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RE: MySpace Controversy
Ha! I feel you man. That's the way I felt in my last band. We spent a
couple grand recording a CD, and then I could hardly give them away! I
blamed it on the college "I'm too smart to care about anything" mentality
that saturates so much of this town. I lost a lot of money on that deal.
Now I'm in a 2-piece thing with a buddy of mine and we have a little
recording setup in his spare bedroom, so we aren't paying studio-time
fees. And we're using MySpace (myspace.com/opuspi if anyone's interested)
and the like for crazy amounts of promotion (with much more success, I
might add), but life has gotten busy to the place where it's been nearly
impossible to finish recording anything we can sell! So we've yet to make
My theory, though, is that because of MySpace and other tools like it on
the web, it's now possible to actually get to the place where you make a
living from your music without necessarily having to sign your soul over
to Satan... er, ummm... Nashville. It's going to take a ton of hard work,
creativity, risk, and time that I just don't have at the moment (my wife's
due with our first baby--a girl--in a month), but that's our goal
The funny thing is that we haven't even recorded enough music for a CD,
and we're gigging way less than I did in my former band, but we've got a
ton more people listening. And, with the help of e-mail, MySpace, AIM,
etc., we're actually meeting and connecting with our listeners on a
personal level. To me, that's much more valuable.
> No, I wasn't joking. In fact, I was overestimating (I do make some money
> from jazz gigs, but I've had exactly ONE sale of my recent Sandbox CD,
> that was at a show. The CD sale put us over the top - that plus ticket
> minus the space rental gave us a $5 profit for the evening). But I don't
> much (hardly any, really) energy into promotion. I gave up the concept of
> making any real money from music many years ago, except in my dreams (I
> thinking about seriously trying to break into music library placements
> through TAXI, but it is really hard to find the time to follow the
> have in mind).
> Honestly, though, what really burns me is that I can't generally get even
> get close friends and family (or loopers on this list, for that matter)
> even *listen* to my stuff for *free*. I give a CD to a friend and don't
> anything about it. 2 or 3 weeks later, I call and ask what they thought
> find out they haven't listened.
> Hey, I know I don't suck *that* bad (in fact, I think I have some fairly
> unique musical things to say, and from time to time I get some small
> confirmations of this). But the world is absolutely innundated with new
> pieces on myspace and the like, and I think everyone is exhausted by it.
> saying used to be "everyone's a critic." Now it's "everyone's an artist."
> don't promote anything, because I can't even see the point in trying.
> Sorry for the downer, but I do find the situation quite depressing.
> I know there are people here (Krispen and Ted come to mind immediately,
> there are no doubt quite a few others) who are much more assiduous and
> persistent than I am. I truly hope that they have much more encouraging
> stories to tell.
> Best wishes,
> Warren Sirota
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Rainer Thelonius Balthasar Straschill [mailto:email@example.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 7:47 AM
>> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>> Subject: AW: MySpace Controversy
>> > I can't see getting worked up over the possibility of them
>> > somehow cutting into the profits from my $22 of annual CD sales....
>> Just to get this into perspective for me: you were joking
>> with these $22, right? What is the actual profit you make per
>> year? Anybody else wants to share his experiences? (private
>> mail, if you don't want these figures to appear in public for
>> some reason...)