Music + Business = ?

Last week, I had just finished a final home mastering session for our song Galvanised. Everything was sounding good, and I was happy with the final result. Now it was time to take it back to Rockit’s place to let him have a listen before we upload it to the internet.

Excellent, Rockit was very happy with the final result, so now we start the process of uploading to the usual places. Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Radio Airplay. etc.
We also uploaded to our local community radio station, and also our community radio station in our Capital city of Brisbane, to see if we can get a few spins [receptively] from them as well.

That took us probably close to a full day of uploads, filling out bio’s, adding pics and all the usual stuff when uploading music to websites and sending emails.

A week later, what sort of feedback can you expect from this type of work?
Fame, fortune? or is that expecting way to much from the internet. Let’s have a look.

Well, so far, our song “Galvanised” has given us [Mould] our best results to date. A dazzling 2 extra fans from 10 spins on Radio airplay, 2 extra followers from 3 spins and 3 likes on Soundcloud.

I’m sure I can speak for Rockit as well when I say, I am wrapped with these results. In fact I am still amazed that Rockit and I can write and record a song on our home equipment, upload it to the internet and someone from another country can listen to and give us some feedback or an idea of what they think of our music.

What a great opportunity it is today to have such amazing technology at our disposal.

It may, or more than likely “may not” give us our fame or fortune, but it is giving us something I find very rewarding in itself. Personal Satisfaction.

But in saying all of that I don’t want to hide or pretend I don’t want to make some coin out of my hard work. As much as I appreciate people’s comments and responses to the work that I, and recently with Rockit have put out there on the internet, I do hold on to the notion that I have earnt the right to receive payment for my time, skills and effort that I have put into my art.

[Maybe my decision not to record in a proper studio in preference for lo-fi home recording impacts on people decisions as to whether my product is worth buying or not] If so, then I either live with that or I make the step up and spend money to improve the overall quality of our product, and in turn increase our chances of higher plays and possible payment for our investment. At this stage though, money is not my motivation. [Aaahhh, I feel better already by saying that. It takes away that pressure of money and I can happily continue with what I really enjoy, and that’s making music].

Uploading to the internet in return of fans paying for your music is a tricky business, so at this point you have to keep things in perspective and keep your priorities in line, otherwise disappointment can over take your enthusiasm to continue your passions, and the hard work that is required to finish your projects.

Hi folks, my name is Darryl. By day I work as a cleaner/labourer, Currently recording a home produced LP with a friend. I have become a self taught multi instrumentalist, singer songwriter over a 25 year period. It didn't happen over night, but it did happen.

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