Although I’ve been making downtempo, dub, and similar sorts of music for years (as well as remixing other people’s songs), by kids think I should get “with it” and start making “beats” instead. I honestly had very little idea of what they were talking about, until they started playing rap songs in the car, and told me that it isn’t usually the rapper who makes the music for these songs. I didn’t realise that the rapper has someone else do this, but something licences (or not!) these “beats” from someone else. After listening to a few raps songs and youtube tutorials about making “beats”, I had a go at making some myself on my new Akai MPK Mini Mark 3, and my kids think the beats are “sick” !!!
I’ve since found out that you can put these beats on a marketplace, and on Youtube for people to license, so I’ve upload a couple to Beatstars.com, and onto my Youtube channel. So far there have been many plays, or sales (none!) but I’m having fun making the beats. If anyone who’s reading this needs some beats or likes the ones in the video, let me know in the comments on Youtube, or via my beatstars account.
In this video, I review the M-Audio M-Track Duo, and explain some of the features and uses of this new USB audio interface. It is compatible with Windows and Apple Mac. I’ve tested it myself on Windows, using Ableton Live 10. The M-Track Duo is class-compliant on PC which means it works pretty much out of the box. It is very affordable and compact, and easy to use. It has two independent TRS/XLR inputs with M-Audio Crystal Pre-amps. I’ve bought and tried a few USB audio interfaces recently, and M-Track Duo is a lot more affordable, and clearer sounding, for some on a tight budget who wanting to make their recordings and podcasts sound more professional.
I’ve read recently that Spotify only pay artists around $0.0032 per stream, or less. The question is, whether it’s worth putting my own music on the platform, along with places like Deezer, Amazon Music, and Youtube Music.
So far, I have tracks on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, but will I get enough plays and streams? What’s the best distro site to get my tracks out there?
There’s an interesting article on how much music sites actually pay here:
My remix of Deep Space Lament by Animat, is featured on “Earplayed”, an eight track album which is out now.
“Earplayed” is the companion to celebrate the re-release of “Earplay”, and includes some of their favourite remixes and previously unreleased versions of the original tracks. I’m really pleased and honoured to be part of this project.