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Have You Ever Made any Money
« on: April 12, 2013, 04:26:35 AM »
Hey guys. So in the past I was really into this whole making music thing. I had no job and was determined to make a living from making music and selling it online. I eventually got my music to be available for purchase on sites like Junodownload, Beats digital, and DJdownload - and a whole lot more that I have probably forgotten about now. I made a good chunk of change from selling my music, BUT Djdownload went into liquidation and so I didn't get a scent of my money.

Have you ever sold your music online? If so where?

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Re: Have You Ever Made any Money
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013, 08:47:16 AM »
Once you get on iTunes you'll make some good coin. You have to be careful about what sites you put your music on though. Because some of them aren't gonna last in the long run. So a year from now, they could be offline and done, finished. Then you lose financially in the end.

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Re: Have You Ever Made any Money
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2013, 08:52:53 AM »
I've had a lot more success making a profit from recording demos for local artists and mixing tracks for other producers online than selling instrumentals. It seems like the instrumental game is over saturated somewhat these days. Unless you really stand out from the crowd it's hard to make a decent living off selling beats/instrumentals IMO, where selling a music production service is a somewhat more limited market and people that are serious about their music/work will be more willing to pay for these types of services vs. just the beat.

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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2013, 11:23:49 AM »
I've had a lot more success making a profit from recording demos for local artists and mixing tracks for other producers online than selling instrumentals. It seems like the instrumental game is over saturated somewhat these days. Unless you really stand out from the crowd it's hard to make a decent living off selling beats/instrumentals IMO, where selling a music production service is a somewhat more limited market and people that are serious about their music/work will be more willing to pay for these types of services vs. just the beat.

If you partner up with a singer, singers, band, or songstress...that's where you make your money. You handle the beats, they handle the singing or rapping, or what have you. Then after the song is done, so some touch ups and edits. Then sell the song. If you manage to sell it, you split the profits and continue on from there.

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2013, 01:59:55 PM »
First and foremost, you need to make sure that your music is profitable. You can not live on hopes and dreams alone. There most be a talent there. Many will fail over and over again. The one's that prosper are the individuals that have a true passion for their skills.

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2013, 06:10:18 AM »
Once you get on iTunes you'll make some good coin. You have to be careful about what sites you put your music on though. Because some of them aren't gonna last in the long run. So a year from now, they could be offline and done, finished. Then you lose financially in the end.

Yes, I was headed in the direction of getting my stuff on Itunes, but after a while I just gave up. My heard and determination wasn't in it anymore, so I stopped putting money into something that wasn't producing any financial returns for me. I was browsing for torrents a couple of years back though, and I saw almost all of my songs in a torrent pack. I wasn't pleased, but I was grateful for the promotion, and that someone had deemed my music good enough to put in a torrent pack and pirate lol.

Itunes isn't going to go into liquidation, we all know that. So it is probably your best bet as far as selling your music online goes.

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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2013, 09:14:14 PM »
If someone torrented your music then that's a start. I mean you just need to get ten more people to do it and after that, they pretty much work for you. You have your own digital street team.

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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2013, 04:19:16 AM »
Yes I have made some money but from iTunes. Not very much, but good for the start and for my motivation

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2013, 04:31:54 AM »
If someone torrented your music then that's a start. I mean you just need to get ten more people to do it and after that, they pretty much work for you. You have your own digital street team.

Lol! I could always torrent them myself, but then I'm not sure that anyone would actually download the 'album' so to speak lol. I do know that there are some people out there though, who will look specifically for unknown unsigned bands or artists on torrent sites. It's sort of a way of scouting for these people. Though I'm not sure if anyone would download my stuff, or if I would even want anybody to pirate my music lol.

I would rather be paid for all of the time and effort that went into making those songs, but then I download music for free, so I can hardly say anything can I?

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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2013, 10:50:34 AM »
I wonder if music promoters, or studio execs, or musicians browse torrent sites. Looking for the next big thing. Or the next big star. I imagine they do. Or have someone who does for them. It would be an interesting thing to look and research into.

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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2013, 05:58:49 AM »
I wonder if music promoters, or studio execs, or musicians browse torrent sites. Looking for the next big thing. Or the next big star. I imagine they do. Or have someone who does for them. It would be an interesting thing to look and research into.

I did read an article once, on a music reviewing site, than talked about hoe people from records labels, and these are major labels, sometimes browsed the internet, and searched forums for undiscovered talent. Torrents were also amongst the types of sites that these people browsed, apparently. I am not sure whether or not it is true, because I have only ever really heard about this from that one source.

They could have made that up for all I know, but it does seem somewhat plausible.

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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2013, 12:24:55 PM »
I'd imagine they'd have to. I mean, if someone decides not to bother searching torrent sites for the next big thing. But another company does, finds it, signs it, and begins to profit from it. That company who missed out will likely fire a few underlings for not having an internet disciple on the job to find the hit-maker before the rival company did.

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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2013, 06:42:31 AM »
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Re: Have You Ever Made any Money
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2013, 11:08:02 PM »
I've barely made anything. I can't sell instrumentals on soundclick unless they are way underpriced, and even then it's hard to get ppl to even check the page out. Wish I knew a better way to push these tracks!

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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2013, 02:39:46 PM »
I'm hoping if I get enough views for my YouTube for cover videos of songs it can give me a large fan base so I can start selling my original songs on  Itunes. But no, I have not made any money from my music yet.