Trent Reznor Urges Musicians To Ditch Labels

by Volker Weber

One of the biggest wake-up calls of my career was when I saw a record contract. I said, 'Wait - you sell it for $18.98 and I make 80 cents? And I have to pay you back the money you lent me to make it and then you own it?

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Related: Why are NIN albums more expensive than others?

it's because we know you've got a core audience that's gonna buy whatever we put out, so we can charge more for that. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy it. True fans will pay whatever

Oliver Regelmann, 2011-01-10

@Oliver: you've quoted what the HMV-man said - the more interesting part imho is Trents reaction:
"That's the most insulting thing I've heard. I've garnered a core audience that you feel it's OK to rip off? F--- you'. That's also why you don't see any label people here, 'cos I said 'F--- you people. Stay out of my f---ing show. If you wanna come, pay the ticket like anyone else. F--- you guys". They're thieves. I don't blame people for stealing music if this is the kind of s--- that they pull off"

Markus Jabs, 2011-01-10

Label people? Aren't that the guys at the front rows in the audience? The 'true' fans?

Patrick Kwinten, 2011-01-10

"Label people" are not those with the "NIN" label in front of their t-shirts. ;)

Marc Patermann, 2011-01-10

@Markus: You very much could see it the other way around. The price charged for NIN reflects a fair value for the created quality of entertainment for their audience. The "pop stuff" needs to be discounted since it doesn't match the quality and value. Same like buying [insert-your-designer-label-here] jeans in a boutique vs. a similar functional outfit at Wallmart.

Stephan H. Wissel, 2011-01-11

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