Internet Exploitation, Not Just a Problem For Artists | Nick Lewis | The Trichordist
Guest Post by Nick Lewis (Copyright in the Author) Nick Lewis is a mastering engineer from Brighton, UK. Visit his website at Online Mastering | Brighton Mastering
Most talk about the exploitative internet is focused on artists. But they’re just the headline. Artists may be the front-line, the visible face, but the effects go much deeper.
Think about everything that goes into making and releasing a record. Recording engineers, mixing engineers, mastering engineers, mixing desks, outboard, microphones, speakers, software, computers, pressing plants, their staff and equipment, blank stock manufacturers, distributors, warehouses, vans, drivers, PR agencies – the list goes on.
No one gets paid if no one buys the record.
I can’t count the number of times artists have promised to send a single/EP/album to me for mastering by a certain date only for that date to slip because they can’t get the money together. Very often it never materialises: they’ve given up and either forgone mastering, tried to do it themselves or got their hobbyist mate to do it. This isn’t good for me or the band.