January 1, 2011 by alunparry
Could You Be A DIY Music Mogul?
One of the things that has fascinated me for a few years has been the impact of the internet on the music industry.
Many panicked, but I’ve been excited by it, and played with it a bit too with various experiments.
Beating Radiohead To The Punch
At one time, I even pioneered what I called ‘Buskernomics’, a way to download my tunes for whatever you wanted to pay for them. This was before Radiohead went and did the same thing, and I got featured in the world famous Billboard magazine as a result.
A bit of a think
These days musicians aren’t just about music (were they ever?) and so I’ve been having a bit of a think about some of the things that musicians can or do provide, and things that fans and supporters (or even organisations) might be keen to have.
Sharing my ideas
Some of these things would naturally be free.
Others could be things that supporters might pay for, thereby feeding the said musician at the same time and so allowing for more music to be produced and performed.
I thought I’d share what I’ve come up with so far.
- Monthly podcast looking at other songs in the same genre.
- mp3 tracks to download.
- Full album.
- Regular videos of the artist giving their point of view on things of interest
- Regular videos of the artist singing something
- Tshirts, sweaters, mugs, keyrings, etc (they call this merchandise)
- Concert tickets
- A Special Event of some sort (not a concert)
- Sponsor an album track
- Attend a rehearsal
- A day in the studio as the artists record
- Song book of the artist’s songs with lyrics and chords.
- A book about the stories behind the artists songs.
- Have your name in the album sleeve notes.
- Have your photo in the album sleeve notes.
- Have your organisation’s logo on the album sleeve.
- Have the artist learn and record a particular cover song of your choice.
- Original handwritten lyrics from when the artist was first writing the song
- Have the artist speak at a conference or a panel discussion
- Subscription to a fan club or VIP section of the artists website
- Have the artist perform at a private show
Your turn to be the music mogul
Add your ideas in the comment box below, fellow music moguls.
Just think of your favourite artist and ask yourself what you would want from them.
And tell me which of the ideas I’ve come up with that already press your buttons.