You love music, so you made music…
Yes, that’s true. My band made approx. 5 x albums from ’78 – ’83, and a re-formed version of the group have been working on an album for about 5 years now.
Primary reason I formed a band: to have something to do with my friends. Primary reason we made an LP: nobody gave a damn about cassettes in the mid-70’s – if your band only released a cassette, nobody would take you seriously. Releasing an LP at least seemed to give the work an element of gravitas. Our early albums certainly change hands for ridiculous sums these days…
I did not make music to compete with music that I was listening to. After the band finished, I found that I did, in fact, have some inclination towards trying to make music. If I thought of something interesting, I tried to get it down on tape. But I never made a solo LP, never will. The experience of music making is something best shared with friends, like-minds who want to see something happen, something be taken seriously.
Making an LP was also a good ‘calling card’ – “Hi, I’m Ron Kane – and my band has made this new LP” – I guess not everybody who walked through the doors of Boudisque in Amsterdam could say that! Having a record and working in the hippie-era music business always seemed like a ‘natural’ to me.
But please remember – in 1978, it was more expensive to print an LP cover than to have the LP sides cut and pressed. The typesetting for the label was also expensive. I got to learn all this stuff about making records, in a pre-Indie Rock world. I now knew what others had to go through. I now knew that radio stations would not play your record just because it was there. I knew how records ‘failed’. I saw it in action.
There was no independent record distribution set up in 1978. There were a few guys who would buy a few copies of your LP and maybe try and sell ‘em. And if they didn’t sell, they wanted to return your LP to you and get their money back. Oh, there’s a down side to this? “I’ll take 500!” – the LP arrives, you call the guy, “Oh, I only want 100, and just send 25 right now”.
So, yes – I want to release a new album to the world in 2010. Now, the joke is on the other foot. I have someone else to pay for replication, so my job becomes facilitator to my recorded music (which was expensive to record, now that we use a studio – instead of my house). The best part of making music in 2010? I get to see my friends in a recording studio, and see what they can do (and they do not disappoint me!). So, our album comes out, and probably I’ll send you a copy – and we’ll see what you think. It’s a nice hobby. If I had to make music for a living, I think it would’ve killed me already. But for fun?
I was not trained to make music. They tried, but it didn’t work. What I do best is making all the arrangements to get the musicians to hear the demos, I book the time at the studio and make sure everyone is available and shows up. I make sure the studio gets paid. Now, I’ll make sure the record gets released; I’ll do the work. The part I know about.
New album is called “Aquarium” and is being released on Imgrat Records via Mind’s Ear Records, here in California. Actually, the album is a “Japan-only” release, on both LP and CD. I wanted an SA-CD release, but pre-mastering costs a fortune and nobody in the US presses SA-CD’s anymore, apparently.