10 things you'll realize when you release an album

Started by Kyo, July 21, 2010, 09:38:07 PM

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Disclaimer: This is a shameless cross-post to several forums, but since my original post generated a lot of very interesting discussion with lots of good stories and valuable comments from other musicians, I thought I'd just go ahead and post it here as well:

I'd like to share this little list of things I learned in the six months following the release of my band's debut album. :)

When you release an album, you will realize that...

1. ... relying on online acquaintances to help promote your music (e.g., by writing reviews if they like it) is mostly futile. This can even harm your however loose relationship with people when they disappoint you for no good reason.

2. ... on the other hand, sometimes perfect strangers can become untiring champions of your music which feels just great. :)

3. ... some magazines and review pages can't even be bothered to reply to a promo offer via e-mail. Makes you really want to send them a CD just like that, eh? :|

4. ... a large part of many reviews is just a slightly re-phrased version of your official band biography. So better make sure it's well-written. :D

5. ... a surprising percentage of positive (!) reviews doesn't include a single nicely quotable sentence. :(

6. ... even when your guest star is very obviously featured on your entire album, some "professionals" will still write that he "guests on a couple of tracks".  :roll:

7. ... you were clearly influenced by <insert band you've never heard in your life>.

8. ... some people buy your album (thanks!) but then share their download link with all their friends (WTF?!). It's one form of "support", I guess...  :x

9. ... quite a few of your online acquaintances don't legally obtain music at all (they might make an exception for their favorite band).

10. ... you shouldn't expect people to stick to public announcements like "I will buy this ASAP", especially coming from other musicians.  :lol:

To be continued...
"Freedom in the 21st Century means being incommunicado."


"Putting food on the table is more important than 7/8"


I guess it is. It's only part of the story, though. Lots of nice stories to tell, too. But I don't wanna repost my additional comments with some more positive stuff in yet another thread, haha! And anyway, there is a reason why that stuff is not on the original list - it had nothing to do with new realizations.  :)
"Freedom in the 21st Century means being incommunicado."


Btw, my favorite comment so far (from another forum) and a real eye-opener for me:

QuoteWow times have changed. 10 years ago a topic like this would also have included another 10 items about the crooks that run the record company and the deal they conned you into signing.

So true, and yet I never even considered it since we never had to deal with a record company to start with!
"Freedom in the 21st Century means being incommunicado."


It's a mixed blessing that any and everyone can get their music released in some form nowadays. It's great that you can get your stuff out there but, without the backing of big labels and whatnot, most acts lack the financial position to go mega on the promotional and distribution front. Word of mouth can only go so far. Of course, a plus side is that you don't have to deal with those crooked dogs in the label offices and possibly get completely screwed over, and you will always have complete control over your work.

Double edged sword, innit? It's a hard business to get into, but I think (maybe that should be 'hope') that a lot of good can come out of it.


I was looking into all this stuff because my band are on the verge of releasing an album next month, and it just seems like I have TOO much to learn hahaa