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A Triple Edged Sword

Today has been a day a double or even triple edged day.

First: I’m being accused of being “shitty” about a deal, fair enough,
I’m a guilty guy , so shoot me.
I
can’t help being able to see through things to the other side, if that
offends people sorry, but it’s saved my arse on many, many occasions.
When
I’ve ignored it I have paid for it big time. As nice as people can be
or appear to be, that doesn’t mean they really know what they’re doing
or how it affects you.
You think record labels do care? They don’t,
wake up. You use them, they use you, so make sure you’re getting
something out if it. I’d love to collaborate with people, I really
honestly would,but sadly after having been to Detroit and seen how they
do business, I haven’t met , talked to anyone who matches up. Music is
serious business for them, it’s life and food on the table for them.
Not just something that disappears after a while or something better
comes along.
So if I can help people by saying, “please don’t do that”, I will.

You know when Drexciya signed for Warp, was it just about a big move or
an advance, no!!
I’m
not even going to tell anyone about it unless I meet you in person, I
heard this from Mad Mike himself so I’m not spreading it all around.

Do
you think when I said no to a deal in Detroit that was a pleasant
experience? Can you even imagine? I risked getting my head kicked in to
go and explain about it to them (that’s Mad Mike at Submerge), and you
know what ? I earned their respect for it, as they realized I love
music and it’s my blood, they even tried to help me sort it out, but
politics got in the way.

Second: Today is another edge of a
sharp sword, since despite all my efforts things just keep falling
apart with my best friend. If there was more I could have done I would
have done it, and I feel responsible a great deal too. Never wanted it
to end up like this, but the Giant has blocked both of our paths so
many times, it’s like it was inevitable. More than that I can’t say
anymore, it’s just to personal. My music is and has been always
there,and it sometimes feels like I have to sacrifice the rest of life
for it. If so then, ok lets go. I don’t argue anymore…

Third: Finally getting back to the kind of sounds I really want to
make, which is always a struggle.
Surprise
is that the old beast that’s been stuck in the garage for 18 months, is
the one to bring out the sounds from the Underworld. Yet it’s not new,
or expensive ,is old news, but it has developed something special with
age that I didn’t expect.
I’m not even going to tell people what I’m
using anymore, as people are starting ( or where they always?) to get
prejudiced about what you use. It’s the end result that counts, what it
feels like.

Three cuts, and although they may hit deep, some may draw blood or
wound, I’m still here.
I’m not in bits, not scared, because I know what I do in life is live
it the right way.
So
if you all want to have a go at me some more, I’ll just keep moving on,
because the path is the right one. I’m supposed to be here to follow
it, that’s my fate, I can’t escape that anymore.

Musicians: For Your Protection Against Bad Deals

Me I am not a shining example of success, but I have made lots of mistakes that you can learn from. I’ve also had a few deals before, as well as some bad ones.
I’m never afraid to stand my ground turn something down, or say no to anyone.
I’ve been pimping myself about on myspace, and had this strange “offer” to appear on a compilation.

Note: For those who are easily offended or are their friends, I’ll take out the name and edit this, but no matter which
way you look at, this isn’t a good deal. People always get upset when you say it isn’t good, always.

It’s your choice I guess, sign or don’t sign, ignore advice from a lawyer or from other people. I guess it’s a decision you have to make for yourself, but at least you know…

PLEASE NOTE: Please ignore me if you think I’m full of shit, it’s obvious that people think I am full of it. It’s my opinion and we’re not going to agree, so let’s just disagree. My instincts do not fail me, but according to everyone else I don’t know what I’m talking about, so I’m an arsehole, you do it your way, that’s your choice. You have freedom to ignore, but I stand by what I say.

Funny how the label I turned down in the US now has vanished… but I guess I was wrong about that as well, should have signed and gone down with a sinking ship.
Maybe some of you would have done that, again that’s your decision to weigh up and make your choice.
I’ve endured criticism and will carry on doing that, I’ve taken it right in the face and will carry on doing that, you can’t be involved in music and expect everything to be rosy.
Labels should not be excluded from that, I personally would never ever sign an artist to a label of mine, because I could never be arrogant enough to tell them I could do something for them. No one cares more about your art more than you, so you’re the best person to represent it, not me or anyone else.

Believe it or not I have some first hand experience to offer of this, that I wish someone had told me about.

But again you decide…

This is the message:

I APPROVED YOU CAUSE…;)

YOUR TUNES RULE. IN FACT, I’M DOING A SERIES OF COMPILATIONS ON MY LABEL AND I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A TRACK FROM YOU IF YOUR INTERESTED. HERE’S THE DETAILS:

I NEED A WAV FILE OF TRACK (PREFERABLY UNRELEASED OR NEW MATERIAL, BUT SINCE YOU RULE I WILL TAKE WHAT I CAN GET). BAND/ARTIST INFO AND TRACK INFO. A THANX LIST (OPTIONAL).

OUR REWARD:
THE COMPILATION WILL BE A -LIMITED EDITION- OF 400 COPIES CD. EACH ARTIST GETS 10-15 COPIES FREE. WITH 15-20 ARTISTS PER COMP YOU SEE THE MATH THAT LED TO 10-15 COPIES EACH. AFTER THAT, EACH ARTIST CAN GET MORE FROM ME, AT COST. YOU OWN YOUR MUSIC. I DISTRO IT AND FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO THE WONDERFUL MUSICIANS OF
THE WORLD. ALSO, IT DRAWS ATTENTION TO MY LABEL, YOUR WORK AND ONCE AGAIN, MAKES ME FEEL REALLY GREAT INSIDE TO POOL SO MANY HEARTS AND MINDS TOGETHER. THE PROFITS MADE FROM EACH DISC I SELL PERSONALLY, WILL GO INTO A SAVINGS FOR 7″ RELEASES WITH THE MANY ARTISTS ON THE
COMPS. BUT THAT IS A WHOLE OTHER EMAIL…

P.S. REALLY HOPE YOUR INTERESTED. IF YOU GET THE CHANCE, LET OTHER AWSOME MUSICIANS YOU KNOW, KNOW ABOUT THIS AS WELL. EITHER WAY I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON…

This smells, Bad, Bad, Bad. You can have CDs made on demand by Customflix now which is great for both DVD/CD, filmmakers and musicians. Cd Baby, (apparently this deal is better, eh?, challenge anyone to find an outfit better than CD Baby) although pretty slow, have widespread digital distribution, but all you have to do is give them a handful of copies (made yourself if u like), and they’ll farm it out for a few dollars.

So you don’t need anything like this offer, ONLY if that label already has a good profile that can do better things for your visibility. Even then you’re due some royalties, all though records and CD’s don’t make much on labels unless large numbers shift, think it’s more about exposure.

But it definitely is not : zero royalties, and you can buy your own CD’s after the first 20.
I wish people had told me what it’s like before, so I’m trying to give you a heads up now, hope it helps…

Stay strong and keep fighting…

PS Even the labels with big reputations offer bad deals, you need to get a lawyer to look at it first, but they would say the same thing exactly. It’s just not worth it.
If your lawyer says it’s a good deal, then he’s different from any advice I’ve ever had in 13 years, so you decide for yourself if this is worth it…

Paul Bishop
The Ghost That Walks

Dark Electro: “Off World Bounty Crew” – Dark Electro

Dark Electro – “Off World Bounty Crew”.

A killer sci-fi Electro cut that got the Detroit stamp of approval.

Never, ever released, exclusive for you. Would you believe that Lawrence Burden from Direct Beat/430 west heard this, called me up from Detroit and offered me an album/3 single/tour deal. Me neither, but it really happened, just when I got the deal it was for …. 1 single.

My lawyer didn’t like the deal, so I didn’t sign it, you just wish things had gone better though. But my dark Electro is far from dead so watch this space….

Music For Dark Films, Horror Music, Dark Electro, Orchestral, or Sci Fi Film, Live & Studio recordings.

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