It’s funny. All day I’ve been thinking over the state of our music industry. Recently, I was made aware of free download links to my new single online, which just kinda made me go, “Wow…”.
I mean, sure, it’s really nothing new. I see free download links to songs of my favorite artists online all the time. The game’s just different now & these days it’s kinda inevitable. But you never really think it will happen to you & when it does… Well, I wouldn’t say it’s the greatest feeling of all time :). Anyways, next thing I log on to Facebook tonight to find that my friend, Tania Doko, posted something along the same lines as a status update:
“I’m amazed that people won’t spend $1.69 to buy a song off itunes. I mean it’s not like I’m surprised, but I’ve just found a squillion youtube videos of Joyride(our new single) with free download links to the song. What does the future hold for artists and making a living from what we create? Lucky we have many strings to our bow, and we won’t be beaten :).”
Usually, I keep things fairly middle-of-the-road, but in this case I can only echo what she said. And it’s not about going on a finger-pointing spree or anything crazy, I just want to encourage anyone reading:
Please support the artists you enjoy by buying their music.
It not only shows respect to the artist for all the hard work invested into those 3 or 4 minutes of what’s now that ace tune you’ve got on repeat 24/7. It’s actually what keeps our industry alive & healthy. On a very practical level, it just enables artists to keep (freely) creating. The harsh reality is that piracy – of all kinds, not just in music – kills many dreams.
Please don’t steal music guys. If you like what you hear, go ahead & buy that record ;).