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PropertyOfZack Contributor Blog : : Tony Thaxton

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 1, 2011

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PropertyOfZack is thrilled to welcome our newest Contributor, Tony Thaxton. Tony is of course the drummer of Motion City Soundtrack and has been kind enough to do a few blogs a year for our feature and we could not be more stoked. In his first blog, Tony discusses the ever-shifting music industry and Motion City Soundtrack’s current attitude toward their future being a label-less band after their departure from Columbia Records, among other things. It’s a great read for those who are and are not fans of the band, so enjoy it!

Does anyone really, truly know how to handle to record business these days?  Sure, lots of people have ideas, and some people are making them work.  But overall, it just seems like a guessing game to me as of late.  When I first joined Motion City Soundtrack in 2002, it seemed like one of the reasons to get out there and play as many shows as you could was to get the attention of some labels.  Then when you found the right label, it was your home and, in a way,  your life support.  The internet was there, and becoming much more of a way to get your band heard.  But it still wasn’t quite the presence that is is today.  MySpace wasn’t even around yet.  However, people were starting to download music more, and it became the double edged sword.  Never had it been so easy for people to discover your band, but it was becoming difficult to sell records.  You all know this, I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been said before.  But that was just the beginning of the shift.

The internet seems like its become to biggest way people hear music these days.  I don’t know if this is indeed a fact, but at least from people that I know and fans of my band, it appears to be the case.  It’s become pretty easy for bands to release their own records now, especially digitally.  Which, is how most people buy their music these days anyways.  And labels are struggling.  Scrambling to figure out how to make it still work.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not trying to say labels are done and that they don’t serve a purpose.  I’m saying things are…different.  I feel like more and more established bands are not only finding themselves without a label, but possibly being okay with that.

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