How to Actively Support the Music You Love ? By Brian McTear, Weathervane Music


3 comments posted

I disagree with the ?Stop

Submitted by John (not verified) on October 29, 2009 - 11:28am.

I disagree with the “Stop using Torrent sites” part of this post.  I think he should have omitted that part and just left the “Buy the records of the artists you fell in love with by using Torrent sites”. 

The reason being is that I have found out about countless bands via torrents, maybe who have become my favorites.  Band’s I’d never have heard of otherwise, which in turn ended up in me doing a lot of the other things on this list: going to see them play, buying merchandise and always buying the album on vinyl when available. 

Considering that most bands don’t get much if anything from their record sales (outside of buying them at a show, as you mentioned), it seems like torrents do more help than harm for the indie artist.  I don’t feel like Brian is taking a hard line against “illegally” downloading music here, but I felt like it was worth making a note.

Brian left out one of the

Submitted by Fred von Lohmann (not verified) on November 19, 2009 - 12:01am.

Brian left out one of the most important things you can do: evangelize! Don’t just go to the show, take 5 friends who you think will like the band. Use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other community tools to tell people about the show. Include a link to a free taste at LaLa or iMeem or YouTube. Make a “my 5 favorite albums of the year” list and send it to your music loving friends.

In other words, help your favorite musician find her 1000 true fans. 

I am very happy to get this

Submitted by Anna (not verified) on December 15, 2009 - 5:37pm.

I am very happy to get this info. I’m starting out as an independent artist and I just recently moved to Philadelphia. I’ve been trying to get in to the local music scene, but didn’t know where to look. Finding this webpage has given me a big lead.Thanks.

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