I bet you’re wondering how I could possibly be serious. Well…I am.
I looked back at all of the music that I really love. How did I originally come across those bands? I realized that it wasn’t an enticing picture on Facebook, or a bus stop advertisement, or a billboard. It was late nights with my friends swapping burned mix CDs of music we had gotten from some other friend. And then I’d go home and fall in love with some bands or constantly skip certain tracks. Music was both a shared experience, and a very private one. This was back before I knew about how the record industry worked.
As a teenager, I got more into writing songs and learned about the rights of songwriters, the royalties they made off of sales, and how much burning CDs hurt my favorite artists. I started buying CDs I liked. Now-a-days EVERYONE knows that “stealing” music is bad for the artists. However, I happen to think that there is more to that story.
When there was no price tag associated with the CDs, I was free to put my own value on the records. I was FAR more inclined to listen to the records in the first place and then decide whether or not I wanted to continue listening to that artist, whether or not I wanted to purchase that album or any other albums from them, and whether or not I wanted to see them live. I found almost every band I love today from some sort of free source. Radio is another free source of listening to an artist. Just keep that in mind.
Anyway, this is what I want you to do. If you haven’t heard of me, you can download a free EP just to the right of this post. Check it out, and let me know what you think!
If you already love my music, I’d love you to burn a copy of it for a friend. Tell them what you love about the songs and then give them a cd that looks like this!
Your friends will place their own value on the music. Maybe they will love it and eventually join the family here. Maybe they will hate it, then you’ll know they don’t want to join us. Either way, I’m interested to see what happens!
Please write in the comments whether or not this method worked with your friends. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!