I have done my share of “grunt work” over the years to be considered a seasoned indie musician. The question I ask most indie musicians that are complaining about Spotify is “How has it hurt your career?” Most of the time they come up with some excuses about how it doesn’t pay anything and it’s screwing them out of money. The whole time I’m thinking in my head…“How much were they making online with your music BEFORE Spotify?”
Here is the way I see it. I would prefer someone stream my music a million times rather than buy a cd and listen to that a million times. For most musicians the fear of not recouping their money right away is a very scary thing. I personally didn’t make CD’s of my debut release because I simply don’t have the budget and yea, it’s scary to put in a lot of money and not see a return right away. Trust me, I know…if you could only see the boxes of leftover cd’s from previous bands and projects in my attic. I decided a long time ago that I’m not making CD’s anymore.
Indie musicians should embrace services like Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud…etc. Before the digital age, even the hardest working indie band in America would never be heard by countless fans in other countries without the help of a record label.
The music industry is ours and the powers that be are not happy!! In closing…indie musicians: Get to work! “Fame and fortune” or whatever you’re goal is with your music will not come easy! Work for it. Make it your life. Real success is just a stream away.