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New Metronomy online store!

Written by Bruno Lemonnier on . Posted in Artists, News

If you are looking to purchase the new Metronomy album on Deluxe Vinyl edition, all over print Tee shirt, sunglasses..
the band just launched their new store !

 

 

Metronomy new store

 

 

With another 3 years passed since their “English riviera” masterpiece , Metronomy arrives with another rearview glance at pop and rock history, aging backwards into a space between late psych and early glam with a bit of  Kinks mixed with a flavor of mature indie-dance. With a sharp edge and meticulous production and already gearing up for the charts, Love letters could possibly be the essential pop record of the summer.

Collectors packs including Deluxe vinyl (+free CD), all over print tee shirts as well as previous releases  and merchandising are available directly from the band’s website . Right after completing your order you will receive a download link for every LP/CD purchase.

 Metronomy’s online store is powered by Wiseband and we are very proud to start shipping worldwide a first palet 

palet Metronomy

 

of  Deluxe 180 gram Vinyl (with CD enclosed)    

embossed cover + poster included (lyrics )

 

Love letters 

Whether we are shipping near or far we take extra care of  packaging conditions and you can choose from a serie of convenient shipping and delivery options dedicated to vinyls. Wiseband will ship your orders and our rock solid customer service will send confirmation e-mail and handle any question or claim.

Congratulations to all Metronomy’s fans who bought their Lps online from the band’s website!

You can get your copie now from  http://www.metronomy.co.uk/shop.html  and  Because Music shop

Vinyl renaissance for music artists and fans

Written by Bruno Lemonnier on . Posted in Artists, News, Replication, Print, Merch, Vinyl replication

Here at  Wiseband we’ve noticed in the last few months an ever-growing vinyl demand and we’re glad to assist bands and labels that are willing to sell vinyl using direct to fans tools.

 

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Tech objects live with us today 24/7, they guide us, they are heavy, light, cheap, demanding. They help us, dominate us, make us grow, they allow us to travel through our modern world through the use of our laptops, our  mp3 players, our smartphones, our headphones, our  tablets or tv set..

Invented 130 years ago and mass-produced alongside the 20th century the old vinyl format slowly faded away when laser turntable was introduced in the 80’s and only supported by audiophiles, collectors, electronic and hiphop artists. At time considered as an artefact of retromania and in spite of their flaws, such as expensiveness and the lack of portability, vinyl records have gained enthusiastic supporters lately and are about to become the format of choice for more and more music fans. Vinyl sales are growing fast, they were up 33.5 % in the US last year where the music business as a whole continues to suffer and decline.

Two years ago, multi grammy awarded rocker Jack White’s Blunderbuss was top seller LP in the U.S. The album was put out through his Nashville-based Third Man Records( label, retail outlet and online store) and sold over 33,000 units.

Conceived in 2007 Record Store Day has been playing a key role in today’s vinyl boom as it as encouraged artists and labels to  release special vinyl exclusively for the day. Of the 544,000 indie store albums sold weekly last year around Record Store Day , 244,000  were vinyl LPs .As Record Store Day releases are exclusively available from local independent record stores, it’s natural to see the sales volume at indie retailers increase dramatically.

2014 edition should see the release of limited vinyl edition by such great acts as the cure&dinosaur Jr, django django, foals, david bowie, black lips etc…

It is said that about 25 million vinyl discs were pressed in the United States last year, and many more in Europe and Asia, including some destined for the American market as reported at  last midem by head of  sales at MPO  french leader in vinyl manufacturing.

Sales of vinyl albums in the UK are at a 15 year high, according BPI 780,000 vinyl albums were sold in 2013, the highest number since 1997. A number of big-name artists have contributed to the vinyl resurgence, with huge releases from proving irresistible to vinyl collectors, and becoming the biggest sellers of the past 12 months.

So why is vinyl enjoying such a growth?

-There’s the perception that vinyl sounds warmer and is more human

-Vinyl has become a cooler, hipper alternative to the ubiquity of the digital download, there’s a great romance about putting something on a turn table and dropping down the needle

-Buying and listening to vinyl sometimes demonstrates that one is a serious music listener and often a commitment against the global download industry.

-LP have become a part of merchandising and and is now everywhere to be seen from record store to merch tables.

-Instant gratification on artists shops such Because music as Amazon Autorip’ which provides free wav/mp3 versions of any vinyl or CD bought ,allowing clients to enjoy the full scope of their purchase across digital media as well on their record player.

“There’s the obvious impact of Daft Punk release this year ” Paul Firth(Amazon.co.uk ) explains: “There is an element of it being trendy, but beyond that there’s a general support for vinyl amongst the labels right now. Most big releases come with a vinyl edition now, four of the top five albums are new releases and the other is a pre-release that’s just been announced “

It is also interesting to note the shift toward mainstream as Warner music, which has recently partnered with Record Store Day,  are due to release on vinyl 500 titles a year encompassing all genres.

What is in it for the independent artist ?

Today , anybody that’s on a decently sized label is going to be releasing everything on CD, digital and vinyl, so there’s rarely anything new that you can’t find on vinyl now.

A lot of new artists are using vinyl as a way to give their fans a physical product and a lot of artists will sell their vinyls at their concert and during tour and still give a digital download as well to fans who buy the vinyl.

American hip hop group based in Los Angeles the Procussions have been touring extensively in Europe lately where they returned to promote their latest album. Having used Diy tools and services for a long time, Jason Medeiros explained his vision
and how they managed to grow their fan base and sales in Europe with Wiseband.

“Artists are truly independent now, functioning as a small business. Artists need to know as much as possible about their fan base and how to reach them.Having a relationship with a distributor/merchant/manufacture has been extremely advantageous and cost effective. Wiseband makes the merchandising logistics easy from this distance and it saves us a lot of money. Shipping items from the States to Europe was a heavy responsibility which took away from revenue, having these items available upon getting off the plane is a game changer”

California based singer songwriter Brisa Roché also relies on Wiseband team according to her needs. She recently put out her first limited edition 7″ vinyl by the name of .. VINYLIZE  and selling it to her fans on Facebook

 

Why use Wiseband ?

Using  Wiseband’s dedicated services and tools have enable many artist to  :

-Design, order and manufacture CDs, vinyl or merchandising (http://www.merch.wiseband.com)

-Start selling vinyl online on their website, facebook and marketplace (along with digital, CD, merch)

-Collect vinyl fans emails with download codes (www.headbangers.com/downloads)

-Benefit from full commercial and logistic services (from pre-orders to processing orders,storage, worldlwide shipment,inventory)

– Rely on a rock solid customer service

 

Any questions on how to get your vinyl copies out, manufacture and sell your LPs,CDs and merch in europe, please dont hesistate to get in touch with us! 

contact@wiseband.com

 

Wiseband Shipping Rates

Written by Bruno Lemonnier on . Posted in News, Stocks and Shipping

As of  October 11th 2013, for the Pro and Premium accounts for whom we manage inventory and shipments , we’ll apply new shipping rates for shipments of CDs , vinyl and merchandising (t-shirts , hoodies, caps, etc.). .

We conduct this important change to make our commissions and income from sales by Wiseband easier to understand and predict. So we now charge VAT on the full amount of the order, including shipping . Previously , VAT on postage was not included in the shipping amount calculated in Wiseband’s shopping carts  and was therefore at the cost of the the seller . This VAT is now included in the shipping and is therefore the responsibility of the customer. This change makes it possible to simply include amounts collected on each sale :

Amount collected ( HT ) = Total price of items ( HT ) – commission on sales – management committee shipments

 

We remind you that if you entrust Wiseband to manage your inventory and shipping your products to your customers by our logistics team , the sales commission is reduced to 9 % of the total products price (ex VAT) in the order, so off shipping expenses , while it is 9% of the total of the order (Inlc. VAT)  if we do not manage inventory and shipments.

 

Additional charges apply for order management , handling , packaging parcels suitable to products (more or less bulky or fragile … ): 2 € / per order + 10cents/article shipped .

simulation:
A T -Shirt 12 € ( € 10.03 VAT) sold in your store:
Total order 12 € + VAT € 2.89 (shipping ) = € 14.89 inc VAT ( € 12.45 ex VAT)
Commission on sales of 9% of total revenue HT : 0,90 €
€ 2 + € 0.10 per order per item per order = € 2.10
Total: € 10.03 HT ( HT items total ) – € 0.90 ( 9% com ) – 2,10 € ( shipment management com ) = € 7.03 HT

3 T -Shirts 12 € TTC sold a total of 36 € ( € 30.10 VAT) your store:
Total order 3 X € 12 + € 8.20 incl VAT (shipping ) = € 44.20 VAT ( € 36.96 ex VAT)
Commission on sales of 9% VAT : € 2.71
€ 2 + € 0.10 per order per item per order = € 2.30
Total: € 30.10 HT ( HT items total ) – € 2.71 ( 9% com ) – € 2.30 ( shipment management com ) = € 25.09 HT

 

On Intl shipments ,The ” Gas oil Factor Adjustment “ which varies every month, charged by the Post Office , is applied in the automatic calculation of shipping . For example, for a shipment in October 2013, the ” Gas oil Factor Adjustment “ is up to 2.29% for shipments to Europe and 10.82% for shipments to the rest of the world . The calculation of shipping will be for example a shipment of France Colissimo Expert : 6.70 HT * VAT * GOFA (The gas oil Factor Adjustment: 2.29% in October 2013) = € 8.01 incl x 1 , 0229 = € 8.20 incl

Below is the shipping prices applied to your  CDs , vinyl and merchandising (t-shirts , hoodies, caps, etc. . )shipments from our premises in France according to the weight and type of delivery . Intl Shipping costs shown in the table below are the charges including VAT port without application of gas oil Factor Adjustment, which will vary each month.

For the sake of quality of delivery orders, shipments exceeding 500g, are automatically treated as :
– Regular Mail Colissimo Access
– Priority parcel International to Export Tracking Parcel 

Orders over 2kg are all sent via Colissimo .

In case of reclamations of non-receipt of an order by a buyer only Colissimo including delivery against signature provides a guarantees vis-à -vis of the buyer , allowing you to refuse to refund or return the order. Of course, to ensure quality of service and a good image of the artist and the label, in case of dispute on a command sent with another shipping method , we recommend that labels and artists to solve the problem in a timely manner ( refund, rnew order free of charge , sending goodies , etc. ) .

Brisa Roché Interview : portrait of an independent artist

Written by Bruno Lemonnier on . Posted in Artists, Fans management, News, Partners

Born in California in the late 70’s, Brisa Roché was raised without electricity on the northwest US coast, where she surfed the waves made by an artist mother and adventurer father. At 16, she finds herself at the peak of the Seattle grunge movement then moved to Europe where she changed universe, inspirations, dived into a jazz singer nightlife, before returning to her “singer-songwriter”roots . Shaping and transforming her voice in perpetual quest of writing the “soundtrack” to her life.

 

Brisa Roche 

What are some of the biggest changes you’ve noticed in the music industry as an artist?

I arrived when it became very tense, there were already at this time there many layoffs and a real lack of follow up of the project by the same people , etc. . All this just became more “normal”. The shortcomings of the industry that have always existed worsened in the tension, overwork and lack of resources, I mean in the labels. The artist had to become much more independent, which can be particularly difficult to face with a drop in results. Consequently deep and healthy doubts, intrinsic to the “artist business ” gathered together in a sea of ​​doubts about the “business choices”, and worries in the marketing approach became more the responsability (and often ” fault ” ) of the artist. This means that there is virtually no shelter and the feeling of being supported has become very rare. And most importantly, there is more money around albums, concerts except in partnership with brands through synchs (and sometimes cinema ) and luxury events.

What would you say are the key talents/skills to develop a career and what advices would you give to someone wanting to get involved in music today?

On a business level I would say :
Being clear-sighted on as much details in the phases of creation / production / marketing as possible.
Say yes to everything.
You do not have weekend, evening or rest.
Document as much as you can support.
Collect your fans , their email , their faces, their names, as much as possible.
Being of an extreme politeness in your dealings with technicians, designers , stage manager etc …
even in the most brief and superficial exchanges.

Reach your full potential, even in projects that seem most satellites. Go out at night, seduce , talk, see people and bee seen. In major cities in any case, party = business.

On a more personal level , I would say :

Accept the duty to defend one’s projects ” outside ” (business , marketing , stage) , against a world of doubt and difficulty even being filled inside with own deep / artistic / personal / doubts .

Pay the price to exercise art, which means : to survive and even surf on a feeling of humiliation and failure. The artist must be able to survive and even sublimate the fact of being ridiculous, because that is how we communicate the courage to be sincere / extreme / too emotional / not nice enough / too liberal / too shy / too extravagant / not extravagant enough / offset compared to others / shifted with trendy place and time , and if we do not communicate encouragement, if one is not an example against fear , why all this?

 

self portrait Brisa roché

Each artist has its strengths and weaknesses. Today I would say that ” global management”, has lost of its interest . I think artists must find sharp partners according to their needs . I dreamed of somebody that could help me to defend my very different musical projects , my painting, my writing, etc. .. but now I think we need to build a broad network especially reinforced with collaborations, and cross – communication. I’m not very strong in Web communication and personally I have not taken care to collect my fans. Today I rely on teams that help me put a up a web presence that looks like me ( TEAMS ) and ( re) find my fans to offer their music, my art, and even a window directly into my creation ( WISEBAND ) .

The world is changing towards an appreciation of the multiplicity of the artist, the “personal” and varied facets are an asset now in this moment of communication and mutual voyeurism, while a few years ago, several activities would have implied a lack of control.

I finally count on enjoying my various activities by revealing as a serie on the internet and then take pleasure in creating artistic and personal “objects” to sell /offer to my fans.

Eventually  what musical projects can we expect from you in the near futur  ?

I have been hatching two albums for a while, surprising collaborations that I can not wait to unveil. One of the two will come out incognito under another name but the other group will be easy to find, under my name. I started to do a little teasing very quickly (especially with a 45 rpm that was released last fall) so you have a small peep !

 

  

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Youtube = Youtube.com/brisaroche
Spotify = brisaroché
Soundcloud = Soundcloud.com/brisaroche
Twitter = @labrisadayroche
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