https://heavyharmonies.ipbhost.com/topi ... ent-771129Well hello everybody - it's been years since I posted here and probably at least 2 years since I released anything new or updated the website.
It's been 14 years since I took on the Retrospect label and from 2005-2010 was able to release over 400 albums. I have seen other re-issue labels come and go , some did it better than I , some eeked out a few releases and called it quits. But most have gone by the wayside. I have made friends , I have unfortunately made a few enemies along the way and it's all been a learning process. From the cheaply made CD-R's I started with , to runs of over 2,000 that I shipped to distributors around the world....it was a good run.
So what's going on with Retrospect? Well , times got tough ladies and gents. After amassing a massive run of over half a million dollars in sales for 5 years straight and then getting involved in a number of festivals....things started to change. Downloading killed the industry but what killed it the most was the ridiculous hikes in shipping charges to overseas customers.
Come on , 10 years ago it was about $5 to send a cd to Japan / Germany / France / UK wherever and now it's right around $14. That's a business killer.
The bottom line is , when the economy tanked , I think everyone took a big hit. Many of us never recovered. I have dozens and dozens of AMAZING HIGH-QUALITY releases in the can WAITING to be released , but the truth is....I no longer find it profitable to do so. My last releases CRASH ALLEY and RAZOR SHARP were small 100 runs because the interest was fading. Also , I lost my web designer and I am fully aware that the site needs a complete makeover. All of this costs money and I do not have this kind of capital at the moment.
So what's in it for the future? Well , I am at a crossroads. As many of the old releases are selling out , and the calls to re-stock grow , I am torn between putting 100% back into this venture or just sell it off quietly and give someone else the opportunity to continue where I left off.
CD's are a thing of the past BUT I do see a silver lining. I hope all of you are doing well. I made some great friends here and sparred aggressively with others. What I DO know is that many people said I wouldnt last 6 months and here we are , 14 years later.
If anyone has any input , I would be happy to listen.
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