Let’s rock this gig!

On forums and social media channels there has been speculation about why we forked, so to avoid calling names we will explain things though a rock-band analogy:

The fork is due to “creative differences” among long-term band members. The founding member and original creative force for the band was the drummer, the guy responsible for keeping time and setting the rhythm. For a few years the band made great music, other band members started to contribute their own songs, and the band gained many fans. Over the last 18-months as the band released platinum albums and achieved super-group status the drummer started to turn up late for concerts, and when on-stage he kept playing experimental jazz drum solos when the rest of the band simply wanted to rock together. The band spent many months trying to persuade the drummer to attend rehab and jam with the team again, but the drummer completely ignored the band and kept playing solos (occasionally muttering that the band had always been about his solos) so in the end there was a private discussion and vote. As the band members couldn’t fire the drummer (as he founded the band and controlled all its instruments) they elected to quit and form a new band.

So there are now two entities; a solo artist and a new band. The solo artist is a highly skilled drummer with musical contacts and a few groupies, so over time he might form another band again. Meanwhile the new band has enlarged itself to become a musical collective of 30+ people. There are now multiple drummers to keep the band in-time and they are experimenting with a new style of music.

The new band is currently in the studio working on a new album to be released on a new independent record label. They are not in a rush to release the album as they believe in getting the mastering right before previewing their album to critics. It’s a fun and creative time and the new band are enjoying themselves – mojos have been rediscovered. In parallel the drummer has released a solo album based on the bands last sessions, but rearranged at the last minute to include his experimental solos. His former band members still remember good times. Some of the band may even be seen doing occasional guest-appearances and collaborations with him. They wish him well and positive reviews.

So, creative differences. That’s all.

The Band

12 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    Nice analogy. Of course, it is sad that the drummer is going to be a solo artist while he is great in that what he is doing. His new song is really good and fans can stay with him. On the other hand a new band with new music is also great, so as a fn I have the choice between the old well known style a maybe a new one by same people. I wish all of you, the solo artist and the new band good luck for future. Both projects are great. And as you said, creative differences. That’s all.

  2. Paulo José Carmo Carolino says:

    Great analogy!
    Good luck to all of and thanks for your music 🙂

  3. bromerzz says:

    Love it.

  4. nick says:


  5. m.hueske says:

    Nice and funny way explaining this situation 😉 Wish you good luck!

  6. GunterO says:

    I hope, like with many bands, that a split wouldn’t lead to the absence of great albums in the future.
    I always loved OpenELEC, I still do, but I understand your frustrations as well.
    For instance, I hated the “WeTek” move …

  7. neonmaus says:

    > For instance, I hated the “WeTek” move …


  8. chewitt says:

    WeTek’s original hope for OE is broadly aligned to our vision for LE and they’re a good bunch; not at all responsible for OE’s issues. The LE team see them as friends of the project and I’m confident they will be one of the supporting cast that helps us achieve our goals in the future. So no hating please.. keep the LE vibe positive! 😀

  9. Wile E Coyote says:

    Can we contribute hardware? I have two WeTek OE editions I tried, but ultimately went with Chromebox’s. I would be happy to donate them…

    • chewitt says:

      It’s a generous offer, but it will only make postal sense if you’re somewhere near staff who’d use them. Please drop a line to chewitt at libreelec.tv to discuss. Thanks 🙂

  10. stuCONNERS says:

    Still waiting for my activation email