Trying to think of a funny way to start this. I can’t think of one at the moment.
It’s been nearly two years since I recorded my five song EP, “The Vast Configuration of Things”, and it’s still not out. One delay after another has pushed it back. When I finally had all of the money I needed and felt the music was ready I began the process of getting my music to online retailers and realized…it was already there?
Yes, it turns out my EP had been released to just about every online retailer possible. Now, I have A.D.D., and I forget sometimes when I do something, but this wasn’t one of those times. It turns out a record company downloaded the music and artwork from my website via Bandcamp—the only place it was available—and distributed it under the guise that I had signed with them. I did no such thing. This is 2014 and I’d much rather be an independent artist than be signed to a small label.
What this means is that if anyone has purchased my EP from one of these retailers (iTunes or Amazon for instance), I haven’t seen a penny of it.
The product that has been distributed wasn’t even the final version. There is new artwork and I have added a ton of production and tracks (meaning musical parts, not new songs). So, I although I have the finished product, I can’t release it because of the confusion it would cause if I were to tweet something like, “Go to iTunes and download my EP,” because if the incorrect one is purchased you wouldn’t get the final product and I wouldn’t get paid.
As of this morning, my lawyer has sent out a cease and desist letter and, for now, the waiting game continues.
Some of my favorite albums, including several by Sixpence None the Richer, took a long time to be released, but they were worth the wait. I hope you will be able to say the same about the final version of “The Vast Configuration of Things” when it finally sees the light of day.
For now, I ask for your prayers and continued support.