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Can't afford to might be a great point for NEWER artist who were dumb enough to sign a 360 deal with a cheap budget in a direct to consumer world. To be honest if I wasn't still learning tech I would call someone like Nipsey Hussle who really doesn't have a presence on streaming sites like Spotify and TIDAL and my sells pitch would be let's continue to push your whole "Proud to Pay" direct to the consumer idea pitch to the fans with your own streaming outlet like Spotify but we will undercut Spotify and others price points and only charge $5 dollars to stream your content, which will include on exclusive content and older material. If Nipsey brought that pitch and was to reap all of his money do you know how many artist would be calling my tech team (IF I HAD ONE) and would follow that direct to consumer format and cut out the middle man and gain all advertising money. In the words of the OG Scarface record labels and other music companies will be out of business soon and the direct to consumer way of thinking will be the new wave. Using your way of thinking you the POOR MANS WATCH and the RICH MANS watch, but you can never determine who will shine in that market, only the people who can afford the product or service can determine the success of your company
You will almost certainly NEVER get another Dead Prez again in Hip Hop (unless a major record company is involved) because first an artist such as that would have to start at an underground level. Even if they make a few songs that are musical elephants online... Chances are they will not be paid much. So of course they will scramble trying to get music industry connections. By the time some are made, their initial hot iron music underground will have faded out. Another Iggy will come in and sign a record deal and sail right through the game with no issues while the future Dead Prez will be shut down not only because their message doesn't fit the cliche narrative of nonsense but because the business aspect of their brand wasn't straight. That has to be in place before you can even hire a team.
Hey man we live in the real world, were as if it ain't broke don't fix it....If the car runs why buy a new one that's even more expensive and only runs off of EXPENSIVE gas type of world. My whole world has consisted of tech and different genres of music, and with that being said I love Spotify for Blues, New albums, Hip Hop like Dead Prez, and Soul Music like Curtis Mayfiled which means live bands and dope lyrics which I like to hear threw speakers that aren't even on the market anymore. No disrespect but the whole pitch of it's not FOR YOU is like Saying it's only for the rich fuck the poor, College kids consume the most music if you didn't know that and they go to the most concerts. That's like me telling a college hey ticket sells at the door have been doubled and to stream my album you have to pay double of what the album cost retail in stores, that makes me loose a costumer and makes a affordable venue are streaming company (in this case) gain a PAID member because of price. Price is important, IF i'm you costumer and you tell me the PRICE has gone up and it's only for people with OVERPRICED head phones then you would lose and my entire family and friends, because you cant meet my price point and needs. The customers are more important then the price remember that.
Yeah all that maybe true but again, Jayz and Kanye etc... They got they paper so they cool but for artists coming after them its still a struggle. If you cool with Spotify thats fine then maybe this isn't for you but another option has been created not just for the listeners but for the artists as well. You mentioned direct to consumer? And the point of why you said that is true, however how many artists do you buy music from directly? So yeah we live in that world but it just doesn't happen much because artists aint being paid enough to even give you a direct to consumer option thats on the same competitive level as the well known artists. You said why can't artists hire a tech team? Well they could if they could be paid for their music online... because they are not paid, they can't hire a team because they can't afford one and they can't deliver you a direct to consumer high quality project because they can't afford to and on a low they still contemplate giving up their power as an artists to a major record company because they are not being paid for their music online... I mean we can talk about the well known artists? I'm talking about the next generation of artists that we don't know...
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