Jun 16, 2019 by dilliot2k - Comments Off on Cymatics Music Networking Event – Atlanta, GA Review
Now coming in I had briefly seen a Cymatics sample library here and there but I was not really familiar with the brand. However what I gather it is a group of creatives providing samples and presets for music produces not online my own company hint hint. I was able to meet with Steven from the company and we shared ideas and I was able to hear from him what his vision and direction was for the company. Not only that I was taking notes on what he had at the event which were very nice. There were free drinks and food at the event. Alcohol at the bar if you wanted a little something. There was a merch table and I was able to win a Novation Launchpad which was really cool. Now I can do some videos about that.
While I was hanging around at the event definitely those who know about music producers today or who have gone through the wormhole of of content when you put in the search for beat stars or selling beats online, you are going to run into Kato the producer. He had his camera guy and was answer the questions of different producers including my own. He really dropped some dimes and some encouragement which was real cool. Most of the time an accomplished music producers lays low, and to be honest I don’t blame them, if I were in their shoes I would do the same. One of the things I’m paying attention to is his strategy for creating content which is what the crew for Cymatics were doing. I believe he and their crew both know that in todays age of social media , providing content is the new way to increase your brand.
Onc of the things I would like to do more of but is by no means an exact science is networking. Sometimes you have to come out of your shell and meet people and learn about what they are doing. The cool thing about events like this is that you have a free pass to meet strangers that you wouldn’t not speak to otherwise. With some of the people I spoke to I learned that everybody journey is different. Some may be further ahead of you and taking a break while others are still figuring out the first step. The most important thing is to focus on your journey and don’t get to caught up in what everyone else is doing. It can end up being wasted time and a distraction from you working on you.
To be honest somethings you can look around the room and be like damn, everyone here trying to do the same thing I am doing but at the same time looking at Kato as well as the Cymatics crew I have learned that the key to moving your brand forward in today’s age is content. The more familiar people with you and your brand, the more accepting they are for what you have to offer. I learned a lot from tonight and I look forward to learning more. If you have a chance to attend one of these I would definitely recommend it, you never know who you will meet or what positive things may be the outcome.
Jun 14, 2019 by dilliot2k - Comments Off on How Distrokid is the next wav for Indipendent Artists
Do you remember the time?
I remember a time when it was a big deal just to get your music on a popular platform like iTunes. It was as thought you were not legit until you got your music on that platform, of course this was the time the ipods were popping. At this time you really didn’t have too many choices.
Before streaming was the move.
While I was streaming on blogtv while bringing traffic over from my youtube channel, one of my viewers told me about tune core and how it can be used to get your music on itunes. This of course was a big deal, sure I would pay the fee that they would charge to put my music on iTunes and other music services platforms however there was a problem. See, I am an independent artist who has not yet mastered or acquired enough fans to render enough sales to justify the recurring installment that would happen every year. This fee would land somewhere around a cool $50 dollars, and on top of that , that was just for ONE album. Needless to say that the return on investment became smaller and smaller while the fee to keep my music online remained the same. At the time I had about 3 albums on the platform so imagine how I felt paying about $150 a year while seeing that I’m not making that in sales, and also keep it in mind that this was not streams. So I cancelled the subscriptions and off went my music.
A good option but still expensive.
Enter CD baby. CD baby offered something that tune core did not. With a one time fee, your music would be featured on all the popular streaming platforms with one fee. However, singles would cost you $10 to upload and albums go on there for around $50 and or above. This was great however it discouraged me from uploading my back catalog because of the high entry point knowing that I still may not have to many people listening to my music at this time.
Cheap, Affordable, Fast.
Now there is a new player in town. Distrokid. To be honest when I heard about the recurring fee it reminded me about Tunecore but the thing I did not know was that for the fee that they do charge yearly is that you have unlimited singles and album that you can upload. So that means for a smaller fee I can upload songs that I would not have uploaded otherwise and on top of that I could finally upload albums that would have cost a lot more. The fee is $20 dollars per year and they have upgrade options available if you want it on there permanently which brings them into the same realm as C.D. Baby. This makes all music platforms extremely accessible for Artists as well as music producers alike. Produces can upload beat tapes and indie artists can upload their back catalog and also drop new singles without waiting to long. Another thing is that their turn around time to get your music onto the internet is pretty quick actually. The final thing is that if you collab with someone, you can set it up so they can get a cut of the sale or stream that you agree upon. These are features that you have to pay extra for on other platforms.
To be honest I was reluctant to give distrokid a shot because of my prior experiences but I think this is the wave of the future and now the hard part is just bringing awareness to the music and that my friends is something to talk about in another post.
If you are interested in signing up for distrokid. Use this link here.