I think it seems clear that Phlux are making a success of their music. Gigs, recordings, a loyal following...they have achieved a lot so far. So why haven't they secured a lucrative recording contract and gone on to fame and fortune? Is something holding them back, or do they have a different goal in mind?
As stated in Phlux's biography page.."Perhaps one day if things get desperate, we'll get ourselves a record company and be one of those so called "recording artists" we all hear so much about on MTV and the Radio." If my memory serves me correctly, Phlux was offered a deal with a company in the 1990's but turned it down. Phlux is striving for "Music beyond the pervasive reach of corporate influence, free of artistic corruption inherently caused by contractual and monetary influences of the music industry." What Phlux is doing is good. They are spreading their sound and their message. These guys will always be around, whether it is in the bigtime or not. It doesn't matter anyhow. They are doing what they love to do. So I think I can sum it up by saying Phlux isn't necessarily looking for the big fame and fortune, we all know that that can bring its fair share of shit and misfortune. Phlux: Please correct me if I am wrong. I am just saying what I think. :p Keep Rockin!
I've just visited the bio page, and I can agree with everything said so far.
So it seems we are saying that Phlux "have a different goal in mind".
In the UK, we have an extremely vibrant 'Indy' (independent record label) scene. Indy music is very niche, and in many cases very different. Funnily enough, the indy scene seems to produce about 5-10 top 10 hits per year!!! You can sign with an indy label without 'selling out', and you can produce whatever you want, since they aren't out for maximum money ( = lowest common denominator = MTV).
Isn't the most important thing getting your music heard? When you write a song, do you think about the misunderstood teenager to whom that song seems to speak directly? Do you consider people you've never met who find that your song helps them, even if it just lifts their day, putting a tune to their lips and a smile on their face?
These people won't hear the music if you don't achieve some form of mass distrubution, i.e. some form of recording contract.
More importantly, without some form of record company interest, most bands can't afford to play full-time. Wouldn't we all rather have more Phlux?
In "Esquire: The Rules, a man's guide to life," hot off the press (2003 by the Hearst Corporation), Rule # 466 states that "The lower you wear your bass guitar, the cooler you are." So let it out another notch or two, Clint, and the band may be on it's way to making it big.
However, Rule # 203 in this same tome states that "The best looking musician is always the lead singer, followed in descending order by the lead guitarist, the rhythm guitarist, the drummer, and the bass player." Applying this rule, in order to make it big you may have to reconfigure the band by adding personnel, or maybe changing instruments, according to perceived needs. Maybe you could conduct a survey of PHLUX fans, or run a contest, to see who should play bass....
You know sam, too many rules make life boring and constricted, and ya know tim, too much porn makes ya, ah, tired!!
Too much music? Well, that, my friends, if it exists at all, just makes you cooler, stronger, younger, and more of a rockstar!