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    Just curious what everyone does with their finished music? I work really hard on my recordings, I finish them, let a few people hear them and then that's really about it. When I was in my 20's I thought I was going to be a rock star and pushed really hard to promote myself. That never happened and I had to get a job. Now I'm older, I still love writing/recording, I just never really do anything with my songs when they are done. The other issue I have, is when I have tried to promote my music and get zero interest, I get discouraged. Or if I get negative criticism, then I get annoyed. Maybe I need therapy?

    I've heard a lot about Distrokid. Anyone here ever have any luck with that?

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    Hi,
    I expect you'll find a lot of people in the same boat around here. :P

    I think most just accept that it is what it is; For most, that's a hobby.
    I wouldn't discourage anyone from keeping their music publicly available for download, or even for sale,
    but expectations have to be realistic otherwise the fun gets sapped out of it fairly quickly, as you discovered. :P

    I doubt you need therapy but you probably need to ask yourself if this is a fun hobby or a career.

    If it's a career then it's no different to any other. It needs huge commitment, planning, and time put into it.
    If it's a hobby, drop us a soundcloud link and enjoy what you do.

    With regard to negative criticism, try to think of anything you could do in 2019 without negative criticism.
    Haters gon' hate.
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    Yeah, totally a hobby. Actually, an obsession. Music gives me joy, is a release, creative outlet, music actually is my current therapy. Lately my recordings have gotten to the point where they are starting to sound sonically really good (to my ears). Past stuff sounded more like poorly recorded demos, etc. I feel like I've gotten better and better. I have put some stuff up on soundcloud, bandcamp, etc. I think the turning point for me was actually finishing my basement and creating a dedicated studio, that is treated. The treatment was HUGE for improving my sound. I cannot recommend this enough. I'm also at the age where I have all of the equipment I want (sure there's always more). But I have everything I need to make great sounding music (except time...never enough of that).

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    Totally a hobby obsession - but I do try to play my original songs out when possible. Released 5 CDs which get very few ales and have the last 3 on Spotify so I get pennies of streaming income regularly!
    Mike B My new album on CD Baby: Fact and Fiction
    My Bandcamp site: http://mikebirchmusic.bandcamp.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    Hi,
    I expect you'll find a lot of people in the same boat around here. :P

    I think most just accept that it is what it is; For most, that's a hobby.
    I wouldn't discourage anyone from keeping their music publicly available for download, or even for sale,
    but expectations have to be realistic otherwise the fun gets sapped out of it fairly quickly, as you discovered. :P

    I doubt you need therapy but you probably need to ask yourself if this is a fun hobby or a career.

    If it's a career then it's no different to any other. It needs huge commitment, planning, and time put into it.
    If it's a hobby, drop us a soundcloud link and enjoy what you do.

    With regard to negative criticism, try to think of anything you could do in 2019 without negative criticism.
    Haters gon' hate.

    Spot on response Steen! I guess I have a hard time calling it a hobby......it's just a not a very profitable part of my career / job. It's the most enjoyable part of my career though! Always have hope is my daughters mantra. Hey if you don't buy a ticket you can't win the lottery...you never know right? It only took me 10+ years coming here to finally press record and then just VERY simple recordings. I post them in several online places like Reddit, soundcloud and soundclick...and I actually put a few simple originals on Distrokid with zero luck...but then again they are not OMG incredible tunes ....though I get a few haters ( cause they gonna hate) I've gotten a lot of love and encouragement and man when your a player and people enjoy your stuff and let you know it moved them, that is the ultimate paycheck....though hard to pay the bills with.. As I ride off into the sunset of my 15 or so years left here on the big blue marble ( man that is a blink in time) , as long as mind and body allow...I'll be making noise all the way out the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddfugere View Post
    Yeah, totally a hobby. Actually, an obsession. Music gives me joy, is a release, creative outlet, music actually is my current therapy. Lately my recordings have gotten to the point where they are starting to sound sonically really good (to my ears). Past stuff sounded more like poorly recorded demos, etc. I feel like I've gotten better and better. I have put some stuff up on soundcloud, bandcamp, etc. I think the turning point for me was actually finishing my basement and creating a dedicated studio, that is treated. The treatment was HUGE for improving my sound. I cannot recommend this enough. I'm also at the age where I have all of the equipment I want (sure there's always more). But I have everything I need to make great sounding music (except time...never enough of that).
    It's great that you're getting more comfortable with what you do, and with your setup.
    Of course I can't speak for everyone but a lot of people subsidise their personal hobby with income from recording others.
    Maybe not a career or full time job, sure, but if you get a few hundred bucks from a band for a long weekend that you enjoyed, and learned something from, clicking 'buy' on the next compressor doesn't feel just so bad!

    I think people view music and recording differently to other arts, and other hobbies.
    It's a bit like the masses of 'Can I Sing?' threads against the deficit of 'Can I Drum?' or 'Can I Play Guitar?'.
    With become a successful musician appearing to be so accessible people wonder, why is no one buying my music? Why am I not successful?
    but I imagine this is probably not the case where the hobby, or passion, is sculpting, painting, writing poetry/literature.

    Easier said than done but I suppose we have to figure out what we want from our little hobby, then work out how to get it.
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    If it's a release for one of my bands (many different side projects as I write and record multiple genres) then I'll put it up on Bandcamp (for free, or pay what you want) as the most enjoyable part of recording tracks is to be able to put out a finished release. Lately trying to get a couple tracks done at a time to put out A/B side singles. I've got my main synthpop project "Photovoltaik" up at Distrokid (as well as Bandcamp for free) for wider release and to get onto streaming services, but mainly just to be more visible, as I don't expect any income from this hobby at all. I do it for fun. Or I'll also post tracks to my ReverbNation & Soundcloud available as free downloads of the tracks that I haven't "released" on Bandcamp. Everyone should probably post links in their replies so we can all listen.


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    Todd, I get it. There is so much talent out there. You have a good sound, just heard "No Response". Consider starting a youtube channel. Sometimes, I'll stumble on something great, and it has 12 views. Young hard rock and pop gets alot of hits/views. It is discouraging when i hear about the low pay on streaming. I don't remember the numbers, but i remember roseanne cash talked about getting over 600,000 plays and making about 134 bucks. You have to make it about exposure if you want to make a little change. Personally, I don't worry about it. Exposure could be having a side blog (non musical), doing covers, talking about gear, doing reviews, etc. I've seen alot of talented musicians go this route. For instance, that guy Stevie T was more successful with acting like a dork, but he is really an awesome player, producer, songwriter. I'm trying to figure it out also. I had a side blog, but youtube demonetized me (heh heh), so I just put out a song every month or two, but I'm also looking for avenues and what's best. For now, I have a goal of getting 50 subs and maybe getting a paypal donation someday. Success! Good luck, Todd
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