I made an album in my bedroom, got signed, and just did an interview that's up on the bandcamp front page. Partly because of the attention I received from 4chan (/mu/ and /b/) with my first EP. My full length album 'Coils' comes out 1/22. Ask me anything. oh and bandcamp thread?
Spam the fuck out of your shit anywhere and everywhere, it also helps to have some sort of story to tell. With me I had just gotten laid off and decided fuck it, I'm going to put all my time and effort into music, I'm 28 years old and I've got nothing to lose. That got people to at least give me 20 seconds of their time to check out my music.
Do it as often as possible, for your own enjoyment. If you love what you do (and you have talent) people will pick up on that and it will spread if you just hustle on the internet. I posted on reddit and 4cahn and my bandcamp got enough hits that the bandcamp curator noticed me and featured me on a couple shows. I finished a full length and shopped it around, physically went to labels HQs and dropped my demo. One called me back out of maybe 10 I sent it to.
I'm happy for you, but this doesn't have as much weight as it used to. There are so many independent labels who will accept anything sub-par. Unless you were in a board room meeting with business executives, signing a 5-album contract, this isn't news to /mu/ at all
>spam the fuck out of your shit anywhere and everywhere
This is the worst advice you could possibly give. When (good) labels receive dozens / hundreds of demos a day, they can spot a spammer from a mile away. Your shit has to cater to the label and obviously be personalised.
I'm not saying its news, I did get a 2 album contract and to my suprise was cut an advance check that has allowed me to buy equipment and rent a house out in the desert to record my next album. I also have my stuff on vinyl and theres no way I could have done that on my own. Small steps, somebody gave me money for my music that will allow me to have the free time to make more, thats all I need.
It's pop / folk, don't sugar coat it. Adding a midi keyboard doesn't suddenly add 3 genres to your name. Sorry to sound a little cruel, but you do sound a little egotistical (without knowing it)
you can put whatever labels you would like on it, someone asked me how I would describe it. More often than not I just say pop, but thats an awfully broad genre for someone asking for a description.
nice; actually i have nothing against viralling so I'll probably check out your project since I'm trying to hear as much music from 2016 as I can.
the question is: you want to hear my music? or other anons' music? you can turn this thread into a bandcamp thread so idk.
unfavorable hahah, but I made music for 14 years before I even decided to take it somewhat seriously and see if I could get myself heard. If you always do it for yourself you will never be disappointed.
I'll always peep some music, the problem with bandcamp threads is its usually all msucians, which is cool , but if you are trying to expand your audience it isn't really the best option. Great for critiquing and getting second opinions on things tho. Go for it.
It was honestly 3 posts, one on reddit r/futurebeat one on /b/ and one on /mu/ they just picked up steam and kept going. I play live shows but only local its usually just my acoustic sets. I got noticed by a label because I basically walked in and gave them my demo and a little PR kit I made with my story etc.
okay, you can hear some music by me here:
I have a chart on /daily/ so I'll add you there, I love browsing Bandcamp for obscure releases but sometimes it's hard to get through all the mediocre stuff that isn't really worth any attention
I listened to 'Stalks', thought it was pretty cool.
Question: since you are into online attention, why not make your stuff Vanity House on What.cd, maybe get it featured. Looks like two of your releases are already uploaded there anyway, so..
You need to be the musician for the vanity house stuff, it's for musicians on whatcd. Waffles has recruitment for whatcd in its power user invite thread unless it's changed, you can get in from an official recruiter that way.
Yeah, see pic related.
But as the other anon said, the artist has to be a member to do Vanity House. You could interview for WCD membership, as it's worth having an account anyway.
Thanks, eh I expected that, its 4chan.
I come here at least once a week for sharethreads, mostly a lurker unless I post in production/music threads. Been hanging around for 8 yrs at least.
Its possible, I just started. If you have a licensing deal and you get your stuff in a movie or tv show thats anywhere from 2k-100k, you may only see 40 percent of that, but still that is good money for one song, not to mention the $ you get from royalties/mechanical fees.
For an 8 song album that cost me nothing to make that I was going to release for free on bandcamp? I aint mad. Also you try negotiating a record deal without a lawyer, when its the ONLY deal you have on the table. It costs around 500 to even have a lawyer look at your contract, upwards of 1000 to renegotiate. This is part of the reason I'm posting, because I didn't know jack shit about any of this and it was all very confusing, every label is different, every artist, every deal. There is no standard. And at this point the album was 6 months old, I was ready to release. From start to finish the whole thing took over a year to release.
If I were to not pay you any money for your music, but pirate it for free, how does that make you feel? Do you expect it? Do you feel cheated or ripped off? Or do you encourage it since it means your music goes farther and reaches more places? Truly curious.
>implying god-tier bancamp music isnt extremely rare
Why would you ask that?
Respect to you. Whats your bandcamp?
idk everyone I know who went to music school can't break out of "proper music theory" brain. Music school is great for learning about jazz chords and shit but It won't teach you how to express yourself. If anything it just makes you too in your head IMO
I like my stuff when I'm making it and tend to think I could have done it better once its done. If I wanted to make lots of money I would have stayed in high school and gone to college like a good worker ant.
you can also peep this weeks Bandcamp weekly to hear most of the new album plus an interview here: http://bandcamp.com/?show=160&play=1 (interview starts about 30 minutes in)
I'll be making music regardless of my financial situation, I did it for 14 years for myself and myself only. I only sent my shit out because people told me I'd be stupid not to. You seem bitter.
Nothing against those threads, but its usually a musician circle jerk rather than a place to get everyone to hear your stuff.
>One Man Band
Im very glad i asked. this is actually fantastic. You actually should listen to Angry Kid though. Its trippy like this. EVERYONE COME CHECK OUT THIS GUYS BANDCAMP ITS TRIPPY
What do you love? Music? Ok do it as much as you can and if that means going to school for music fucking do it and fuck what anyone says, you do anything long enough and you will get good enough to be paid to do it. It may not be album sales, but it will have something to do with music and that is better than some shit job you have no love for.
I wish I had some proper schooling in regards to theory, but you can paint a beautiful picture with 2 colors, or you can paint it with 20, its all a matter of taste. Do you want to expand your palette?
my homegirl did the album art and I'm psyched with it. in what way do you mean?
Ubiquity. Its an audio interview if that helps ha.
thank you, listening to him now, is he a /mu/ poster?
you gotta read the instructions on his page. you gotta get high to it m8 then listen to it fully before coming to a conclusion. a lot of future songs piece together a sort of story but you really outta pay attention to it dont browse /mu/ while listening you wont get its depth if you do it that way.
Congrats on the success. I have class early in the morning but I'll check our your music tomorrow when I look at the replies. I just read through your replies, pretty helpful stuff so far. I have a few questions. First, what were your /mu/ and reddit posts like exactly? How did you show people your stuff without seeming spammy and being told to post in a soundcloud thread or whatever?
Second, what are some other good places to start to get exposure? I see bedroom bands that have songs with 50,000+ hits on some of their songs and I'm wondering where it all starts from. Is it just them working to get exposure or is it just a good song and so people start to share it and it builds momentum?
I think I'm better, where do I get my $50,000?
Where do you see yourself in the future OP? In terms of success and how long do you think it will take until you can make a living off it? I see you only have 450 likes on Facebook which isn't too much.