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Sloan & others in 'Atlantic Progress'



Found this in Atlantic Progress magazine...it was mostly talking about the 
ECMA's and the more traditional bands, etc. but there was some stuff about 
Sloan, and I'm going to type it *all* out. :)

(picture of Sloan, with quote "Halifax's Sloan comes out on top of a recent 
industry survey for best Canadian album during 1996 Canadian Music Week.")

    "The dream of signing a record deal with a major label is no longer as 
necessary as it used to be. With computers slashing costs for recording and 
reproducing music, small local record labels, called 'indies,' have sprung 
up to assist the emerging artist.
    According to Colin MacKenzie, managing director of Murderecords in 
Halifax, new acts sign with small labels and put out a record or two; the 
best are then signed by major labels. 'What drives the indies is music, not 
profit,' says MacKenzie. 'But an indie will survive if it's good at spotting 
talent. And if it's around long enough and some of its acts make it big, 
then people will buy the bands' early music,' which is still on the indie label.
    Murderecords, distributed by MCA, is an example of the multi-faced 
entrepreneurial spirit found in the Nova Scotia music industry. The company 
is owned and operated by members of Sloan, who 'wanted to invest in the 
local scene' where they got their start, says MacKenzie.
    Another musical entrepreneur is Ian McKinnon. In addition to playing in 
Rawlins Cross, McKinnon runs Ground Swell Records, whose catalogue also 
includes Natalie MacMaster, big picture and Ron Bourgeois. In an effort to 
focus more on music and less on the headaches of distribution, Ground Swell 
recently entered into a deal with Warner, just as another regional label, 
Atlantica/Duckworth, signed with EMI. Again, these independents can offer 
closer access to the talent, but the big labels have more marketing resources.
    As these indie labels well know, before any band can record, it has to 
be discovered and promoted. All of these facets of the industry are much 
more developed than they were even five years ago. The Double Deuce, for 
instance, may be dead, but the Birdland Cabaret has soared under the 
guidance of Greg Clark, talent booker extraordinaire, to become the new 
showcase for emerging artists.
    Here, above the mosh pit, are born the stars of tomorrow. With names 
like the Inbreds, Rusty, Thruster, Orange Glass and Chinstraps, the bands 
clamber out of basements and garages to perform at Birdland where they hope 
to attract the attention of record labels and management companies.
    'There are more bands today - more bands forming and more playing better 
music,' says Clark. 'The media is always looking for the `next` thing.'"




--By the way, in the magazine, it actually read "Inbreds, the Monoxides, 
Rusty Thruster, and Orange Glass Chinstraps..."!