Tuesday, January 01, 2008

WIRED Magazine - Byrne on Yorke (Radiohead) and the Music "Industry"

David Byrne interviews Thom Yorke and the two silent-e artistes/maverickes enjoy discussing Radiohead's latest "album", In Rainbows, direct distribution through the Radiohead website (though no longer available apparently). The WIRED magazine (January 2008 issue) "interview" is short (well, it's really a conversation with Byrne appearing to contribute more than Yorke) but interesting as it relates to new mechanisms for artists/songwriters to get their work out without record companies/publishers. Of course, it helps when you're already an international success (like Radiohead).

More interesting, to me, was a follow-up piece by Byrne on Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists - and Megastars. The 6 strategies are outlined in the following chart, ranging from Equity Deal to Self-Distribution...
These aren't the be-all and end-alls, and a mish mash of options may be appropriate for the music makers. The advice for songwriters from Byrne is clear: "I would personally advise artists to hold on to their publishing rights (well, as much of them as they can). Publishing royalties are how you get paid if someone covers, samples, or licenses your song for a movie or commercial. This, for a songwriter, is your pension plan."

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