A open letter from LWE’s editor-in-chief

Hello everyone,

You may have noticed recently that Little White Earbuds has been publishing less content on an irregular schedule. This is the shape of things to come here at LWE as we downshift from the hectic and increasingly unsustainable daily publication schedule we once kept. Publishing podcasts, reviews, and features when they’re ready as opposed to when they “need” to publish will help maintain LWE’s high standards for quality control that readers have come to expect. I want to be certain LWE’s reviews and features are the result of genuine enthusiasm rather than relentless PR and the vague “need” to have something to say every day.

As it is, we cannot compete with our larger, better funded peer publications on quantity of content or resources used to develop said content. LWE has always been wholly independent and entirely funded by advertising revenue, sales commissions from Juno Records, and my own money. No other reasonable alternative has arisen in the nine years I’ve run LWE, and I’ve considered many. It’s only through the generosity of LWE’s exceptional staff that we have stayed afloat this long. Their commitment to quality music journalism and criticism is a beautiful thing — it’s what makes us stand out from the crowd even at our relatively small stature — and I thank them for it from the bottom of my heart.

Still, it’s difficult to expect anyone to turn out top notch work on a regular basis for meager wages. Many of our writers and staff contribute elsewhere on top of having full time jobs; and I myself have run LWE without any pay while working full time. As some of you know, I also run two record labels, Argot and Tasteful Nudes, that require my close attention — increasingly so over the last year. So this downshift comes at the right time for all involved, as it leaves open the door to new reviews and features while embracing a pace that fits where we’re at.

Here’s how this downshift will play out in practical terms:

+ LWE Podcast 200 by Prosumer will be the last podcast in the regularly published series.
+ LWE will continue to publish mixes when we see fit to, whether accompanied by interviews or not.
+ Over the coming weeks we’ll bring back our podcasts from of the archives for download and streaming, starting with #001 by Terrence Dixon.
+ Most weeks there will be new content of some sort and we’ll keep you up to date with it via Twitter and Facebook.

Lastly but certainly not least, I wanted to thank all of you, our dedicated readership, for sticking by us for so long and spreading the word about this little hub of music discovery. It’s been an incredible and often very rewarding journey taking LWE from a WordPress curiosity into a full time music publication and seeing the response from readers, knowing we’ve helped introduce you to some great music and provoke you to think about lots of other music besides. I’m excited to continue along this path with you all. There’s still lots to be said about this fascinating musical world we’re living in and we’re glad to be the ones saying it.

Sincerely,

Steve Mizek, LWE Editor-in-chief

PS, I’ve never done this before because I’ve generally felt LWE should offer our perspectives for free, but now seems as good a time as any to ask: If you feel LWE has provided you with memorable stories and valuable criticism, and would like to give back in any amount, I’ve created a Paypal donation button below. All funds received will be allocated for paying our staff (some of whom are actually owed money due to the frankly woeful nature of our finances) and covering the expenses of running the site (hosting, the cost of maintaining our copyrights). We’re grateful for any support you can provide.





Mike  on June 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Glad to know you guys are going to keep at it.

Scott Sinclair  on June 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Great source of inspiration, reviews and music. Keep on keeping on. 😉

m1nd  on June 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Keep it going, Steve!

I’ve been part of a wonderful online project, related to our beloved electronic music, for 3+ years. Sadly, it was abandoned by the three of us – people with full time daily jobs, who managed the project on our free time, without getting paid for the efforts. So, I know what you mean.

Mario  on June 3, 2014 at 5:11 AM

This is the right way. I like what you are saying and absolutely with you, publish when it’s ready, not when needed.

THX!

Ashley  on June 3, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Thanks so much for everything you have done so far. I’m sad to learn revenue came from Juno links as I’ve read this site often but bought from Juno or other online record stores with independent visits. I know now. Also I want to say I had no idea who ran Tasteful Nudes or Argot but it’s no surprise to find that the person behind a publication that has shaped and expanded my musical tastes is also responsible for releasing some of my favourite records. Thanks again for everything you’ve done so far, and everything that’s coming in the future. Cheers! :)

Chicago Damn  on June 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Hey Steve
No idea you did this as well as run Argot and Tasteful Nudes. Respect! Wish you well in the future.

Comrad  on June 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM

NOO. You’re podcasts in particular were some of the best on the webs. You went for a run of like 15 podcasts that were all incredible. On this site, I discovered the Prince of Denmark, lord of the Isles, The black Madonaa and many others. It’s been fucking real.

oli marlow  on June 3, 2014 at 11:08 AM

i agree with so much of what you said, Steve.

Matt Berridge  on June 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Sad, but understandable! Definitely keep at it…I’ll look forward to reading more content when the times are right. A little donation from me for all the awesome inspiration you’ve given me over the years.

Peace

6388  on June 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Only learned of this website about 1 year ago. Been a daily browser since. Will continue to check in here for sure. Maybe the decision isn’t a bad one, even if it seems a bit sad at the moment. Appreciate the rereleasing of the podcasts :)

Jeff P  on June 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

So many great reviews, articles, podcasts, the curation on this site has been top notch. The mixes in particular have exposed me to so much amazing music. The Prince of Denmark one remains near the top of my all-time favs. Thank you and looking forward to more!

Earbuddy  on June 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Thanks for everything so far guys. I too discovered some great new artists and killer releases. The fact that you choose quality over quantity underlines what this site is about. I hope you will find a way to keep going!

Edward Bacal  on June 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

“If you feel LWE has provided you with memorable stories and valuable criticism”

No doubt about it, and ranging back to when it was Steve Mizek’s personal mp3 blog.

SteveB  on June 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Sad to hear, but wanted to say thank you for all the great content and curating of site. Discovered so many great artists, tracks and mixes! Will miss coming on every Monday to read interviews and listen to associated podcast… Still looking forward to reduced content.

vozas  on June 4, 2014 at 6:34 AM

I discovered this website a couple of years ago and it slowly but surely became my standard for all things electronic music related. I have so much respect for your opinion and taste and that comes from the consistency of quality in everything you put out.

So if that’s what you are vying for and want to ensure, then all us readers can do is thank you for the tremendous hardwork you put into this. Even if it’s at the expense of the regularity with which you put out the most mindblowing podcasts on the internet.

Thank you for everything.

ZV

JoeB  on June 4, 2014 at 6:47 AM

Podcast series is one of the most consistent outputs of mixes out there. Sad to see the site slow down but something is better than nothing. You have done a fantastic job of highlighting great music. I felt your enthusiasm as you spoke about excitement for new podcasts and the artists who provided them. It helped to expose me to new artists and sounds. Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do!

Steve you played some great records at Grammaphone on RSD.

Jack  on June 6, 2014 at 6:25 AM

The best critical music site on the web, regular output or not

DJ Shiva  on June 6, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I have no doubt even if the quantity is lessened that the quality will stay quite high. Thanks for all you do! :)

Rudo  on July 1, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Right move to maintain your integrity

AC  on July 25, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Sad news, but thank you anyhow for the best electronic music online platform.

AC  on July 25, 2014 at 10:04 AM

And what about the charts? i loved the charts…

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