Post Album Odds and Ends

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Whew, it’s been a busy couple of weeks getting my new “Fractured Time” E.P. wrapped up and ready to sell.  Seems like that’s always the case the though, the very end of the process is where things get complicated.  It’s not even just finishing up the act of actually writing the music either, though that’s certainly the most important.

There’s quite a few things that need to happen before I can release a larger project like this:

– Am I happy with the artwork, and do I have it in all the sizes and resolutions I need for the various online outlets?
– Do I know which stores I want to sell it in, and can I coordinate the release for a specific day among all of them?
– What formats do all of the stores want the audio files in (some like Addictech are particular about the file-naming)?
– How much do I want to sell it for?
– Have I added all the images and info for the album on my website, both the Tracks page and the Blog?
– How am I going to handle giving away the Live 9 Project files for the album (free for people who buy it)?
– Is all the correct artwork and album info embedded in the AAC (or MP3) files?
– Who am I going to give free copies too, and do I need to worry about it getting pirated that way?
– How do I want to announce it on the social media sites, with different wording for each, or the same for all?
– Did I upload the album to Soundcloud, YouTube (working on this today), or Vimeo?

Those are just a few of the things I’m trying to coordinate and plan for in the last couple of weeks that I’m writing an album, I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting.  But it goes even farther than that for me, because I also like to play live and DJ in addition to writing tracks in the studio.  So I’ve also got to make sure I have copies of all the new songs tagged and ‘gridded’ in my DJ software ready for my next gig.

There’s also the live set to think about.

Do I want to play any of these songs in my downtempo or uptempo live sets?  If so, then I need to go through the process of getting the right loops from all the songs to use in the Octatrack.  Those have to be set up properly, and all new drum parts have to be written for the Machinedrum.  Then I’ll remix it all to give it a fresh take for the live set (I hate live acts that sound EXACTLY like their studio songs).  Right when I am soooo sick of hearing the same songs over and over again, I have a lot more work doing just that while I get them ready to perform on stage.  🙂

Oh well, it’s all part of the process I guess, and at least most of it is fun.  just thought some people might be curious about what goes into a Tarekith album launch.  If you have any specific questions though, just put them in the comments below and I’ll answer them ASAP.

Thanks, and I hope many of you out there are enjoying the new music!

  1. Kevin03-13-2013

    Looking forward to the new release. One question I always have whenever im about to release a track.. and that is sales goals. Being an indie its lucky if I can make back the costs associated with making the album/single and this has to be something an artist takes into account. I know a lot of us do it simply for the fun and love of making music but sales always sits in there somewhere to judge how successful it was. Do you worry about sales goals? or are you just happy putting it out there for friend and family to enjoy? I have been reading a lot recently that some of the poster children for DIY releases (Trent Reznor as an example) Are starting to go back to major labels because they just are not getting the coverage with a self released DIY project. Whats your view on this? And can you share any of your experiences? Thanks Eric, always interesting reading your takes on these things. Kevin

  2. Tarekith03-13-2013

    The music I sell is mainly just for a little bit of money on the side, it’s not how I plan on making my living (at least not at this point in time). So for me it’s mainly about just writing what I want and putting it out there for people to enjoy. I have a few core fans now it seems like, so I at least make a little bit with each release.

    But I don’t count on that money, and I honestly have no idea how I would ever set a sales goal.

    I guess it depends on how much of all this behind the scenes stuff you want to manage. Like I’ve said in this post, it all takes a lot of time. Some people like me are fine with that, but if you’re not then I guess signing to a label is the way to go (if you have that option). I think the days of NEEDING to be signed to make a living are over, but it’s by no means the easiest option either.

  3. Tarekith03-13-2013

    BTW, just out of curiousity, do you get email notifications when I reply to your comments?

  4. Kevin03-13-2013

    Thanks.. I agree its more for me about finishing something tangible that will be around forever for people to hopefully enjoy. There is always the option of releasing on your own label then looking for sync/licensing deals too … for a bit of extra cash.

    I didn’t get an email response.. no. I just refreshed the page 🙂

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