Knowledge Records, a Boise-based electronic music label, announced earlier this week that, from now on, they will be giving their artists 100 percent of their track sales. They will be doing so indefinitely and it will be interesting to see the effect it has on not only Knowledge Records, but the local music scene as well.
The way in which artists make their money has been an important discussion within the dance music community, especially with the global EDM boom over the last decade. Artists like Calvin Harris and David Guetta are cashing in on the rise in dance music popularity, but there are still obvious hurdles for the majority of artists coming up in the industry. The struggle for lesser-known producers to cash in on their success isn’t a secret and, like most issues involving money, it is those who are making it who are making the decisions. Whether it’s streaming services or music labels, the onus is on them to create the positive change necessary for artists to get their fair share.
Big ups Knowledge Records for taking a stand for the artist. Not for the Hardwells or Afrojacks of the world, but for artists like Scissorhands and Jakzon right here in the Northwest. Check out their Soundcloud for the latest from their impressive roster of artists.
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