In the last 10 years alone, the Music Industry has gone almost completely digital with the exception of some CDs still circulating & being sold, & Vinyl being on the rise for nostalgic listeners. This has created Music Streaming giants like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, & now, YouTube Music. With all of this new technology, there’s a lot of room for laws to catch up in regard to artists being taken advantage of.
Streaming becoming the new norm has also created an entire branch of the Music Industry where Independent Artists have a chance at a bigger platform to push their music on Social Media & in using Digital Distribution platforms like TuneCore, DistroKid, & CDBaby while staying independent. More technology for at-home recording is readily available for artists, who subsequently become their own recording engineers in many cases.
The use of file sharing has made it possible for a musician to send their recorded tracks to a Mixing Engineer, receive their Mixdown some time later, & shoot it over to their Mastering Engineer all within a few emails or shares. This is what we’ve done in the past!
Now, Oskar has been our Mixing Engineer AND our Mastering Engineer, all in one! We began our own recording journey with our last six singles, & out of those, Oskar has mixed all of them, & mastered “Hatchet”, “Move Along”, & “Keeper Brown”. He plans to Mix & Master our future recordings, too!
Our path to independence, as artists, has heavily involved learning the legalities & royalty logistics of the Music Business, not just the system of writing & recording music itself.
We’ve discovered the borderline monopolization of the Music Distribution world. Because there are only a few Digital Distributors that allow you to upload your own music & go through the process yourself, artists are strapped to their rules, their overpriced distribution fees & subscriptions, & their extremely poor customer service.
Of course, as always, there are smaller Distributors that are more willing to help artists, however they usually come with a contract or a requirement to also sign to their “label”, they don’t distribute worldwide, or they require you to find your own Publishing Administrator or Royalty Collection.
There are a lot of brick walls in being an Independent Musician. There’s also lot of greed in the Music Industry. Artists seem to collectively, across the arts, be taken advantage of because of our Right-Brain nature.
Oskar & I have identified as more business persons than bleeding-heart artists that don’t know their way around a contract & get taken advantage of. We’re fighting to stay independent. We’re also fighting for the other artists out there that want to be considered Entrepreneurs, not just artists with intellectual property that corporations can pry out of our hands & tell us we’re lucky that we got signed by them, so they can market us & make all the money off of our ideas. No thanks! Let’s leave that to the Recording Artists that work well with having Songwriters write for them — that’s where that scenario works & flourishes.
It seems Singer/Songwriters were mistakenly grouped in with Recording Artists a long time ago out of greed on the Labels’ part.
Publishing companies are also guilty of this, when they offer you a 50/50 Publishing Deal stating you’ll make the Writer’s & Artist’s cut, then re-record your song with a Recording Artist & tweak a few lyrics. Then your Master Recording isn’t even being used & you’re out partial Writer’s Share. Do we sound bitter?😂
After learning about Music Industry contracts by trial & error with the snakes in this industry, we definitely gained a fire under our behinds to change it for the better somehow. That’s what this video is about: wanting to make a change.
We want to make a Digital Distribution platform & a Streaming Platform by Artists, for Artists, NOT FOR PROFIT. We don’t take a cut; the artist gets paid for their work.
Now, don’t get us wrong, we understand that platforms like Spotify, TuneCore, & the like have developed their platforms, pay employees, & have made artists’ reach further while giving them the ability to stay independent. However, in all forms of technology, there’s always innovation, & there’s always a way to do it better. If someone beats us to it, that’s fantastic. The purpose of putting this out there isn’t to patent the idea. If anything, it’s to get this idea circulating that there’s a better way to Stream & Distribute music!
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