Vinyl isn't important to me at all. Of course mp3's sound like sh!t on large systems, so let's forget they even exist, I don't know why are even mentioned in the conversation. But if artists want their music to reach the widest audience and not go bankrupt, then selling digital wavs surely is the most sustainable way?
Costs next to nothing to save your music as wav then sell the digital file via a website. You can also sell loops/parts of the track for people to use in their sets.
I understand vinyl is a fundamental part of the DJ culture and lots of people stick by it. and if you love mixing vinyl then that's your preference, but it seems to add a lot of unnecessary layers to an otherwise simple business model - selling digital products the same way any website sells any digital product.. ebooks, digital courses, podcasts, membership programs etc. I know people don't like to see it as business and are doing it because they love it. But surely sustainability is important. Whether you wish to make a profit or not, still doing it in 10 years has to be the primary goal. If you're only selling vinyl coz it's 'cool' and are losing money, but are happy to continue anyway coz you're doing coz you love it. it's just bad business.
By pressing a record it shows that you are serious about your product. I can fully trust a label or artist that releases on vinyl as I know that they are not doing it for the money...
So if somebody releases music you absolutely love but only as digital, you wouldn't trust the artist and wouldn't buy the tracks? Doesn't make any sense.?
IMO the hesitation to release digital products is because of the association with the 'throwaway culture', low quality mp3s and Beatport. and that labels don't think they will be taken seriously. But why even bring these things into the discussion? It's obvious you aren't going to start buying sh!t music all of a sudden and banging out the 128kbps in your next gig. Labels that release only quality music and only at the best quality sound, how will they not be taken seriously?