A huge middle finger towards everybody sharing small, independent artists’ music for free just because they think it’s ”fun” and ”cool” and whatever.
I understand if you’re sharing Lady Gaga’s album. I’m not saying it’s right, but it’ll hardly hurt her bank balance – she’ll probably still be eating. But if you’re sharing the album of a small artist who’s done it all him/herself, think again.
You should realize he has spent months on the album, working a “real job” to afford to do it and doing it all in addition to his job, basically doing a double duty – OR not worked and not got paid at all for a while just so he/she can finish the album in hopes it will gain him something once the album comes out.
Also, he’s probably mastered it himself, paid for his tools, spending a lot of time on that, or paid for its mastering and/or studio time as well as its artwork, so even before the album is out, he has spent a shitload of his time as well as money on it. And you know what? For small, independent artists, there are no advance payments. It’s make or break.
So, if you think it’s cool to share his music for free, then think again.
How does a 33-year-old man like me celebrate the weekend? By buying a new skateboard, going skating with girls, having a few beers, making beats. BOOM. I’d advise anyone to live the life they love. Too many ppl of my age are unhappy with what they do; partly bcs they conform to their age. I’ve seen too many ppl give up what they really like because they get old(er). Fuck it! Don’t stop doing it! Do whatever keeps you happy. You only have this life to live – live it for yourself and not the others. You should pay no attention to others’/society’s expectations. Remember when you were young – you surrounded yourself and filled your days with all the cool and interesting stuff? You still should!
It’s been a long time coming.
Some thoughts relating to this whole “Fanu thing”.
About me taking a departure from it, about the new album, new beginnings in terms of being an artist, introspection…
I hope I’m not letting anyone down, but this is how I feel.