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A Band Tries To Disappear From The Web

Erasing-historyBy Tyler Hayes of music discovery site Nxt Big Thing.

Asked to do one thing and you do the other, people on the internet can be jerks.

Today I received an email from a music management company asking that I remove all references to a specific band from my site. The email had specific posts listed including a highly praised review of the band’s newly released EP titled, ‘Los Angeles & I’. I was confused and surprised at this email, but let me back up for a second and try to explain why none of this makes sense.

The band in question had been together awhile, enough time to release a handful of “demos” and rack up thousands of plays and Youtube views. This was not a fly by night group of musicians, if there is such a thing. More recently they had even successfully funded a Kickstarter for their first official album, raising more than $13,000. They delivered on that album releasing it to backers within the last month and putting it up for sale on iTunes as well. Everything was going really well. And for a good reason, the band was a talented group of individuals writing great songs. Then came the email.

The guys are in the process of removing as much online content about the band as possible. This is a bit of a strange request, but it would be hugely appreciated if you could remove the following posts:...

One of the requests involved several actual songs and so with enough respect for artist rights, I removed the music. Any text posts however, those won’t be going anywhere.

Searches for the band result with Google having knowledge of the group, but Soundcloud, Tumblr, and Bandcamp having a sketchy memory after the pages were all deleted. While you can’t erase the internet, you can definitely try.

After a small back and forth, I still don’t have any answer to my question that was a combination of how and why. I was under the impression that when bands broke up, they exploded, leaving pieces of themselves around as a distant reminder. This was always my experience and now it’s something totally different.

Even as insignificant as a music recommendation site is, I can’t see altering the past. So, when asked to do one thing and remove references, I chose to do the opposite and talk about the strange request.

Follow Up:

I have received a follow up to my inquiry of why the band is no longer together from one of its former members.

It is of no real concern to you, considering the fact that the band doesn't exist anymore, and it is of personal concern to me and others involved… As for reasons for breaking up and such things, there are not enormous reasons for doing so, we just felt that it was time to move on a pursue new things, life changes, etc.

And that, if you’re wondering, is not how you handle this situation and type of request.