Album Release Rules for Bands
Created: 18 September, 2023
If you would like to release your music with us, here is how we do this.
1. You always own your music and you can do with it whatever you want
2. We do not release your music on Bandcamp, Spotify and other corporate-owned streaming services. You need to do this yourself. We have no accounts on Bandcamp, Spotify etc.
3. We release your music on physical CD-R and sell it. We pay you 25% of sales total, once a year (these sales are very small).
4. You may or may not give free mp3/FLAC download in our store. Your call.
5. We put a link (it actually is a large box – example here) to your Bandcamp in our store asking people to support you directly.
6. Your music will be available to listen to and share on your release’s page in our store. Similar to Bandcamp (individual songs are shareable).
What is the idea behind this?
The idea is simple: you keep all your Bandcamp & Spotify revenues. We work to get you fans outside of these platforms – and we send them there.
Also, we make a physical CD-R most bands do not bother with. We are fine if just a couple of them sells.
You do not need a label. You need help with getting fans. We are doing exactly this.
You can manage your Bandcamp and streaming yourself. Anyone can do this.
So instead of doing what you can do yourself and claiming we can do it better (how exactly?), we go outside, where no-one currently does.
Do you know another label in our scene that does not have Bandcamp account?
If corporate services will somehow help people discover your music – excellent. We are trying to find fans outside of these platforms, using our own website, social media an other tactics.
We have our own music sharing/streaming system. It is no match for corporate ones – sure. But we can display all the links to your profiles, like buttons, social plugins etc. Corporations won’t do this, because they compete with one another.
Each time someone shars your song, your get opportunity to have people connected with your Facebook, Bandcamp and Spotify profiles, in one place. And of course to listen to the song.
We imagine a label to be bands’ sidekick, a turbo-fan. This means we have to like your music to release it – and this is the way it should be.