Home studio tour in the year 2020, when everything is going to get rolling. I will give you an inside view of my home studio. I will be talking about what elements makes my studio, the studio that is right for me?
I record the moment
in the moment
I am a storyteller
and let the music speak
I will talk about software, the DAW I am using. DAW stands for 'Digital Audio Workstation', in fact it is the key in recording. (Why this DAW I am not addressing. That is something for a single solid video by itself. I get to that in the near future.)
A DAW is for recording instruments, or vocals, you do that with the help of that software.
And what kind of computer do I use? A dedicated one. There is no other software on than what is needed. to get the job done. More hardware: Instruments and controllers, amplifiers, studio monitors. Most of it is in this video. And what not is will come another time.
NOTE: Please bare in mind English is not my native language
(that is Dutch, The Netherlands)
--for all my songs, per song there are multiple Music streaming websites available like: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Music, Google Play, Napster, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon and Medianet.
My YouTube channel
The video above
Song is live
The next song coming out will be 'A 3'.
Dutch motorways consist of one letter A followed by a number of digits.
From Amsterdam going East to the German border is called A 1.
From Amsterdam going South East to Maastricht is called A 2.
From Amsterdam going South to Rotterdam is called A 3. But this motorway is never built. It is on plans of the motorway network in The Netherlands (1932) but did never make it.
A 4, A 5, A 6, A 7, A 8, A 9, A 10, A 12, A 13, A 15, A 16, A 17, A 18, A 20 and there are 30 more.
That is something to write a song about, I thought.
Using words like:
Searching for, minding my own business, getting tired, having a hole in my shoe, barefoot, no soles left, the perseverance and will to find what you are looking for. Depression, a hole in my soul and the expression of sadness. Fulfillment of life's questions or demands and the ridicule of finding freedom, or not? Peace or resignation are maybe better words in this context. Although the happiness of the music-style makes it more bearable.
I had to think of 'The Smiths'.
Link to the songpage A 3.
Link to the promo video from A 3.
Converted into bussiness accounts
The Social Media Icons at the bottom of the website pages are converted into pages connected to this website.
Your music on music stores in 2019
So, now that only one song is out, you kinda wonder how much money you are going to earn, now your music is published. I found some numbers and I already knew it ain't much. But it's even worse as I thought.
- Napster the old torrent illegal download website is paying the best; 0.019 USD per stream.
- Tidal is owned by JayZ and pays 0.0125 USD per stream.
- Apple is paying relatively good 0.00735 USD. (20% of the market)
- YouTube pays you almost nothing, 0.00069 USD.
- Spotify who is serving almost half of the market (47%) is paying also less then half, compared to Napster, 0.00437 USD.
Between Napster and YouTube are a lot of the major streaming / selling online music stores. The best choice is to find many of the minor websites. They pay the most.
Don’t ever make a career out of your earnings; only 3% of YouTubers earn enough to cross the poverty line. Well then, I made up my mind and only do it because I like music so much, ahum!
Source: digitalmusicnews.com a.o.
The song Blue Square is uploaded to the publisher, and is prepared to get released on 150+ streaming websites. I have a full list of these websites, you can find it down this text.
It can take a week or 7 days or 5 working days to get released. They say it is sometimes only a few days. If there is one of the main music streaming websites, I will let you know.
The beautiful thing is that I did the uploading together with my daughter Lois, who will be singing in this song. It is an exited time. And I hope everything will go smooth. As soon as there is news, ... (that is what I mean;) I let you know.
Update: October 9th, 2019, It goes smooth, all the way. Check the "Blue Square" page.
"Blue Square" a song about love
We all know the feeling of being in love. If not, you will miss the strongest drive in life (that's my humble opinion). "Falling in love", we wander around with texts in our heads. And that is exactly what you will find here in the lyrics of this song. All sentences have something to do with my experiences with love, although they may not make sense to you (probably).
I call the first song ready. Featuring Lois, my daughter, who sings. The song is orchestrated, based on a guitar riff I played for many years. I do not play guitar very well. I know some tricks that sound pretty cool and made this song out of it.
The Blue Square page.
Conversion of songs - Work in progress
The wish is there to publish my music. Going through some boxes in the attic to find material from way back. Most of it I will make new, give it a new twist or transcribe it 1:1 because they sound stil good. And sometimes I really want to do it completely new.
The old material is digitalised (*.wav) end are in a list on my computer. Listening to them, getting familiair with them, to figer out, what to do with it.
And ofcourse the new, new songs are also being formed. Composed, arranged, orchestrated, scoring, and whatever more, being made. What a creative thing to do.
New website new entry
Well January is almost over and I am announcing: "I will make my music public this year."
Yes, somewhere into 2019. I have my studio ready for recording, the songs in my mind, knowing what to do, to make it happen. So, stay tuned to this websites and the connected social media (still need some things to do...). It will happen. Promise.
Update: October 2019
Kept my promiss; One song is online. I want to do more. And there are a few almost ready.
Hang-on, more to come.