Australian techno producer and label boss Seb Bayne released new single Dark of the Moon temporarily as a free download this week, offering both MP3s and WAVs via various sources.
Chatting to Skrufff, he explained he decided to experiment with the free download tactic after preparing a compilation for If? Records on which he invited artists to deliver techno ‘that ordinary punters would enjoy listening to as standalone tracks, as opposed to tracks that only work in the context of a DJ set.
“My own idea was to make a simple techno track that was not too complicated, which turned out being a lot harder than I thought,” said Seb.
“In the end though, I was really, really, happy with my finished track and decided to give it away. Partly to raise awareness of the party, the label and myself as an artist, but more so, I just felt like it should be shared.
I've listened to a lot of tracks given away by artists and generally felt those particular tracks were not their best works, B-grade tracks, if you like. I didn't feel like mine was a B-grade track and it was not like the music I normally make. I am sure it will not be everyone's cup of tea, however, I think it is a versatile track, that works and can be played by a wide variety of DJs.”
Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): How do you feel about people downloading your other music for free?
Seb Bayne: “I have mixed feelings. Sometimes I feel angry, because I've spent a lot of time making my music and it's not like it is so expensive to buy a single track. On the other hand I try to be optimistic about it because we've all infringed copyright law by being given music free, since the advent of double tape deck. Today the ease of delivery makes sharing or stealing rampant. We are however exposed to a lot of great music that we would not be otherwise. It is a double-edged sword.
If I was to be my most optimistic, I would say that it is a wonderful time in the evolution of music, where artists can take things into their own hands make, distribute and sell music on their own. Look what Radiohead have done. However, it is even more important to make the best music you can possibly can. The game has changed, and we have to change with too. There are so many arguments. If you want to make music, you will, irrespective. Like anything, if you are good enough, and people like what you do, and you don't give up, you'll succeed. It's a state of mind.”
Skrufff; What's the techno scene like in Oz these days; how big is Berlin Berghain style techno there? (Compared to the likes of Crosstown Rebels/ Jamie Jones etc)
Seb Bayne: “The techno scene is dominant and healthy in Sydney and Melbourne. I would not call Jamie Jones or Crosstown Rebels techno. Their sound is very popular as is the Berghain sound. The better organised events draw better crowds, that's the trend here, it is a much to do with reputation of the promoters as the acts themselves.”
Click here to listen to and/ or download Seb’s track Dark of the Moon.
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