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    How did 90s record labels (Platipus, Eye Q, Hook) operate?

    Before the internet and digitally-distributed music, how did labels release their tracks/compilation discs/EPs?
    Did the labels rent a physical space to which artists could submit their music?
    How did labels deal with artists that were not local, but rather several cities away or even international?
    What was the process like to create an EP/LP?

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    I doubt there's many people on here that have good insight to that. Could be something to ask someone in an interview.

    (Had to turn on some Eye Q music now)
    Where is the music in todays "trance"?

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    Much more innocent times hehe,fond memories thinking back.

    No idea to your question though...I suppose in those days though,you had to be lucky enough to be able to afford to own the hardware to make the Trance tracks,let alone sending off to labels. Man,i wished i produced back then,with access to the equipment!

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    I think back in the days there was no space for smaller labels. And I guess most major labels still have physical offices. I remember sending my demos out on physical CD's to labels back in the days as well.. Times have changed alot haha!

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    I think 2004 was one of the last years people still submitted CD-r demos, the digital era had already begun, but some labels still wanted the producers to put a bit more effort. Having to buy a blank CD-R, burn your tracks and mail it was enough process to make sure people didn't sent whatever songs/clips they just finished.

    Back before the internet that's how it worked. Most small labels didn't have a physical space, but instead you'd mail the demos to the A&R's or label manager's home address. And before CD-Rs it was cassettes.

    Like today anyone could start a label, but that didn't really matter unless you had a distributor. Sure you could just press records, sell them yourself (from your car or whatever), give away to record stores and djs and hope it works out. But most of the time labels needed to be a part of a distribution chain, a parent company that would take care of the records going from the pressing plant to shops.

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