TL;DR: The music industry is broken. Instead of trying to fix it, let’s just try something a whole lot different. It all starts with this NFT.
UPDATE: A huge thank you to Seed Club for collecting "The Unlock" NFT and for officially unlocking this first Songcamp for everyone!
DOUBLEUPDATE: And thanks to all who voted for Songcamp in Mirrors $WRITE race and pushing us into the Top 10. This and future Songcamp essays now live at songcamp.mirror.xyz.
The current music industry models condition us to believe certain untruths: that we must amass millions upon millions of streams a month to earn a decent living, that we must be one thing and build one brand identity and not stray from that, that we must spend an exorbitant amount of time and money finding our audience by paying for data that is siloed off by opaque intermediaries — data that is rightfully ours.
All this and more adds up to the hamster wheel performance of the music business.
And the worst part is it cuts creativity off. It sets illusory limits upon the limitless imagination of creative folks.
We need not earn millions of streams. We need not build one and only one version of ourselves. And we sure as hell do not need to commoditize our music and let it sit frozen on digital shelves that we don’t own.
There are new avenues emerging that entirely circumvent these old models. They are young and nascent and not fully understood. We aren’t entirely sure how they work yet, or how most people are going to use them.
But we do know that they allow us to realize a truer value of digital things, which until now has been decided by a handful of centralized organizations.
So what we must do now is experiment. Songcamp is a place to run these experiments.
Our first experiment is a songwriting camp that doesn’t end when the music is written, but extends out into the visual creation and release of said music.
The idea is to collectively fund, create and distribute art.
3 newly-formed groups of music makers are currently co-creating 3 songs from scratch
1 team of visual artists is working on cover artwork for those records
and a team of project operatives is creating and executing a web3 distribution plan for said music
This is where you come in…
Purchasing this piece unlocks this first songwriting camp for all involved. The funds received will go towards a) our distribution costs (gas fees etc.) and b) the visual team that created this artwork.
We will be sharing more details in the coming days/weeks as to how this music will be distributed.
Hopefully our next update will come from songcamp.mirror.xyz :) In order to make that URL a reality, vote for us on Wednesday’s $WRITE race.
Update: Thank you for voting for us! Songcamp now lives at songcamp.mirror.xyz