Perhaps this year in music was a landmark year. One can argue a statement like that can be made about any business in any given year but reapandsow maintains that 2016 ushered in a change that many people outside the music sphere may have neglected to notice. Streaming is on the precipice of overtaking download revenue and people are getting woke to streaming! The exponential rise of streaming versus download consumption has lit a fire at the heart the music industry and artists are benefitting more from fans streaming their music now than ever before.
We have always made sure digital distribution solutions were provided to our clients here at reapandsow but because of this sharp upward trend in streaming, our artists, old and new, have come to us during this crazy year to open up the flood gates for new records, re-issues and new projects. Bands like Boston based psych outfit Apollo Sunshine released two of their seminal releases for the first time on digital music services with frontman Jesse Gallagher releasing his new Nightime Sunshine project alongside these two psychedelic gems. Greg Loiacono of the Bay Area’s fabled The Mother Hips released a stellar whirlwind of a solo record Songs From a Golden Dream with us this past fall getting favorable reviews in Relix, Jambase and more. Check back on our post from September to learn more about the release of Greg’s record!
reapandsow has also started to sign new talent to its new distribution platform, spearheaded by CFO and General Manager, Dylan Lewis. With this new initiative, the aptly named Dollar Slice Records, plans to interface with younger artist’s and their teams directly to provide retail marketing and digital distribution support. As labels slowly start to take a less centralized role in the day to day of the artist, Dollar Slice aims to act as a valuable sales & marketing resource for artists while allowing them to maintain as much creative and executive control over their work in the early growth stages of their careers.
Dollar Slice’s first signee is Boston based psych rock band, Plastic Waves, fronted by Andre Bellido who brings all of the recordings to life with the help of a live band. He studied music at the esteemed Berklee College of Music and has played showcases at SXSW, toured several east coast strongholds and released one EP with DSR with plans to release his second EP later in 2017. so keep your ears on the ground for a slice of what we will have rolling out from Plastic Waves and a handful of other promising new signees in the New Year. Dollar Slice Records is based in Bushwick, Brooklyn.