Wednesday, October 14, 2009

At what price do you like 'free'?

A friend tipped me of this article well worth a read on the topic 'free'.

We are used to the never ending rants of 'free music and movies', how about free journalism and 'free' stuff in general?

Personally I am no big fan of 'free'. It usually means that you have to accept something at a lower quality simply because it is free OR that it is not actually free - the costs you pay for it are just hidden in clever ways.

The linked article focuses on a specific newspaper in the UK, but that is not what is relevant. What IS relevant are the questions that are asked and what it is that makes quality work 'free'.

If you have the time, then I really recommend this read:
If the future's worth having, it won't be free

Relating to my music, some of my songs are made available free. Why, you say?

It is not because I think that anybody in the world that may like my music can't afford to spend ~1€ on one of my tracks.

I do it for two reasons:
  1. I am a small independent unknown artist, having some of my music for free helps me get some attention in the ever increasing buzz on the Internet.
  2. As I don't live on the income from my music (yeah, that would be the day!) I am not depending on it to pay my bills.

I spend tremendous amounts of time and money producing my music. To date I have spent about 5000€ more than the income has been. Am I insane?
I don't think so.

I aim to deliver quality products, in my case music, or an experience as I like to view it.

Some may not like what I produce. I am fine with that. I am not forcing anybody to buy or listen to my music. Neither do I allow myself to lower the quality just so that I can make it 'free'.

I am happy to pay for quality, I do and I will continue to do so.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Album

It's been a while since the last update but it is now time to provide you with a short update on what is going on in the world of Voide. 7 tracks are ready for the upcoming album, and I am currently working on 6 more tracks with various levels of completion. I feel very inspired at the moment and I am excited by the ideas for the remaining songs. The challenge I have is that it is hard to find the required time to work with the tracks, but I am persistent and I will and am working as soon as I can get some spare time. I am also glad to announce the Pixieguts will be featured on more tracks on the upcoming album as a result of the great sucess that we had with 'Into the Sun'!

The upcoming, and still untitled album, will be a very unique listener experience true to the Voide sound and concept. I am striving to broaden the scope of what a track by Voide sounds like. No release date has been set, I don't want to feel even more pressure to deliver the album - it will be ready when it is ready. Hopefully in Q1 2010.

eQo remix
The eQo remix that I did on the track 'Just a little bit more' has been accepted for a netlabel release and I am of course very happy about this as is Ben from eQo. I'll post more info about it as soon as there is anything to share.

Aggregator mishap
Due to some unfortunate events at my aggregator CDBABY the digital distribution of the LAZY single has been delayed until now. I am of course not very happy about this and it has been totally out of my control. The good news is that it should be available on iTunes, Spotify and other digital distribution and streaming services in the near future.

Greetings from the X2000 train between Gothenburg and Stockholm in Sweden.