Why I Am Giving You My Music For Free

Update (12/14/11)

I’m no longer going to be offering my music for free. Click here to read why and how much I’ll be charging.

Why I used to offer my music for free

Let’s face it, as an unknown independent artist, I’m not getting rich off album sales. Or sold out concerts. In fact, I have two day jobs that, shall we say, supplement my passion for writing and recording music. I’m far more interested in exposure than profit, which is why I’ve decided to give my music away for free.

I do ask one thing in return, though – I ask that you spread the word. If you like the music, tell people about it. Tweet about it. Post on Facebook about it. Email people about it. What do you and your friends have to lose – it’s free.

I’m going to be posting my latest release to NoiseTrade, and as I release more material, my entire catalog will be available at BandCamp. All for free. Both places allow you to leave me a tip, though. If you choose to tip me, I really do thank you. Even if you don’t, I’m still super excited that you are interested in and listening to my music.

So, here is where you can get my music for free:

NoiseTrade (my latest release will be available here):

BandCamp (every release will be available here):

There’s more to this plan. Over the past ten years or so, I’ve written enough songs to fill up about three or four full-length albums. I’m going begin releasing a series of 4-5 song EPs, starting with the best material from the last 10 years, and then moving forward as I write new material. These won’t be full-scale studio recordings with 30-piece orchestral accompaniment, but they will be high quality recordings that capture the emotion and essence of each song. Get ready for a LOT of new material. And get ready to not pay for it.

I want to be able to keep you updated when I release new stuff. There are several ways you can do that. First of all, you can subscribe to this site in your favorite RSS reader or via email. You’ll be updated any time I add anything to this site, whether it’s a new album or a blog post. Alternatively, you can join the mailing list, and I will send out an update anytime I release a new EP or get some live gigs booked.

My music will also continue to be available through more well-known avenues such as iTunes and Amazon, but I am unable to control pricing, so if you get it through these vendors, you’ll have to pay about a dollar per song.

Again, thanks so much for listening

  • Bruce

    I think your links on this page may be broken? The first one just links back to this page and the second one goes to your home page. Is that what you had intended?

    • http://www.brianwahlmusic.com Brian

      Thanks, Bruce!

      The first one goes to a different blog post (with a similar title). The NoiseTrade link seems to be broken though.

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    Brian, why let other vendors control the pricing of your music? I recently re-read my copy of John T. Reed’s “How To Write, Publish, and Sell Your Own How To Book” http://johntreed.com/HTWP.html . He talks about reasons why for authors, it’s a bad idea to take something unique like a book and turn it into a commodity that is then subject to price wars. I’m sure it applies to music as well. He sells his own books without book stores driving the price down.

    I’ve gotten some of your music through NoiseTrade. I think it’s pretty good. I’m just trying to be helpful. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you keep making music, and I hope you prosper by it. God bless.

    • http://www.brianwahlmusic.com Brian

      Thank you, Eric!

      I’m using BandCamp for sales/downloads. They are an awesome service, and I get to have total control over pricing. They keep 15% of sales, but I feel that the service and value they provide is well worth it.