16 December, 2007


It's all very well saying that we can get rid of music companies and download music straight from the artist like we did with Radiohead's album but it costs money to make a record. That's where this site comes in.

It offers a new model for the music industry which is being applied with various things from film-making to money-lending. You listen to a band's music and if you like them you invest in them. If enough people do that then they get to go into a studio and record an album, which they wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.

On one level Sellaband is a source of free new music via the 'Jukebox' or downloads but on a higher level it's a chance to make a real difference.


Quinn Sullivan

8 year old child plays a mean guitar. At first it made me want to throw my guitar out the window but - more positively - with more practising and less dossing, all of us three chord wonders could achieve that. But isn't it child abuse though? Making him learn guitar so young? He should be playing with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pokeman like every other kid.


Elver said...

Or perhaps showing your kid TMNT and Pokemon is child abuse in that it dumbs the child down?

When meeting a person it's pretty easy to tell if he/she grew up on cartoons alone or on books as well. The latter tend to be smarter.

One thing I've noticed about life is that when you know something well enough to make a decent living at it, then you're pretty much safe. For me it's computer science and journalism. I've worked in both fields and if push comes to shove, I can get a good job in either field. It's a great fallback in case my current stab at starting a writing career doesn't work out.

Too many kids nowadays enter their adult lives without knowing any subject well enough to get a job. This kid knows how to play a guitar. It's a great fallback for him even if he decides to do something else later on.

P.S: Sellaband looks like a great idea.

Robin Kelly said...

I agree with you that getting a kid involved in something creative is better than them passively watching something. It instils confidence and develops intelligence.

Although I'm wary of parents, who have failed at something, desperately and vicariously trying to succeed with their child instead - whether the child wants that hobby or not.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. "I failed at football, so you must become a football star" is pretty horrible.