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Thanks for joining us for the final part of our interview with Floréal Martorell. In case you missed our other parts, we’ve already talked about how to buy their music online, why they are not on iTunes and Vinilkosmo radio. Now let’s find out the future of Vinilkosmo!
Corporate labels plan to link selling music to their products, the small ones can hardly survive the period, which for Vinilkosmo, is still more difficult, because it depends on a small community, which is spread all over the world. Facing all the difficulties, why keep going? What motivates you?
What a tricky question! What motivates me? Esperanto and a passion for Esperanto music!
Why continue? This is already more complicated and deserves a longer reply which I will try to answer concisely. Of course, if Vinilkosmo were a real commercial enterprise, it would have shut down long ago. But Vinilkosmo is not a “for-profit” label, and it invests its earned money in publishing new projects, which is why it is possible to keep going.
For some time (more or less 3 years), we thought that each new CD would be our last, but it’s evident that new projects keep coming in, so it’s worth it to keep everything running. Then we find ways to finance new projects. Finally we keep selling CDs, even in small quantities, but those earn money which helps finance new projects. Besides earning money from selling CDs and downloads, we also earn money from the bar which we dedicate to publishing. That means that we earn money from the profits from drinks and pizzas which we sell to musicians who practice at Vinilkosmo or come to record in the studio. So, the non-Esperanto bands who practice and record at Vinilkosmo should keep drinking and eating to help finance the publishing department of Vinilkosmo!!
Another current income source is a small percentage from the sales of t-shirts sold in the Esperanto Arta Kolekto (North America Europe Facebook). So, Esperanto speakers buying t-shirts there also helps publishing a bit. Another percentage goes to creating graphics (Touche2Style) which is in fact, the rapper “Whity”, but Spreadsheet profits the most from the sales. Other sources such as the Carson Foundation in Canada, the FAME Foundation, and the Onisaburo Deguĉi Prize (2000€) have helped finance other concrete projects.
Hopefully in the future Vinilkosmo will receive other prizes and financial support to continue production which will complement income for new projects. We also search for other ways to collaborate with artists, not only for production, but also publishing, or co-production or co-publishing, pre-orders, or even simple distribution, so all of this helps to earn money to finance new projects.
That way we also started the download service to somewhat recompense the fall of CD sales. Unfortunately, the download results are quite low, but we aren’t losing hope that they will grow in the future to help us fund more projects, even when they are no longer distributed as CDs. In any case, while it is possible, we will publish CDs, because I don’t really believe the CD market will completely disappear.
Yes, it’s not impossible to have a goal in life. Before everything else, I’m an idealist. That’s why I act with passion for Esperanto music and why I hope that it will still be possible to publish Esperanto music in some form. In conclusion, all of our income is needed to make the publishing plans for Vinilkosmo evolve. That’s possible mainly thanks to the support of Esperanto speakers who buy CDs and pay to download albums and songs. Secondly, through the support of the Esperanto community by associations and foundations and that is required even if we’re not talking about large sums of money here. Without that, publishing in Esperanto would no longer be possible for Vinilkosmo.
What is now happening with your company?
Vinilkosmo just published two albums (the completely Esperanto album from inicialoj dc and the third album by Dolchamar). We also published 3 videos from Africa which can be bought for download on our site. These are clips of songs by Konga Espero from the Afrika Kompilo.
Both of the above should appear before Spring 2011.
Most likely we’ll have to start asking for pre-orders to make sure we can produce albums in the future. If there aren’t enough pre-orders, then we won’t be able to go into production. That makes production difficult, but we won’t have any more resources in the immediate future.
Thanks Flo for such a comprehensive interview! If you want to support Esperanto music and culture, buy a CD or digital download from Vinilkosmo today!