Hey, we were discussing some issues at band practice as we get ready to release our first album. I was hoping some guys on here who are more active with this type of stuff could provide some insight. I realize some things will be based on a situational basis, but I also realize the internet is probably changing the way things are done. Here are some questions I have based on the conversation the band had yesterday....
1) Is anybody still making cds these days? And is anybody paying for cds these days?
2) How do radio stations (college, streaming online... NOT clear channel) prefer to get music? I.e. electronic vs. cd?
3) If the album is self financed, how do you try to recoup your costs in making the album.... i.e. payment for gigs vs. people purchasing the music? Or do you just chaulk it up to a "labor of love", IOW you aren't getting the money back?
My biggest concern is putting a bunch of money into the production of cds that end up sitting on a shelf somewhere and that the band would have been better off spending even half that amount on other types of promotion.