RCRD LBL – The next step for the Recording Industry?

As a musician I’m always keeping my ear to the ground for developments in this area; I’ve even been known to be present and to present forums at various functions arranged by the City Showcase amongst others.

The latest news goes by the name of RCRD LBL and it’s founded by Peter Rojas who you may know best for founding the gadget news sites Gizmodo and then, after that, Engadget.

This new project is an ad-supported music blog, mixed with a “pro-digital-freedom record label”.

Several commercial labels are on board already and each will have its own blog on the site in order to promote their bands and offer free DRM free downloads.

The other element of the site is an online record label. RCRD LBL will sign artists and bands that it likes, promote them and pay them. All the money will come from commercial advertising on the site.

Crave states:

“There’s something of a Web 2.0 feeling about this new project, though not in the social sense: many widgets around the site can be embedded into other sites, in iGoogle or even on the OS X Dashboard, letting users have new content delivered to their favourite locations. Users get their own profiles and can have customised RSS feeds deliver new editorials and music straight to their reader.”

I for one will be keeping a close eye on this project and may be putting my bands forward to test the water. If you want to have a looksee, submit your choonz or even support the project head on over to rcrdlbl.com and check it out.