How can someone truly call themselves a fan when they don’t pay for their music and or pay for the film that they pirate off the internet? How can we support the hundreds of artists and sweat and tears that go into a project, if people won’t spend a rough $1 for a song!?
I don’t get it and I am here to say, WTF?!
Ok, we are not perfect human beings and if we can get a song for free here and there that is one thing BUT to be honest not paying is a slap in the face. I know from experience. I haven’t released my EP yet to the world BUT there will be a day that I do. Let me just share some insight to what actually goes into ONE SONG.
First of all a song evolves over time and gathers a life of its own. When you are an artist you spend thousands of dollars investing in your craft. Not only is it money but its the hours, days and years that you BLEED for your work. Everywhere I go, there is music in my head and I cannot stop expressing that voice. I don’t have a choice, it is a life purpose a calling if you wish. Anyhow, I spend all my thoughts and hard earned money on my craft. Here are some things that cost money (mind you this is only music and what I have experienced personally, not including film):
Vocal training $75-$200 an hour
Musical training $75+
Performance training $75+
Rehearsal time $40+ an hour
Studio time $100-$500 an hour
Hiring your musicians $30 an hour $100 a show EACH
Production $1000 a song (thats a good price)
Mastering $100-$150 a song
Promo shots $200-$700 a shoot
Website development $500 +
Small tour estimation $10,000-$20,000
Vocal Doctors $300 a session
Distribution and Printing $1000
Management $gets a cut
Music video $3000+
Anyway, I hope you get my point. I’ve read that an independent artist now a days will invest something between $20,000 – $50,000 plus before even getting a cent.
And yet the public has an issue with spending a buck a song that they will listen to for years and maybe forever? I promise I will offer free downloads for promotion because its only fair, but if I offer you my musical soul you can offer me a dollar. Otherwise SHAME ON YOU. Tit for tat baby.
Down on piracy, respect and support the ART that the ARTIST’S cannot help but continue to create for themselves, the world and especially YOU the fan.
Sarah Agajanian is an artist and writer of many forms in Los Angeles, CA. She owns her own business called Rock N' Brows + Makeup in Beverly Hills, holding a reputation as a leading eyebrow sculptor to Hollywoods most elite Rocknbrows.com. Her nights are busy with performing/recording her music with her band project ESEMAE. A singer/songwriter/musician she is, determined to express her creative self as much as possible! ESEMAE frequents: The Viper Room, Foundation Room, Harvelles, Bar Lubitsch, Witzend, Troubadour and many more! Follow her on social media for all the music and beauty possible.