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,