I refuse to give up on the idea of the record label.
You can talk about creative destruction and market disruption all you like, but the way I see it, a well-practiced dance of art and commerce became a violent mosh pit around the year 2000. Record companies were hurt worst of all in the great digital dislocation. Some of the labels that nurtured my own music fandom either went away or were absorbed into multi-layered corporations. Some newfangled artist development companies popped up that treated releases like part of the marketing department. And yet the idea – the ethos – of the independently run record label must live on. New West Records, going strong at 20 years old, gives me faith that it will.Read More