MaSKArades Vol. 1

by The Holophonics



Hey Ska fans! Some of you might be disappointed to find out that we are asking for $8 to download this album. I'll take a minute to explain why we're asking for that, if you'll just bear with me here:

The big thing is that we didn't write any of these songs. We definitely put a lot of time and effort into arranging them - and trying to "make them our own" - but technically we did not compose any of this material. So, just strictly LEGALLY speaking, we have to pay money in order to record and sell this music.

"But all my friends' bands put out cover songs all the time, and I don't think they have to pay anyone for that," you say. Well, this may be true in practice, and even if your friends' bands are faring well in this industry, putting out a cover song here and there might still be under the radar enough where they can get away with it without any repercussions.

The Holophonics though, are a different story. We just put out THIRTEEN cover songs all at once. You also might notice that this is just MaSKArades VOLUME ONE. We're going to do a lot more of these and staying under the radar isn't our intention. So LEGALLY speaking, we gotta play by the rules, and pay to use other musicians' songs.

So now you're all like "So I gotta pay you more money so you can pay famous rock stars who already have plenty of money?" Well, thats not entirely the case. See, many of these famous rock stars don't write their own songs - but you probably already knew that. When we purchase the mechanical licensing to record a cover song, our money goes to the actual song writers. In most cases, those people are true musicians - people who are talented at what they do and worked hard to get that way. They got degrees in music (just like us!) and worked their way up the ladder to get hired by labels to work behind the scenes and write hit songs for people much more famous than them. We respect those guys, and are happy to be a part of that community of working musicians. These are guys just like Jason Segel in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." All they want to do is write a puppet musical about vampires, and with royalties from this album they get one step closer to their dream.

Think about it: if you buy "MaSKArades Vol. 1" from The Holophonics, you are supporting puppet musicals about vampires. And that's awesome.

So now you're probably all like "OK, Eric, you've convinced me that working musicians are valuable members of our society and it's our responsibility to support them for the fine work we enjoy. I would love to help you guys out, but EIGHT DOLLARS? COME ON! what about just, like, maybe 5?"

Well we've done the math, and $8 is really what we need to ask for, in order for us to make back the money we paid to purchase the mechanical licensing for the copyrights. We worked extra hard to record everything DIY (in my bedroom) so we could keep costs down. But still, in order for us to make back our investment, we will need to sell 187 and a half albums at 8 bucks a pop. And then, we can start thinking about our own profits. We're a new band and I don't expect that to happen immediately, but I think it's an attainable goal.

So all things considered, we think 8 bucks is pretty reasonable to ask for. I mean come on, it's like those times when you're working at Target, and you didn't get any sleep the night before because you were working on something you truly love, and so throughout the day you got TWO cups of Pumpkin Spice Latte from the Starbucks in the store, and spent 8 dollars, and then thought about how your B.M. in music theory and composition definitely prepared you to stock boxes in the back for 40 hours a week.... yeah, it's just like that - but instead of a day's worth of coffee and unfulfilled career aspirations, you get 13 ska songs that will make you awesome forever. 8 bucks, a small price to pay I think (but DAMN Starbucks!).

So if you actually bothered to read all of this request, you probably didn't need any real convincing. Just know that that we truly appreciate your 8 dollars (and anything else on top of that if you can give it), but more than anything we would love for you to share this music with your friends. Because we love ska so much - it makes us happier than anything else in the world and we want as many people as possible to enjoy this music.

Love, Peace, and Unity
-Eric, Shane, Harrell, Tyler, and Will


released November 27, 2012

Eric Daino - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Organ, Trombone
Harrell Petersen - Vocals, Trumpet
Shane Robert Reider - Trombone
Will Huebner - Drums

additional trumpet by Marcus Wheat

Recorded and Produced by Eric Daino

Art and Design by Chris Mulvey

Holophonor Records 2012



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