It's funny that the reward for success in any field of enterprise is the opportunity to fail on a much grander scale. It's a truism of the business world that people rise to the level of their incompetence, and when you trying to get some skin in the indie record game, the prospect of massive, enterprise failure pops up every time you try to expand your scale. Plus, literally the only feedback that a newer indie label gets from more established indie labels is that what your are trying to accomplish is impossible and that you should give up. I can honestly say that in the last five years I haven't got a single compliment from anyone: local or national. I've actually gotten waaaaayy more positive feedback about this blog then the labels I've worked with.
And while I certainly don't do anything because I crave the approval of others, the lack of feedback can lend a most funeral air to sessions of self reflection, which is why I'm well over asking questions of the universe. Don't ask questions of the universe has been my motto for about a decade and I think it's working out. I highly recommend that attitude if you are someone who is actually trying to accomplish something vs. someone who is trying to figure out "what makes them happy" or "how to survive."
All I'm saying is that is pretty easy to be on the cusp of an epic success and a career ending failure at the exact same time. In the indie music game a small label doesn't get a half dozen shots to scale up. It gets one shot. Maybe two, and then it's over. So as I sit here I can see it going either way, but I'm pretty sure the answer will be clear by this time next year. If it works: Awesome. If not: also OK. It hasn't been a bad experience to have before I turn 40 and I will always look back on this period of my life with fondness even if it's a business flop.
Dirty Beaches Drifters/Love Is The Devil double LP comes out May 21st in the US, May 20th in the EU/UK and it is being released by Zoo Music. Above all I'm grateful to my partners for giving me the chance to participate in something that at least possesses the potential to be larger then myself.