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Sloan & others in 'Atlantic Progress'
- Subject: Sloan & others in 'Atlantic Progress'
- From: lovesey\!/fox.nstn.ca (Natalie Lovesey)
- Date: Fri, 07 Jun 1996 23:02:31 -0300 (ADT)
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..."!