You probably know that I am writing a lot these days. The cool thing with long writings is that you have to tidy up your thoughts and make them (at least look) coherent. It involves digging into my past and understanding whatever positions I could have taken in the last 15 years to properly connect the dots between my ideas. And this is the point where I am supposed to give you the lecture about me changing over the years and being a better person and artist. Guess what? I’m not going to give you this lecture at all.
When I released Introducing Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont for free in July last year, I already knew a free strategy wouldn’t last forever, even if I secretly hoped people would be generous enough to allow me to make the second album free too. Although everyone praised the release, my secret dream didn’t happen, so back to the plan A. The free strategy had a primary goal: gaining traction in a complicated market. But recording an album, as romantic as it seems, always ends up in the same way: paying the bills.
Third and penultimate post of our series about downloadable music products. This one is about you, about me and about everyone consuming recorded music. We saw in our last episodes that digital downloads have a lot of pros: from an environmental perspective but also from the artist’s point of view. But what if you’re not an artist and you absolutely don’t care about environmental issues? Keep reading, it has some pretty awesome advantages for you too.
Last December, I spoke about the environmental implications of CD production and why we should use digital audio files instead of CDs from a green perspective. As you should be aware of by now, I’m immensely in favor of digital audio products. Yes, it’s a huge step forward for our planet, but that’s not all. As an artist, I have been advocating in favor of lossless audio formats for a decade already. We’re not talking today about sound quality, but about the advantages of using digital format for an artist.
I’m a big fan of digital formats. I use them, I like them and I encourage people to do the same. I remember the old days when I had to choose 10 CDs of my collection before taking any plane. Now, I take my whole collection with me: who can plan what he’ll want to hear in 3 days? With this post, I’m starting a series of five posts about audio digital formats and why you should definitely make the switch.