If this isn't a taboo subject matter, I'd like to ask the following and would like to hear from those who are involved with such.
How much does it actually cost to press vinyl even at the lowest ltd quantity (100-500)?
How much extra do you charge to cover your costs?
I fully understand that making music & selling it is a business, and that there is very little profit margin for pressing vinyl. I also understand and am so appreciative of those who still continue to release their music on vinyl for the die hard fans, even if they don't really make any money off it.
So I ask you the beat creator, what makes you decide to go for it and press vinyl vs giving up on it and going the digital route? Do you believe in your art enough to risk the possibility of finacial loss? Is financial loss or gain at all an issue for you?
As an avid vinyl buyer myself, and not knowing anything of the above, my thoughts would be "is it really that hard to sell your record to 100 people"? So why not press up some vinyl? Maybe it is difficult to sell all your stock? Is it just too much of a hassle?
We've known that for the past few years, vinyl sales have surpassed cd sales, and this trend is still rising. Now, the focus seems to be of recording artists from major record labels. It seems to be contradictory for "dance music" recordings, and I wonder why that is such? A record is a record is a record! If you have a demographic of people supporting your work, which with the net is easy to figure out, why not give people what they want? Is it wrong to even put feeler questions out there like, "I am thinking of doing a limited 12" run, and would like to know who would be interested in buying such"?
I recall when on the old forum DXJ put a feeler out there looking for pre-orders of an unreleased Radio Mars mix, which unfortunately never went through because of the lack of support; such a shame. Is support an issue? Do you the artist have that true sense of support from the fans?
With the success of Streetsounds Nu-Electro 1 and it appears that the Mic Murphy/Melle Mel 12" is getting a quick turnover, it made me think about all these things and would love to hear your thoughts.
I know I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the invisible rockers 12", but truthfully as a CONSUMER, think it's taking way too long. Perhaps it's my own commercial thinking that a single should be released in conjunction with an album, ie SS NE1, and we are now soon to receive SS NE2. No disrespect IR
And lastly to just put it out there, if there was anything that should have been layed down on wax, it is DEBONAIRE #5 AND #6 b/c they are just rediculously, insanely, "freakin'" sick!!!