Now here’s a cool idea. RCRD LBL is a new mp3 blog which actually pays the artists.
Dreamed up by the folks behind the music tech site Engadget, RCRD label has just launched, and it looks like a winner. Basically, it’s an ordinary mp3 blog with commentary, but the people who post the music actually own the rights to put up the tracks for download. Think of it as a thumbed nose to the hoards of bloggers who offer up tracks in the name of “spreading the word”. Because this time, the artists actually get paid: The site is funded through advertising revenue. Sounds good, yeah? The site caters for electronic fans, too: early posts include free downloads of Italoboyz’ ‘Victor Casanova’, Ewan Pearson’s remix of Supermayer’s ’The Art of Letting Go’ and The Field’s ‘Over the Ice’. RCRD LBL have big dance labels signed up to the concept, including Kompakt, Modular, Warp, Ghostly and Dirtybird. Fingers crossed that it works.