A talk Sunday night featuring David Byrne and Trent Reznor included an interesting discussion of the business options facing musicians today. Due to Trent Reznors recent deal with Columbia Records for How to destroy angels_ coverage has focused on DIY vs Major Labels. However both artists shared the stance that the current landscape is not about label deals vs DIY but about choosing the right path and the right deals for the artist in question.
Trent Reznor and David Byrne Discuss Major Labels and DIYTrent Reznors recent announcements that his band How to destroy angels_ had “formally partnered with Columbia Records for our next series of releases” and that he is working with Beats By Dre has some wondering about Reznors commitment to DIY approaches. But in a recent dialogue with David Byrne in conversation with USCs Josh Kun both artists make it clear that the choices today are not between signing with a label or going it alone. Musicians now have a broader array of choices and can make decisions based on the needs of their art and career.
Check out this video that captures part of the discussion between David Byrne, Trent Reznor and Josh Kun focused on major labels vs. DIY and the choices facing todays musicians.