Artists are the reality
I unintentionally came across some remarks I wrote back in May of 2011 on a message over at Digital Songs News called The Music Industry: It’s Coming to be a Developing nation … written by Paul Resnikoff. After reading the original article and the subsequent comments once again I recognized that the factors I made back then (appears like an infinity ago!) crystalize my thinking on the state of songs as we release into 2012. I’ve made a decision to put my remarks together into a blog post as a tip to myself and also others that there has actually never ever been a better time to be an independent artist, as opposed to exactly what a lot of the “specialists” will certainly tell you.
I wish you appreciate reviewing this as well as invite any comments you may have.
Right here’s to a rewarding new year full of real individual connections, beauty and also music!
The music market is a construct. Musicians are the reality
The music market has actually been around only for a blink of an eye. Artists have actually been around since the dawn of time. For the majority of human being, musicians didn’t need an “market” to prop them up. They rely upon either their followers or their customers to maintain them going. The songs market saw that there was loan to be made (the majority of it NOT by the artists, btw) as well as entered to maximize the situation. I do not think that was for the better of songs or musicians, only those that regulated the songs, i.e. the labels as well as publishers, as well as the few they decided to prop up.
Times of modification and turmoil generate the greatest art
The music market is a construct, and also constructs change with time. We remain in a duration of such modification. As well as it’s times of modification and turmoil that create the best art. Musicians will certainly continuously make music, authors will certainly remain to write, painters will continuously paint. As well as the fans of these artists will continue to search out exactly what they enjoy and sustain it. Nobody should offer 14 million records or do stadium excursions to make a living.
There are followers for everything around
From bubble-gum pop to the most esoteric songs you can imagine, somewhere there are followers. And also the net has actually made it less complicated than ever before to locate those fans. Yes, it takes hard work. But it’s job that we can do ourselves, as well as there are designs of success around for us to learn from and also adhere to. Take a look at Steve Lawson, Zoe Keating as well as Hope and Social, just among others.
Followers will certainly acquire songs
Fans will support artists they develop a partnership with. Followers recognize the worth of the music TO THEM. The “sector” stopped cultivating fans long ago, rather trying for the greatest buck in the fastest means feasible, and telling people who they must such as and also purchase, and also just how much it must cost. That’s why few pop celebrities these days make it past 1 or 2 documents. No person gives a crap. Yet individuals do give a spunk concerning musicians who establish partnerships with their followers. If your music reverberates, you tell a story that touches people, you do not require an “industry” in order to help you be successful. You simply have to locate your followers and also connect to them.
For artists who develop real fans, and also real partnerships with those followers, paying is not an issue. My followers are happy to pay me for my songs even though I offer all of it on a pay-want-you-feel-its-worth basis. I quit putting a price on my songs in 2015, and ever since have actually made MORE money on downloads as well as CD sales at shows. I’m not concerned with the music market
So, call me self-seeking if you want, however I’m never interested in the songs market. I’m concerned with earning a living doing what I intend to do the way I wish to do it. And also as I’ve claimed previously, there’s never ever been a time when that’s been less complicated. Artists around the globe are doing what artists have actually done throughout history. Developing great work and finding individuals that will certainly support it. If you could do that, “piracy “( which is a term that excites emotions but has no real bearing on the situation it is currently being applied to) can not damage you. We simply do not need the music “industry” any more I will certainly continue to be
vocal concerning this, due to the fact that I believe the best point that could happen for the songs as well as the musicians is for us to reclaim the control of our own fates. We simply do not require the songs” market” any more.