Bandcamp is set up to be a marketplace. There are plenty of other places (mediafire, rapidshare) to host a download for free.
I think most of the people on here have no idea about the human perspective of trying to be in a band at all, hence all the negative feedback for the most real and genuine comment in this entire thread.
Excellent! Well, I regret to inform you that driving for 5 hours in a medium sized van (without a trailer) and getting paid a modest guarantee, when the national average for gas being $3.49 a gallon, is difficult to do.
It’s called Bandcamp. Also most itunes distribution deals are not that atrocious, even though they are not ideal.
I take it you have not filled up your gas tank in the past, oh….four years or so?
Also, let me just say that I have spent the past 6 years of my life playing music in a band, releasing 4 albums, touring the country countless times and foregoing many niceties of life that other people have all to make music. I’ve quit jobs, gone without food, slept on hundreds of floors, and on and on, just to be in a band. All that to be said, I have not in the last 6 years made more than 10k in a single year, and much less for a number of years. The ability of a band to continue on and do what everyone here on this music website wants them to do (make music/tour) is undermined if you do not support them in some way. Any way. It doesn’t matter how, and there are artists trying to figure out new revenue streams, but ultimately if people don’t choose to engage with a band in some financial way through some revenue stream…ultimately it says that you don’t care whether or not that band ever puts out another record, mp3 or whatever.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, because I’ve loved the band experience, but costs can only be externalized for so long before someone has to pay the debt.
The punishment will be when bands/artists can’t afford to tour, or make a record, etc. Or, the time span where that is a viable option to do so will be significantly shortened.
This is one of the most ignorant and redundant comments I have ever read in the entire sphere of internet-dom.
That’s like saying people who work in a factory only care about insurance and benefits because they might get injured on the job. OF COURSE he is passionate about it because not only is music his livelihood that he uses to support himself, but also he probably enjoys doing it.
Also, someone who “wines” and one who “whines” are very different things. Perhaps you should give two, nay even one, shit about using correct grammer before lampooning those that are just trying to GET BY making their art, let alone support themselves.
The “free alternative” to internet access is called the public library. Also, the most moving and convincing part of the entire essay is where Lowery talks about Mark Linkous and Vic Chesnutt, and their financial plight even though in many peoples eyes they were “successful” musicians and playing the late night circuit etc. Those stories are not just ideals but real people making real music being effected personally.
I don’t think the essay was in any way saying that people should not be able to listen to a record before buying it, but just realizing if you don’t support something, even if you value it–it will go away.