"it's like the magnetic fields but not as good"
collaxite said: How come you decided to just give out all your songs for free? Was it because you only want funds from "true fans" and people who really care enough or was it something else? I'm just curious ;v;
i’ve always, always, always supported free music before anything else. i have always, always, always given away all of my songs for free. most of the links i tweeted i hosted when the original albums came out. i always kept my bandcamp(s) set to free or pay what you want, until bandcamp started limiting downloads, at which point i always attached a mediafire link as well so the option to download for free was there. now bandcamp no longer lets you link external sites so i pay web hosting for new releases so i can stream them on soundcloud but give free dropbox links unlimited downloads to anyone who wants them. physical music should be paid for because a lot of work time effort love and money goes into it, but digital music is donation based, always, to me and if you want to donate money it goes towards my life, music, traveling, playing shows, making more music, sometimes things like rent & food if necessary, etc. i always aim to make my living outside of music unless i become lucky enough not to have to do that, but even people i know in the “industry” so to speak largely at this point realize and agree that selling digital music is a dead business & real money comes in from free downloads & alternate sources - licensing, sync, publishing, videos, tours & merch of course, etc.
i dont care if someone wants to pay for my music or not - it’s incredibly appreciated if you have the money to spare and want to support me / my friends and what we want to do. if you dont have the money to spare, please grab it for free, and share it with your friends instead. maybe come to a show if a show is coming around. buy a record or tape if we release one. or a shirt if you really like the design. etc. otherwise all i want is for you to share the things you like with other people you think might like them. it is cool as fuck to me that someone might like what i do enough to want to listen to it, repeatedly, and i will always be saying “Thank you, please do that, for free if you want” rather than “thats great, now buy it”
a “true fan” is not at all determined by money and payment. i don’t really know what that even means. if you like something, you like it. that’s as far as it goes for me. if you like my music, you should have it (if you want). i hope to always keep it that way. it’s one of the few things i feel very, very strongly about. art is meant to be shared, created, loved, discussed, criticized, grown, dialogued, whatever. it can be bought, but that’s not the point and if you let it be the whole point it’s not really art anymore is it
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