German diva lashes out at Sony Classical labelmain
The German coloratura soprano Simone Kermes has abandoned record labels and shifted her output to Bandcamp. She tells Munich’s Abendzeitung:
I had an exclusive contract for ten years. The record company pays the recording and you get a small fee. You have to recoup the album costs through sales, only then do you earn a small share. So if an album doesn’t sell extremely well, you see: Nothing!
With the record company I did everything myself: ideas, song selection, cover. I also wrote the booklet, I was exhausted, it was never paid for. For the last CD “Inferno Paradiso” I also did the advertising myself, I got a promotion agency that was paid every month. I considered doing “Eternity” again through the record company, but the offer was too bad. I wouldn’t even have got my money back. So I said: I’ll try it myself. And that’s how you keep the rights to the recordings.
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