I recently interviewed Quan Yeomans from Regurgitator about their new record Superhappyfuntimesfriends (which I recommend you buy). The article from the interview is published over at TOM Magazine, but I thought I'd add a few choice quotes from Quan that didn't make it into the final text and that have some relevance to writing and publishing.
On working from home:
We did an EP in the studio and we just weren’t particularly blown away by the sound quality or the experience and we were left wondering why we spent the money. The technology has grown so quickly, you can’t tell where things are recorded any more. It’s really about getting the performances down. There are better producers and better mixers out there, but then 90% of the people don't care as long as it’s a good song. Home is the ideal environment to record in for the both cost and control. As long as you have deadlines, then I think it’s a really great way of doing things.
On the influence of digital and the subsequent need for 'artefacts' among fans:
The reality now is that there’s less panic about selling the physical form than there used to be. It’s more that these are limited edition artefact for fans who need the thing in their hands and it’s really great to see the artwork in multiple forms. It's great for an artist to see. If you want the artefact, then we're happy for you to support us. But we’re also happy for you to have the music for free if that's what you want. That is the state of affairs right now. Data is uncontrollable, take it if you want it, download it if you feel like it. Come to the live shows (which is how we survive right now). That’s the state of affairs.