something that i've seen a few people do and that i find interesting are well packaged 7"s with maybe 2 tracks but then come with a download code for those two + additional tracks. in theory making an album out of a single.
That's a great idea, Marcus. i never thought of that.
On a more general level. I fear that the importance of physical releases will drop even more. But there are still a lot of people out there, who are interested in it. Maybe the numbers will continue to drop. What was a small release a couple of years ago with 1,000 or 1,500 copies will no be a bigger release while smaller releases reside in the 500 to 1,000 area.
One thing that really does bother me, is the aspect of performing. it just doesn't work for everybody. Most of my music is quite hard to perform live because it involves off-line processing and such.
Plus with all those bigger artists pushing more and more into the live market, even smaller venues are booked with bigger artists making it hard for smaller artists to find venues. For example places, where could possibly play a couple of years ago now have people playing there, who can easily attract audiences in the range of 500 people. That also means more niche artist get pushed to even smaller, more unknown venues to play. I don't know how many concerts/performances i missed in the last year just because the venue was just a small gallery, which does nearly no promotion. The Lawrence English/Room 40 night in cologne was such an example. i learned about this days after the event. And it was at some place i never heard of. I wonder how many people were there.