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Keynote Recap

News of Greg Dulli’s keynote address at the MidPoint Music Festival excerpted from the Cincinnati Post

“You don’t need a major label and they sure don’t need you,” said Light, delivering the event’s state-of-the-industry keynote.

The notion was seconded by another tri-state native Friday, Greg Dulli, once a member of the Afghan Whigs, a now defunct band that helped put the area on the national alternative music map in the mid-’90s.

Dulli, a native of Ross, Ohio, passionately urged musicians to stay true to their own beat during a panel discussion Friday.

“You have to believe in what you are saying in your music,” Dulli said. “Doors will slam, rooms will be empty. Calls will be unanswered. That can’t matter to you.”

Dulli, who now calls Los Angeles home, has earned a cult reputation as a producer and songwriter working his independently produced Twilight Singers Project. He was a last-minute addition to MidPoint after Hurricane Katrina scuttled his plans to begin work on an album this month in New Orleans.

Dulli recounted horror stories of major label deals the Whigs signed in the ’90s. He cautioned that although signed bands might get large, up-front advances, record labels usually charge back to artists everything from gas and bus rentals to hotels rooms and meals.

“Unless you are pushing three million albums, you are going to owe someone,” Dulli said.

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