Mark Robbins

Thursday, February 5, 2015

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

Mr. Mark Robbins some people know him as a musician - classical, rock, jazz, electronic and more. Some people know him as a studio producer with a long list of famous musicians, bands, and symphonies. Some know him as an inventor of technologies used in computers, music and more. Some know him as a Creative Director for Film and Web productions. But he is here today to invite all the musicians reading this, to jump on a "new" old bandwagon before the slow-moving herd does it.

Tell me a little about what you’re doing with “New” company?
“About a decade ago, we were all very excited about the "new" music download format of MP3. This allowed people with no recognition, and very little money, to go buy a cheap recorder, pose with a guitar for a picture, and put a CD out for the download services. As this went on, CDs became little more than a business card for live acts, and CD stores closed down. This was seen as "leveling the playing field" for the musicians to get exposure. Especially the musicians who believed in the old myth of being signed to a major record label for fame and fortune.

While this did level the playing field, it had the unfortunate side effect of flooding the MP3 download services with metric tons of sound-alike music in every genre. And when music is bought for one dollar, then passed around for free between friends, it does not help the good musicians to survive and make a living! Eventually, the MP3 killed off the record labels and radio stations, until there are only a pair of real "corporate record labels", and they own the national chain of ClearChannel radio stations. Because of this, all the music on terrestrial AM/FM radio became homogenized. Same sound, same look, same format, and this further killed off music for real musicians. Times grew hard.

But, when times get hard, like in any depression, it takes special people and new changes to step up and get things moving. And in 2013-2014, this started to happen more and more for a couple of reasons! One is the way that web-based and satellite-based radio escaped the dreary formula of rotation radio on AM/FM (and those too-predictable Top Ten lists). Even more dramatic - and more suprising - was the resurgence of the old Vinyl LP record!

This is something I want you to know about. This week, I started a "Vinyl Club" There are already lots of these, but this one is unique. It is all about getting the music of Texas - on vinyl - out to the entire world. There is a huge market for Texas music overseas, and especially in Europe, the Nordic countries, and Japan. These countries are full of audiophiles who appreciate the vinyl format for its high quality of sound and texture. And they love Texas music, whether it is Country, Rock, Blues, Pop, Jazz - you name it. So, I am seeking musicians who want to get their music bought all over the world. At the same time, I have started campaigns to tell the people of the world about the All Texas Vinyl Club. It is a Win/Win for the planet and for Texas Musicians. Please ask any Texas Musicians that you know, to get more info by looking at and the world thanks you!”

Thank you Mark! Your awesome!

Xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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