Originally Posted by jonescrusher
If anything, access to upcoming 'new and genuine' artists has never been easier as the labels' distribution is no longer needed to make music available to a global audience.
True, although the competition to get exposure is ramping up. The consumer/music-lover must deliberately seek this new material, and there's only so much time that can be dedicated to sitting in front of the computer, wading through iTunes New Releases or Just For You sections, or CD Baby's New Music page there are 40 new albums Avante Garde category alone!) etc etc.
That's a lot of effort, perhaps well worth it, but how does the artist who's going it alone get noticed? Who'll step in, become the 'label' for the online artists, and help promote those artists? Someone will... probably several entities... and then artists will start vying to associate themselves with those 'labels', and it will be the same thing all over again. Maybe not in the immediate future, but in the foreseeable future.
Same shtick, different day.