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Forgive the typos. It’s late and I’m tired. :)
I, probably like many others, am torn on this issue. On one side, I think the internet/downloading not only exposed more artists to the public (think Azealia Banks, Weeknd, Lana Del Rey (ew), Iceage, Radiohead (“Kid A” blew up after it was leaked on the internet), etc) but also makes listening and exploring music easier for those who don’t have a the income to buy random albums just to see if they are good or not. However, I do fee the need to support those artists who I want to hear more, lots more from.
I’m not going to pretend to be morally superior but I think there are ways to download free music AND support great artists. For my part, I do the following:
1. If I like the album, I post reviews/YouTube videos on social websites to get more people interested who wouldn’t normally listen to said artists
2. I see LOTS of concerts
3. I encourage my friends to go to concerts with me and sometimes buy tickets for them
I guess in my way I feel I am supporting my favorite artists. I feel a $50 concerts ticket supports them more than a $9.99 download on iTunes or a $15.99 physical album purchase.
I downloaded two tUnE-yArDs albums which in total would have costed ~$20 on iTunes. However, I have seen her 3 times in concert totally close ~$60.
I downloaded three Dirty Projectors albums (~$30) and saw them for about $40.
And yes, I am seeing Grizzly Bear next week for ~$50 and the albums would’ve cost ~$30 to buy.
I’m not actually sure if the artists get a bigger cut but I like to believe I’m doing my part to support them. I also know not many people are able to make it to concerts as much as I might be able to.
So, I guess all I can see is. See LOTS of live music. Go to as many concerts as you can. Take friends too. You probably saving enough to buy them a ticket once and a while too. Plus, you get the added bonus of having people think you’re really cool for seeing a lot of live music. If you can’t afford or go to concerts, do something to expose these artists to people who can.
Just my two cents.