Remember the blurb from IDMf050? The bit about how we are all the IDMfNetlabel?
“We are the IDMf netlabel.
We means everyone. Not just the curators. Not just the artists. Not just the regular posters to our forum. But everyone. It takes much more than a small team to create 50 releases. It takes a community. A community of diverse people with varied interest and experience. Yet it is a community with a common aim: the music. All of us have made this release and it is all of us that will keep this going.
We are the IDMf netlabel.”
Yeah, that one.
Well, upon further reflection and examination it seems as though the statement is a load of BS. In its current form the IDMfNetlabel is made up of Automageddon, relic and me. Roo as well when he is around but since we migrated over he hasn’t been around all that much, which is fine.
If we are to be honest with ourselves that blurb should have read “auto, relic and me are the IDMfNetlabel.” But that doesn’t really read too well or inspire at all so we came up with the “we” bit and ran with it.
It is a nice sentiment though isn’t it? When you take a look at the forum and it’s history, auto, relic and I would like to think that the IDMforums, it’s associated catalog and label are more than a nice meaningless sentiment. In light of that we here at the IDMfNetlabel would like to do something about it.
By and large the IDMfNetlabel is an intangible thing. Were one to drill it down to its most rudimentary tangible form the IDMfNetlabel is little more than a bandcamp page protected by a password. Whoever it is that keeps that password is by default a keeper of the IDMfNetlabel and all the intangibles that go along with it. And now we’ve come full circle back to auto, relic and me.
The three of us have had a discussion and we have decided to make that “we” bullshit from 50, a reality. That means, in its most rudimentary tangible form, the IDMfNetlabel is up for grabs. The catch is we’ve already decided who is going to get it.
The IDMfNetlabel is going to all of you.
Throughout the labels history the label has been led by a single or small group of individuals. Since the labels inception however landscape of the internet has changed, as has the landscape of the forum. As a result the IDMfNetlabel is soon to be either a vestige of the past or a boon of the future. One thing though is for sure - it can not survive under its current model so the model needs to change.
As a result we are prepared to hand over the login details to the IDMfNetlabel bandcamp page. We don’t want to just publicly post them though. We are going to hand the details over to an elected rep from the community. The elected person will not be in charge. The elected person will not dictate. The elected person will however be free to hand out the details to anyone in the community who needs it to get the next projects off the ground.
What are those projects you ask? Well, after 054 Don’t Panic, we have one more single artist release in the cue and a comp in the works. After that it’s wide open and up to all of you.
Auto, relic and I will remain admins of the forum, and for the time being, keepers of the gmail / Facebook details. We are prepared to turn those loose as well but we first need to see how this goes with the next couple of things. We’ll have to work together for a bit, the current label administration and the community.
Pick a recipient and start organizing. We have made our statement, if you have questions you can answer them yourselves because as of now, the IDMfNetlabel is yours.
until the password is handed over please keep all discussion public as that is the intention of this move