COMMENTARY: What’s good and dangerous about Document Retailer Day Pilipinas

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Document Retailer Day Pilipinas 2019 was held at Resorts World Manila. Photograph supplied by writer

MANILA — Document Retailer Day on April 13 has come and gone.

And I’ll say that it’s each good and dangerous. I need to share my ideas concerning the worldwide model and the native one.

Let’s begin with the worldwide and the “dangerous” which to start with isn’t actually that dangerous. I suppose, it will depend on the way you take a look at the occasion.

There was a time when an artist’s discography was fastidiously curated however due to licensing agreements throughout continents, albums and releases appeared totally different in lots of components of the world.

Working example, the Beatles. To the true Beatles collector, it’s the UK catalogue that’s the official. It includes 13 studio albums – “Please Please Me,” “With the Beatles,” “A Exhausting Day’s Night time,” “Beatles For Sale,”Assist!,” “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band,” “Magical Thriller Tour,” “The Beatles (The White Album),” “Yellow Submarine,” “Abbey Street,” and “Let It Be.”

Nonetheless, report labels in the US and elsewhere chopped up the British releases for their very own territories in addition to to make the most of the demand for product from the Fab 4.

I really feel that Document Retailer Day is similar. It’s an ideal day to rejoice music and the return of vinyl to prominence. However, it additionally turns into a collector’s nightmare.

For starters, I’m not certain how necessary it’s to launch all these recordings of demos, mixes, and stay variations. What number of extra stay Pearl Jam albums should there be? However, the Santana efficiency on the authentic Woodstock is a such a welcome addition to the legendary band’s canon.

Additionally it is a race to get these restricted version pressings and on this case, it jogs my memory of the hunt for information again within the ’70s and ’80s. I’ve lengthy given up about being a completist – one who should have completely every little thing that my fave band or author or artist places on the market. So, I’m completely positive about not shopping for plenty of what’s put out. Even within the open market, a few of the prices of those flipped titles is mind-boggling. Fortunately, it’s not one thing I fret and lose sleep about. However there are some that I should have as a fan even when it means forking out massive sums of money (inside cause, all proper?).

Now, let’s enterprise forth into the Philippine staging of this occasion. This previous April 13 was the third straight yr that Document Retailer Day was celebrated within the nation. There was the celebration at Newport Mall of Resorts World Manila with vinyl sellers, DJs, and stay music. There have been pocket gross sales in different components of the metropolis.

That was it.

First, the information. Document Retailer Day is an annual occasion to rejoice the independently owned report retailer that brings collectively music followers, artists, and report shops everywhere in the world. A lot of titles are pressed to be offered particularly on today for taking part shops. Whereas most of those information are from well-liked artists, there are additionally unknown and indie artists as nicely however they often produce their very own and promote them on the identical day. Native sellers import copies to promote them to followers.

The fundamental premise, which is to rejoice the independently owned report retailer, is glad within the Philippine model. Even with the promoting of these releases from the US and the UK. Nonetheless, it has since grow to be a car for the large report labels to place out product that introduced again shopper greed and hypothesis which at all times brings down any market.

As for utilizing the event to advertise native music, nicely, outdoors the band performances, there’s hardly something. In distinction, throughout Japan’s celebration of RSD in 2012, just one native artist took half whereby there was an unique launch. By 2016, it climbed to a excessive of 43 unique Japanese releases for that day.

Traditional OPM albums proceed to fetch excessive costs. Photograph supplied by writer

The Philippine music scene is alive and kicking with out the assistance of report labels which aren’t main as they as soon as have been. There are bands a lots and extra rock golf equipment, bars, and performing facilities than there have been again within the 1990s. Bands oft put out their very own merchandise on vinyl, compact disc, cassette, flash drive, obtain, and or streaming. This they promote at gigs or on-line.
 
As busy because the music scene is, it isn’t what it as soon as was the place you didn’t must go to a membership to realize it was alive. Bands have been on commercials, tv, the newspapers, within the malls… they have been all over the place.

The occasions have modified and in my trustworthy and knowledgeable opinion, the scene wants a band to interrupt down all of the partitions once more.

The opposite is the report scene or the bodily format scene. The truth that there are not less than three dozen unbiased sellers with outlets, or stalls in Metro Manila alone (not less than 13 have bodily outlets which are located in Makati) not counting these on-line sellers. That exhibits that it’s a thriving business.

Satchmi, The Gray Market, and some underground distribution/report labels are the one unbiased sellers to provide information by native artists however to this point, none have been launched on RSD. Offshore Music has launched two objects on RSD within the first two stagings with their first providing delayed by causes past their management.

Apart from that, there have been no different unique choices. Overseas releases stay the highest purchases.

Why do native artists don’t promote as a lot?

Are you selling music on the vinyl format — that when it comes to demand and gross sales are overwhelmingly international information — or are you selling native music? They’re apples and oranges. They’re two questions that will not essentially intersect. If the 2 don’t meet, then there is no such thing as a level. As a result of what do native bands and artists must do with RSD apart from purchase information – for the few that do on today?

In my knowledgeable opinion, it’s due to a desire to purchase international and never native, value issues, a lack of knowledge or an appalling lack of curiosity, and the very fact, that not everybody has a turntable. It’s one or the opposite or a mixture of many issues.

The humorous factor is the OPM releases of the 1970s to 1980s fetch massive sums of cash whereas for the native releases of current years, maybe the one that may promote for fairly an quantity if Up Dharma Down’s “Capacities.” Maybe, years from now, the information launched from 2005 as much as the current shall be in demand as nicely.

It’s costly for bands to place out music on vinyl and even pressed compact discs (they go for burned copies which is so much cheaper).

When artists put out albums now that promote from PhP 1,500 to P1,800, is that good or dangerous? Some are of the notion to not undersell and to be happy with the product that’s pretty much as good as international. Some are of the college to promote it cheaper so others won’t must assume twice in shopping for.

Answering that isn’t straightforward, I let you know.

Nonetheless, I feel that RSD must be a concerted effort by unbiased sellers everywhere in the nation. Have a RSD occasion within the north and the south and if potential even in north Luzon except for the Visayas and Mindanao. Solely by means of a concerted motion will the “scene” be actually seen and never mentioned to be a fad or passing fancy.

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