I hope this year bring you all the things you didn’t get last year, along with good health and prosperity. One of things we hope we can do this year is build a dialogue with our fans and have our fans invite others to our mailing list. We only hear from 3 or 4 fans per newsletter, and I'm wonder if the letters are being opened or just discarded. If you opened this one and have been junking others, you've been missing a great opportunity to download some great Fatback tracks... for free!
This year, we will not only do new releases, but will add some of the old classics to the free download of the month. Email your funk friends about our site and newsletter, as funk fans you've got to bring more people to the music to keep it alive. Each year, our community is getting smaller and smaller. This year was the first time in many years we didn’t play on the Holidays (even the small unit didn’t work locally).
And don’t blame it on the economy, funk music always brought people out, even doing hard times, we’re just losing our fans. Music is out there, I can’t say its the internet, although the internet was supposed to be a great field-leveler. That you’d be able to get your music out to masses, yes it did that, it put you in control, it made you the CEO and the creator of your music and you no longer needed the big label to find your own audience.
Do you know ten years ago there was only about 25,000 albums released? In 2009, there were over 100,000 albums put into digital distribution. Somewhere I saw in 2008 out of 105,000 albums released, only 220 broke 10,000 units, and out of that, only 15 did it without a real label. The sheer volume is killing the business.
Funk Music has got to find a way to cut through that volume and the internet is not funk-friendly, if you know what I mean. I don’t know how many of our fans that receive our newsletter are musicians,or recording artists. I don’t want you to think I’m trying to painting a bad picture or trying to knock the internet. It's just something to think about if you love funky music. We're a dying breed, but we can’t let this happen.
For you funk musicians old and young, those of you who have social networks (MySpace, Facebook, etc.) have got to build an army of fans. And the army is just part of it, you've also got to encourage and incentivize them to “spread the word” (Blogging, Tweeting). It's a full time job, and you've got to stay focused.
I hope this year we can build that army. If each person who receives this newsletter forwards it to five of their friends and ask them to forward to their friends, this is a start. If there's a local funk band that you like, go out and support them. People, don’t let them take away our funk! Funk is a main ingredient of all the music out there. I will talk about this later.
Just want keep our music alive and keep you engaged in funky music. This year, “let's soar like an eagle high up in the sky, not like a chicken.”
MP3 of the Month: "The Booty Line"
Now for you funk fan here is Fatback download statement to start the year...
You have received this email because you "opted-in" and requested to receive the Fatback Band Letter or as a
courtesy because you are a member of the media. If you feel that you have received this email in error, you may
unsubscribe from this newsletter by clicking the link below.