My thoughts on the next album release process.

Steve came to the chat box to tell us the news, he came up with the idea of discussing how the new album should be released, it was a little bit messy because of the several languages spoken at the moment, and (including me) too many questions asked at the same time. Anyway, Steve managed to answer the ones that did matter, I think.

 

In my opinion there is a lot of things still to discuss from the conversation we had and I still think we can be more helpful than we tried to be today. These topics are to discuss in a mess board forum rather than in a chat box. Of course I am forever grateful for the opportunity Ren gave us to let our voices to be heard in this so important matter.

 

Now I know the new album is done and the meeting with Steve and Sony Music went well, I believe its time to start thinking how we fans will acquire the new Incubus melodies. It’s obvious the physical CD edition will be released, but this kind of edition is now struggling against the massive digital download, including the new services like iTunes LP that offers a new user-product (album) interface, or even just the digital songs to be downloaded without any other plus than the convenience of immediacy.

 

As a -huge- fan I will always want at least the physical CD copy, it doesn’t’ matter if the new creation has eight or 16 songs, it’s from Incubus, and I will get it as soon as I can, but again, as a huge fan, if another release that is more expensive than the “normal” 10-11 song  version than includes something extra that the band, management and industry Know that a fan would get, and let’s say more songs, or a code to download extra content from here or enjoyincubus, etc., I would get THAT.

 

As for a Vinyl edition, well, where I live, you just buy vinyl editions to increase your personal collection and to keep as a treasure, we don’t have (no more) the culture of vinyl playing, and it’s something just a collector would buy. I know a lot of fans that would not buy vinyl editions because how expensive they are, (and that is because they do not make them here, they have to be shipped here), but I do know fans that would get them as a matter of showing how they love, care and need to get everything Incubus (or any other artist) offer.

 

So finally, as at least my opinions, may differ, I think this need to be discussed more properly, in a more serious manner and trying to get every good idea to work in this machine that is called music industry, and as someone that is so far away from where everything is happening, I feel honored that I am being asked to help in these decisions, so here I am to help in every way I can.

Thank you for reading,

Francisco.

 

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Comment by Lauren Clay (Mod) on March 16, 2011 at 4:36pm
Personally I kind of liked the way the Wild Trapese was handled.  I ordered the physical copy because I'm sort of neurotic about having physical CDs but was immediately given access to download the digital files at no extra cost.  So I got to have the satisfaction of having a CD with all the jacket art and fun things CDs come with, without having to wait for it to get shipped to me to listen to the music, which is of course most of the point.
Comment by Jake Bliese on March 16, 2011 at 9:47am

I'd buy the physical disc or even a more expensive version to get extras such as studio footage..behind the scenes stuff. And I'd actually buy the vinyl on top of the actual album just to collect. I'm a freak when it comes to Incubus.

I actually mentioned to Ren on facebook that they should do live bootleg CDs like they did for Japan and Malaysia before and the proceeds could go to the MYF. I'm always willing to shell out some bucks for some live stuff from my favorite bands.

Comment by NiKoFuNk-IncubusChile on March 15, 2011 at 3:46pm
if a vivyl will be do it, it's gonna be in a ask-give method. i don't know if i expressed well :P
Comment by Francisco Stiglich (Mod) on March 15, 2011 at 2:17pm
Awesome! Thanks Jake.
Comment by Incubus on March 15, 2011 at 2:12pm
Comment by Timothy Shinevare on March 15, 2011 at 2:12pm
I would order/buy the cd and vinyl, then download the album in the meantime. Honesty ftw.
Comment by Francisco Stiglich (Mod) on March 15, 2011 at 1:42pm
I think it would be a good idea to ask people thorugh a poll or something, which edition would they buy; CD, CD+bonus, CD+DVD, Vinyl, Digital, well, all the options available today. And then, what's the best of every option, price?, bonuses?, download codes? tickets pre-sale? I think every option needs to have a unique reason validating its existance but always sharing what's important, music.
Comment by Julio Zenteno on March 15, 2011 at 9:53am
i agreed. vynils here are not that popular but... god i would buy it if its released. also i would like to see a CD version to complete my personal collection. now as for bonuses and stuffs maybe a DVD or something would be really nice. i hope we can talk about this more seriously on the matter.
Comment by Joseph C. on March 15, 2011 at 9:50am
I think there definitely needs to be vinyl version. Vinyl is gaining traction in the 'States and other parts of the world as a legitimate way to listen to your favorite music. I believe in the future the only forms of music will be digital and vinyl (with or without mp3 DL). I am glad the group is finally getting on board with releasing the full discography on the vinyl medium!

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