Spotlight – Dusted Wax Kingdom

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You like trip-hop and soundscapes? You like Netlabels? You know Dusted Wax Kingdom. If you have missed it, this is your chance to change it. Meet Dimitar from the excellent Dusted Wax Kingdom Netlabel. He chatted with us about his Netlabel, monetizing and the future.

Hey Dimitar, you’re running the well established Dusted Wax Kingdom Netlabel. How many people are working on your project?

I run everything, it’s kinda totalitarianism in our kingdom, lol πŸ™‚
… but the laws are very liberal πŸ™‚

We can hear that. Your artists use a lot of samples. They aren’t cleared, aren’t they? How do you deal with that?

I really doubt we can own anything, especially in the digital era we live in. The funniest thing is that every piece of art is copyrighted, but at the same time, when in digital format, it’s nothing but a packet of data. I’m really curious how people can protect a packet of data (information) of spreading on the internet? πŸ™‚ Oh, and by the way, the information is not an object of the copyright law πŸ™‚

In contrary to your liberal thoughts, your releases on Dusted Wax are under the most restrictive Creative Commons license: No remixing allowed. Wouldn’t just attribution be appropriate?

Well, we have a special permission policy added in the ToS, which allow creating of derivative non-profit videos/mixes/podcasts, allow using of music in campaigns for non-profit and charity organizations. We stand for standalone instrumental music, but lots of wanna-be-rappers steal beats for their projects and literally ruin the original idea.

Ok, we must have missed that policy. Let’s listen to some music. What are some of your favorite tracks? Please name three.

Oh, Markus, that’s really hard thing to say! πŸ™‚ It’s like asking me “Who is the favorite child of yours?” πŸ™‚

My personal favorite artists: Giyo, Mononome, Frenic, Skipless, Mr. Moods, Apanemic, Vintage Beats… all of them!

Well, maybe the tracks that describe Dusted Wax Kingdom the best:

Jenova 7 – Dark Water Jazz

Noi2er – Breslau Nightlife

Quantifier – Suburban Night

Thanks for that. We’ve seen on that ProleteR’s Curses From Past Times has over 800’000 plays. That’s amazing.

ProleteR – April Showers

So pity that artists cannot monetize this πŸ™‚

Have you ever looked into monetizing Dusted Wax Kingdom? Licensing for films, video or commercials could be a way.

Some tracks of our catalog are licensed for films and commercials, artists get 100%… We also rejected a bunch of offers for licensing in commercial compilations.

You don’t like compilations or commercial?

You know really good that a track once released under Creative Commons should be re-distributed under certain license. “All rights reserved” puts lots of restrictions and abuse the original Creative Commons idea of sharing. You know that messages on YouTube “This track is not available in your country”

As long it’s not Share Alike -sa- this would be perfectly legal, but you prefer to stay within the Creative Commons universe?

Right performing organizations restrict sharing and playing. 30 minutes ago I got a phone call from a DJ, he was pissed off, cuz the club managers wanted a list with tracks he’s goin’ to play, then he was asked to prove he has the right to play these tracks. It’s ridiculous…it’s the final scream of a dying industry.

What is your vision with Dusted Wax Kingdom? Where do you want to be in 10 years?

World changes, people change, I change. I really hope artists won’t need Dusted Wax Kingdom in future and get directly the attention and credit they need!

Hey Dimitar, thanks for the chat and good luck with Dusted Wax Kingdom.