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When do you think your music is ready for vinyl?


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#1 TheBro

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:00 AM

I'm asking the question in general but also curious about what you think in regards to whether anything I've done could be ready for vinyl. Would love to put something out but am not confident. Constructive thoughts welcome. Thanks.



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:03 AM

when it's past the demo stage

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:07 AM

For my own music: never. I get sick of my own music super quickly, so waiting around for it to be pressed would be pain.

I've had a couple of things released on vinyl though, one was a split with a friend, 20 copies lathe cut; the other was a 2xLP compilation limited to 100 copies (I think!). It's fun but unless you go for lathe cut (which is expensive, at least $20 per copy) you're going to have to get a lot pressed for it to be economical.. and then you'll have them sitting around in your house taking up room unless you're reasonably popular or make a deal with a label/distributor. I still have copies of some of my CD releases dating back to 2005, that I never sold and have since made better music..

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:09 AM

For my own music: never. I get sick of my own music super quickly, so waiting around for it to be pressed would be pain.

I've had a couple of things released on vinyl though, one was a split with a friend, 20 copies lathe cut; the other was a 2xLP compilation limited to 100 copies (I think!). It's fun but unless you go for lathe cut (which is expensive, at least $20 per copy) you're going to have to get a lot pressed for it to be economical.. and then you'll have them sitting around in your house taking up room unless you're reasonably popular or make a deal with a label/distributor. I still have copies of some of my CD releases dating back to 2005, that I never sold and have since made better music..

I remember your Pselodux music - that was ace mate!



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:12 AM

I think I'm going to try a crowd funder split EP sort of thing. Need to get a vibe for what tune I should put on it though!!!



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:31 AM

simple answer is when someone who runs a label agrees to put your stuff out on vinyl. it's worth shopping around a demo of 4-5 of your dance-friendliest tracks. just send it around soundcloud to artists and labels you like. send via twitter too. even if you don't get any bites you will inevitably find a bunch of new music you like.

 

 

I think I'm going to try a crowd funder split EP sort of thing. Need to get a vibe for what tune I should put on it though!!!



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:38 AM

When ur inbox is full of messages telling u how great u r

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 07:39 AM

When ur inbox is full of messages telling u how great u r

 

 

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 08:21 AM

When your mom says what lovely songs you make.

 

But seriously though, maybe when people start asking if the music will be available on vinyl?



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 09:55 AM

For me it was when someone with a label reached out and asked me.

A crowd-funded thing might be a way to do it but I think could be a double edged sword and you might leave yourself open to disappointment. If you're not confident in the first place then might be a bad idea...

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 10:19 AM

wen ur mixer / mastering guye sayes so (haw ahaw) 



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 10:34 AM

when someone is willing to pay for it



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 10:57 AM

Whenever vinyl isn't a fucking trash format

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 11:06 AM

Didn't you already try to crowdfund a vinyl release?

 

I swear you tried this exact same or very similar thing some years ago...


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Posted 19 December 2018 - 11:43 AM

Didn't you already try to crowdfund a vinyl release?

 

I swear you tried this exact same or very similar thing some years ago...

Nah never even attempted it lol. Crowd funding vinyl services have only come about in the last year or two really so yeah not even possible beforehand.



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 11:55 AM

I must have dreamt that up!

 

sorry



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 11:58 AM

Hey guys, have you heard of this brand new crowdfunding site called Kickstarter?

It’s only been around for the last year, so I’m sure you never heard of it.

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 12:01 PM

lol

 

 
 
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Posted 19 December 2018 - 12:03 PM

To answer the original question.

 

 

Music would probably be ready for vinyl when digital sales are high enough for one to justify the costs associated with pressing + distributing. If one isn't selling many digital copies of their music I don't see why it would make sense to go physical. Seems like a pointless risk. edit: maybe not pointless, but it's not a risk I'd be willing to take.

 

 

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 12:25 PM

I'm gonna do it with a bunch of other folks so it'll hopefully be just like 100 pressing so basically like a 4 track split ep.



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 12:27 PM

Hey guys, have you heard of this brand new crowdfunding site called Kickstarter?

It’s only been around for the last year, so I’m sure you never heard of it.

Wow a lot of hate on this forum. Very sad and tedious. We're supposed to be supporting each other right? There are crowd funding sites specifically for vinyl that's what I'm referring to.



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 01:46 PM

Hey guys, have you heard of this brand new crowdfunding site called Kickstarter?

It’s only been around for the last year, so I’m sure you never heard of it.

Wow a lot of hate on this forum. Very sad and tedious. We're supposed to be supporting each other right? There are crowd funding sites specifically for vinyl that's what I'm referring to.

Poor attempt at humour, very likely.

Hate, definitely not.

To make a serious and constructive comment though - I 100% agree with BCM - unless a label is outright asking you, it’s not worth the risk in my opinion.

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 04:02 PM

Bro ,

What are you trying to achieve ?

If you want some vinyl with ur music on it and you can work out a way to reduce costs - then yeah - go for it. Spinning your own track on wax would be awesome and totally understandable why as an artist you'd want to experience that

If you want to make money , increase exposure .. then yeah .. wait for someone to reach out who will profit from selling the vinyl , not from you

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 04:34 PM

make a tape release



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Posted 19 December 2018 - 04:50 PM

I'm gonna do it with a bunch of other folks so it'll hopefully be just like 100 pressing so basically like a 4 track split ep.

 

This is a decent idea. You may still struggle to sell 100 though! The split 12" I did with a friend only just sold out (well, I still have my copy) this year.. we made 20 copies in 2012 :P