What’s going on here?

The Morning Rain is both a band and an experiment.

As a band, we’re two guys working via the Internet to record and produce an album. Read more about us here.

As an experiment, The Morning Rain is a natural extension of our interests: Des runs the home recording blog Hometracked; both Des and Rich have collaborated publicly in the past, through the Songfight community and in the band Gert; And perhaps most importantly, we both believe that the relationship between musicians and their fans changed dramatically in the last decade, and we’d love to understand what it all means.

How the music industry will look 10 years from now is anyone’s guess, but one thing is clear: Music fans today interact with artists in ways unimaginable 10 years ago. Thank (or blame) the Internet. We believe that to stay relevant, artists need to take advantage of the connections the Internet makes possible. The future of the industry belongs to artists who find novel ways of communicating with their fans via the Internet. Like Brad Sucks, who releases his music free, raw tracks and all, for any fan to remix and reimagine. (Or Trent Reznor, who is arguably more famous than Brad :-) )

To that end, The Morning Rain aims to explore how the relationship between artist and listener develops when the listener is part of the creative process.