Originally Posted by That Guy
...we didn't want to change what we know worked for us as a band and what the little following of people we had enjoyed. Sadly, the industry professionals didn't agree and simply said... "It's our way or the highway."
In that respect, for those who place their artistry above commercial success or popularity, then a label is probably the last place to seek an outlet. I tend to approach everything from the standpoint that anyone making music yearns for acceptance and exposure, and I realize that there are different levels and qualities of it. Not everyone needs to play for 10,000 people in order to be happy or feel like they're expressing themselves. I absolutely know people who are thrilled to play their music in front of 30 or 40 people one night, and absolutely misreable playing for someone else in front of 5,000 people the next night, despite the financial advantage.