Posted on January 11th, 2010 at 6:14 pm by MTV Asia
Remember 98 degrees? Well, band member Jeff Timmons is back with a solo album, and not only that, the entire album will be available for free download.
Listen and download his songs for free right here, and find out more about why he’s giving away these songs for free through our MTV Asia interview.
Emotional High – how would you describe the sound on this album? Is there a general theme
I think the sound is a little bit of a departure from 98 Degrees. There are a lot more uptempo tunes, and I have a few songs you can really dance to. The general theme is: FUN!
Did you write all the songs on the album and what was your inspiration?
I wrote, co-wrote, produced, and engineered everything on the album. My friends and I that created the music were inspired by past experiences, as well as how we were feeling at that very moment.
What is your personal favorite on the album and why?
That’s a tough one, but I think “Reason I Breathe” might be my favorite. Although, it changes nearly everyday. I think the song is romantic and has a unique sound and style.
You’re giving away your whole album for free – why is that?
It has been awhile since 98 Degrees has been out, and many people aren’t familiar with my sound as a solo artist, so my goal is to get the music in as many hands as possible. The best way to do that is deliver it to fans for free.
How has the response rate been like so far?
My goal was to get 1 million people signed up, and we are 75% there. I’m pleased with the response, and I think it has rejuvenated old fans and has new fans interested.
Will you eventually go down the Radiohead route of having people pay whatever they feel the album is worth? I am toying around with that idea, but not to sure if I will do it.
Since we’re on the subject of giving away music for free, what do you think of the recent file-sharing debate which Lily Allen started?
Well, I think she has a point, but if you look at the model that has existed in the music business for decades, artists rarely share in the profits of their records/CD’s anyway. The labels have to spend so much to break these artists at radio, print and online media, TV, etc, that artists have to sell millions before they see profit from music sales. I see where she is coming from, but I think she has to adapt to today’s technology. People can get the music for free if they really want it anyway. So, why not jump on board and tweak the new model to fit you and your art. You have to be creative in business as much as music if you want to be a successful artist today. And, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because if you leave the business up to someone else, 9 times out of 10 you’re going to get taken advantage of.
Do you think that it hurts the careers of emerging artistes? What do you propose?
I think new artists should build their fan bases with the social networks. Use them to get your music out there, and then tour, and sell merchandise, and THEN start selling the music if you really feel you need to. Then, you absolutely bet on the music. If the music is truly good, then you will get fans to buy into you as an artist.