What’s up with our band merchandise?

As mentioned in my update, I’m about to release a new album. This has lead me down a rabbit hole of trying to figure out how to release it. The band, by the way, is not a band. It’s a recording project. I can’t rely on traditional outlets or concerts to generate exposure and sales. I also don’t want to just release it digitally and hope 10 people buy it on iTunes… which would effectively earn me a grant total of ~$50.

So, that leads me to ask, what’s the value of recorded music?

For a lot of people, including myself, that’s a wishy-washy question to answer. How about these questions: When the last time you bought music? Or, when you do purchase music, do you prefer CDs or digital downloads? Maybe you prefer streaming?

If you are a musician, there’s a good chance that you buy a lot of music. It’s like working in the restaurant/bar service industry and leaving big tips; it’s part of your job, and it’s arguably somewhat ingrained in your soul to support your peers. Most musicians go to shows and buy albums. We all know the work it takes to make them, and because of that we’re basically a support group. I buy your CD, you buy mine, etc.

However, if you’re not a musician, you probably value recorded music a little differently… and that’s totally okay.

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Check out these releases

Looking for some new music to check out? Check out the following releases by some friends of mine. I was lucky enough to be a part of both projects. Hope you enjoy!


Ian Ethan Case, Narrow Way to be released Sep 8

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Ian Ethan Case, Narrow Way

Consisting of nine original compositions and based around Ian’s unique work on the kalimba and fretless guitar, “The Narrow Way” features some of the best up-and-coming musicians from around the country includingJeremy Kittel(viola, violin),Nathaniel Smith(cello),Matt Kilmer(percussion),Caleb Dolister(drums),Jason Rafalak(upright bass),Dylan Coleman(upright bass), andEdward Howe(5-string electric fiddle) as well as gorgeous cover photography by outdoor photographerJim Stimson(Crowley Lake, CA) and award-winning portrait photographerSid Ceasar(Nashua, NH.)


Milton Merlos, Mi Amor

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