The pros and cons of being DIY
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"stand and deliver! Your money or your life!" -The Redskins
"If there's a demand then we need to supply it, even when it means
resorting to piracy or other illegal methods. It's our job to meet it."
Many of us are crying foul over what happened to The Bollocks tape. The
band recorded it cheap. "Pay no more than 4 Ringgits [roughly $1.1USD]"
, it says on the cover. Awesome. Great music, good lyrics at such a brilliant
price. But what happened to the tapes? Since it's popular and people were
demanding it, the salesmen, the shop owners, etc. wanted to have it sold
at their shops. But when there is no distributor dealing with The Bollocks,
they decided to pirate the tape. Blank out the "Pay no more.." tag, print
it, duplicate it and sell at the shops for 9 ringgits! But none of that
RM9 will ever spend time in The Bollock's pockets. So far, it is estimated
that the pirates have sold between 3,000 to 4,000 copies! It's available
So who benefits here? According to some sources, The Bollocks managed
to sell 1,000 copies of the tapes through their own DIY way (via distros,
tables at gigs and mail order) and that's outstanding. But does anybody
think about how much money the pirates made and are still making? Carburator
Dung's first album, released in September '93 is still selling. That's
6 long years. So we can see how long these pirates are going to hawk The
Bollocks' tape. And how much more money will they make? Imagine if The
Bollocks got that money, they would have done more recordings, or help
other bands such as 76 Seconds and others. Kuala Pilah could have been
a thriving scene.
If we don't learn from our mistakes then we are cursed to repeat them,
again and again. Personally, I have been ripped off far too many times
to lay my arse on the line again. (...)
So what do we do? Resign to the fact and be eaten, used, raped and abused
alive by these people? Well, we cant afford to be exploited like that.
Our music is ours; our sweat, our blood and our tears. Now we are in a
quandary. What do we do?