A number of years back I was involved with the Music Producer’s Guild and more specifically with one of their causes called ‘credit where credit’s due’. The main thrust of the campaign was to try and standardise the industry to give credit on digital formats as you would find on physical releases i.e. named musicians, engineers, studios, producer etc etc.
Just last week I came across a new indie publishing platform called P-E-O-P-L-E which aims to do something similar but goes a whole lot further…
Started by the Dessner brothers of The National and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), P-E-O-P-L-E began as a festival in Berlin in 2016 and has grown up to be an online platform for the artists and writers they worked with at the festival.
Although in beta at present, there are many interesting angles to P-E-O-P-L-E. Most importantly it was created by and for artists. They can release what they like when they like, free of labels and commerciality. This is important as whilst a mainstream artist might release an LP through normal channels there will undoubtedly be a whole raft of b sides, outtakes and other material that didn’t make the cut and wouldn’t otherwise see the light of day.
It encourages the publication of more than just a music stream. So you get lyrics, credits, artwork, musings, insights into the process. It really is a rich resource.
Despite its simplicity its also quite well catalogued and addictive. Much like Wikipedia there’s always somewhere else to go on the site, and something new and beautiful to discover. I even like the retro feel to the site theme.
Whilst it won’t appeal to everyone wanting to quickly consume new music, it is definitely worth checking out if you’re one of the thousands like me who want to absorb as much as they can from around the music and learn about who did what, where and how. Much like the good ol’ days of sleeve notes…