As you may or may not have realized, an integral part of Wire is the record label. However, the term “record label” in the traditional sense probably does not apply here…we are really looking to create a business and promotional infrastructure that is accessible to all of the talent that comes through Wire, designed to take them to the next level – whatever that level might be. Sure, there will be some artists that we will choose to promote in a more traditional sense, financing recording and directly promoting, but in a broader sense it will be a set of tools that we will help all artists access and use.
We also will be creating fairer and more transparent deals with our artists, based more directly on what services they use, rather than expectations being met or not met, and always being directly available and responsible to the artist. in the coming weeks, I’ll be posting more about these ideas, and also asking for your input – I’ve attached the story of James Taylor’s label issues here, and unfortunately, it’s a common story for many artists – and most artists without JT’s resources have no recourse. Wire looks to find a better way – musicians helping musicians to build a better method for all. If you’ve had an unfortunate experience with a label, or if you have an idea of how things could work better, please tell your story in the comments section below – we’d love to hear from you!