Attention, People of Earth:
Deep Elm Records is pleased to announce that we are now offering downloads of every album in our catalog (200+) on a Name Your Price (no minimum) basis. Fan support of our artists is a key element in the creation of music that inspires, excites and consoles. It’s all about bands and fans coming together as one and experiencing music’s awesome ability to move the soul. So if you have the means, please show your love by Naming Your Price for a download. If you sincerely do not have any means, in exchange for each download we politely request that you post, share, tag and tweet to tell your friends about the album. Our bands and label depend on your word of mouth. Even if it’s a small act of kindness you perform for a complete stranger (the world could really use more selfless acts of kindness), do something…pay it forward. Be pono.
I once had a dream to inspire people with music. Since I’m not a musician myself, I thought I could achieve this by starting a record label. Armed with zero knowledge of the music business, I decided to follow my dream. That was 19 years ago. Last month, Deep Elm released our 200th album…the incredible Save Your Heart by LIGHTS & MOTION. We’ve gone from consigning vinyl 45s via bicycle / backpack to mom and pop record shops in NYC to providing music for Hollywood films…even The Oscars. Minds = blown. We have made our share of mistakes, but when we fell down we got back up. That’s the more important part. We fought for fairness in an industry swimming with sharks. We fought for what we believed in. We found a way to make it work. And when there was no way, we invented one.
I know so many people (including many of you reading this message) that have such incredible talents, ideas and visions for a better tomorrow. I encourage you to keep fighting the good fight. With sincere intention, purity of heart, hard work and sacrifice, you can achieve anything. Everything is possible. Dreams do come true. Love what you do.
You may be surprised to learn that Deep Elm’s current artist roster has been built solely by bands submitting their music to the label. And we don’t require multi-album agreements. Our bands call Deep Elm home because they want to, not because they have to. We release albums that move our hearts and for no other reason at all. We continue to build a better label – one that operates for glory, not gold. Fairness to the artist and undying integrity in all that we do have been guiding principles at Deep Elm since day one.
Deep Elm is part of a threatened breed of true independents that exist for the love of music. Most so-called “indie” labels are, in fact, funded and / or distributed by major record labels and their affiliates. Not Deep Elm. On a completely self-sufficient basis and without any outside support, Deep Elm competes in an industry dominated by corporate giants. We are proud to be 100% independent. It has always been Deep Elm’s intention to get the music of our family of artists into the hands (and ears) of as many people as possible. This announcement is a big step towards that goal. So if you like what you hear, spread the word. And we’ll make sure these bands are there when you need them.
We’re not just making music together, we’re making history.
Love and Aloha,
John @ Deep Elm
P.S. Get your download on here: http://www.deepelm.com/music