Tuesday, April 28, 2009
We're in an uncertain time for the music industry. As such, we're starting to see many artists experimenting with different new business models to find new ways to make a living from their art as sales drop and piracy continues to be a problem. Given that these are experiments, it would be unreasonable to expect all the new ideas will be gems.
Enter Billy Corgan, the only remaining original member of the Smashing Pumpkins, who according to MusicRadar.com, has hatched a plan to charge his fans $40 a pop for 12 weeks of access to a 'video blog' documenting the process of making the band's next record.
On the one hand, if fans are willing to pay that (and it seems unlikely to me that they will), more power to him, I guess. But it seems a bit cynical to me. Lots of bands maintain blogs, video or otherwise, that are free as it is (like, for instance, this one). Why not make the film about the making of the record and release it on the Internet for free as an advertisement for the record? After all, how long has it been since the Smashing Pumpkins were really relevant? Maybe I'm wrong here, but I think Corgan's thinking is a bit backwards here. What do you guys think?