Soulseek Records (an offshoot of the electronic music file sharing network Soulseek) is a USA-based "democratic label, with all decisions made by a dedicated group of users who confer via message board, rather than by [a] committee of businessmen or a CEO."1 Along with being listener-friendly, Soulseek Records is also much more artist-friendly than other labels: instead of getting publishing and distribution rights over the artists or their works, Soulseek Records does not take anything away from the artists. This new way of managing a label (and the fact that everything that was hurting "traditional" labels (e.g. the Internet, CD-Rs) is directly beneficial to and is part of Soulseek Records) will help them to grow and flourish.
The label's releases to date:
- Compilation 001
- One Minute Massacre version 1
- 24 Hour Massacre
One Minute Massacre version 2 is around, but not an official "release", and it looks like One Minute Massacre version 3 will be out relatively soon, too.
"Soulseek Records will prove that musicsharing is not the evil demon that many believe it to be, but rather that it can actually be the foundation for a positive new relationship between artists, labels, and listeners."
All releases are available for free, legal download from scene.org (http://www.scene.org/dir.php?dir=/music/groups/soulseek_records/), as well as a few other places on the WWW, and can be redistributed freely. If you're more of a capitalist type, you can send Soulseek some bucks to support the effort and pay for supplies, and they'll snail mail you a copy. I'll be buying all three releases when I have money to spare.
1: Soulseek Records: http://www.soulseekrecords.com/