Archive for May, 2009

Loyalty to the Band and no one else

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Zoroaster, “White Dwarf”

Few Southern metal bands churn out a sound as vast and bombastic as the mighty Zoroaster. On its third album, Voice of Saturn, released via the group’s self-run Terminal Doom Records, guitarist/vocalist Will Fiore, drummer Dan Scanlan and bassist Brent Anderson reach new highs in their low-end concoction of drone-laden metal dirges. As their aural palette expands, so, too, does their business model. Voice of Saturn finds the group maintaining absolute control over every aspect of its music — from songwriting to pressing to distribution.
— Chad Radford

In the earlier stages, we signed to a label and it really was a great thing for us. Over the course of the next year, Will and myself were still paying for everything as far as touring, merchandise, recording, etc., and we found out really quickly how the royalty checks work — they don’t! We never got a penny from our album sales, only through touring and promoting ourselves. So we said, “Fuck it. Instead of handing our music over to someone else, let’s start our own label — Terminal Doom Records — and keep control over everything.”

Read Full Article By Chad Radford

Atlanta-Based Ticket Company Offers Cheaper Alternative

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Jamie Dwyer and Iain Bluett were just a couple of indie music fans five years ago when they had a brainstorm that became a business.

“We were constantly buying tickets,” recalls Dwyer, “and we got tired of buying from a company that gave terrible customer service and charged what we felt were ridiculous service charges. We finally looked at each other and said, ‘We can do this better.’”

 The friends formed Ticket Alternative, a Midtown-headquartered ticket sales and printing company that has established itself as an option to Ticketmaster, the industry giant and competitor Dwyer was referring to.

Ticket Alternative has since become the ticket handler for 150 venues nationwide and a major player in the Southeast, particularly among smaller-capacity locations like Atlanta’s the Loft and The EARL. Although tiny compared with Ticketmaster, the company is among the largest of many smaller players in the industry, which also features names like Etix.

Ticket Alternative employs a full-time staff of 16, an office in the United Kingdom, and a lucrative, if less glamorous, ticket printing operation. That unit has supported investments in the sales end of the business, helping finance technology, staffing and office space needs.

With expenses expected to hold fairly steady now, the founders say, every show venue that’s added as a client should mean increased revenue and profit.

“We’re positioned where we can grow very quickly,” says Dwyer.

Read Full Article. By David Markiewicz, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution