According to Radiohead’s frontman Thom Yorke, the music industry is on the brink of collapse. Many established musicians are successfully suing their labels to become free from deals that have soured. Damian Kulash of OK Go and Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls are some of the many artists who’ve cut their ties to a label and are now free agents in the brave new world of the internet.
But for many openly gay musicians faced with discrimination, being Indie has long been their only career choice. Philadelphia musician Aiden James creates his own music and controls his own career. In essence, musicians like him are their own record label and they turn to their fans to finance their latest projects to reap the rewards firsthand.
But what about Lady Gaga?
It’s impossible to go to hear live music without a reference to the incredibly successful and record label signed pop star. Inevitably, someone in the audience will scream “Play ‘Poker Face!’” or “Bad Romance” but “Alejandro,” not so much.
Music companies closely follow Lady Gaga’s career not just because she may be the savior of gay men or even because they like her music, but they do want to see how someone signed under a big name record label like Universal Music can survive in the age of independence and the internet.
Join us for a live music session with Aiden James as he plays songs from his new album On the Run, and we talk about making it as an independent musician, questions from you and of course, Lady Gaga.