Artistserver.com shutting down.
I think I'm the only one around here that even knows the site. That's a very telling sign.
Unfortunately the site is being shut down due to insufficient revenue. This is very sad to me. I've been paying the monthly fee since it started nearly 10 years ago I think. Similar fee that soundclould asks now. Have tracks on there from when I started making them. Under four different project names.
A site initially made for independent, amateur, any freak artists to host their music. It sprung from a great community. Lots of sharing of music and knowledge like this forum.
The site was created after the demise of MP3.com. Probably the first site to host independent, amateur music online as far as I know. At some point they created a system that paid us artists a piece of their profit according to streams and downloads. Based on a primate chart system. I'm sure with your imagination you can see many artists taking advantage of that system.
Many sit at home artists made a lot of money. Many at the time trending artists made more. Many good legitimate, touring artists made some too. Lots of trance artists were topping the charts then. Some good trip hop acts, some good folk acts too. Somewhat diverse.
I actually made around $2500 over a few years just pushing my newb tracks and getting lucky to be featured a couple times for some stand out tracks someone liked. It was all about the charts. You get a boost and you'd get listened to and paid regardless your quality.
That business model failed of course. The site is something else now.
We had a very good group of electronic musicians that kept a tight communication on the MP3.com forums.
One guy, Gideon or Sonic Wallpaper (his artist name) created a site to host us electronic artists after MP3.com shut down. It was always a simple site really but good hosting for mp3s of any quality, outside streaming and downloads. A very large space to host files and images.
Such a great site and idea from someone not unlike you or me.
The difference is artistserver was just a mom & pop store really. Inevitability in this case.
Last edited by Focalized; 01-09-2014 at 12:54 PM..