As well as writing a new record I am brainstorming ways of how to save independent musicians from the poverty that awaits them if streaming services take over as the primary way in which people consume music. Because check this out:
Last year Spotify released data that states niche indie artists currently make $3300 (550 000 plays) on the site per month which doesn’t really sound so bad. BUT - this isn’t like 1 month forever, this is probably the month that your record comes out, the month that you would usually sell the most records and when people are thinking about you and talking about you the most. So in actuality its probably $3300 the first month, $2500 the next month, and then in one year roughly $300 a month if your lucky that you have to split with your label.
Whereas if 275 people buy your record for $12 you make the same amount of money in in the first month. If 25 000 people buy your record in one year, you make $300 000 (to split with your label). Now THAT is something you can live off (of course taking into account marketing costs, video costs, recording costs, touring costs, its easy to see 25,000 records are really hard to sell and not even that many in the long run)
I know its redundant to be like “FUCK SPOTIFY BUY RECORDS” and this is why I’m trying to formulate a new way for people to hear music thats better for everyone and doesn’t give some stupid corporate middle man money when you could just go to piratebay.com and download the songs for free anyways, which I am actually more ok with. Piracy is way better than corporate controlled fake artist support.
To end this note, a quote from Koussevitzky about composers needing a source for viable income at the turn of the century. ie - this isn’t new:
"The appeal for the composer must embrace the whole musical world, reach the musician in every field, the music lover and sponsor, far and wide. It will be a timely and major step forward.
In this great country alone there are many thousands of performing musicians. A small annual donation of $1 each will bring in a substantial permanent income and, with the joint co-operation and contributions of other groups and organizations, will go a long way toward establishing a composers’ fund… Whatever action we take now will lay the groundwork for the impelling and just cause of the composer. Embracing that cause, we shall ascend to new heights, we shall gain in confidence, in self-esteem and in fortitude.”