ADE 2020 SendMusic Offer!
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ADE 2020 SendMusic Offer!

Get SendMusic free for 3 months!
General, Product, SendMusic News

Get SendMusic free for 3 months!

2020 hasn’t been kind to musicians and throughout this year SendMusic has tried to help as many as we can.  We’ve decided to offer substantial discounts on our Security Plan for our community.  This is to both help those musicians struggling with the impact of COVID-19 and to celebrate the launch of our SendMusic iOS App!

We set up SendMusic to help the music community get heard – to enable artists and music makers to send their art in an easier way and for those playing music (dj’s, radio presenters and more) to find the most exciting tracks to support.  We want to help as many people as possible, so…

 

*You only have until the end of October to upgrade for 3 months free*

 

Use code 3isthemagicnumber at checkout

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Just use the code ‘3isthemagicnumber‘ when upgrading

After the 31st October, we’ll be reverting back to our original pricing structure and may never have this type of offer again!  If you’ve been thinking about trying out our paid plans, then now is the time!!  Just sign up for an account here if you haven’t done so already and then upgrade here using the code 3isthemagicnumber

 

Use code 3isthemagicnumber at checkout

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Please note, in order to benefit for the full 3 months you’ll need to be subscribed for the full period.  It will also need to be the first time you’ve subscribed to a paid plan on SendMusic.  Whenever you cancel – your subscription will only run until the end of that monthly cycle and then drop down to our free tier.  So if you sign up and cancel straight away, you’ll only have the Security Plan until the end of the first month.  For clarity, you can cancel at anytime within the 3 months free period and you won’t be charged.  Any invoices you may receive will be for $0.00.  If you have any questions, as always – feel free to get in touch with us.

Just sign up for an account here if you haven’t done so already and then upgrade here using the code 3isthemagicnumber to get the most out of SendMusic until 2021!

Lots of love,
SendMusic xx

6 months free finishes end of August!
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6 months free finishes end of August!

We’re been running our ‘6 month free’ offer on our Security Plan to both help those musicians struggling with the impact of COVID-19 and to celebrate the launch of our brand new SendMusic iOS App!

We set up SendMusic to help the music community get heard – to enable artists and music makers to send their art in an easier way and for those playing music (dj’s, radio presenters and more) to find the most exciting tracks to support.  We want to help as many people as possible, so…

 

*You only have until the end of August to upgrade for 6 months free*

 

Use code letsgonow at checkout

Claim Now

Just use the code ‘letsgonow‘ when upgrading

 

After the 31st August, we’ll be reverting back to our original pricing structure and may never have this type of offer again!  If you’ve been thinking about trying out our paid plans, then now is the time!!  Just sign up for an account here if you haven’t done so already and then upgrade here using the code letsgonow

Use code letsgonow at checkout

Claim Now

 

Please note, in order to benefit for the full 6 months you’ll need to be subscribed for the full period.  Whenever you cancel – your subscription will only run until the end of that monthly cycle and then drop down to our free tier.  So if you sign up and cancel straight away, you’ll only have the Security Plan until the end of the first month.  For clarity, you can cancel at anytime within the 6 months free period and you won’t be charged – any invoices you may receive will be for $0.00.  If you have any questions, as always – feel free to get in touch with us.

Just sign up for an account here if you haven’t done so already and then upgrade here using the code letsgonow to get the most out of SendMusic until 2021!

Lots of love,
SendMusic xx

SendMusic Wallifornia Round-Up!
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SendMusic Wallifornia Round-Up!

 

It seems like forever ago but we’re heading back to the beginning of June!

Out of 150 promising contenders SendMusic was one of the finalists of Wallifornia’s superb Accelerator Program…  Six weeks of daily sessions with some of the best names in the business.  We learnt everything from sales to investor relations, from digital strategy to storytelling.  We went through workshops, one-to-one meetings and mentorship sessions.  It was a truly amazing experience!

Backed by LeanSquare VC and Universal Music Group, it’s set SendMusic up for the next stage of growth.  We’re continuing to build the SendMusic community every single day and can’t wait to show you what we’ve got planned… ✌️

SendMusic iOS App Launch!
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SendMusic iOS App Launch!

Our new SendMusic iOS App has just arrived 🍾🎉🔊
Download it now from the App Store here

You can now send, receive, listen and reply all in one place… with a truckload of features that make it so much better than using email or file transfer sites!  To celebrate our launch we’re offering a full 6 month’s on our Security Plan for free – just download the app and then sign up for an account here if you haven’t done so already and upgrade here using the code letsgo

Use code letsgo at checkout

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SendMusic – Get Heard

We set up SendMusic to help the music community get heard – to enable artists and music makers to send their art in an easier way and for those playing music (dj’s, radio presenters and more) to find the most exciting tracks to support.  This is another step on that journey for us…

That’s why with our iOS App launch, we’re offering any artist, musician or dj who hasn’t registered yet a full 6 months free when upgrading to our top tier – the Security Plan on SendMusic.  Just use the code ‘letsgo‘.  It’s a small gesture from us to help celebrate the makers we serve at this unprecedented time.

Use code letsgo at checkout

Claim Now

Just sign up for an account here if you haven’t done so already and then upgrade here using the code letsgo.

One Final thing…

Please note, in order to benefit for the full 6 months you’ll need to be subscribed for the full period.  Whenever you cancel – your subscription will only run until the end of that monthly cycle and then drop down to our free tier.  So if you sign up and cancel straight away, you’ll only have the Security Plan until the end of the first month.  For clarity, you can cancel at anytime within the 6 months free period and you won’t be charged – any invoices you may receive will be for $0.00.  If you have any questions, as always – feel free to get in touch with us.

Lots of love,
SendMusic xx

Barong Family use SendMusic for their Remix Competition!
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Barong Family use SendMusic for their Remix Competition!

With the release of their new album ‘Hard in Bangkok‘, heavyweight EDM label Barong Family used SendMusic to engage with their fans and drive new music creation!

They…
1. Set up a SendMusic Paid Account to enable them to brand their page
2. Uploaded acapella parts from their latest release
3. Used their SendMusic Profile Link to have producers submit their remixes for consideration!

They then quickly and easily went through the scrolling inbox to pick the best ones and declare them the winners…  Why not run a demo drop or remix competition for your label today?

Sign up for our top tier Security Plan account to do the same!

SendMusic helping you with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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SendMusic helping you with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get 6 month’s free on our Security Plan – just sign up for an account here if you haven’t done so already and then upgrade here using the code letsgo

Use code letsgo at checkout

Claim Now

Everyone at SendMusic appreciates that this is a really difficult time for artists, musicians and dj’s across the world.  Gigs and festivals are getting cancelled with every passing day because of the Coronavirus and it’s impact.  Many in music rely on this live income in order to survive and continue to keep their passion as a sustainable career.

We set up SendMusic to help the music community get heard – to enable artists and music makers to send their art in an easier way and for those playing music (dj’s, radio presenters and more) to find the most exciting tracks to support.  Each of the founders have been in these situations and we know how tough it can be.

That’s why we’re offering any artist, musician or dj who has had a gig cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak a full 6 months free when upgrading to our top tier – the Security Plan on SendMusic.  Just use the code ‘letsgo‘.  It’s a small gesture from us to help the makers we serve at this unprecedented time.  If you’re not able to perform your music, we want to help be the reason you keep creating until you can again.

Use code letsgo at checkout

Claim Now

Just sign up for an account here if you haven’t done so already and then upgrade here using the code letsgo.

Please note, in order to benefit for the full 6 months you’ll need to be subscribed for the full period.  Whenever you cancel – your subscription will only run until the end of that monthly cycle and then drop down to our free tier.  So if you sign up and cancel straight away, you’ll only have the Security Plan until the end of the first month.  For clarity, you can cancel at anytime within the 6 months free period and you won’t be charged – any invoices you may receive will be for $0.00.  If you have any questions, as always – feel free to get in touch with us.

Lots of love,
SendMusic xx

Interview with disco don Yam Who? aka Qwestlife!
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Interview with disco don Yam Who? aka Qwestlife!

I interviewed Yam Who? in this week’s blog post and asked him some questions that might just capture your imagination a wee bit. So who is  Yam Who?. He’s the internationally known alter ego of disco producer Andy Williams. One of the most consistent DJ’s on the circuit, every weekend you’ll find him rocking the dance floor at clubs & festivals around the globe including Glitterbox, Lovebox, Ministry Of Sound, Horse Meat Disco, Love International etc.. He’s featured on line ups with the world’s finest selectors including Greg Wilson, Joey Negro, Melvo Baptiste, Tiger & Woods, Purple Disco Machine & Danny Krivit. So let’s dive into the questions!

 What do you currently do?
Currently I wear a lot of hats, but in a nutshell I do the following:

  • DJ as Yam Who & Qwestlife
  • Artist / Producer as Yam Who & Qwestlife
  • Owner of 3 labels – ISM, Midnight Riot & Black Riot 
  • Songwriter
  • Journalist – Mixmag disco editor, providing a cutting edge platform for the modern disco, boogie & house scenes

 How did you break into the industry?
I started DJ’ing at university. Then there weren’t many DJ’s back then (it was a long time ago lol). Then suddenly it seemed to become very cool and there were too many. Throughout this period I always had the disco bug. I was also always into technology and instruments and I seemed to naturally drift into music production. I realised early on that the only way into music was through production and I started Yam Who. From this I naturally progressed into setting up ISM Records in 2009. Following on from ISM I sensed a missing niche in the market and started Midnight Riot and the label literally took off. I learnt a lot from starting ISM that really helped with Midnight Riot being the success that it is. Anyways all this led to getting a gig at Mixmag as their Disco editor and from here I ended up getting signed to Glitterbox which was a dream come true. I still remember getting a call from the team there and what a surreal feeling it was. I loved the label and they said they wanted to create some synergy and I now have an album coming out on their label under my production guise ‘Qwestlife’ with Tom Laroye.
I have to point out that this whole process spans 30 years, I started in music back in 1989. I firmly believe that the only way to break into the scene now is to set up yourself correctly, through things like Bandcamp and having a strong brand and releasing great music. Internet technology has levelled the playing field. The way to do it is through perseverance, ingenuity and creativity. 

How long did it take you to be a success?
As I mentioned above it’s taken me 30 years and it’s just really getting going now! There have definitely been key, formative events on the way, like when I first got into Hip Hop in 1983. MOre than just music this was a movement centred around music, dancing (breaking), art (graffiti)  and fashion – all things that I love. Even with Midnight Riot, I came up with the name after the Tottenham Riots in 2011. They had just happened and I was trying to get home at midnight, (I live in Tottenham)!
Everything comes together in a weird way. I feel nowadays everyone wants an instant fix but you have to take your time, hone your craft, practice and be creative as that breeds longevity. If it’s any consolation I’ve made a ton of mistakes on the way. 

What advice do you have for producers trying to break into the industry?
Persevere, be creative, hone your craft and hustle. Also make your music with passion, you have to come with the right intentions and be authentic.

How is it best to send music out to DJ’s, labels and Management companies?
I use SendMusic for this, as it’s so fast and reliable and you guys are brilliant at helping me out whenever I need it!

 What are your favourite go to plugins?
I’m a software junkie I think, but here are the staples:
– Arturia – V Collection
– Xfer – Serum
– Fabfilter – Pro Q, Saturn
– Native Instruments – Kontakt, Massive, Reaktor
Everyone has their own system, find what works for you, but really master whatever it is you use. Most DAW’s come with insane stock plug ins now to be fair. I also use a ton of hardware as well, loads of outboard synths. There’s something special and organic about capturing analogue signals that gives your music real warmth and depth. I think this can be lacking sometimes with solely plugins.

Do you have your own tracks mixed and mastered by someone else?
Yes I now use someone else, even though I can do it and used to do it all myself. But you reach a certain level where it’s better outsourced and I prefer the separation of the stages now.
Mixing and mastering duties fyi are done by a certain Matt Bandy, he’s great!

 What trends do you see in the scene this coming year?
The Disco vibe is just starting to really get going – it’s going to get bigger this year I believe.
Our debut Qwestlife album is out this year on Glitterbox, so excited for that and hoping that trends!
Also i’m seeing a collective of people / producers / songwriters making big songs again with  great vocals and great songwriting. It’s an exciting time in the scene.

Who are your favourite producers
There are a ton out there but right now i’m digging the following:
– The Vision – Kon and Ben Westbeech
– Art of tones
– Michael Gray
– Joey Negro
– Purple Disco Machine

How can our users get you music, for either getting signed to one of your labels or inclusion in your DJ sets?
If you go to my SendMusic Profile Page here, just send it via that! Like I said, it’s my file transfer method of choice 🙂

That’s it for this week. Finally, thanks Yam, it was great talking to you and best of luck for the rest of 2020. We look forward to hearing your art!

Pal

pal@sendmusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

Streaming revolts and artist cuts
Music Business

Streaming revolts and artist cuts

Did you know that 2002 was the peak of the global music industry in terms of revenue generated? Even more interestingly however is that last year the global industry generated somewhere in the region of 85% of the money it did in 2002 at its peak. The Recorded Music Association of America (RIAA) revealed that overall revenues in the US recorded music industry grew 12% to $9.8 billion last year, driven heavily by Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, TIDAL and other streaming platforms. Things look like they are on the up for artists and music makers, but in reality are they?

Recently in Germany a group of managers and lawyers representing some of Germany’s biggest artists have written a joint letter to the leaders of the four largest music companies in the world – Universal, Sony, Warner and BMG. The letter demands more money from the booming business created by the streaming platforms. Interestingly the letter doesn’t attack the digital platforms, but instead attacks record companies and implies that these record companies are taking too much of the streaming millions.

The artist’s representatives say that there is “an urgent and fundamental need to review and, if necessary, restructure the billing and remuneration model in the area of streaming”. BMG to their credit responded saying “we do not find it justifiable in a world in which record companies no longer have the costs of pressing, handling and delivering physical products for them to hold onto the lion’s share of streaming revenues”. The silence from Sony, Universal and Warner is somewhat deafening.

Just focusing on the streaming platforms for the moment, below is a list that shows which services pay the most from top down. Napster currently sits at the top and pays most per stream at $0.01900. The far right column shows how many streams would be needed to make the US Minimum Monthly Wage of $1,472. 

So the obvious question is where is all this money generated from streaming actually going? It’s hard to shed much light on how much major labels are retaining versus what they actually pay out to artists from their streaming revenue income but we’ve scoured the net and have got some indicative figures below.

Looking at recent investor filings from Universal Music Group’s parent company Vivendi, as well as Sony and Warner, it was found that the companies are totaling $19 million in daily streaming revenue. Yes that is a lot of money! Broken down even further, this trio of labels generate nearly $800,000 per hour just from music streaming services alone. According to the RIAA, streaming now makes up to 75% of these label’s revenues. 

Here’s the sad part though – record labels take as much as 80% of those earnings, as part of traditional record deals. Bigger stars who negotiate a more favourable royalty split still usually have to share around 50% of music revenue. 

This disparity has led to some music legends and pop stars complaining about how little they make from music streaming. If you remember, not so long ago Taylor Swift even went as far as removing all her music from streaming services at protest of the small percentage that artists receive. To her credit she forced Apple Music to renege on the refusal to pay artists for plays during free trial periods. She also forced UMG to agree to share it’s $1 billion stake in Spotify with artists when the label re-signed her.

It’s obvious the major labels and the tech companies are prospering in this new music streaming ecosystem. But it’s now time artists receive their fair share of the pie also, as at the end of the day, they are the ones who create the art we all love. Spotify has an admirable mission statement – ‘to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving 1 million artists the opportunity to make a living off their art’. It sounds great, but I believe they, as well as the other major streaming services, need to work with the major labels to make sure that they provide artists with a fair percentage of profits so they can actually make a living from their art. Otherwise we just run the risk of watering down the actual art, artists taking less risks and music becoming less inspiring as the music makers gravitate towards sounds that are more popular and generate more streaming revenues. I think I would seriously consider being an Independent artist in this day and age!

Pal

pal@send.mu