounting don‘t make for very good blog fodder anyway. In fact, there is little of interest happening at the Stickman Ranch these days. Everybody but myself seems to be on vacation, and we have no new releases planned for the forseeable future. It’s a time of year in which a lot of paperwork is caught up on, and also a time of thought and planning.

It’s also a time to deal with this:

Demos of distress

A fact that doesn‘t make me very happy. These are demos. Demos that show up here in ever-increasing amounts every day. Demos that make me wonder how many the big companies are getting. Most of these demos will musically have nothing to do with Stickman, but that’s a topic for another day when I‘m feeling grumpier.

What interests me today is that there seems to be a direct correlation between the amount of records sold in the music industry in general (very few) and the amount of hopeful bands looking for a record deal (very very many). Why is that? If anybody has an answer to that, I‘d really like to know. I have a few theories such as the fact that halfway decent-sounding recordings are pretty cheap to come by these days, or that some bands live on a planet where they didn‘t get the press release about the state of the music industry today, but they are exactly that – theories.

And a tip for all of you hopeful bands out there: I much prefer getting a myspace link. Getting a demo in the mail is a waste of resources and ….. we won‘t get into what I think about giving the German Post your money (because that’s a topic for a day when I‘m feeling really grumpy)!


1 Antwort auf “Bending the supply-demand continuum”


  1. 1 peter 05. September 2008 um 21:25 Uhr

    why don‘t you write in big letters on your website (next to the address): DO NOT SEND DEMOS, SEND US A MYSPACE LINK INSTEAD!!

    might help, no?

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