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Old 09-09-2015, 12:04 PM   #11
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Re: Selling your music.

Like others have said, selling music isn't really a viable way to make money. Even gigantic A-list pop stars don't make money from album sales, they make money from touring and ticket sales (or their labels do at least).

To extrapolate on the, "How can I help" mantra which I fully agree with: there's a theory that you only need 1,000 true fans to make a living as an artist. Obviously it's more complicated than that, but look at all the stuff going on with Patreon and Kickstarter right now. People like supporting independent artists that feel like friends and produce good work, certainly enough to give them a few bucks a month. A few bucks x 1000 people isn't bad.

But people try and do that through the wrong means: they try and get their work in front of as many people as possible by spamming social media and hoping it somehow makes it to the front page of Beatport. Instead, you should be investing in a smaller audience, start up a youtube channel, post regularly, make some pop covers for cheap views, do tutorials, answer messages when people ask you questions, be a useful part of the music community. THEN when there's a handful of people who know and love you, you might start thinking about offering some paid content. If you're an independent producer with really good music, people might consider downloading your album for free. BUT if you're an independent producer who people feel like is their friend, they might consider paying for stuff even if you're already giving it away for free just cause they want to support you.

There are practically infinite albums that people could buy or listen to, and they don't have much time to listen to any of them, and they'll probably spend most of that time re-listening to their favorites, so you have to find some way to make them care about you specifically, which most people give up on after posting, "My new EP is out now!! Check it out" on twitter.
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