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Re: change of topic(s)
On Sat, 29 Oct 1994, Michael Damian Catano wrote:
> Not that I really want to get into this debate, but I don't think you'll
> see Viewmaster on Indie Street, 'coz E.T. aren't really all that indie
> anymore... I don't think SubPop really qualifies - they can afford to
> send their artists over to europe regularly, they have international
> distribution, you can buy their records anywhere, really, so I wouldn't
> go o far as to say that they're an "indie" label.
Indie vs. Major 101
An indie label by definition is a label that is distributed by an
independent distribution company. It is also a label wholly owned by
someone other than a major label. Therefore, Sub Pop is an indie label.
In the United States, we are distributed by ADA. In Canada, we are
distributed by Denon. In the European territories where our records are
release, we are distributed by indies. I believe the only territories
where our records are distributed by majors are France (Virgin) and Japan
We don't have a limitless supply of money, and not everyone goes to
Europe. We send bands to Europe when it makes financial sense. In
Eric's Trip's case, they got some government grant money to go over.
Otherwise, the number of records they sold over there would not have
justified our expenditure. In jale's case, they had a top ten radio
single in the UK, so it made a lot of sense for them to play over there.
Sub Pop Employee