There used to be a general perception that a certain status and professionalism came with releasing a CD. I still see a well-produced and artistic album as a major achievement. However, as CD’s/albums became easier and easier to make, the stakes became smaller and smaller for the artists creating them, and now, most artists releasing CD’s actually do very little to promote them beyond, say, Bandcamp, which, while it’s an amazing site, and one of my personal favorites, it’s pretty much the same as listing a product on eBay.
Gone are the days of grassroots promotion since the death of the CD; and with no risk of having those 1,000 demos cluttering up your basement, there’s less to lose, isn’t there? Bands stir their new releases briefly like spices donated into the greater online soup and hope someone says “Well, I haven’t tasted this flavor before”. Many artists who have discographies and highly professional artistic output are actually hobbyists, because no outward motion is happening. Simple as that.
The key question to ask yourself is; “Is the work getting done?”
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