A new Facebook post from Somewhere in Detroit details the real life stopgaps of running a truly independent label.
A message to customers of Somewhere in Detroit and Submerge Distro, the hub for Underground Resistance, Red Planet and other definitive Detroit techno creators, about delays in order shipments has shed a light on some of the barriers independent labels and other original vinyl peddlers are facing in midst of the vinyl boom.
“If you love vinyl you already understand and value that sometimes you will have to wait on it (pressing/plating) turn around times now average 6 months due to the new found popularity of vinyl,” the post reads. The requirement of more security clearances for air-shipped packages, as well as major labels cashing in on re-pressing classic albums on vinyl and labels “that can financially survive a nine month turnaround” getting serviced first, have also contributed to the delays.
It continues: “All this extra manufacturing combined with still only a handful of places to manufacture has created a traffic jam at the Pressing Plants. The plants obviously get to the smaller orders last (re-pressings) and service those who pay upfront first or larger runs (cant blame em on that)!!
“In addition with Distributor payment time at minimum 90 days (that makes NINE MONTHS before anybody gets paid for that record!!) as opposed to the 30 to 90 day turnaround on everything in the 80’s, 90’s & early 2000’s when only the American inner cities were pressing most of the vinyl records being made here in the USA.
“Ultimately this reality makes it extremely difficult for real urban inner city labels here in Detroit. As we cannot afford to float money over a 9 month period. We realize in order to survive we will have to adapt to remain in the Olympic Stadium of Electronic Music we helped build.”
As such, Underground Resistance and Red Planet will soon be offering music via Bandcamp, noting that every release they will offer digitally will be available at “sonic levels unmatched by any other site on the web” as mastered by DJ Skurge of UR. The post also notes: “All UR & RP stuff on the web now are low res or copied from vinyl records and almost all are illegal!!!”
Read the full statement from Somewhere in Detroit below.