February 24, 2006
Independent musicians and videographers ready for a release are often faced with a dilemma when it comes to producing their final product: duplication or replication.
Replication (pressed disc) runs are more cost effective per unit, they look just like 'major' releases with silkscreened discs and offset printed inserts, but the minimum order is typically 1000 pieces. Duplication (burned discs) can be ordered in much smaller quantities, but you take your chances with the quality of the printing. Frankly speaking as a cd cover designer, laser prints in a standard jewel case will never have the same impact as its factory-fresh counterpart.
So how do you make that all important first impression if 1000 pieces is way too many? If you can burn you own discs, have a good printer and a desire for control (and what artist doesn't?), you should consider the Jewelboxing disc packaging system. It contains their unique cases for cds or dvds, and perforated sheets ready for your printer - no cutting necessary... and no suprises when it comes to the quality of the prints.
The Jewelboxing cases make all the difference - round corners, sturdy feel, modern design lines, quality construction. They really make standard cases feel cheap, flimsy and old fashioned. Since your audience has probably opened their fair share of the old cases, why not hit them with something new they may have never seen before. For DIYers, this is a great way to stand out.
Check out some completed projects using the Jewelboxing system.Posted by Rico | Permalink
February 20, 2006
The Music Business Academy aims to teach musicians how to use the Internet to their financial advantage, whether that means using the Net to sell more CDs, 'get the word out,' or simply to make some extra cash. Secondly, they aim to arm musicians with all the information they need to move their music career forward in the 'real' world, with or without a major label record deal.
The founder of the Music Business Academy, Daved Nevue, is a real internet promotions pioneer. He has learned to generate a healthy income for himself that allows him to focus more time on his music.
I highly recommend giving his site a visit.Posted by Rico | Permalink
February 14, 2006
A spanking new CD DVD cover art site is now available with a clean Google-like search function. It appears to search Amazon.com for most of it's results. Check out coverzoom.Posted by Rico | Permalink | Comments (1)
February 09, 2006
He's a friend of the band, he's featured on the cd cover design, but Chris McClure had to borrow cash from a friend to buy the Arctic Monkeys album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Admitedly drunk in the photo, I guess you could call this 'reality' design - raw and unpolished. With the publicity he's getting, Chris should set up a donation site so the poor bloke can buy some tunes!
I dig their band logo with its monkey tail letters.Posted by Rico | Permalink