Music has changed in some remarkable ways over the past couple of years. Playlists are giving massive amounts of exposure to previously unknown artists of every age and experience level and analytic information provided by streaming platforms can now tell musicians detailed information about just who is listening to their music and how they discovered it.
But the biggest change in music we’re seeing is the breakdown of the album format. In 2016, researchers found that listeners were beginning to listen to music more on playlists than they were through traditional albums. This represents an Earth-shattering change for the music industry, and we’re nowhere near the point of being able to comprehend what it all means. But something that’s easy to see in the short term is that press and radio outlets appear to be slow to adjust to music’s new reality.
Imagine you’re a new, independent artist looking to test the waters of the business they call music. You have a soul-sucking day job, but hey, gotta pay the rent, right? Soon you’d love to quit and make music full time, but first you need to get some momentum going. You bedroom-produced a handful of songs and you’re ready to get streamed. Got $50 to drop on digital distribution for those five songs? “Ayyyyyy, I haven’t even bought a nice microphone yet!”
Do you really want to begin your career hundreds of dollars in the hole?
You can’t catch your dreams if you go broke trying. That’s why we’re dethroning The Old Way with Select Distribution, the smart, budget-friendly way to get your music on the biggest streaming platforms in the world. The Old Way requires you to spend at least $10 per song and $50 per album to get on “hundreds” of streaming sites, apps, and stores. That’s a fine offer for the more established artist with thousands of fans. That guy is confident he’ll make his money back in a few months. But the up-and-comer, well, she needs to be a bit more choosy with her money. Want to do some quick math?
To provide some background, when musicians join ReverbNation, they choose a genre – or multiple genres – to match their style of music. Since every artist is different, they have the option to write in whatever genre they can dream up. And boyyyy, are there some unique ones!
If you’re bored with your current playlist, check out these 10 subgenres to find some new and interesting music.
10 points if you can tell us where Denton is…If not, no biggie, that isn’t the goal of this anyways (sorry, geography nerds). We’re here to shine a light on cities with killer music scenes that aren’t NYC, LA, or Nashville, the ones that don’t get nearly enough love as they should. Come take a trip with us.
Did you know that the hairstyle parked on top of your head controls your mind and music taste? It actually doesn’t, but what if it did? We recently performed a hair follicle analysis (as music companies do) to create haircut soundtracks. Hair are the results.
They’re weirdly awesome. And so is the music. When musicians join ReverbNation, they choose a genre – or multiple genres – to match their style of music. Since every artist is different, they have the option to write in whatever genre they can dream up. And boyyyy, are there some doozies!
We’ve all been there, when your go-to artists and songs just aren’t doing it for you anymore. So this week, we uncovered the secret forest dwellers of the genre world – the ones you didn’t even know existed until right now.
Listen to a hand-picked selection of some of our upcoming and established ambient artists.
“Ambient music must be as ignorable as it is interesting” says Brian Eno who first coined the term. Say what you want about a genre that hides in the shadows, but the Spotify “Sleep” playlist is a powerful one, boasting over 1.1 million followers.
Here at ReverbNation we're constantly discovering new music, sharing our fave songs with each other, and rocking out 24/7. So we figure, why not share some of our current picks with you? Get to know us in our Staff Picks: April Edition playlist.