A few of us are on Disintegration State and we’re all billionaires now:
Seriously though… even though it is an independent label it has had a big impact on getting my music (and a lot of other people’s) heard in the wider UK underground community. I don’t think I would still be making music if I didn’t have some sort of formal outlet for it and the support offered by having even a small community of like-minded folk can be invaluable.
Pretty much this for me. At the very least, the sense of purpose to it has made me think more ambitiously about what an album should be as a continous thing rather than my musical output being just more or less random choons cobbled together in my spare time
Bit of a necessary evil for anyone who isn’t already well known to get their product out there I think.
The same is true of the publishing industry. I’m working on a children’s book right now and, yeah I could self-publish it and sell to under a hundred friends and local people, but I’m acutely aware the accepted route is to sign with an agent and they get you a deal with a publisher.