Hello, MusicBox! Many authors have told their opinions, and I agree with them. I hope one more could be useful too. I listened to your portfolio, your music is beautiful, and it’s wonder that no sales. Maybe proplem is wider than technical and advertisement matter? What I mean (sorry for my English, I hope to be understood): as it knows, sales are happening absolute randomly, by fortune. I think that important things in our life which happen randomly are the reflections of our unvisible psychic processes. So If no sales with very good portfolio maybe it’s a sign to correct something in other parts of life, not only musical practice? From experience I know Karma works always! Or maybe … this is simply a test for your believing in success? . Only my opinion, sorry again And Good Luck!
This is very wise and many times overlooked, either because we think it’s too ‘esoteric’ or we are trying to avoid it, because we want to feel ‘in control’ in our rational and fast times.
But I always find it true and if we pay attention to it, it might not only be easier to cope with a difficult or seemingly ‘not explainable’ situation, but even to take advantage of it and grow. Now before I start sounding like a bad self help book from the nineties, let me give you an example:
I had both the fortune and bad luck of getting a pretty early in my ‘career’ weekly item feature of one of my funk/groove tracks. I was only three month on AJ and hadn’t written a single track for the holy grail ‘Corporate Motivational’ category. Being a newbie, I thought just being on the frontpage for four weeks equals the jackpot in the lottery. And believe me, the rollercoaster of emotions and events I went through in these next 4 weeks, I hardly was prepared for. (And we’re not talking having a chart hit here, but ‘only’ getting featured on a spot on a Royalty Free Marketplace). So long story short, after four weeks being on the front page I had 7 (!!) sales. There were more nice comments on the track though…. but I was devestated and thought the universe is trying to mock me, lol. And apart from this, I dont wanna mention what even the tiniest bit of ‘success’ can sometimes bring out in some ‘friends’, who are used to seeing you struggling with them and like to keep it that way. And that is only one event…. guess I could fill a book with the other stuff in only two years now…. might HAVE to come back to it if my sales will STAY the way they are right now in this cruel beginning of December, lol
So, yep, Cheers to Ladanauskas for having the courage to write about it
Edit: And I can swear my 1 year member badge turned into the blue two year badge exactly while writing this post (... mysterious background music playing…), although I think they also change at midnight Melbourne time along with the others…. or maybe not… ( ...still even more mysterious sounding background music playing…)
I just had a quick listen to a few of your tracks and what I heard doesnt sound bad at all. I think it’s about fine tuning, like Taco already pointed out. For example, your ‘Happy Go Ukulele’ is a good uke track and there’s no reason it shouldnt’ sell except for the intro. It’s too long and not ‘happy’ enough, I can imagine customers clicking to the next tune in the intro. The trick here is NOT to think too much as a musician, but to hear it from the perspective of the customer, the art director, the marketing guy etc… more like the end use, because some rules apply in stock music that are kind of contrary to an interesting ‘song’ or (pop)music piece, like sudden mood changes for example.
Long story short, I am still learning these things after now two years here and one place I ALWAYS visit to remind me how it works is the portfolio of our beloved Mr.’Soundroll’.
Why is he so succesful? Well, in my opinion, many of his tracks are perfect examples of combining the key elements of what makes a good stock music track with awesome musicianship and immaculate production. To be more specific: He has the ability not only to FIND the best genre specific sounds,but also nail them in usage and production. He seems to go the extra mile when it comes to all these points. Also, his tracks have a great timing, drive and energy that puts them a step higher than most of the other material here.
But he also didnt start there: listen to his older material and you will hear a learning curve and constant improvement.
Compare uploading a track like presenting yourself on a street full of artists during the Edinburgh art festival: Where will people stop and listen for a while? Where there’s energy, emotion, artistry AND good presentation. You can also stand there with a mediocre ‘Wonderwall’ imitation, but then dont expect too many people to stop and watch or throw something into your hat.
From time to time I like to write a few lines in these kinds of ‘Why is it not working’- Threads, because every time I do it, I feel I’ve reminded myself again to stay focused on what’s important, and if it also helps you a little bit to keep writing, well then good for the both of us
Haha, reading this, MY question is rather: ‘Why the hell havnen’t I sold a flippin’ extended in ages ??’ But hey, Congrats to YOU, it’s a great feeling, isnt it? , especially when you remember your account balance from yesterday, you log in, then realize you only had one sale and your mind cant make sense of the numbers for a moment
Yey, I can start a green paw thread
And this one is really important for me, not only to congratulate him for this awesome achievement, but also to say a big Thank you to him. He has helped me in numerous situations finding my way through the Royalty Free Jungle and still never gets tired of giving me some good advice when I get lost again.
So,* chink *, let’s raise our glasses…. for AudioQuattro(fanfare playing)
11 minutes ? What the hell is going on?!? ..... maybe it was the name of my track: “Time Machine”
Finally upgraded to Studio One Professional for only $99 today. Also thinking about getting Kontakt (yes I admit, I only got Komplete Elements so far
Argh…guys, stop…. I’m gonna be so broke…lol
Great work! Congrats
Since we’re using these pictures for commercial purposes it’s always risky since in case of a copyright claim, you dont have a written license. So to be on the safe side and avoiding having to redesign any track or profile art, I use only Photodune pics.
I really agree that the search there is ….well frankly a pain in the arse, one cant say it in any other way. Which is a shame because there are plenty of great items for a unbeatable price well hidden….. (sounds familiar, right?!? )
I also constantly look for free promotion items on various other RFM marketplaces. If you do that for a few months you will have a little library to chose from.