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Why I like Netlabels so much!

Netlabels are Fortune Cookies | Here and than, I ask myself: What is so fascinating about netlabels, that I stayed in touch all over the years? Why am I so excited and keep digging into the wild woods of netlabelism? Isn't it exhausting digging through 5 Gigabytes of music to find only one row diamond? Yes, it is. But you have to cut the shit everywhere, sometimes a really huge pile. But when you find those nuggets, you're excited that musicians allow you to spread the music, the vibes and show them legally to your friends. But there are still more reasons why netlabels are amazing, read on!

Why I like netlabels so much!

  1. Netlabels invite me to spread their music for free and let me make propaganda not only by mouth, but with music itself!
  2. If I do an interview with a netlabel or if I write about netlabel-music, I always can attach music to make my articles sound!
  3. A small vinyl label produces a limited copies of a release. If the release is sold out, it's sold out - Basta! A netlabel keeps its backcatalogue online - hopefully forever!
  4. Even dead netlabels still can be heard in their tomb over at!
  5. Free Culture and Gift Economies are an utopia, but more and more this movement is speeding up, thanks to the internet. Netlabels are a big part of this movement.

Have I forgotten any important reasons?

Please give the critics some proove...

And here are some - hopefully - excellent examples to proove my points:

  1. With each netlabel music compilation I am able to make propaganda for musicians and netlabels I like. Please download them :)
  2. Read articles about Netlabels like Camomille, Broque or Dharmasound and listen directly to their music!
  3. If a music label closes its gates, the music no more available. But sleeping netlabels like don't operate but keep their identity live, visible and can still be experienced while dreaming.
  4. There are netlabels which had an impact, which where long gone. Thanks to the and they are still available like Textone, Tokyo Dawn or Please Do Something.
  5. Just read and listen on, dig the wonderful nerdy netlabel directory over at or feed your download-manager with music from

Once again: Have I forgotten any important reasons? Please tell me :) I update the list then!

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About the Author

Phlow-Author Moritz »mo.« Sauer This article was written on 11.July 2008 by Moritz »mo.« Sauer. Moritz »mo.« Sauer is the founder of and a true music lover. As a participant and journalist of the free music movement he joined several Netaudio parties in Europe including Netaudio Nürnberg, Netaudio Barcelona, Netaudio London or Netaudio Bern. Read more articles written by .


  • 6. Because you never know what you're going to get.
    7. It's proof that the internet is not just for spam and porn.
    8. It provides an outlet for musicians who can't/won't get signed to a "major" label.
    9. It makes us feel good.
    10. The music prompts enthusiasts to start good websites like Phlow. :-)

    Gravatar of CTW CTW said on
    11. Jul 2008 at 10:30 pm
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  • hey ctw ;) I think I missed especially point 8

    "It provides an outlet for musicians who can’t/won’t get signed to a “major” label."

    that's why I liked netlabels in the first place: they do what they want, and they can do it, because building websites cost nothing. and that's the chance for everyone!

    Gravatar of mo. mo. said on
    12. Jul 2008 at 1:32 pm
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  • Great speech ! I've wrote a post about this on my blog in French to promote it. Keep doing good work !


    (corrected url by mo.)

    Gravatar of Francis Kay Rozen Francis Kay Rozen said on
    13. Jul 2008 at 5:01 pm
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  • thanks francis :)

    Gravatar of mo. mo. said on
    15. Jul 2008 at 10:59 am
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  • Francis, the link to your website is missing the ".com". Mais j'aime votre site. Chapeau! :-)

    CTW (

    Gravatar of CTW CTW said on
    15. Jul 2008 at 11:37 am
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  • The greatest thing is being able to hear music OUTSIDE of the hype and fashion that is generated by the demo->label->mtv/radio->success model. It's wonderful to hear stuff that people do for their own reasons, not because it's what they think the label wants or because it's what the label thinks the kids want.

    Yeah, and the fact it's pure heaven for obscurists!

    Gravatar of Density of Sound Density of Sound said on
    15. Jul 2008 at 12:31 pm
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  • thx a lot CWT. Your blog looks very interesting. I'll read it !

    Gravatar of Francis Kay Rozen Francis Kay Rozen said on
    15. Jul 2008 at 2:54 pm
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  • Thank you, Francis. Another example of what makes netlabels so great is discovering places like your blog and Density of Sound. Good thread, Mo!

    Gravatar of CTW CTW said on
    15. Jul 2008 at 4:13 pm
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  • density, you're definitely right! i enjoy this feel of 'digging in the crates' a lot as well.

    Gravatar of b. rhymes b. rhymes said on
    15. Jul 2008 at 4:24 pm
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  • Yes! yes! yes!
    I am agree with all of you guys. Especially netlabel is an alternative way to promote music/band while they never get a deal with label.

    Here's in Indonesia also have a netlabel too..its called Yes No Wave Music. Check it out...

    Long live netlabel!

    Gravatar of tambenk tambenk said on
    28. Jul 2008 at 8:13 am
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  • it' also travelling with your mind through the whole world, without frontiers

    Gravatar of embe embe said on
    3. Aug 2008 at 7:43 pm
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  • Yeah, and the fact it’s pure heaven for obscurists!

    Dig away boys and girls, this is so much fun!!!

    Gravatar of Scott D Buchanan Scott D Buchanan said on
    13. Sep 2008 at 5:42 pm
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    19. Sep 2008 at 5:19 am
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  • mo. building websites does cost, a hosting and bandwidth fee and a domain name fee.

    However, I feel that netlabels are great for people like myself who are disillusioned with how record labels treat us artists. Netlabels give us a way to control what happens with our music.

    Only recently i was contacted by an artist who releases material via a commercial record label who wanted to release their material via my netlabel. Which means things are changing these days, with more and more artists going free, can only be a good thing for us netlabel owners and artists who where hear first.

    Gravatar of Barry Walker – Barry Walker - said on
    4. Jan 2009 at 6:41 pm
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