Some more responses to fans’ comments and questions here on MS.com:
Posted by ritzifying (in response to Music Middle Class): Oh well. Opportunity isn’t easy to find in Pennsylvania anyway. I guess not having money and not being from CA or NY, YouTube and MySpace are still the best ways to go. :p
M: I’m happy to inform you that this is not true; you have access to the entire world online! I’m not going to promote any specific businesses that will partner with you in doing this, but there are a bunch of web-based services you can sign up for to sell your music online. Record your music at home, sell or give away the mp3s online, and promote.
Posted by ArielCahen (in response to Music Middle Class): I was going to post a comment when I saw this: “I guess this middle class of artists always existed, it didn’t evolve all of a sudden. They just needed a platform. and see? Globalization, Internet and social networks provided it (Wasn’t that the way LP started out, too?)”, by SaraLX. The only thing I do not agree with is that this middle class of artists always existed. They didn’t. I think it’s a new phenomenon that, yea, became possible thanks to the globalization and the technological revolution (internet and the new medias). Nowdays you can record a song on your notebook, upload it onto myspace and take it out with you on your ipod. It makes it simpler for you to reach people anywhere…
M: Correct. As few as fifteen years ago, when home recording software and the ease of internet promotion and distribution were not widely available, recording artists were either “signed” or “unsigned.” I think it’s safe to say those terms are outdated. Today, it’s all about creativity, technology, and rights when choosing from the myriads of methods of making and putting out your music.
Chester’s back is recovering well. He is still scheduled for regular visits to the doctor, but he’s able to go about most of his daily routine. He had a scare the other day when he was recording a vocal; in the middle of a take, his back seized up. he thought he might need to go back to the hospital, but after some rest and doctor’s advice, it relaxed again. Things are looking good. Thanks for your support!
Chi from Deftones is doing better. He still has a long way to go, but everyone seems optimistic. He’s in our thoughts…on a related note, please remember to wear a seat belt.