Independent must & the Internet


Q: First of all, about how long has the band been together?
A: Iíd say, about two and a half years

Q: And how long out of that time have you had a Web site?
A: I think about a year. We had music on the Internet, through Purevolume and before that.

Q: As far as independent music, how do you think the Internet has impacted it?
A: Greatly, because now it's accessible and you donít have to be on a major label. Distribution is basically on the Internet and people can listen to whatever music they want.

Q: Do you think it has made it easier or harder to get noticed as a band?
A: Easier. I mean now there are a lot of bands, more competition, if you will, but it's easier as far as telling somebody to visit the Web site. Thereís a lot more people discovering us that way.

Q: How does your band use the Internet?
A: We had a Web site, but I was the only one paying for it, so I stopped that because we have Myspace and we have Purevolume and both of those have a means to update and keep people posted and put songs up there and stuff.

Q: Do you use the Internet to schedule performances or network with people?
A: People are constantly e-mailing us to do shows or touring bands will e-mail us see if we could do some shows with them in Florida. And setting up shows in general is done using the Internet by e-mail.

Q: Do you provide free samples of your songs on your Web site or anywhere else online?
A: Yes thereís and Ė both have mp3s and dates for shows and whatnot.

Q: Do you sell merchandise online?
A: Weíre not quite that professional yet. We donít really have any merchandise. We should by now though.

Q: Do you think that copyright laws do a good job of protecting artistsí rights?
A: If we were a band on a major label and it was our livelihood, like it was our career to make music, Iíd be kind of upset that people for the most part download songs and donít really buy CDs nowadays. Personally, if I like a band a lot I would use the Internet as a sample and then I'll go out and buy CDs if I think a bandís worth it. There a lot of people that donít care about having the actual CD; they just want the songs. Thereís like a handful of people that go out and buy the CD for the sake of having the CD, and the book, and having the lyrics, just being able to say you have the CD.

Q: Do you have any other thoughts on the Internet and file sharing?
A: People get to listen to vitually whatever music they want, but the record company suffers as well as the band unless that band tours a lot and sells merchandise and has some other profit other than CDs. If it's already free, most people would have enough sense not to go out and buy it for 15 dollars. I guess it all depends on what that artist is going for. If it's shooting for making money as a band then definitely the Internet is a huge cripple on that. But if bands or artists are doing it for artistic sake and want people to hear their music on the Internet, itís a blessing for those people. It all depends.

Q: Do you think a lot of people do what you mentioned about checking out a band and if they like it theyíll buy the music, or do you think more people donít care about having the CD whether they like it or not?
A: Nowadays labels and bands are finding more ways to attract people beyond the tracks because a lot of CDs now have elaborate book inserts, the CD will be an enhanced CD and youíll have a bunch of bonuses and goodies that you can't have if you download the tracks. I have friends, myself included, if they really like the CD theyíll go out and buy it eventually. Thereís numerous cases where Iíve done that, but as far as more people are concerned, I really donít know. It is kind of a shame that maybe those bands that deserve to be able to live off their music can't because of their mp3s being available online. Kids won't go out and buy it.

Q: What do you think is the best approach to dealing with unauthorized file sharing?
A: Well in Metallicaís case, they went and made everyone hate them, although they did have a good argument, I donít think a band could single-handedly stop piracy. I donít think thereís a way to tell kids not to do it because theyíre going to keep doing it. If you market CDs and albums that offer more than you could get online, people will buy CDs. You just need to give them another reason to do it other than just the tracks on the CD.

Q: What does you band have in store for the coming months?
A: I really donít know. Weíre kind of not too active these days. We're all doing side projects and stuff and keeping busy with work, school and life. I donít know whatís going to happen this month or next month. We play it by ear.

Q: What are some of the side projects?
A: I'm jamming with other people myself. And our drummer Justin is in a poppier band that hasnít played out yet. None of the side projects have really played out yet.

Q: What do you all do outside of being in bands?
A: Marcus and I are still in college. The other three are working full time and have girlfriends and are busy and whatnot. I work fulltime and go to school and have a girlfriend Ė I donít know; I'm tied up a lot. Outside of band, I donít know. Normal life.