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TDCC's Alex Trimble on online leaks
The frontman has been discussing how piracy affects his band.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 30 Jul 2012
It proved to be a rather mixed weekend for Two Door Cinema Club – first guitarist and singer Alex Trimble got to perform at the Olympic opening ceremony, and then they discovered that their Beacon album had been leaked on to the ‘net a month ahead of its release.
In an eloquently worded public letter, Trimble has asked fans to consider the impact illegally downloading the record will have on the band.
“I’m aware that Beacon has leaked,” he says. “In this day and age it was inevitable but I’d just like to urge you all to do the right thing. I’ve seen an overwhelming response from so many of you saying that you’ll avoid the links and wait until September and for that I can’t thank you enough. It’s out there and it’s up to you to make the decision. One decision supports the music you love; gives it strength, longevity and respect. The other, slowly but surely, will destroy the music you love.
“I don’t want to preach or give you a moral essay… although I may well do… OK, here it comes. One thing I understand is that a lot of younger people have grown up with the idea that this is OK. They don’t know any better. For most of their lives, music has been free and available whenever they want it. And when something becomes a normality it stops feeling wrong. But it doesn’t and won’t ever stop it being wrong.
“I’m an independent artist. I don’t have big label money behind me to support me until I sell 30 million records or get a reality TV show. We, Two Door, do everything ourselves and pay for everything ourselves so we rely on YOU to support us. That’s the way we like it, that’s the way we wish it could stay. Because that way, we have control. That way we can do what we want and most importantly, give you guys what you want. The best shows possible, good records made with love over time and a true connection between us. I’m not a rich man, nor do I wish to be. I make enough to pay my bills and then every other penny goes back into Two Door; into making things happen. Paying for shows, travel, wages, promotion, production, recording… it’s not cheap! So what money we make, we use to pay for the next thing.