IDC Presents Our New Round 100 Solicitation!

R100IMAGE

4 new CD Releases and 1 VINYL featuring some great Artists spanning Rock, Metal, Reggae, and Dub!

Independent Distribution Collective presents our 100th SOLICITATION, just in time for Summer 2019 placement. We are extremely proud of our 15 YEARS of bringing quality titles from independent Labels and Artists to retailers all over the US and Internationally. Thank you to all of our retailers for supporting our products over all this time!

We are excited about each of these titles and are proud to have them join the IDC catalog. Check out the overview of the releases below. Feel free to visit our website anytime for more information, and keep an eye out for more new releases coming soon:

 

899258001545

Stone Leaders – Stone Leaders CD

Multi-national hard rock act STONE LEADERS have intrinsically created not one but two genres unto their own with the release of their self-titled debut album. The band’s world renowned drummer JOHN MACALUSO has played with the likes of ARK, Yngwie Malmsteen, James LaBrie, Symphony X, TNT and Michael Romeo.

 

892258001553

Wicked Garden – Post Dystopian Leisure Music CD

Formed in 2011 by guitarist Shawn Trojahn simply as an outlet to play some of the favorite tunes of the 90’s, WICKED GARDEN began drawing crowds and racked up three consecutive “Best Cover Band” awards from Las Vegas Weekly (2016 – 2018) and headlining slots at the cities hottest clubs. With success on any scale comes backlash and animosity and some locals began “talking,” saying the band couldn’t write their own material. So, they decided to prove them wrong. This debut album is a collection of original songs inspired the band’s love of alternative rock.

 

884501370677

Stick Figure – The Reprise Sessions CD

Maintaining their roots while expanding their musicianship, STICK FIGURE is proud to announce the release of 12 freshly polished signature tracks, blending roots reggae with heavy hard-hitting dub and bass rhythms. Written, recorded and self-produced, The Reprise Sessions is new to the IDC Catalog and includes several brand new tracks as well as some older material that has been revamped and reworked, producing a more cohesive, lively and high energetic sound than ever before.

 

859722904925

KBong – Easy to Love You CD

Kevin Bong aka ‘KBONG’ is a multi-instrumental artist who is well known for his “key” role in reggae band Stick Figure. Touring with the group since 2012, KBong has solidified his place as one of the top keyboard players in today’s current Reggae scene. His second studio album Easy To Love You was produced by Johnny Cosmic and featuring Scott Woodruff (Stick Figure), The Movement, Raging Fyah, and the aforementioned Cosmic, and is a mix of catchy acoustic guitar riffs and surf vibes with influences ranging from reggae to hip hop.

 

301651086871

Indubious – From Zero VINYL LP

The new INDUBIOUS album FROM ZERO is now available in 180 GRAM VINYL LP format, featuring legendary guest artists including Dancehall icon Sizzla, Vaughn Benjamin (formally of Midnite and Akae Beka), and Reggae/R&B singer Zahira Soul. A mix of conscious Dancehall and Roots Reggae with top level production.

 

IMG2

 

IDC Promo Flier_Final_Low Rez

IDC – MARKETING AND RELEASE MANAGEMENT FOR INDEPENDENT LABELS, ARTISTS, AND BRANDS

IDC offers customized MARKETING CAMPAIGNS together with a wide-reaching DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION channel, helping to increase awareness and demand for independent music releases.

To receive a FREE CUSTOMIZED IDC MARKETING PROPOSAL for your project, including a detailed cost breakdown based on the size and scope of the effort, please let us know some general information by filling out our IDC REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) FORM.

 

idc_final

 

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Free Customized IDC Marketing Proposal and 10% Off Select Campaigns

IDC Promo Flier_Final_Low Rez

 

In business for 15 years, IDC is a marketing and distribution company based in San Francisco. Offering CUSTOMIZED MARKETING CAMPAIGNS together with wide-reaching DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION channels, IDC increases awareness and demand for independent music releases.

To receive a FREE IDC MARKETING PROPOSAL including a detailed cost breakdown based on the size and scope of the effort, please let us know some basic information about your project by filling out our IDC REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) FORM.

Sign up for an IDC Promo Campaign by June 15 and receive 10% OFF the final Campaign price!

IDC Promo was built to be a flexible service and every campaign is specifically customized to each project. Campaigns are based on hiring a Team of industry professionals for various lengths of time, which affects pricing.

IDC – 2001 Van Ness Avenue #411 – San Francisco, CA 94109 – (415) 292-7007 http://www.independentdistro.com

 

 

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Free Customized IDC Marketing Proposal and 10% Off Select Campaigns

IDC Promo Flier_Final_Low Rez

 

In business for over 14 years, IDC is a marketing and distribution company based in San Francisco. Offering CUSTOMIZED MARKETING CAMPAIGNS together with wide-reaching DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION channels, IDC increases awareness and demand for independent music releases.

To receive a FREE IDC MARKETING PROPOSAL including a detailed cost breakdown based on the size and scope of the effort, please let us know some general information about your project by filling out our IDC REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) FORM.

Sign up for an IDC Promo Campaign by May 15 and receive 10% OFF the final Campaign price!

IDC Promo was built to be a flexible service and every campaign is specifically customized to each project. Campaigns are based on hiring a Team of industry professionals for various lengths of time, which affects pricing.

IDC – 2001 Van Ness Avenue #411 – San Francisco, CA 94109 – (415) 292-7007 http://www.independentdistro.com

 

 

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Free Customized IDC Marketing Proposal and 10% Off Select Campaigns

IDC Promo Flier_Final_Low Rez

 

In business for over 14 years, IDC is a marketing and distribution company based in San Francisco. Offering CUSTOMIZED MARKETING CAMPAIGNS together with wide-reaching DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION channels, IDC increases awareness and demand for independent music releases.

To receive a FREE IDC MARKETING PROPOSAL including a detailed cost breakdown based on the size and scope of the effort, please let us know some basic information about your project by filling out our IDC REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) FORM.

Sign up for an IDC Promo Campaign by April 15 and receive 10% OFF the final Campaign price!

IDC Promo was built to be a flexible service and every campaign is specifically customized to each project. Campaigns are based on hiring a Team of industry professionals for various lengths of time, which affects pricing.

IDC – 2001 Van Ness Avenue #411 – San Francisco, CA 94109 – (415) 292-7007 http://www.independentdistro.com

 

 

UPTOWN PLUG INTERVIEW WITH STEFFEN FRANZ, PRESIDENT OF INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION COLLECTIVE

Screen Shot 2018-09-19 at 3.21.23 PM

 

Interview With Steffen Franz, President of Independent Distribution Collective

 

In the music business for almost 35 years, including many years as a technical director and production manager for dozens of nightclubs and venues in New York, Maui, HI, and San Francisco, CA.

Many years as an independent artist, DJ, producer and engineer for over 50 recording projects. 15 years of national tour managing and running an independent “conscious” reggae record label with over 20 releases.

Currently running and building an 800-label independent marketing and promotion, distribution, and licensing company. In 2013, Steffen was appointed President of Tarpan Records, a record label owned and founded by Multi-Platinum, Grammy Winner Narada Michael Walden.

In addition, Steffen speaks at industry events, teaches music business at Pyramind in San Francisco, and Oakland School of the Arts, and technical directs and show calls about 10 large corporate events each year.

Uptown Plug had the pleasure of chatting with Steffen to talk about how the industry has evolved, the impact of streaming services on independent artists, music licensing, distribution and plenty more!

1) INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION COLLECTIVE HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS, HOW HAS THE MUSIC BUSINESS EVOLVED AND HOW HAVE YOUR COMPANY ADAPTED TO IT?

We’ve actually been in business since 2004, almost 14 years now! We started as a CD distributor with just 8 labels in 20 or 30 retail stores. Things have changed so much from when we first started out as a CD distribution company.

Back then were solely focused on getting independent artists and label’s CDs into retail stores. We began to flip our model as early as 2006 and focused on Digital Distribution, and by 2010 we were doing full-scale marketing campaigns that include PR, Social Media Marketing, Digital and Physical Retail Marketing and overall project management.

By combining all of these marketing verticals with distribution, we created something very unique in terms of the independent music scene. There aren’t many companies you can come to that can give you a solid push while keeping prices affordable to the average artist/label.

Overall, the music industry has changed quite a bit, but it’s still about getting fans, and engaging them, and now it’s about providing music and other content in any place a consumer might want to buy/stream/listen to it.

Artists and labels should focus on development of fans and material and IDC is built to assist in all aspects of the release and marketing, resulting in a much more professional (and hopefully profitable) effort.

2) WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE RISE OF STREAMING SERVICES LIKE SPOTIFY AND APPLE MUSIC, PARTICULARLY WITH THEIR IMPACT ON INDEPENDENT ARTISTS?

I think that streaming services drive new fans to record stores and sales platforms.

Simple as that. The stream itself isn’t worth a ton of money per play, but the idea of a new fan discovering an artist’s music is of great value.

The goal of any independent artist (and major label artists for that matter) is trying to attract new listeners on services like Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, and the end goal, like with radio in the past, is to capture that “fan” and convert them into a customer.

If streaming listeners become fans and can discover new artists, and then search for an LP of their entire album, or a CD to buy for a friend, or a download, or goes to a show, or even subscribes to their email list, then you are actually taking full advantage of this new eco-system.

As a songwriter, publisher, and rights-holder myself, I would like to see streaming royalties come up a bit which would help independent artists get a fairer share of the money these companies are collecting.

3) WHAT IS THE MUSIC LANDSCAPE LIKE FOR AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST IN 2018? THEY HAVE ACCESS TO MORE PRODUCTION TOOLS, MARKETING PLATFORMS AND FREE KNOWLEDGE, BUT I ALSO FEEL LIKE IT’S A LOT HARDER TO STAND OUT THESE DAYS.

This is the blessing and curse of today’s music industry. There are dozens (if not more) tried and true ways to get your name and music out there, but how you invest in terms of creating a buzz, and then having the infrastructure to capitalize on more revenue streams than ever is the real challenge.

Music licensing, international distribution and of course streams and sales, give independent artists way more potential to make more from every composition than ever before.

The downside is that everyone can get music out and the blessing of the low bar of entry can turn quickly to the harsh reality that there are millions of people able to create great music, with little upfront investment.

I do think the best of the best still rise and that hard work is always rewarded with more success. This business has many different avenues to succeed. I would counsel keeping a wide lane as an artist develops, so that whatever they find, or that finds them, still gives them the ability to create and release their music.

4) MUSIC LICENSING IS ONE OF THOSE TOPICS THAT NOT MANY INDEPENDENT ARTISTS UNDERSTAND FULLY WHICH MEANS THEY’RE NOT GETTING THE MAXIMUM VALUE OUT OF THEIR MUSIC. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC LICENSING IN THE SIMPLEST WAY POSSIBLE?

My simple answer is in the old days independent artists didn’t have a lot of diverse revenue streams. They didn’t get a lot of licensing placements until the 1990’s when TV networks and film producers started turning to independent artists and labels and there is still plenty of revenue to be made with a basic understanding of music licensing.

Composers get paid royalties based on their songs being used in a TV show, film, game score, or other types of performances (commercial radio also falls under this category).

If you are composing songs, then you need to register your copyrights (the song’s ownership) at www.copyright.gov and then join a performing rights society like ASCAP or BMI (in the US) and register both the writer and publisher shares with them.

This allows for music supervisors and producers to choose an artist’s music, and a way for those “uses” to pay both upfront in the form of Sync (Synchronization) and performance royalties from the licensing placements.

5) HOW HAS THE INTERNET CHANGED MUSIC DISTRIBUTION, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO RETAIL CHANNELS?

This answer is pretty straightforward for music or almost any other product in the 21st century. The internet has allowed for anyone to sell anything to anyone else, anywhere in the world.

The fact that a fan of an artist can buy a CD from Amazon, or a download from iTunes, or Google Play, or Stream from Spotify, and buy an album (Vinyl) from a small store in Portland or Austin, and can even buy using Bandcamp, which is likely the “best” highest margin sale for an independent artist, without any real gatekeepers or large split of the sales revenue creates much more opportunity overall.

All of these various revenues flow to the artist or independent label, giving more overall revenue, and more transparency. The internet allows for people to communicate and sell to many people with the old issues of proximity and opening/closing times just aren’t an issue anymore.

6) WHAT’S NEXT FOR INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTION COLLECTIVE? WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS?

IDC has a large physical distribution network, and we plan to continue to sell CDs and LPs to all of our physical retail outlets around the world for the foreseeable future.

We also have strong relationships with the digital/streaming services, but it’s IDC’s marketing and promotion services that continues to supply all kinds of “label services” as well as turn-key marketing and promotion campaigns.

IDC’s plans are to continue to expand our services to both small, artist run labels and larger labels and brands over the next few years.

IDC has also been working on a handful of non-music related projects over the past few years and we will continue to provide marketing services to independent businesses that IDC feels are in line with its’ own core focus and next generation marketing strategies.

 

idc_final