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Making Music, Finding an Audience, and the Need to Download: ‘Tally Hall’ Speaks Out Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by C. Gudz, Canada Sep 30, 2005
Child & Youth Rights , Citizen Journalism , Creative Commons   Interviews
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Making Music, Finding an Audience, and the Need to Download: ‘Tally Hall’ Speaks Out Who or what is Tally Hall? Formed in 2002, Tally Hall is a rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan with an amusing approach to making music. Although their quirky name might confuse you at first, there is no mistaking this band’s raison d’etre. These boys just want to have fun.

The band is comprised of five guys with equally sharp senses of humour; Andrew (21, keys/vocals), Joe (23, guitar/vocals), Ross (20, percussion), Zubin (21, bass/vocals), and Rob (22, guitar/vocals) use their youth and their energy to create new and clever sounds, unafraid of breaking and mixing genres.

Tally Hall credits their website for attracting a broader audience and keeping existing fans informed, entertained and excited about the band on an ongoing basis. TallyHall.com features music and video for download with much of the product stemming from their own stylistic hands.

Their perspectives on sharing and making music intrigued us, and in this revealing and sometimes hilarious interview, they tell us how Tally Hall approaches their collective intellectual property.


TIG: On your website you call yourselves a “wonky” rock band. How would you describe your music and your purpose?

Andrew: There’s no best way to describe our music, and so we use wonky. We try not to confine ourselves to any style and write what we want. If someone is in a country mood, they might bring a banjo to a rehearsal and play a song they have been writing. Recently we recorded a New Orleans-style jazz session and an Abbey Road-style Beatles tune back-to-back in a couple of days. Our purpose is to write and perform music that we’d want to hear; we’re very fortunate that other people like it as well.

Joe: We’re interested in following trends. But paradoxically, most musicians say they’re not interested in following trends; in fact, they deny trend-following at all costs. Therefore, we ultimately set the trend by following new, non-existent “trends.”

Rob: My mother always told me that wonkiness is in the eye of the beholder. We call it wonky, but you may call it strange, quirky, unnerving, disciplinary, hogwash, pungent, or egg-cellent. We make music that we like; with five different opinions and three very different songwriting styles, what “we like” ends up being a pretty unique entity.


You are currently recording your first album, how are you planning to distribute it?

Andrew: One thing we’ve done particularly well is to fully utilize the Internet to our advantage. We had a minor Internet video hit with “Banana Man,” and it made it possible for a ton of people to hear our music. We plan on distributing our album through our website and hopefully our record label will do a good job distributing our album elsewhere. One of the advantages of our label is its affiliation with Teacher’s Discovery, which sells teaching supplies to classrooms. Teacher’s Discovery has the resources and power to connect us with larger distributors.

Joe: Hopefully as widely as possible. Ideally, we’ll distribute through international retail outlets, such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, and the glorious iTunes Music Store.


TIG: What are your thoughts on the issues of copyrighted material and downloading?

Andrew: Without the ability to download music, Tally Hall would be nowhere. We are an example of a band that survived because of people downloading our music. For a band looking for exposure, allowing people to download and trade music is essential.
Copyright was designed to encourage creativity, and too often we see it being used as a creative limitation. If someone wants to take the time to download our music illegally, I appreciate his or her desire to listen. If they like the music and can afford a copy of the CD, I would hope they’d contribute by buying the CD. The artists being hurt by illegal downloading are the ones with poor product. If you have a good album, people will buy it. Maybe today’s artistic standards are a contributing factor to the shrinking CD market. Maybe the recording industry needs to take a step back and reevaluate itself.

Joe: Illegal file sharing has both contributed to and detracted from the music industry. It’s definitely had a negative effect on sales, but it’s also broadened horizons; people suddenly have access to volumes of music that would have otherwise been out of reach. Before, when people simply wanted to listen to music to see if they even liked it, they had to first acquire the physical album. File sharing networks shadily solved that problem, but legal developments, such as the iTunes music store, which allows music previews, have helped bridge that gap.

Ross: I feel that if you respect the artist enough to endorse him/her/them then you should show that by legally purchasing the CD. But also that sharing music can be a quick way to spread the word about someone you like at first.





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Mod Club
Vittoria La Neve | Oct 15th, 2005
Hey I saw them perform at Mod Club in Toronto few months ago! They were great live!



Music Download
Lazar_T_Roszell | Nov 1st, 2005
We all know right from wrong. Artists create music that is protected under copyright laws. Stealing is not kewl (cool) Pay for your music, u get liner notes and other neat stuff in physical CD's. Ask Yourself: How would I feel if sum1 dl my work? Cheers <3 and Peace Laser.



Music is a Great Thing to Do
Matthew Gusul | Aug 16th, 2006
I love the attitude you guys have. Have fun and good luck.



meddahi | Aug 15th, 2007
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