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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

  

Making Music, Finding an Audience, and the Need to Download: ‘Tally Hall’ Speaks Out
Z: Because music is often used as a background or mood setter, whether culturally or in commercial media, the artist, the art, and the labor behind music making are too often forgotten. I say this because I have mindlessly downloaded music myself. Obviously, as a musician I will not say that illegal downloading is acceptable; the industry and its employees depend on selling tracks. But while it shortchanges musicians, the Internet has also helped to further music as an art form. Before services such as the iTunes music store, artists would sell a full-length album with only one or two well written songs and thirteen or fourteen fluff tracks. Because songs can now be downloaded individually and legally, artists cannot simply lump in the filler material and must truly work through every song.

Rob: We would never have been able to get to where we are now without free distribution of our music. Our notoriety has been gained almost completely by sharing our audio and video creations with the Internet community. That said, we’re getting more serious about the band these days, and we’re hoping that it will be fruitful enough to buy us food and shelter. So, we have to be a little more careful about freely distributing our music. But we still give away songs for promotional purposes. It’s a fine line – the Internet is an invaluable tool, but it has to be used carefully and prudently if a musician is to avoid starvation.

TIG: Do you think sharing and downloading music is a fad or here to stay?

Rob: It’s surely here to stay. People will be doing this until there’s an even quicker and easier option.

Zubin: To me, asking this question is like asking if music is a fad. If someone can get something for free instead of paying for it, then they will find a way—especially with such anonymity. The key is to make paying 99 cents more convenient.

Joe: It’s here to stay, but I think legislation and technology will evolve to accommodate it. The industry is sweating it right now, but it’ll ultimately prove to be a “Good Thing” for music.

Andrew: I don’t see it going away. Sharing and downloading music is the present and future.


TIG: How do all of you agree on how to distribute, publicize and market your music? Have differences in opinion come up?

Rob: We are a team, and we work together to come up with a publicity/marketing plan. The label helps a lot with that, too. Differences of opinion are constantly there, but that makes our strategy stronger. If we were all like-minded, our plans would be less well-developed. Disagreements are great!

Andrew: We have differences of opinion all the time. But we listen and reason with one another. In the end, we’re usually able to come up with something that everyone agrees upon. We have a very strong aesthetic awareness within the group.

Zubin: Thus far, all marketing, distribution and publicizing have been on the internet and at live shows. Differences in opinion arise when we deal with what we should give away for free and how we should present ourselves, but we usually come to a consensus…the label will obviously help with this.

Joe: Before anything is released or posted on the website, we all have to give it the thumbs up, but we’re generally on the same page.


TIG: You have a very cool website. Can you attribute gaining more fans to your web presence?

Andrew: Our web presence is everything! A band won’t get too far without a website.

Zubin: Completely. Our livelihood depends on the Internet. Our broadest audience sees only tallyhall.com. So, the website and our videos must keep fans interested.

Joe: Without the Internet, we’d definitely be done by now.


TIG: On your site, you feature four audio files. What is the goal of making some of your music freely available?

Rob: The thinking is that free mp3s will do us more good than the money that would come from stringent CD sales. People can only download a few songs, and, if they like ‘em, they’ll be more likely to share them with friends.

Zubin: Although we have gained popularity locally, we still need to spread the word. Giving away some tracks free will hopefully ignite the wildfire that will one day become Tally Hall. That’s the idea anyhow.

Joe: We’re just getting started, and we want as many people to have access to our music as possible. However, one problem with giving away free music is that it automatically devalues the product; to a certain extent, it undermines the work that went into it. Making good recordings is difficult, expensive, and time-consuming; that’s why the file sharing revolution frustrates so many musicians. When I pay for a product, I listen very carefully, usually several times, because I want my money’s worth. But if all I have to do is click on a link, what’s so special about it? Nothing’s at stake for me as a consumer, so the music doesn’t get as much attention.







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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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