Update: We obtained contracts pointing to the ownership of ProducerFactory, and have published them here.
This is what rock bottom looks like.
Meet ProducerFactory.com, a site which turns the black magic of music fakery into something as simple as buying a song on iTunes.
In the past, a struggling artist could hire a ghostwriter, or an extra producer. ProducerFactory.com, as the name indicates, is essentially the Wal*Mart of Ghostwriting, turning you into a producer with the click of a button. There’s even a handy shopping cart to aid you in your 1-Click progression from average schnook to beatport chart phenomenon.
You can literally point, click, and buy tracks to release under your own name.
As the site helpfully spells out:
Producer Factory is a newly developed idea that allows you to purchase any tracks on this site exclusively, and sell it as your own. Create a new professional image or just rise above the rest with our high quality productions by well-known artists. We offer nothing less than the best and assure your fans approval. …
At Producer Factory we sell tracks including the sales rights exclusively and if you require anonymously. This allows you to increase your music portfolio and release rate, which keep your fans entertained and true to your name or alias. Using this service will allow you to gain inspiration, refresh your style and also fill in the gaps needed to complete your set or album when as usual time is not a plentiful commodity.
Naturally – and as you know, this is my forte – the site will also help you fake the popularity of your purchased tracks through social media manipulation packages such as “Chain Reaction Pack”, which promises “100 Retweet Votes, 100 Soundcloud Favorites, 100 Soundcloud Follower”, etc. etc, for the low price of 490 Euros.
Remarkably, you’re given no indication of who made these tracks you’ll be purchasing on the sly and signing your name to.
So who’s behind ProducerFactory.com? According to the domain registration (see below), the site belongs to “e-junkies gmbh” of Murgenthal, Switzerland. The same company at the same address is listed as the contact for e-junkies.ch (taken offline last night after this story was published), a site belonging to Sandro and Marco Junker, who have released music as Audionatica.
I’ve asked Sandro and Marco to verify ownership of ProducerFactory.com or explain the domain registration information (reproduced below); if and when they get back to me with a comment for publication, this story will be updated.
Update: I heard back from Marco… I think. He refused to clearly identify himself in any email. Summarizing what was said over the course of a dozen emails is difficult, but the gist of his complaint is that he does not own ProducerFactory, and that someone else seized control or somehow acquired the “e-junkies GmbH” business and registered the ProducerFactory.com domain with his address.
Update: We obtained contracts pointing to the ownership of ProducerFactory, and have published them here. Needless to say, all of Marco’s denials were false, and he admitted it.