To the music consumer reading these words
The music you find here is not rigidly similar. We have artists from many different genres who form our Ka-Tet.
We hope that you take some time to browse and listen to the music, and explore all the great artists on this site.
Our goal is to help you discover that there are other worlds of music seeking an audience.
To the artist reading these words
Around 20 years ago, I had a vision of helping other artists by creating a place to showcase their creations and help them along the path to success. A site they could log into, share samples of their music, direct people where to go to buy a CD, album or cassette, and even download MP3s, yet still allow each artist to maintain absolute creative control of their music. Not a label in the traditional sense, just some assistance from an experienced facilitator for a minimal membership fee.
At the time, there were record stores and distributors and sites to share MP3s (mp3.com) but not one single entity that helped the indie artist pull everything together into a complete package (except perhaps CD Baby). Of course, things have moved on over time and today, such services seem to be a dime a dozen.
But the vision was more than just that.
The end goal was to build a service around helping each artist get from point A to B, guiding them through the complexities of the “new music world” that was rapidly supplanting the old way of doing things. To provide educational services along with semi-label services to help them grow.
Gone were the days that you actually had to have a label to get your music distributed. Anyone could do it with a bit of technology and effort. But how does an independent artist, with limited time and budget, ensure they are doing it properly to fully capitalize on their investment?
Unfortunately, I was never able to act on it, and the world moved on.
These days, literally ANYONE can distribute music with such ease that it floods the market. Of course, that doesn’t get their music actually heard by anyone. No, that part takes work – a lot of work.
There’s a reason why labels are the way they are. They “generally” work on an artist’s behalf… for a cost…. and a bit of control over the product. And even though the future of Other Worlds Than These Music will encompass label services for independent artists, the ultimate goal is to provide them a path on the beam to success through education and liberation. To set them free of any holds or rights on their music except for their own. We can work for artists in the traditional label sense, or we can provide a range of individual services as needed.
- Help establishing market presence and audience engagement? We can do that.
- Assistance with graphic design and branding? No problem.
- Social media, web site, distribution, or royalty registration? Got it covered.
We can help with one or all of these, and each artist has the opportunity to learn it all themselves along the way. Of course, each individual can do these things on their own…it just takes time and hard work. Or they can engage us as their co-pilot along the journey, whatever makes the most sense at the time.
As I sat down one day and discussed with my wife that I wanted to re-engage on this vision, I told her I was struggling to come up with a name that encompassed what the company was to offer. With a little bit of research, and a few suggestions, she nailed it.
Other Worlds Than These
If you haven’t caught on, this is a direct reference to words spoken in the Stephen King series The Dark Tower.
We didn’t want to limit ourselves to any specific genre. There is no sense in only offering our services to artists who perform Ambient or electronic music, or artists who perform industrial, rock, etc. No matter what type of music you create, we can help.
Please reach out to us with any questions, and we’ll do our best to not forget the faces of our fathers and get back to you just as soon as we can.
Now… go then, there are other worlds than these.
CEO – Other Worlds Than These Music LLC