In my experience, complexity and intrusiveness lead to low sales. Simple songs that set a feel but don’t distract or call too much attention to themselves sell better.
Paradoxically, strong memorable melodies seem to sell well too. Out of my top 10 selling songs, about 7 fall into a more “background-y” category and 3 have a distinct melody. However, the melodies are very simple and repetitive, so even though they’re sort of in the forefront they’re not overly distracting and are certainly not complex.
I’ve found songs that have an instrument that gets too busy don’t sell as well in general.
One other more esoteric thing – I’m sure we’ve all experienced tracks that you start with really good intentions but end up struggling with, or you’ve added one too many instruments but when you take one away it just sounds too thin, or have just taken too much time on, or felt like it was more work than play. No matter what the end result is, these tend to not sell as well for me.
On the other hand, without exception, my top 10 selling songs came easy to me. For instance, my best seller was actually conceived as a bit of a joke in response to one of the original ukulele/clapping/whistling bashing threads, so the entire composition and recording process I felt silly and whimsical, and just had a good time with it. My second best seller was the result of not being able to consciously come up with any compositions while sitting in the studio, so I just recorded some simple fingerpicking and layered a couple of instruments over it.
So I guess in a nutshell what has worked for me is to not overthink things and have as much fun as possible when composing and recording. I’m sure that won’t work for every genre or author, but I’m mainly in the folk category which means that there is latitude for simplicity that you won’t find in, say, cinematic.
Yes! That is undoubtedly, without question, extremely awesome! Is it too soon to add a feature request to filter by genre ?
Nice work, SchwartzSound – I hope this brings you a bundle of sales and referral income.
Sweet! I say go for it. I’ve got a couple that I put my own vocals on – sales are not stellar but it’s a fun change of pace.
One thing I might recommend is put an instrumental version along with it in your zip file. Even if buyers want the voice for some parts of their presentation they might also have sections that need to be instrumental as well.
Welcome, and best of luck in the Jungle! It’s a great place to be
Actually the magnetic poetry is a pretty good idea!
I struggle with naming continually. I sidestepped the issue with my first 40 tracks . Sometimes I’m at a total loss, and normally it’s late at night and I’m tired of hearing the song so I have no idea what to name it.
Keywords probably can help search results, but I also think that more creative names are fine as well as long as they describe the feel of the song accurately. In that respect, Clouds is a perfect name for AudioQuattro’s track (and it’s a damn fine track!). But Phil, I think you have a point when you mentioned that “Iridescence” may be a little too unusual especially for a non-native English speaker. Also, although it’s common enough that most people know what it means, I bet if you asked any given 10 native English speakers to spell it you’d get 2-3 correct answers (full disclosure – first time I typed it just now I ended it with “se” instead of “ce”). So I think in this case “Simple Beauty” might be the better option.
I was also pleasantly surprised at the speed at which my latest upload made it through. Maybe Envato has introduced a mandatory hourly quintuple-shot espresso policy for the review team.
Anyway, as always, kudos to the reviewers!
Freaking amazing, Tim!
Absolutely, yes – either the radio or a playlist idea would be fantastic. I’m not normally a buyer, but I would love to have a much less manual way of becoming familiar with other authors’ works.