Music listening strategy


How to find and listen to music in a way that supports artists and gives the finger to the big corps.

I guess three parts of it - discovery, support, and sharing.

1. Why

I cancelled my Deezer subscription a long while back. With the intention of going back to indie music discovery and support.

Over the last 7 years, Spotify has earned me 4.3% of what Bandcamp has. Over the last 3 months it's 1.6%. Getting playlisted by the Spotify lords and heard by 50,000 people is worth as much as ~20 people deciding to pay a fiver for a release on Bandcamp.


2. Discovery

Can't beat curation in my opinion. So either DJs, or friends recommendations.

2.1. Streaming radio

2.1.1. BBC 6 Music


listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio broadcasting to the world

I subscribe to and mainly listen to the cliq hop, DEF CON, and Drone Zone channels.

Question: does this support the artists? Does soma pay it forwards - maybe there's some licensing fee?

3. Support

3.1. Bandcamp

Occassionally buy tracks from somewhere where artists get a good proportion of it. e.g. Bandcamp. Can't afford to buy every single track I like, so need to think of a way

3.2. Resonate

Stream from Resonate where the artists get much better pay than other platforms.

4. Sharing

Post links to music that you like, where the link goes to somewhere like Bandcamp (not a random upload of the track on youtube).

5. Elsewhere

5.1. In my garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

5.3. Mentions

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