Tragedy at COPYCATS Media

By admin, February 9, 2009 3:48 pm

Posted by Zac Boyd:

The world of CD duplication suffered a tragic loss today.

On his way to the Dunwoody College cafeteria for an un-tantalizing lunch, sales rep Justin Kristal made the fatal error of trying to skip a step without properly securing his footing. With only three steps left to clear, Justin found himself falling like Liu Kang descending into the pit of spears after being finished by Reptile. Luckily, he was able to brace himself on the counter in at the bottom of the stairwell and save a little face.

After collecting himself, he kept saying how nauseous he felt and that he was going to faint.  I personally have never seen anyone lose the color in their face so quickly.  However, Justin valiantly pressed on with Chris and I. 

The valor had run out by the time we reached the doors of Dunwoody.  Justin decided it was in his best interest to make his way back to the offices of COPYCATS Media. Looking on in bewilderment, Chris and I couldn’t help but chuckle. Justin walked back in what appeared to be a drunken stupor.

His office mates were befuddled as he staggered to his cubicle.  Sales rep Adam Wachter reported that he was sweating profusely.

Justin’s morale seemed to improve after a plateful of General Tso’s chicken and rice.  But after lunch, he noticed his ankle had started to swell and was bruising around the ball of his foot. Panic began to set in.  He acted quickly to wrap the ankle. Without having proper first-aid materials, he was forced to use two frozen microwave dinners that had been in our freezer for years, some paper towels, and packaging tape to wrap up his ankle and suppress the swelling.n1302459783_261041_5174

Throughout this afternoon of incessant whining, the crew at COPYCATS Media has given up on Justin and started planning his funeral arrangements.  His threshold for pain is simply too low and we don’t think he’ll last much longer.  Perhaps some would say we’re all overreacting, but I think we’re just preparing for the inevitable. 

Justin’s spirits have lifted knowing that his co-workers care enough to handle his arrangements.  So far, all we have arranged is a casket made of insulation stuffed inside a Chiquita Banana box wrapped with twine to hold him inside.

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COPYCATS Media Should Open a CD Replication Business in South Korea

By admin, February 6, 2009 11:20 am

Are you a musician feeling the economy’s pinch right now?  Have you taken a look at that $937 billion stimulus bill?  Anything in there for you?  No?  Well, have I got some news for you.

There’s a wonderful place out there where the government is pumping money into their music industry.  Where they provide karaoke equipment for their citizens.  A place where the beer flows like wine.  I’m talking about a little place called South Korea. 

According to this article, they are putting together a $91 million plan to invest in the music industry.  The linked blog refers to it as “bailout,” but I don’t think that would be the correct term.  The original AFP article states the money will be used to build a few concert halls, set up a K-pop hall of fame, put on a national awards show, and establish a Billboard-like charts system for their country’s artists (along with aforementioned equipment for up to 35,000 karaoke bars).  A bailout would be giving money to a cartel of big record companies so they can keep their dying, outdated business models alive a little bit longer before they inevitably pass away.

The reason why this is not a bailout is because the music industry (not to be mistaken with the recording industry) does not necessarily need it.  If the government decided not to invest this $91 million, the music will still go on.  Musicians will still continue to write and record music, perform live shows, and replicate CDs.  This is a great investment by a country who wants to build more recognition and opportunities for its musicians, but it’s hardly a bailout.

I have to applaud their government for investing in the right areas.  While the article contains some quotes about protecting artists from online piracy, they chose to spend money to support musicians instead of prosecuting music fans.  These new venues and promotional outlets will increase exposure of their country’s musicians, and that will provide new opportunities for these artists to make money in other areas (ticket revenue, merchandise sales, song licensing, etc.).

So hats of to thee, South Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

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Thursday Profilin': Ed Bonach

By copycatsmedia, February 5, 2009 11:13 am

We thought we’d have a weekly feature to give our customers a little background about some of our employees, partners, and clients.  Check back every Thursday to get to know the COPYCATS Media family a little better.

Name:  Ed Bonach, Sales Representative

Ed specializes in CD replication and blasting the crap out of bowling pins with an assualt rifle.

Ed specializes in CD replication and blasting the crap out of bowling pins with an assualt rifle.

So…what’s with the gun?  If you’re in a hurry and you need to get a projectile somewhere quickly, this gun will do the trick.

Where does one purchase an AK-47?  I got mine at a licensed gun shop.  High quality and great customer service….just like COPYCATS Media.

What inspired you to make such a purchase?  COPYCATS Media.  We deliver your CD/DVD project quickly and accurately.  I started to think of other things that  deliver quickly and accurately that I could purchase.  This was it!  My next purchase will be a NASA space shuttle. 

How often have you used this rifle?  It’s brand new, so only once to date.  My 5 year plan is to definitely use it more.

What have you shot with it?  So far, just paper.  Yeah, exciting, I know.  Bowling pins are my favorite, though, so ask me again later once it warms up outside.

What are some things that make you angry?  Bad drivers, coffee that has gone cold, and people who shoot other people.

Have you ever seen the movie Heat, where Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer rob this bank, but their driver doesn’t show up and the place is surrounded by cops, so they go storming through downtown Los Angeles with their AK-47s blazing and Al Pacino is one of the cops chasing them?  Yes.

That was pretty cool movie, huh? Yes, definitely cool.  However, they were using U.S. made assault rifles….most likely an AR15 or M4.  Just to be clear.

What’s your favorite color? Blue

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Don't Be A Menace

By copycatsmedia, February 4, 2009 10:17 am

I’ve come across a handful of great articles written mostly from the eyes of music venue employees.  They’re all full of useful information and pretty entertaining as well.  Here’s a quick recap of each:

A Band Behaving Badly - This was from knowthemusicbiz.com’s blog.  They had an Anne Landers-style advice column.  Here was the reader’s scenario:

  • Bar and band reach verbal agreement for band to play 2 weekends in a row at the bar
  • Band acts like a bunch of jerks on the first weekend
  • Bar tells band not to bother coming back next weekend
  • Band threatens to take bar to small claims court

That’s basically the whole story, but click on the link for a little more detail and read their advice.  Put yourself in Judge Wapner’s shoes.  Who’s side would you rule in favor of?

What I Learned Working at Music Venues - This was written by Cameron over at musicianwages.com.  He details about 5 different things that musicians should be mindful of when playing at a local club.

Top 39 Annoying Things Bands Do - This was linked by the above blog from Musician Wages.  It was posted by a St. Louis music venue, The Creepy Crawl.  It’s a pretty amusing list (complete with reader feedback!).  These dudes sound like they don’t take crap from anybody.  Well, I suppose they must have taken crap from somebody, or else they wouldn’t have compiled this list.

These articles are summed up by one common theme: don’t be an inconsiderate jerk.  I’ve worked in the sales or customer service areas within a few different industries (college admissions, food service, and credit cards along with CD/DVD manufacturing).  No matter how rude a customer would be to me, I always lived up to my companies’ standards of service.  However, if being treated rudely, I typically wouldn’t go above and beyond those minimum standards of service.  But to people who were kind, considerate, and respectful, I’d do anything I could to help them out, even if it was above and beyond the call of duty. 

That’s what you get for being friendly: a friend in the business who will do everything in their power to help you.

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Adding Value to Your Album in the Digital Age

By admin, February 2, 2009 2:55 pm

I’ve recently became addicted to a blog called Techdirt.  There’s a lot of good posts to read over there regarding the changing way consumers get their music and how artists can benefit by forming new business models. 

 A good summary of this blogger’s viewpoints can be found in the post titled “The Grand Unified Theory on the Economics of Free.”  A point he makes quite often is that your music is an infinite good.  Once those tracks are recorded, they can be duplicated and distributed digitally at no cost.  Because these tracks are infinite, he encourages artists to let them be distributed digitally for free.  Artists should focus their business models on making money from scarce goods, such as concert tickets, access to the band, t-shirts, and even CDs.  The infinite digital tracks should be used as a promotional tool to help sell the scarce goods.value-added-fp-new

Because I’m working at a CD manufacturing company, I began thinking about how someone can drive their CD sales by giving away the music for free.  It seems like giving away free tracks would be counter productive to selling CDs.  You know the old saying, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free.”  Well, I think there are some other good reasons to buy that cow…or CD.  It’s all about adding value to your album. 

Here’s some ideas I’ve floated around in my head:

Artwork - This is something that’s always been a reason for music fans to buy CDs.  The artwork, design, and packaging is part of that whole album experience.  It helps build your music’s image.  And despite what soft drink ad campaigns have told me, image is an important thing. Continue reading 'Adding Value to Your Album in the Digital Age'»