Merchandise amd / or PhotographsHuh! Since when do I have merchandise or photos for sale?
The answer is, I don't!
Photos: Who would want photos of me? No one that I know.
Who would want to see my photos of bands? The answer is almost as many as want photos of me.
When I go to audio record a band, I take along a Kodak EasyShare C533 digital camera. This is an average consumer camera (which I guess means that I am an average consumer?). This also means that I am probably taking average photos (if I am lucky). Because I have been taking photos for a few years, I have even managed to take a few good photos (this can be easily explained by the law of averages). I have even had a few bands posting my photos on their web sites. Since there are no additional costs or work associated with taking photos, I provide my photos to bands for no cost. They just need to ask for them and provide an e-mail address.
Merchandise: The question that nobody is asking, "Do I have any merchandise for sale?"
The answer is "No". I do NOT have a label, I do not sell my own recordings to the general public.
The only possible exception to that answer is if a band that releases my recording, makes that recording available for me to sell. There are already a couple of live CDs out there, and I believe there are a few more in the works. So at some future date that may be a possibility. But I am not holding my breath (holding my backpack is quite enough).
If I am not selling my own merchandise, then who's am I selling? The answer is the bands. I normally set up my recording gear on or near the stage. Once I have set the sound levels, and taken a few photos, then I am available to help the band sell their merchandise (if they set up near the stage where I am set up). Since keeping an eye on my gear is does not keep me 100% occupied during a show (punk shows are an exception), then I can help out. Selling merchandise at shows has not been too stressful. So, I have been doing this for bands at no cost if I am already at the show making an audio recording.
Some of the bands I have helped sell merchandise for over the past few years have included:
2008 http://www.aquasonics.net/ AquaSonics from Denver, Colorado
2008 http://www.myspace.com/chumsurf Chum from Southern California
2003-2008 http://www.insectsurfers.com/ Insect Surfers from Southern California
2007, 2008 http://www.pollodelmar.com/ Pollo Del Mar from San Francisco, California
2008 http://themadeira.net/ The Madeira from the Indianapolis, Indiana
2007 http://www.outerwavesurfband.com/ Outer Wave from Southern California
2008 http://www.therelix.net/ The Relix from Southern California
2007 http://www.slacktone.com/ Slacktone from Southern California
If you are not careful, you could be next! :-)
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