Spotify arguments still going on? Where people listen is far far less interesting than why. If people are listening to you, you're winning.
…that doesn't mean that there's not a problem with Spotify (I pulled my music as you know) but the raw payouts aren't the issue...
'listens' don't just happen. Why do people listen to you? How much does discovery cost the artist? Does streaming make it cheaper?
pre-web, almost all music marketing was a loss leader. Finding an audience cost a FORTUNE. It didn't happen by accident. Viral didn't exist
you want radio? TV? Magazine coverage? That shit cost money. On labels a LOT of money, all recoupable from your earnings.
I've said before a LOT of times. 'How do we make money?' is a later question from 'how do we stop losing money?' Cut your overhead.
Why do I love @Bandcamp? because streaming/sales there connect YOU to ME, Not to Bandcamp. They're the match-maker, not the toll-both.
Bandcamp make money when we make money. If we don't do well, they don't do well. A deeply healthy and sustainable model.
once someone is listening to you the whole conversation changes. You've done the hard bit. Why are they listening in the first place?
I need to collect together a load of your stories of how you found my music. An anecdotal ethnography of stevie-listeners :)
…and am equally interested in those of you who follow here but have thus far not bothere to have a listen to the music. You matter too :)
@bazeboiee discovery via bandcamp is happening more and more, especially via fan accounts. I cause more sales of other people's music :)
so much of this conversation starts from us thinking we 'deserve' listeners, deserve sales, deserve a career. That's not helpful.