With the expansion and affordability of home recording beat making software and equiptment we have also seen a rise of young producers or beat makers. Many of these beat makers make their beats but do not know where to go from there or take thier career and talen to the next level. The first thing that young producers need to do is overcome shyness, accept feedback and put their beats or instrumentals out there publicly for people to hear. It will do them no good if the beats just remain on their ipod or in their cd player. There are so many websites for producers to upload and sell thier beats. Most of these websites cost money to sell beats. Some take little or no comission, some take a lot of comission such as http://www.makehitmusic.com and others have better player features such as myflashstore.net. The first website i will talk about is rocbattle.com
. This site has changed recently, do to some administrative differences and change in programmers. The basics of the site still remain the same. Producers can battle their beats against other producers in chance to get on the front page of their website from winning enough battles. The minimum price that producers can sell their beats is $10 on this site, which is bad for producers who want to sell their beats for cheaper. They do however offer you to offer discounts such as "buy 1 beats get 2 free" you can only have one discount set up. The player currently is not much to look at in regards to design and eye candy which can be a main ingredient for manking sales. So the design and lack of social sharing in the player was a big negative for me. Also i have had multiple complaints of artists never recieving thier beats from rocbattle after purchasing. This makes you the producer and your company look incompetent and is ultimately bad for business. The cost to host your beats at rocbattle.com is currently 12.95 a month. Soundclick.com
is another site where producers can shop their beats. They can use a free membership or upgrade to a VIP membership. For producers that are serious about selling their beats they will want to have a VIP membership so that they can have a customized page design. The cost for VIP is $9.95 which is not bad for unlimited uploads. Be careful of what beat you upload for the soundclick staff does not like sampling and if you do not own all elements in your beat they may suspend your account. Trust me I know, i paid for advertsing on their site and had the #1 song, it had a sample in it and the next thing you know my account was suspended. I had to delete all sampled beats to get it reinstated. Their chart system also seems to be rigged. The same producers are always on the front page and seem to be the only ones who can buy the front page promotions. Myself and others have tried to book their promotion right at 9:00 pst - 12:00 est and the spots always get booked before you can checkout. Soundclick.com does not seem to be as popular as it once may have been. Most rappers on there are only looking for free beats. Soundclick.com is a great place to find rappers dont get me wrong, but do not expect to find major names shopping there. Myflashstore.net
is probably the most valuable tool for the beat maker. This website for $19.00 you have unlimited beats
. You can customize your player in either flash or html and place it practically anywhere. You can customize your voicetag and set your beat prices to anything you want. Plus you can set up three different discounts unlike rocbattle.com who offers only one. You can also uplad trackout files, wav files, and set ups non-exclusive and exclusive contracts that are customized and sent directly to your customer. This is a must for beatmakers no matter where you decided to host your beats.
The all new Rocbattle 4.0 is up and running and is currently in its beta stage. Producers will be delighted to hear that they can easily upload their beats, set their prices, and now add their own song art. In addition producers will now be able to share their page and their songs to a wide range of social media outlets, not just facebook and twitter. The website still has the producer beat battle function, where producers can battle their beats against other producers for a change of the spotlight on the front page for more exposure. Returning producers will be glad to hear that they will keep all their past stats, including number of sales. The site is still in its beta stage and will become the major beat selling platform that in was in the past after all the kinks and bugs are worked out. One function it does not seem to have so far is the producers ability to embed an html code for their player to promote on their own website, wordpress, forum or blog. Hopefully Rocbattle will add this function soon to help their producers sell more beats and reach more of an audience. So far i am very impressed with the new site and have already began to sell beats.
After I came home from the studio the other night , I decided to hop on the internet and browse for some fresh new beats to use on my current album that I have been working on for the past year. After searching for a several hours I came across this one particular website that caught my eye or should i say my ears, it's called buyhiphopbeats.net. I'm so excited that I found this amazing site because it features the fresh material that i was searching for. These beats were all that I was missing and keeping me from getting discovered. They had so many beats to choose from, were talking hundreds.Honestly I felt like a child in a candy store, there were plenty to choose from it was so hard not to spend all my money buy all of them. Many of them our soulful and very deep and heartfelt, this happened to be the style i was looking for in particular. They also had some beats that were very energetic, fast tempo, club type of beats. They had beats to match any style for any artist.
Okay now lets talk about the site. They are a production team out of California and they started back in 2004. The site updated daily with new music and videos. The website also features music production tutorial videos and articles to help other producers with their production and artist with their musical endeavors. They also offers free beats, thats right "Free" beats just for joining their mailing list. Which i did that night. They sent me several beats for free and of them in particular called "Cant Stop Me". Now this song reminded me of something Dr.Dre would have produced. I was very please in the quality and impressed with the production style.
That night i had purchased several beats from them, which they give you a discount for buying more than one at a time. Which is a plus. Ordering my beats was very easy. I simply had to click the beat to hear it, add it to my cart, and clicked the "Buy Now" button. The system then took me to the payment page where I had the option to pay through PayPal Direct Transfer, PayPal credit/debit card or Paypal eCheck. Third, a link was then given to me after I confirm payment and voila! I may now download the audio files that I ordered! Told you it's easy. Then there's a plus too! You can be a Featured Artist in the site as well. All you have to do is submit your recorded song and after Grizzly reviews the song and find it to be of great quality, you will be featured in the site!
These beats are top quality and will get you noticed. Unlike some of these other beatsites on the internet. So if you are looking for beats be sure to check them out.
Bands and musicians looking to make the jump between the garage and the music industry will benefit from the music platform ReverbNation. While not designed for collaboration, ReverbNation is an application that lets music artists create an identity page with a variety of promotional tools, and lets fans sample or find music.
ReverbNation is set up to handle a band’s needs, offering email, gig finder, songs via IM, widgets, an online store, and free stats. Bands willing to add on ReverbNation’s services (priced at $2.95 and up) will see increased storage for songs, digital distribution, and press kits. All this adds up to a variety of tools for promotion, but that’s just one side of the speaker.
Fans and listeners will find one of the best features in ReverbNation is the way it makes local bands accessible. Anytime you are performing a search you are able to select local bands, not only giving you a chance to preview, but potentially add an outing to your calendar. Any music lover that’s paid at the door for unknown bands can see the benefit of this.
Some users may see the business of the pages a drawback (there’s a lot packed into them), but bands are liable to see the rate of return to be too low from the online store (50%). Of course participation in the online store is optional, and the promotional opportunities are there to help sales.
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Do you love Soundclick Beats like every other Artist?Why wouldn't you? With over a quarter of a million beats to choose from it's a great place to start searching for a producer to work with. The only problem is that any beat in the top 10, while guaranteed to be a banger, is also guaranteed to have been used by several hundred if not thousands of artists by the time its gotten there. You can get a lot further if you choose an instrumental that has not been over used. It helps you stand out if you have a unique sound, there is no question about that.Unlimited Commercial Use, i.e. Radio Play, Shows, Music Videos, and other like uses.
Grizzlybeatz offers over one hundred instrumentals, all guaranteed to be industry quality. If you've been looking for a soundclick beat to work with, look no further. The beat store at the top of this page is fully automated, your untagged beat will be delivered as soon as the payment clears.
Buying Beats On Soundclick.The Beat Store is now completely automated, which means no more waiting for beats so you can start recording. It’s never been easier or more affordable to get the instrumentals you need for your next album.
Leasing Rights: When you buy beats with leasing rights you do not own the beat. Grizzlybeatz retains 100% ownership of the track, you are just purchasing a license to use it commercially.
Distribute up to 4,000 units of the track for profitable gain via iTunes, ReverbNation, Album Sales, and other mediums.
Download Link of the Untagged Beat will be sent to your EmailIf the beat contains any samples it is the responsibility of the artist (you, the customer) to clear the samples with the appropriate parties. Exclusive Rights: When you buy beats with exclusive rights you own the beat 100% as a "Work For Hire" by Grizzlybeatz. The beat will be marked as "Sold" and leasing rights will no longer to available to the public.
Unlimited Commercial Use, i.e. Radio Play, Shows, Music Videos, and other like uses.
Distribute unlimited units of the track for profitable gain via iTunes, ReverbNation, Album Sales, and other mediums.
Download Link of the Untagged Beat will be sent to your EmailIf the beat contains any samples it is the responsibility of the artist (you, the customer) to clear the samples with the appropriate partie
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If you are a serious producer, you have more than likely considered selling your beats online. The problem is….where should you sell them at?
There are a handful of sites that will off you your own online “store” to shop your beats in exchange for a cut of your profits. Which ones are best?
Before I get into reviews, let me first say that I am an avid believer utilizing every avenue you can to promote your beats. So even though some of these beat selling websites are a little sub-par in certain areas, I’d advise that you use them anyway for the sake of promotion.
Here are a few beat selling websites that I have had experience with:MyBeatShop.com:
MyBeatShop has been the most valuable beat-selling website in my experiences. I’ve made thousands from this website alone. It is easy and quick to upload beats, I’ve always been paid on time, and it offers a nice community of producers to interact with. There are beat battles for cash/no cash and all-time and monthly rankings for sales, battles, etc.
Now for the bad parts: The customer service is horrible. It is impossible to reach the staff by telephone because their phone inbox is always full. The site design is ugly – looks very amateurish. The site takes 20% per sale as a comission AND charges for beat space. This is a bit much considering how many beats they sell. Oh and did I mention the customer service is horrible? Oh I did? Well that’s cool ’cause it deserves to be mentioned twice.
Despite a lot of bad areas, at the end of the day this site has made me a lot of money, so I definitely suggest you check it out and get your beats on it!RocBattle.com
: RocBattle is probably one of the first, if not THE first beat-selling website for producers to shop their beats. A lot of producers have had a ton of success selling beats on this website.
The site is a lot nicer looking than most other beat-selling websites. The design and graphics/artwork looka LOT more professional than, say, MyBeatShop. It is very simple to upload beats to the site, and the upload time is quick. You can also order your beats after you upload them which is, to me at least, a very valuable tool.
Battling your beats is a big part of the website (hence the name RocBattle of course). You can select any one of your beats to battle against a beat from another producer. It is important to participate in battles, as it increases your song plays and exposure and can drive you up in the rankings if you are able to win a lot. These things will ultimately help to contribute toward the ultimate goal – more sales.
The bad part about RocBattle, at least in my experience, is that it seems a lot harder to sell beats on than MyBeatShop unless you are very active, win a lot of battles, or lower your prices to next to nothing. There is a lot of competition, and it is a bit more difficult to get recognition unless you earn it through battling and establishing a reputation. Overall though a very nice site that is definitely worth your efforts!ThBeatTrader.com
: TheBeatTrader charges $2.00 per “beat space,” which I believe is a bit overpriced. The site design isn’t the absolute worst, but it is still pretty amateur looking. They don’t have nearly as big as a community as MyBeatShop or RocBattle, and it seems a lot harder to be “in the spotlight” on this site. Again, I’ve had very minimal success on this site, so unless you plan on doing a lot of direct marketing yourself, don’t expect a ton of sales.BeatSwagger.com:
I only put a few beats on this site, because the site design makes it seem, well….a bit shady. There’s really not much to say about the site, except the design sucks, the site content is minimal to none, and I only got one sale on it. But hey…one sale is better than none, right? So what the hell…sign up anyway!
Those are the main sites that I’ve had some experiences with. Again, even though some of the sites are a bit lacking, I can’t stress enough that it is not a bad idea at all to sign up anyway for exposure and promotional purposes. These little things can go a long way in establishing yourself as a producer in the online community!
There are thousands of producers out there who dream of living in the shoes of Timberland, DJ Premier or Kanye West. We need to remember that they didn't start off where they are now, but through hard work and determination they prevailed. These are just some simple tips to keep in mind as you move forward with your production and obtaining placements. As you begin to establish a name for yourself and build a clientele, customers will remember their experience working with you, and this can either make you or break you.
Tip#1: Always Remain humble. I repeat 'Remain Humble". No matter how good your beats and production is if you don't have the right attitude a lot of opportunities may fall through. A little kindness can go a long way in this business. We have to remember as the sales start going up and the fan base is growing not to let it all go your head. Always be polite to potential customers and do not judge them. You never know they could be the next Eminem or Jay-Z. You should be open and willing to work with anyone, as long as they show a passion for music and practice professional work ethics.
Tip#2: Try to show variety in your production. It's ok to have your "specialty". Mine is old school underground hip hop, but I also produce in the genres: R&B, Dirty South, New School and East Coast. You want to have something to offer to everyone. You never know who will come across your work. This will increase your sales and projects that you will be involved in. This will also help in keeping your production catalogue from sounding redundant. Other producers and artist will also respect you more for stepping out of your element and producing different styles.
Tip#3: Give back to the Community. I mean Give people some free beats. This never hurts. You never know who might hear your beat playing on someones iPod or mix-tape. Get your music out there. Giving away free beats for someone joining your mailing list is a valuable and awesome technique to build your customer base and also get your music out there. This is better then just having your music sitting on your computer, not being heard. If you produce as much as I do then you have hundreds of beats if not thousands just laying around. Give some out for free and save your prize work for the sales.
Tip#4: Network, Network, Network. With today's technology we have the ability to reach a wide range of potential customers. This technology is called the "Internet". Using sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube are free ways to reach your audience. I have found many rap artist to work with just on Twitter alone. One being Mista Cane, who has worked with The Game, and Savage-C. Dont underestimate Facebook either. Also be sure to link all your social accounts so all your tweets show on Facebook and MySpace and vice versa. Save all your emails from past customers and create an email list so you may keep in touch with your customers and keep them informed of new material.
Tip#5: Don't set your prices too high, not now while you are still building a name for yourself. Selling an exclusive beat for $500.00 is high end. And definitely try to stay under $50.00 for beat leases. Remember you are just starting out and you need to start small and build a reputation. The $$ will come later, just keeping doing what you're doing and make quality music at affordable prices and you should be well off. Eventually you will be able to increase your pricing as the demand for them will go up.
Hopefully you have found these tips useful and will bring you one step closer in getting your music heard and your name out there. We all have to start at the bottom, just keep climbing and don't give up.
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