Welcome to 2015. 2014 was a pretty ambitious year for us at Silber. 25 releases, which I think is the most we’ve ever done in a year. So what’s the plan for 2015? Beat it. If I can get my act together there will be around 16 releases in the first 4 months of 2015. Digital re-issues of out of print releases from If Thousands, Rllrbll, & Electric Bird Noise. Over a half dozen EPs in the 5in5 series. Three compilations. The Infant Cycle retrospective. New releases from Chvad SB, Remora, Andrew Weathers, & Space Sweeper. Probably more ready before all of that comes out.
20 years ago this month I was typing up & cutting & pasting together the first issue of QRD. I probably only made 30 of them. At the peak of popularity I think I printed up 700 copies, but a few years later the internet started to kill off zines & eventually I succumbed to being a webzine. Anyway, I have about half of issue 70 done (so far mainly cartoonists), so hopefully that will come out next month.
I’ve gotten a few comic scripts out to artists to draw in the past week. New issues of REH, Seabase17, Lost Kisses, & a new series called Ship should be out in the next couple of months & hopefully I’ll get the script for Walrus #4 finished as well as a script for another new series called Faun.
I started pushing people towards Spotify a few months ago to see if I could get streaming revenue to work for Silber. Well, I got the answer. I went from getting $3-$4 from Spotify a month to $20-$40 a month. So I started making ten times as much, which is awesome, but it’s still not making up for the reduction of sales from just a few years ago. Though I must say that I personally have had a lot of good feelings listening to the Silber catalog on random play. There really has been a lot of good stuff we’ve put out over the years. It only takes 90 hours to listen to the stuff we have on Spotify so far.
Last year I did a digital download bundle of all the releases of the previous year at a discount & it was a pretty big hit. So I’m offering that again along with a special on our ten most popular albums of 2014. The special will expire the end of January.
Just a reminder for those of you in need. I do custom one-inch buttons & magnets. Trying to get a few orders flowing to start 2015 in the black if you or any one you know needs some.
Thanks for your continued interest & support.
Brian John Mitchell