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Darkest Hour guitarist shares his latest royalty check

2/11/2014 5:32:14 AM PT   comments [21]

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.

Mike Schleibaum banking it

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.


Comments
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 6:16:18 AM
King Of Clubz doesn't like this.
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 6:38:41 AM
What's hysterical about this is the fact that Mike walks around DC acting like he is the shit. Douche bag.
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 6:44:31 AM
I can relate to this. Ive only recieved one royalty check and it was 7 bucks. Didnt cash it, just stapled it to the wall.
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 6:45:12 AM
Mike has always kind of come across as a d-nag, even when he played DAV in Glen Burnie in like 1998. He is pretty chill when you get to know him.
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 7:11:59 AM
I totally agree with the gay who commented above me.
SuckMeBeautiful   posted 2/11/2014 7:28:21 AM
If only there was a computer program that could round off all the fractions of a cent and put it into a separate account...
john_doe   posted 2/11/2014 7:51:00 AM
the check itself probably costs more than the royalty. nice.
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 7:57:00 AM
Well, that's cause Mike is the shit and apparently you're a jealous sounding biggot. Way to win at winning ding dong.
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 8:05:20 AM
Dude, being in a small band I can attest to this - digital royalties are less than a percentage of a cent per play... if I remember correctly it's 0.00045 per. Do the math folks, that's like $450 for a million plays. Obviously there's some kind of sliding scale, and the 1% of A+ acts get more money.

Also, I know Mike. Solid dude.
webmaster   posted 2/11/2014 8:07:41 AM
Mike is a good guy. Period.
iwilladapt   posted 2/11/2014 8:29:30 AM
Webmaster exposed as BigAndInAuthority. Period. IMHO.
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 8:32:13 AM
SCHLEIBAUM is Dutch for "WIENER EATER"
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 8:49:17 AM
talk about a reality check...things just ain't what they used to be.
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 9:17:42 AM
Where have I heard this before? Oh that's right every fcking band that ever got signed. Same old song and dance. Don't like it? Do something about it.
meatyd   posted 2/11/2014 11:21:36 AM
The real money is in doing A&R for dubstep. Sad but truuueeee
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 11:38:02 AM
No one listens to Darkest Hour, at least not in the last few years. When no one is buying their music, no one in the band gets any money. Make sense?
anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 1:44:48 PM
They should use kickstarter for their next album
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anonymous   posted 2/11/2014 9:14:57 PM
Whoa. This post. Ridiculous. Love you Mike. -Chad Fjerstad
anonymous   posted 2/12/2014 1:17:18 PM
U still doing porn Chad?
anonymous   posted 2/12/2014 10:20:01 PM
#the1%