On June, 30th of 2015, we release our first single record, Someday. It took only a couple of months to write, record, produce, mix and master. Just starting out we had little choice but to self publish through either Tunecore or CD Baby. We chose Tunecore, and subsequently released four more since then till now, while working on finishing our first albums worth. Fast forward to 2018, and since then, we've secured a distribution deal in partnership with Flourish$Prosper Music Group, with distribution through Empi.re. In addition, we now also distribute sound packs designed for producers by Trip Digital artists, through Sounds.com, a Native Instruments powered "sample" site.
As a result, we've taken a new perspective on releasing music and are beta testing this new approach. Someday is a simple, old school, Hip Hop style record that features a number of recording artists who actually play live across the tracks and has multiple writers. In addition to accessing new distribution methods we decided to re-release this song in an unorthodox way, not using Tunecore. Instead, we leveraged our resources and access, in order to distribute over 109 different pieces, all monetizable units of content.
Here's the approach:
Through Stems.is we re-released the original release as a single with three tracks the album version, the radio version and the instrumental version. The net difference versus Tunecore was that this release cost us $49.99 less, 5% of net sound recording and publishing that results. Furthermore, Stems.is manages the distribution of royalties and publishing payments to each of the owners, writers and authors. As a result, Someday is available on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, Deezer, and YouTube.
But then we took it a step further, and released our stems to the record as an EP by renaming the record as a "Remix Kit" and targeting producers, remixers and djs. The Someday (82 BPM KEY F) [REMIX KIT] features two vocal acapella, bass, piano, violin and drum stems, also available on Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, Deezer, and YouTube.
For the trifecta, we also released a 99 sound sample pack on Sounds.com as a "Producer Pack" that feature cuts of original drums, piano, violin and bass. The violin samples feature performing artist Marissa Licata (The Fugees, Alicia Keys, Wyclef) and the bass guitar samples feature James Genus (Herbie Hancock, SNL Band). Each sample is a high-resolution slice from the final studio mix, pre-mastered.