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1  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Why on Earth is this board so dead? on: May 13, 2011, 01:21:31 PM
Doug, just my opinion, but I think the bleak truth is that in the last couple of years for most artists, putting out releases has firmly moved from being less profitable than it used to be, to consistently loss making and counter intuitive from a business sense. For all the talk about moving to new business models and approaches, the basic fact is that getting money in from a release is next to impossible, and the reason is an ever encroaching generation of kids that illegitimately download their releases and a dwindling older generation that still buy them. The sad thing is, the serious fans who come to places like this and most likely buy all the releases legitimately suffer unfairly, because they do not get releases that might otherwise have happened.

Exposure in the media is dominated by sales, and sales are dominated by PR and advertising placed behind acts with broad appeal, and the marginal acts that previously would have maintained a small but income sustaining fanbase find they never have an opportunity to grow and progress into a position where they have some economic security. An artist like Daniel is very fortunate to be in a position where he has earned a huge number of supporters across the media and established pop world who frequently plug him and give him exposure outside of their own commercial remit. Many without this exposure wilt away before they ever have a chance to make the work they otherwise would have done.

As someone who was trying to put together a label that would champion noncommercial fringe artists such as Daniel, I have watch potential project after potential project go down the tubes purely because we know that the sales figures will not even cover the basic costs. System such as 'Kickstarter' and the like look appealing, but when you actually see the amount of money even the big name artists bring in, even when they achieve their targets, it does not always equate to a livable wage.

The other problem with such systems is that it is hard to move quick with them. I recently had a project that I desperately wanted to put to together. The artist was keen, but it never got anywhere near happening simply because you need to have a certain amount of money ready to go before you start negotiating with their management. And when you go in you have to be able to predict that you will generate a worthwhile amount of money from it. Going in and saying "well we might be able to raise $10,000" is not going to impress many people, especially as you have to fund the project out of it and everyone has to take their cut out of that.

Having said that, perhaps it is a good platform for reissues and projects such as Daniel's comic book. Maybe one day we will use it to do a Blu-ray release of 'The Angel and Daniel Johnston - Live at the Union Chapel'. We have HD masters, it would be fairly straightforward to prepare (although still a lot of work and money), but there is little chance we would do it without having the entire run sold prior to production. And would we go to the expense of buying studio time so we could add further bonus material? Again the real fans suffer because we are working on the basis that there are a large number of people who will obtain it via illegitimate means using the reasoning that we will not miss the few dollars we would have brought in from it. Multiply that by thousands of times and everyone involved in making the thing is seriously out of pocket and the producers are saying to themselves "never again..."

2  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Pier Platters Gig on: January 29, 2011, 06:31:06 PM
On a side note, I was watching some DJ Interviews the other day on youtube where he described The Devil and Daniel Johnston as a "nightmare" and he said "talk about exploitation" and how they "gave it the worst title possible"...

When I took a prototype of 'The Angel and Daniel Johnston...' DVD to show Daniel and Dick just before the 02 gig a couple of years ago, one of the things Dan said when he saw the cover was "The Angel and Daniel Johnston, now that is a lot better than the Devil and Daniel Johnston!" It was fairly obvious he hated the documentary's title. I think the documentary's title is a pun on 'The Devil and Daniel Webster', a 1941 film based on a story by Eugene Field.

We thought our pun was much better, as the 'The Angel' is a name used for the part of Islington where we shot the gig...
3  General Discussion / College Radio Program "Story Of An Artist" / Re: INTRODUCING College RADIO series "Story Of An Artist" on: October 04, 2010, 10:40:58 AM
I am listening to the first show at the moment. I hope I get a chance to be an episode at some point, and tell the story of our little concert film (we would probably only take up 5 minutes)...
4  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Daniel Johnstons "Some things last a long time" voted 112 in top 200 songs of 90 on: October 03, 2010, 05:16:07 AM
It is probably worth mentioning here that Jad Fair wrote that song with Daniel. In fact, Jad Fair wrote a song with the same lyric and a slightly different title prior to their collaboration (I think Daniel is on that version too?). As far as I am aware, in the 1990 version, Daniel is credited with writing the music and Jad Fair the lyrics.
5  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: A superb 'Angel and Daniel Johnston' promotion... on: October 02, 2010, 12:28:52 PM
Hi Greg,

You can get the US version from Daniel's store at http://www.rejectedunknown.com/store/shop/music/

Robert
6  General Discussion / News Talk / A superb 'Angel and Daniel Johnston' promotion... on: September 10, 2010, 02:29:52 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am running a super sneaky promotion on the Region 2 European DVD of 'The Angel and Daniel Johnston - Live at the Union Chapel'.

Order direct from Adjustable Productions and I will send you the DVD for 7.99 if you are in the UK, or 9.99 if you are anywhere in Europe.

Follow the link to order:

http://www.adjustableproductions.com/angelanddaniel/EuropePromo2.html

And feel free to tell your friends about it!!!

Robert Wheeler

Producer
'The Angel and Daniel Johnston - Live at the Union Chapel'
7  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Daniel live in Sydney: full concert video stream on: March 18, 2010, 12:26:34 PM
even better than 'live at the union chapel'!!!

Oh come now, nothing is better than 'Live at the Union Chapel' Smiley

*Absolutely no undeclared bias* Smiley
8  General Discussion / Album Chat / Re: The next album? on: February 20, 2010, 04:36:39 PM
Is Lost and Found really a collection of old songs? I thought that apart from "The Beatles", it was the first time that recordings of these compositions had been released.

As I recall Lost and Found consists of recordings from the Rejected Unknown sessions.  

But it is still a new record. McCartney's 'Memory Almost Full' was mostly recorded before the preceding album ('Chaos and Creation in the Backyard'). The Rolling Stone's 'Tatoo You' was mostly dubbed and salvaged masters from the previous decade.

If you are talking in terms of original studio recorded releases that get to market, and when the next one is going to hit the shelves, then at the minute, the waiting time is about 2.5 years between records. If you include compilations and all other releases, as the original poster enquired, then it is better than that.
9  General Discussion / Album Chat / Re: The next album? on: February 19, 2010, 11:37:01 AM
Is Lost and Found really a collection of old songs? I thought that apart from "The Beatles", it was the first time that recordings of these compositions had been released.

If you go on releases, in the 00's Daniel released several original solo records, Rejected Unknown (2001), Fear Yourself (2003), Lost and Found (2006) and Is and Always Was (2009). That is more than an album every 3 years, and does not include the archive based release White Magic (2004) or the DVD we put together 'The Angel and Daniel Johnston - Live at the Union Chapel' (2008), or any of the other releases I might have missed, or Daniel's work with other folk under various band names and collaborative associations.
10  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Sir Johnny Dankworth on: February 09, 2010, 08:36:41 AM
Yes, I'm not sure they were aware they were backing him when they tracked that session though... Smiley
11  General Discussion / News Talk / Sir Johnny Dankworth on: February 08, 2010, 05:31:52 PM
I just thought I would mention that this weekend the British Press reported on the passing of Sir Johnny Dankworth. I was quite suprised when watching the Sony documentary to hear the archive tape of Daniel citing Sir Johnny as an influence and inspiration (and maybe a source too...)

I think the impact of jazz music on Daniel's music is often underated. I think it is pretty starling that he openly cited a British jazz influence while residing in a nation that produced some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. That is the mark of Sir Johnny Dankworth, a man who was at the forefront of British Jazz for decades and had admirers from all over the world from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

 
12  General Discussion / Fan Forums / UK and EU 'The Angel and Daniel Johnston...' DVD offer on: November 19, 2009, 02:29:10 PM
Hi guys,

Adjustable Productions are running a promotion on 'The Angel and Daniel Johnston - Live at the Union Chapel' Region 2 DVD. For those of you who are not aware, this is the official film of Mr Johnston's legendary appearance at the Union Chapel in 2007. The esteemed Record Collector described it as "as honest, wonderful and revealing a portrait of Johnston as could ever be possible".

This version of the DVD is suitable for UK and European DVD players. It should also work in any other Region 2 DVD player. The usual RRP for the title is 13.99. We are currently offering the DVD for 8.99 including delivery within the UK, and for 10.99 including delivery to European nations. We can send to a lot of other countries too, if you ask us nicely...

We are also offering some rather fabulous multibuy discounts. So if you have a friend who would like to get their hands on the DVD as well, you can now get two for just 15.98 delivered to the UK, or 18.98 to a Europe. Maybe you would like to give a chum a fabulously indie Christmas present?

This deal is so hot that I have not actually finished designing the webpage for it yet, but I am giving Daniel's fans on hihowareyou.com a chance to leap to the front of the queue by going to a hidden page on the Adjustable Productions website, which can be found at:
http://www.adjustableproductions.com/angelanddaniel/EuropePromo.html (While stocks last)

Cheers!

Robert Wheeler
Producer
'The Angel and Daniel Johnston - Live at the Union Chapel'
13  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: Interviewing Daniel.. what should I ask him? on: September 01, 2009, 07:51:37 AM
You definitely wanna ask him about the circumstances behind this:

http://www.blueaustin.org/Blog/30E506A7-7363-4765-90A3-DD7FF62ED0E6.html

Woo!

  - NotDan

You could almost guarantee if that was handed to a UK agency for a UK campaign in the same era they would have used either the demo or a very similar re-recording. UK advertising from the mid 70's through to the early 90's was in a different universe to the rubbish the USA had (and has) to put up with. When we did get US made adverts, you often found UK agencies had the tendency to take the mickey out of them...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxkcjUdunb4
14  General Discussion / Fan Forums / Re: The Artist known as 'Daniel *Johnson*'... on: August 22, 2009, 05:40:13 PM
Well, that is a bit harash.

But anyway, yes I just noticed the spelling is different. Hopefulyl lots of people will accidentally find Daniel Johnston instead when they go looking for this guy Smiley
15  General Discussion / Fan Forums / The Artist known as 'Daniel *Johnson*'... on: August 22, 2009, 02:23:19 PM
Apparently the guy that came on at the end of tonights first episode of X-Factor UK, and looks to be the next Susan Boyle/Gareth Gates type person is a lad called Daniel Johnson. I've found myself wondering if this is a benefit or a handicap from an SEO point-of-view. If you search for 'Daniel Johnson' on amazon.co.uk UK you get Daniel Johnston's releases come up first of all. Seeing as most of Daniel Johnston's releases have cartoon covers and do not feature the artist at all, I wonder how many teenyboppers are going to wake up with an unexpected suprise in the Xmas stockings? Smiley
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