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Archeology Records – how it works

Relationship

By partnering with Archeology, the Artist(s) will receive: continuing distribution and promotion campaigns; the support and expertise of an outside experienced voice; the digital and cultural connections made by distributing on a label with other bands and related fans; and allow the artist to have satisfying feeling that their music is being shared on to the world… And possibly making some money doing so.

The agreement between Archeology and the Artist(s) will be for a set period of time for specific tracks/albums. Either Artist or Archeology may cancel the agreement with three months written notice at any time, at which point all work done by Archeology for the artist will be removed from all distribution channels.

Please note: While Archeology will endeavour for successful and wide distribution of the artists’ work, this is not designed to “make anybody rich“ but rather to get your diligently-made music in the ears and more fans and produce a moderate revenue stream. Think music for beer money, rather than music sitting in a shoebox going nowhere.

Archeology records will:

Distribute artist music across most all applicable digital channels including Spotify, iTunes, Google, Pandora, Tidal… etc.

Create and/or enhance and/or manage social media campaigns for the artists in collaboration with the artist

Provide education and assistance for community building to build audience including promotions, publicity and media nurturing strategies, and other related tactics

Transparently compensate artist (likely quarterly) for split of all royalties earn from all distribution channels

And possibly:

Collaborate with artists to produce physical artifacts for sale in other forms including vinyl, cassette, cd… And related merchandising items – posters, picks, pics, set lists…

Seek synch licensing arrangements for songs to be used in TV/movies/commercials as deemed appropriate with desires of artist

Artist will:

Provide Archeology with high-quality recordings, cover art, band photos, candid photos, lyrics, publishing credits, and any other material deemed necessary by Archeology for accurately listing, distributing and compensating artist

Access to manage, or permission to create, various social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud etc

Provide permission for Archeology to distribute music exclusively on digital channels for designated period

Provide a single point of contact for payment of royalties, decisions about art, release dates as applicable, and any other matters which arise from this relationship

Be responsible for distributing royalty payments with in the band/artist as appropriate for the band relationship. Archeology will make one payment to the band, and not divide up between members, songwriters, contributors etc.

Provide Archeology with signed releases to act on behalf with any managers, consultants or adviser and make label aware of any such relationships in advance.

Archeology Records – the gist

Gist

Archeology Records is a project  to distribute and promote underknown/grassroots music to allow existing audiences to enjoy more easily, and find new audiences.

Importantly, Archeology Records wants artist to retain ownership of masters, and not be obligated to record more, release less and overall enjoy complete artistic freedom.

Background

Many bands and artists record songs and/or albums and may distribute locally on a small scale but overall these recordings are under-distributed and perhaps under-listened and appreciated. Sadly, these projects get abandoned to shoeboxes in attics and garages as media formats changes, priorities change.

However, with some simple social community building tactics and digital distribution – combined with analog artifacts merchandising – artists can resurrect these treasures to share with audience, getting creations into ears… and possibly connect with fans and spread music while making some money.

Expectation is that Artist will take active part of promotion and cross-promotion with label-mates using communications and resources provided by Archeology. 

Let’s make a project!

 

Car(e)-free Sound Stroll – Urban Vancouver #8

A walk around various car-free day festivals in Vancouver, 2008 with unedited soundstream of drum circles, live bands of various sorts (including several numbers by a Grateful Dead inspired band, a free jazz combo, a protesting singer-songwriter, and a Latin-esque outfit…), plus skateboards, slam poets, and a bassoon quartet playing “hockey night theme” among other tunes.

Wander along for: Car(e)-free Sound Stroll – Urban Vancouver #8 (51:49, 75MB, 192k .mp3)

Podfeed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/UrbanVancouver

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Day-job skills and ideas for musicians

The Matinee Set list
Bands need helpers on tour to spread the social vibes and make cool arts n crafts

Canadian broadcaster Grant Lawrence posted a bit on CBC Radio 3 blog (now disappeared from internet and not archived) about “Backup Job Plans for Musicians” and i chimed in with unsolicited advice, [the article seems to be lost from the internets as cbcradio3 has ummm… disbanded] anyhow, ergo:

My advice is to have a backup plan which used your skills to help other bands. Keeps you in the mix and gives you an opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with other band folks who are on similar path/mission/trajectory as your own.

A few good ideas:

Silkscreen T-shirts / Merch Master:
Every band needs these and a lot of bands fuck this up or pay too much. Not just T-shirts, but other smart merchandise. At my day job, we made passports, tubes, guitar picks, stickers, scarves, flags… Get creative with your merch and people will buy it. Seriously, they want to give ya bread to keep participating in your culture.

Graphic design:
I mean being a real designer, not just someone with Photoshop on a computer, to make poster art and album covers and so on. Packaging and March are too critical elements about the music business which are often overlooked. Look at the career (Vancouver legend) Bob Masse has built for himself since the mid 60s making awesome posters.

Social media promoter/community builder:
Fans are communities who desperately want to learn more about their favourite musicians, spend their money and rock out. Social media is the best way to build this community. Labels, bands and promoters are just catching on… Perhaps you can help them.

Recording engineer:
This one seems obvious and as difficult as making it as a musician but, with radical changes in the way music is recorded and released, there is huge potential for someone who understands both analog and digital recording methods.

Bookers/promoters:
Most bands have someone that kind of knows this game or they become too reliant on the labels, managers etc. If you are a touring road warrior who has built relationships with clubs, venues etc. but aren’t up for it anymore, work the phone and help emerging bands set up tours. You won’t get rich doing it for one band but doing it for 10 will pad your stats, especially when one of the bands hits big.

Band mentor:
This seems a little reality TV-ish but many bands don’t have someone to instruct and advise them and care about them. Managers and labels usually don’t have the resources to dedicate to merging bands and so they are left to making mistakes and put in their career in someone else’s hands. Bands often need someone who has a deep long history with the music business but also has the empathy and insight to counsel and advise them on band dynamics. The right advisor can make the difference between a two album “flash in the pan” band and a generational band who last for decades.

Talking Social and Music on @RenmanMB with Steve Rennie

I was a guest on the Renman Live show (@RenmanMB), a show about music and business, to discuss social media for bands and labels. It’s a brief segment but one i hope to do more of with them. The Host (Steve Rennie @Renman1)  is very LA and i am very Canadian :) I appeared on video via phone with my pith-helmet-attired pic representing in absentia. Click to watch the video and have some laughs.

DaveO on Renman Live show

Social Media for Bands and Fans – Interview on Tweets and Tunes, 2012

Jason Lloyd came by the Hootsuite office to interview me for CiTR’s Tweets and Tunes, his show that examines the relationship between independent musicians and social media.

Being an active participant and enthusiast of music scenes, i had many topics to riff about, including DIY promo work at HootSuite, the Tracks on Tracks project, and the impact social media has on independent music.

Check out Tweets and Tunes – Interview with Dave Olson

Blurb

Social media is creating an opportunity for musicians to connect with their audience like never before, allowing everyone to be part of a conversation. The changing dynamics between artist and fan are explored, along with lots of advice and tips for musicians and their social media endeavours.

The show ends with a discussion of the Vancouver music scene, including, bands, venues, and how things have changed and evolved over the years.

Tracks On Tracks – Artifact Roundup from the train

NXNE Interviews: Dave Olson of HootSuite Talks Social for Bands and Fans

After spieling at NXNE 2012 in Toronto with “Social Media in Revolutions and Disasters, I shared some stories and thoughts about social media –  specifically for bands and their fans – in a series created by Intel.

The real lowdown on Mp3 downloads – #2

The real lowdown on Mp3 downloads – Levelling the Playing Field #2 

[Originally published in Menu Magazine in Olympia, Wa, circa 1999]

You’ve likely heard of Mp3, haven’t you? Mp3 is a compression/encoding standard which allows near-CD quality duplication of audio files at a fraction of the size. Because the files are much smaller than regular CD audio files, they are fairly easily transferred over the Internet or burnt onto homemade CDs. Convenient? Yes indeed. Legal? Well that depends.

Before getting into the fun, revolutionary part and the technical portion, we must first look at some historical precedents so we can figure out the legal ramifications of this brave new format.

When I was a kid and there was a song on the radio that I liked, I would cue up an 8-track or cassette tape into the home and wait for the song to come on again. Then, I quickly hit the pause button to start recording, albeit missing the first few seconds. Legal? The courts figured this out when TV broadcasters were complaining about VCRs on the market and Yes you can record a commercial public broadcast for personal use, even if the quality is poor.

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Rock n Roll Heroes ~ The Numbskulz – Choogle On #87

On a visit to the hamlet of Pe Ell, Uncle Weed checks in on the emerging super powers of The Numbskulz [MySpace] – Nolan, Seth and Graham. The 3 young rock and roll brothers recently recorded tracks at a studio and are seeking to load up their camouflage RV for a NorthWest summer tour. They discuss the songwriting process, the power of music to inspire others, playing covers vs. originals, promotion tactics for bands, and the importance of demanding knowledge at school.

Prepare to rock with Rock n Roll Heroes ~ The Numbskulz – Choogle On #87 (.mp3, 32:19, 29MB)

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