Record labels get a lot of stick for being oh-so-passe, but here's the thing - the work that labels do for musicians is still important. Some musicians are both willing and able to take on much of that work themselves, but some, well, aren't. Sometimes it just isn't practical. Sometimes it isn't desirable. And musicians deserve a choice better than deciding to take on work they might not be willing/able to do or being relegated to working within an outdated model.
So, the trick for labels today is to figure out how to change their model so that they are still relevant - and so that musicians who decide to go the label route get the support they need - in a way that is fair for everyone.
Expat Records is aiming to do just that. In this Q&A, Jeff Libby, Expat founder, discusses his vision for the label and why he thinks his model is winning one in this new music climate. Find out what he had to say.