Tag Archives: music

Whateverest – The Heap Of Things That Didn’t Work Out

15 Feb

How do people come up with this? Think about where songs start from. How often do you say to yourself “I’m going to make a song that goes like this…” and then have it turn out that way? More often than not, don’t creative works just kind of materialize? The best ones? And the best [...]

How Do You Put Yourself Out There When You’re Already Out There?

8 Feb

What does “put yourself out there” mean for artists? We make music, something supposedly so intimate and containing so much of ourselves, and we put it up on the internet hoping the public will come to it, so how could we put ourselves out there any more than that? Music is one of the only [...]

Do You Know What You’re Worth? – A Manifesto for Nu Music Machine

1 Feb

The problem with musicians is they don’t conceive of what they could be worth. We let others determine our value for us ($1 on iTunes, 30¢ a play on Spotify, or our fans on Bandcamp choose what to pay, including zero). Not that any of us are worth zero dollars and zero cents.  Nor are [...]

Artists: Own Your Superfans

25 Dec

Imagine along comes a fan who gives you a nickel to sit and listen to your song.  He enjoys it without saying anything and walks away.  He might come back later today or tomorrow, maybe even with a friend or two, they would each give you another nickel and listen to your song again (silently, [...]

Giving Your Work Away For Nothing

27 Nov

For a good long time there has been this idea that if you give your stuff away for free it will find more people, and those people will find their way back to you and if it’s good, then eventually labels will be knocking down your door. Or is that not the way you picture [...]