1. Exquisite Tweets from @solobasssteve

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    "you only get *** for a million plays on Spotify" is a massive red herring. If you've had a million listens on Spotify, you're doing fine.

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    …even if you've got no money. A hundred thousand listeners and no money is a fucking amazing problem to have.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    no listeners, a terrible record deal and Β£150,000 in debt - now THAT'S a shitty deal.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    My music isn't on Spotify - it's a matter of ownership and transparency, not '[x] is not big enough for [y] plays'.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    is someone offered me a platform that could deliver 100K listeners at zero cost, I'd jump at it. But that's not how it works.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    making the best music you can possible make is still the goal. Make music that you want to have represent you in the world. Keep doing it.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    Sustainability = can I keep making art? Debt is the enemy. A day job could be the key to your sustainability...

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    And an audience comes BEFORE money. Trying to monetize a nonexistent audience is like having a shop where everything's in unmarked boxes.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    And an audience comes BEFORE money. Trying to monetize a nonexistent audience is like having a shop where everything's in unmarked boxes.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    Make amazing music, find people who agree with you that it's amazing, invite them to be a part of you being able to make more of it.

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    Some people are going to make a living doing that. Lots more are going to make enough to keep doing it. Both are filled with WIN.

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    It's also OK to make terrible commercial music for money. Just don't you dare get in the way of our art in the process, you cynical bastards

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    .@apeswithhobbies the trick is to spend what you can reasonably make back. If you're investing in it, it's a business. Apply business savvy.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    'but my music costs loads of money to make, people HAVE to pay for it'. Try that with a business advisor. They'll laugh in your face.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    if you want to make expensive music, you need to find the money. It may be sales, a sponsor, sync. But it's not my responsibility.

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    If I had 100,000 paying listeners, my music options would be different. But I don't, so I make the most amazing music I can on my budget.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    if you want musicians to be paid, pay musicians. Be the change you want to see. Don't point at 'them'. It's you. It's me.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    if you want musicians to be paid, pay musicians. Be the change you want to see. Don't point at 'them'. It's you. It's me.

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    I stopped buying CDs 4 years ago, and spend more on music now than at any time in my life. Almost all of it is from artists I can thank.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    unless you're in a shitty record deal, putting your music on Spotify THEN complaining about the deal seems like a really dumb move.

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    truism: all the people I know who are making any money as indie musicians work REALLY hard. @zoecello @mariancall @jongomm @mattstevensloop

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    ergo, I'd probably make more money if I worked a lot harder. But we balance it against time with @baby_flapjack, & @lobelia's career...

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    Instead, I do what I can, I make the music I love, I employ whatever fun, creative thinking I can to invite people to listen to it.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    that's why it's all here to stream & download, and pay whatever you think it's worth for - music.stevelawson.net

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    …you can give me a pound as a thank you, a Β£100 as a 'I just made your week' surprise. Or download without paying to see if you like it.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    We're all grown-ups. We need to stop behaving like teenagers who are trying not to get caught. Live the way you want to world to work.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    but comparing a mythological utopian vision of the past w/ a cynical dystopic vision of the future opens you to a world of unnecessary hurt

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 πŸš΅πŸΏβ€β™€οΈ

    I need to do some work. More thoughts here: stevelawson.net/category/new-m… music at music.stevelawson.net I'll come talk at your uni/college too :)

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