[A day pass to Disney Land will cost $96, up from $92, and the popular "One Day Parkhopper" passes give visitors access to both Disney Land and the adjacent California Adventure Park will run a cool $150, nearly 10% more than the passes cost last week. ]
What I've learned from this post, that I obtained from Yahoo.com, is that giving people a little more for their dollar makes people want to you give you their dollar. How does this translate to music. Simple. A lot of artist skimp on production, mixing and mastering. Getting things done as cheaply as possible. It's understandable. A good producer is charging $2,500.00 or more for one song. A descent mixer is $400.00 per song and this doesn't include live musicians ($200-$1,000.00 per song depending on skill level). However the listener suffers when artist go cheap. Ultimately the artist suffers cause word of mouth stops. Kick starter and indie gogo
has helped offset that cost but not everyone who does crowd funding gets what they ask for. It's tough out there.
Consider this. Instead of setting out to do a whole 10+ song album just do a single. Or even think of doing 3-5 songs. Make the smaller amount count. Go for quality instead of quantity. I believe you will be much happier.
Especially if you are a unknown artist. People won't sit through ten songs if they don't know the artist but they will listen to 3 REALLY GOOD songs from a unknown artist and anticipate the next release. While people are enjoying your 3 songs have another 3 or another single waiting while you're writing more music. The trick is to have a constant stream of music, THAT IS GOOD QUALITY, going out at least every quarter of the year. This way you start to build a relationship with your audience and your income from your music starts to grow. It is safe to say that writing songs is a musicians 401K. When we can't play and tour anymore or even want to rest. The ancillary income we have created from the songs that we've written can carry us over. So don't be afraid of a $2500 price for a song. Think about how good that song is going to be. I've had clients call me telling me they were in tears after listening to the production. Once your client gets to that point they never mention $ again.
Cori "Fader" Jacobs
I'm a musician/spiritualist
Some of my thoughts are not my upbringing but my experience through life. I'm open to learn so feel free to comment.