So I had to log into @beatport to look at something real quick. It amazes me how time has passed so quick. We #funktionrecordings were one of the first ten #unitedstates #recordlabels to sign exclusive with Beatport in the early days.
Thinking of it now, it’s common for #digitaldownloads , but then we were still pressing #vinyl and doing a shit ton of it, minimum of 3/5000 copies of each release.
Most didn’t support, family and “friends” thought it was a stupid idea when we started in #2002 to start a “techno label,”yes everything with a 4,4 beat was called #techno since #housemusic wasn’t mainstream. Those who did, I can not thank you enough.
We had long nights, five of us in the studio, just grinding out #beats pressing CDs and stickers for #wmc and #ade all before the hype they are today, release parties, weekly residencies etc. We had no #socialmedia we had the post office and word of mouth, #friendster and early #myspace
I remember the day I was on the phone with the lawyer asking him about the $$$,$$$$.$$ that was owed to us by all our distributors after we received their bankruptcy letters. We were running out of money, and we were scrambeling to put out a new release digitally. The lawyer said, “You’ll be lucky if you get pennies on the dollar to what’s owed. And you’ll never see the money owed to you by the UK Distros, unless you take them to court in the UK.” He continued to state, he never in a million years would have thought we would have accomplished what we did, especially financially.
Moral of the story, if you want something bad enough, go get it. I remember I used to get up early so I could actually call producers overseas on the telephone, yes #telephone and sign deals via #faxmachine Eventually over time, the industry changed, music changed, and we changed. I wish I could go back in time and change some things and maybe we would all be doing it, but then again, maybe we wouldn’t.
Better to try and fail then to never try at all!