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    A couple of @Bandcamp stats for you. The average price of a paid download of mine on bandcamp is £6.49 - for something available 'free'.

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    AND that stat INCLUDES single track downloads. So the album stat is even higher. That's WAY more than I make on iTunes or Amazon.

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    It's also more than I'd make selling a CD at a gig for £10, if the venue took their 15-25% and I had paid for pressing.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 🚵🏿‍♀️

    the average amount I make per download, INCLUDING FREE DOWNLOADS, on bandcamp, is £2.21 - that's more than I'd make on a CD sale in HMV.

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    ...And that again includes single track downloads. That's people paying what they think it's worth. What THEY think it's WORTH. To THEM.

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    I often see people who've downloaded one album for free come back and pay for others. Try before you buy, then pay based on perceived value.

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    It doesn't happen by accident. I treat my listeners as adults, I know they care about art, about music, I give them the chance to be awesome

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    how many people have ever been to music.stevelawson.net and downloaded everything for free? about 5. Yeah, they're killing me...

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    How many people go from here to music.stevelawson.net, listen & find it's not their thing? loads. I'm OK with that. ;)

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    For the last 70 years, popular music has been utterly dominated by singing and drumming. I'm a solo bassist, making a living. #thefuture

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    I don't make enough from digital sales to live off them. That would be amazing, also would put me in the top 0.000001 of musicians ever.

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    ...it's not even close to that. But I've found a way to make the music I love in a cottage industry way, & share it with likeminded friends

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    Add up digi-sales, CD sales, USB stick sales, gigs, teaching and the geek stuff that has happened because of my music stuff, I pay the bills

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 🚵🏿‍♀️

    ..or rather, WE pay the bills - you and I. You, the people willing to express your sense of worth & gratitude for the music by paying for it

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 🚵🏿‍♀️

    If you haven't heard what I (we - @lobelia and I) do, please feel free to visit music.stevelawson.net & lobelia.bandcamp.com

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    At gigs, I often suggest that friends buy different albums, so they can swap and each get a copy of them both. Share it around! It helps :)

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    however, more often that not, people share links to my stuff on bandcamp cos it's easier than dropboxing whole albums. #gamechanger

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    over the last week or two, I've been watching a band I gave some advice to about music online start to act on it. It's fabulous to see...

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    One thing I suggested to them was to look at all the possible numbers relating to what they did, and then consider what they all mean.

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    It's a huge task to go from the old record company model, to one where things you do have meaning. That approach was such a clusterfuck.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 🚵🏿‍♀️

    ...record companies spending the artist's money to a level that was almost never recoupable. Insanely wasteful. Chasing what? Fame? ha!

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 🚵🏿‍♀️

    .@dubber once said 'you don't have the right to make money off your music, you have the opportunity' <--best advice ever. srsly.

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    SoloBassSteve 🎧 🚵🏿‍♀️

    my best advice? 'trends' in digi music don't mean shit. There's you the listener, & there's the artist. What you going to do? What matters?

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