[Dixielandjazz] Concord Records-- marketing philosopy , Suggestion about bands working together to make a Dixieland Label

Martin Bates M.BATES at lamp.ac.uk
Tue May 11 00:54:01 PDT 2010

Concord has certainly lost its way but I guess that is buisness these days.  pity though that they can't (or can they) be persuded to part with their back catalogue.  I remember buying on LP two Scott Hamilton and Buddy Tate records that have never been re-released.  there was also an early Scott Hamilton that had Joe Temperley in the band that I have never seen on CD.

My memory as teenager in the late 1970's when I first got into jazz was waiting and wondering what was next on the label.  Exciting times.  This was a bit like Nagel Heyer through the late 90's and early 00's.  This label too seems to have lost its early direction - at least it is still releasing jazz discs but not the great mainstream they built the label on.  Sadly all we seem to have now is Arbors - long may they remain producing great mainstream jazz


From: dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com [dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com] On Behalf Of Bert Brandsma [mister_bertje at hotmail.com]
Sent: 11 May 2010 08:27
To: Martin Bates
Cc: Dixieland Jazz Mailing List
Subject: [Dixielandjazz]  Concord Records-- marketing philosopy , Suggestion about bands working together to make a Dixieland Label

The situation is that record labels are not interested in artists that are kind of banned from airplay, be it radio or TV.
Bands should make their own label. Then the profits are also 100% for the band.Record labels only are interested when they think they can make a huge profit. They do business, don't sponsor art. It is as simple and hard as that.
On the other hand, CDs can sell very well. At the Dutch Swing College Jubilee concert last saturday that band managed to sell over 200 CDs.Just in one evening.
Our band, the Dixieland Crackerjacks also sells them pretty good. At the DSC concert they sold well and every week I get requests worldwide to ship them thanks to 3000 youtube listeners/watchers per day.Only thing, the CDs are not in regular shops. Well, be it so, we live in 2010, the computer era allready started many years ago.Traditional record labels are old-fashioned and CD shops as well.  No wonder both fear for their future and try the easiest way to get big money, naked girl singers that actually can't sing, but for that they have autotune. And they back them with synthesiser sounds. They care for business, not art.
Maybe we should get a couple of bands together and make Cds together, probably every band 2 tracks. The costs are devided and every band finds new listeners in places outside his own region. I am very willing to organise such things and have connections with a good studio that makes this possible easy and quickly.
Kind regards,

Bert Brandsma

Just out of interest, what are these guys markiting now?Plus, if instrumental music isn't selling well, whatever happened to themajority of techno music? Looks pritty maddening to me and I'm just turned20, so there are still plenty of young traditional jazz fans out therethis lable could please. Also, I'd rarther be taught by someone who is oldenough to have had plenty of experience in whatever field their teachingthan someone who probbably hasn't, just my thoughts.take cair, Rob
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