Two rather unconventional albums that have been released recently by city bands – “Egress Point” by What Escapes Me and “Heart of Darkness” by The Bodhisattwa Trio – have made it to the national charts on Oklisten, an online music portal which has become home to many an independent band for sharing their music online. It begs the question, can an extreme metal band such as What Escapes Me or a jazz fusion band such as The Bodhisattwa Trio get returns from such a move?
“I’m not really sure… It is extremely difficult earning a living being an independent musician… Maybe you can get some returns through online stores and platforms, but that will be peanuts. The main source of income, if you ask me, are live shows” says Bodhisattwa Ghosh.
Arindam Sen, guitar player of What Escapes Me had this to say:
“Personally I would have to say that we are still not there where we are seeing profits. We are still trying to recover all the investments. Even though it is true that we have sold a lot of physical copies and digital copies, every step of the way has money that gets deducted before it reaches us.
And I think it is going to take quite a long while before bands can expect to see profits.
I mean topping the national charts for Oklisten sounds very good and all and I am in no way trying to downplay it but it is still not there where a band can pay their bills.”
While it is safe to say that they’re still a long way away from expecting to see any profits, as Arindam Sen puts it, “I really have seen hope to recover our album costs so that we can keep on making albums. So there is hope in that regard definitely and I feel that if more quality bands keep on producing quality stuff then the scene will definitely change. Right now I feel there needs to be more number of bands who are focused and not bothered about whether they earn from this or not.”
People have definitely shown an interest in buying music online of late and if this is a sign of things to come, there is hope for the rebel in you yet.
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