As seems to be the trend lately, Darkest Hour
guitarist Mike Schleibaum
has posted an image of his latest royalty check. The payment comes from Music Reports, a Los Angeles company that handles music rights licensing and royalty accounting, among other things. Schleibaum did not specify the accounting period for which this "income" is derived, nor the income's source. We're guessing it's his cut of a month's digital royalties for Darkest Hour, but who knows? Either way, I don't suppose it matters. Even if that check is his cut of income for one song's downloads during a single day, it's still way too small.
Isis and Palms member Aaron Harris
also recently shared
his royalty check. Directly after doing so, I asked
Harris for specifics, and he told me, "It's really hard to tell. I never see specifics. Company called Music Reports. I usually laugh, tear it up, and throw it away."
Now the good news for Schleibaum is that he is now on the Sumerian Records
roster. Because a few years ago when Trivium frontman Matt Heafy shared
his $1.31 royalty check, Sumerian founder Ash Avildsen commented to two members of Asking Alexandria: "You should tweet your six figure royalty check to show Trivium how the Sphinx does it. Music is still alive."
Hopefully Schleibaum will continue to publicize his royalty check amounts so that we can play along.