A wise man named C. Spencer Yeh once tweeted, “7 billion people on Earth- all with their own tape label.” It’s true, and now tape labels are having little tape label babies. This calls for a thorough debate on population control in the underground music industry. Side A will be represented by Jeffrey Boltman of Oklahoma, and side B will be represented by Kim Dennis of Oregon.
Now debaters, our example scenario for this debate is the recent announcement by psychedelic label Deep Tapes, headed by Alex Gray, that it will begin a sublabel called Heat Rave, which will be responsible for all releases by Gray’s Heat Wave project. Begin the discussion.
Side A: So, Heat Wave was releasing music on the prolific label Deep Tapes and have now decided to move its discography to a small imprint for organizational purposes. Sounds logical.
Side B: It is unnecessary. Simply alphabetizing your catalog can help fans find the Heat Wave releases just as easily. Does Heat Wave really have so many releases that it requires a separate label to manage them?
Side A: Heat Wave is the most prolific act on Deep Tapes’ roster. It requires another label. Simple fact.
Side B: Then Deep Magic should get their own sublabel. Hell, why not give a label to Earthsurfers, too.
Side A: Well, that’s going too far. Then everyone would get a label.
Side B: Exactly! And then Deep Tapes would no longer be a music label, but instead a label label that only releases labels!
Side A: This is getting too meta! I demand a debate within a debate!
Side B: Very well. Side Aa will be represented by Ashley Koontz of Florida, and Side Bb will be represented by Daryll Edwards of Michigan. Debaters, the topic is the necessity of label labels….
And the spiral continues.