We all know that the digital download is slowly (not too slowly
actually) killing CDs. We accept it but we don’t like it.
Not because we can’t understand the ease of the digital
download, the simply steps we (the artists) make to upload a song
or an album for your listening pleasure. It’s just because we love
holding music in our hands, we love booklets, digipacks and yes, we
love also jewelcases … you know that plastic case? that one that
sooner or later will be broken? Yes, that one!
Unfortunately, there is no reason to believe that CDs will be
around forever (not in the way they are used to). Probably they
will become a collectible item or something similar.
Don’t worry, I am not saying we will not release our music on
CD anymore. I am just thinking that we must pay attention to the
choices of our listeners and fans.
So, I would like to suggest you a couple of way to listen and
download our music. I am not considering iTunes here, because I
think you already know it.
I am talking about
Bandcamp. They are great online presences for
musicians and a great resource for fans.
Souncloud is more oriented to promotion. Artists
can upload their music and share it with other artists on
Soundcloud and with other social networks using a lot of tools.
Soundcloud is also very interesting because there are several
apps (apple, android) you can use for recording music and uploading
straight to your profile
This is our
profile on Soundcloud.
Bandcamp is a must have for every band. You can
easily build your page, upload your albums, set your selling price
and you are done: your music is ready to be downloaded by fans. The
best part is that all the money goes straight to artists’ pockets
(just a small fee goes to Bandcamp for the service) and that fans
can decide what kind of file to download. If they want to dowload a
.wav file and then burn a CD (I know it sounds weird, I know … )
they can do it!
Bandcamp offers several tools and you can sell real CDs
and other merchandise too. Bands can also decide to offer free
music like we did
here or like Black Tape For A Blue Girl did
here.Bands can set any price and can also let
fans decide the price to pay.
A lot or artist and labels are on Bandcamp now and more
and more great artists are signing up lately.
As I mentioned before there are
Rivulets and of course
Palmer that was one of the first artists to make a big step
from a big label to releasing albums via Bandcamp.
Recently Fan Profiles are available at Bandcamp, with a set
of features that allow fans to showcase thir Bandcamp music
collections, follow their favorite artists, explore the music of
like-minded fans, add items to a wishlists, and more. Look at the
our best fans.
So what are you waiting for? Click the
link and download our free compilation
but remember that artists without your support have no
power so think about making a donation, buying another album or if
you really have no money to make a lot of promotion.
all the best,
federico / all my faith lost …
(sorry for all the mistakes and wrong English grammar :)