Scott Vener, known more formally (or informally as it may be) as brokemogul, Instagrammed a photo last week stating:
“In case you were wondering what happens to all the CD’s I get sent. Thinking about leaving boxes of them on diff street corners if anyone is interested. #WillyWonka”
Ouch Vener. To think of how much blood, sweat and literal tears went into each song. Each note. Each lyric. Each piece of art. For you to then toss this out on the street with a grin and a shrug is disappointing for someone who claims to be a music “taste maker.”
These artists obviously respect your taste, your shows, your vibe enough to send you their CD. The least you could do is screen them with interns.
We don’t expect you to listen to every CD that passes by your desk. We realize that’s impossible. And we realize that it’s a slim chance that the CD we put in the mail (or SoundCloud link in an email) will ever get opened, but to blatantly show so much disregard for these artists is, frankly, insulting.
So, every one of these CDs were sent by major labels? I doubt it. I send my music to music supervisors. As a DIYer. I’ve gotten over 30 placements.
No, I did not send you my CD, for the record. I know your taste. I subscribe to your Spotify playlist. I watch Entourage. But I don’t play your type of music. If I did, well, you wouldn’t get a CD. Not after this.
This disregard for the artists is disturbing. Where would you be if you didn’t have any music to place?
Artists are the only reason you have a job. And DIYers/indies are the only reason you’re able to fit all of the music you “discover” into your budget.
We get it. Most of the music you get sent ends up in the trash. I know this is not unique to your desk.
But how about showing some respect to the artists who you depend on. Maybe next time send an intern to Goodwill. Then at least these CDs might find a good home.
Photos are screenshots from @Brokemogul’s Instagram
Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and the creator of Ari’s Take. His record release show is Saturday, March 29th at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. Get tickets here. Listen to his new single here. Follow him on Twitter: @aristake