I suppose we should tell you that our new album is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc BUT we’d rather tell you to go get in on Bandcamp.
Let’s put our music fan hats on for a second.
TIDAL has no free tier. Why would the public want that over Spotify? Does video and ‘expertly curated editorial’ entice you to pay more? Maybe better sound quality – but will people actually notice and not mind draining the extra bandwidth? A lot of people don’t have good enough headphones or sound systems to even notice. Convenience comes first, then cost. I just want the music thanks.
I don’t see why a bunch of self involved ‘super musicians’ patting themselves on their backs is going to change things, it was a really weird event. It was very awkward to watch as they all stood there – especially Chris Martin and Cavin Harris’, disembodied Futurama style heads at the back.
TIDAL isn’t about the listeners, it’s about the musicians getting paid – these ones in particular. I don’t imagine the little guys are part of the plan. Now if they came out and said this is going to be a FREE service of some kind, well that would be a different story. There wouldn’t be comments like these below on the artist’s own feeds. You see, FREE is already out there with piracy and streaming so anything above that doesn’t make much sense at this point.
Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong – hey it’s day 1. For now I’ll stick with Bandcamp & Spotify.
Somebody asked me if it were possible to re-download a copy of one of our releases they’d bought from us on our Bandcamp store. The answer is yes, absolutely! You just need a Bandcamp fan account. If you don’t have one here’s how to set one up.
1. Firstly go to https://bandcamp.com/fans and scroll down to the part where you can enter your email address. Make sure to enter the email address you used to pay for your music as this is what links your collection to your fan account. Once done you should have access to your very own collection (here’s mine).
2. Here you’ll see that your page is populated by your collection. If you hover over a particular release you want to re-download you’ll see a download link appear (see image below). Clicking that will take you to the download screen where you can choose your format. Simple as that!
A disclaimer type thing, I don’t have the answers, I just have some thoughts I wanted to share. I’m a musician probably like you, wanting to be heard across the noise. I use this space to talk about my experiences with mainly music related stuff so this isn’t a magic button post, it’s just my thoughts after using soundcloud.
Oh and I don’t have a million followers, maybe just over a thousand.
I’ve been using soundcloud for a while but never really ‘got’ it, so I decided to spend some time using it properly, mainly listening to others. Soundcloud states that to grow your ‘Soundcloud Community’ you should find tracks you enjoy and ‘like it, fave it, drop a note and follow’. That basically translates to me the main audience for bands – the bands themselves.
So first off groups. I’ve found groups to be a bit annoying to be honest. The majority I’ve found just aren’t moderated. I was seeing hip hop tracks in ambient groups, post-rock in classical etc. If you have a group – moderate it, it adds value! When I see a group that’s moderated it’s a keeper. A couple of examples – Ambient Airwaves and our very own netlabels’ Newpath.
Soundcloud is mainly for musicians but they’re actively trying to turn that around with their new mobile & tablet apps which are listener focused. Hopefully they’ll release artist friendly apps too. I suppose the key thing to take away from this is to use it as a music fan. Don’t try and work it, just use it. Follow musicians you actually like and make connections.
I know some musicians don’t have the time and it can sound like a chore. The thing is, it is if you treat it like that. Remember why you got into music for the first place, you were a fan, be a fan again!
Follow if you like their stuff but don’t just mass follow. I’ll admit when I first used it I just followed a bunch of people in the hopes that they’d follow back. Lots did. Most were unresponsive and hardly released any music or were genres I didn’t really care for. What I ended up with was an unusable feed so it just got left. Now I see the benefits of using it as a listener, as a fan. I’ve found some brilliant music I wouldn’t have found otherwise.
Some bad stuff. The bots. Soundcloud is riddled with bot accounts constantly spamming you with messages regarding buying plays/followers or adult stuff like this…
‘big round horny boobs’?! Sounds terrifying! This stuff gets boring fast, especially when you’re getting followed and commented on by fake accounts.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Soundcloud. Does it work for you? Anything you’d like them to improve on? Comment below.
Hi everyone. Just a quick note to let you know that our new release ‘Read, Write, Execute’ is available on bandcamp (out April 2nd) . It’s the best way to support us! CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER