Blog Sample Blog Description 2017-05-27T14:00:00+02:00 Ayepad Making money – report May 2017 2017-05-27T14:00:00+02:00 2017-05-27T14:00:00+02:00

Ok, so as one of my ideas with this blog was to actually let people know how it goes when you set up an “Artist” from scratch online, with all that it entails, and then start publishing music in the sense that you release it on most music services available in the world, I figured it could also be of interest to let you know, 5 months into it, how it is panning out money wise. Just to be clear: I have not had any goal set for making money on my music (as outlined in a previous post), and given that my music isn’t radio music per se I didn’t even have any hopes of it making money. Nevertheless, I now have made some money from it, so I figured I should let you know what/how much etc.

Basically I have two music artists: AyePad (which is the site you are currently reading this on I guess), where I make electronic music. I also have (re-)released our old band Clench/Thrash Inc’s two albums. We basically played Thrash/Groove Metal in the late 90’s, the reason I wanted to (re-)release it was more for our kids: All the members in the band are fathers these days, and our kids are now reaching the age where they are curious about “dads old band” etc. As the band was active before Internet and digital cameras had been invented, and most definitely before services like Spotify existed, I figured it was time to archive it somewhere online.

The nitty-gritty

Anyways, I have 3 songs released with AyePad, and we have 22 songs (over 2 albums) released with Clench/Thrash Inc. The earnings so far during this year is as follows:

  • AyePad: Spotify (Jan-March) plays: $52. All other services, combined: $0.
  • Clench/Thrash Inc: Spotify (Jan-March) plays: $0. Bandcamp: $32 (name your own price). All other services, combined: $0.

Not enough to buy an island in a tropical country just yet. Also, the $32 from Clench/Thrash Inc is to be split between 5 people. In reality though it will be beer money (which we currently have to add quite a bit to) when we have a party this summer.

LayR preset demo by Brice 2017-05-24T14:55:00+02:00 2017-05-24T14:55:00+02:00

You really have to check out this awesome video from Brice, where he shows off some presets he’s made for my favourite synth LayR. Amazing sounds. Great video too, I really like it! These presets will be included in the next LayR update.

New video for OffRoad 2017-05-12T12:00:00+02:00 2017-05-12T12:00:00+02:00

Right, I had to take Wizibel for another spin, and create a video for OffRoad too. For those who follow this blog you would have seen there is another video for it already, however that was released under my personal Youtube account, not my Ayepad Youtube account, and the way Youtube works you can’t move, edit or change ownership of a video, so I figured I might as well make a new one, as I need it on my artist Youtube channel as well.

Verified Artist by Spotify 2017-05-04T11:00:00+02:00 2017-05-04T11:00:00+02:00

Yay. Today, after a couple of months since releasing my first songs on Spotify, I received an e-mail from Spotify saying I’m now a “verified artist”. When I, for 1st of January this year (2017), decided to finally start releasing songs, as in having them published and purchase-able in iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc as well as streamed over Spotify, Tidal et al, I had no idea about the concept of “verified artist”.

Then a friend of mine, DJ Puzzle (do check his stuff out, great stuff, a million loops and an awesome guy too), started a thread in the iPad Musician Facebook group, where we traded “follows” in an attempt to get more followers overall and consequently become verified.

Benefits of being verified on Spotify

Apparently there are a couple of benefits with being verified:

  • You get a blue checkmark on your artist profile, which shows you are…umm…verified.
  • You can create playlists that will count towards your following and plays, and thus if you market your playlists it can increase traffic on your profile. Or something like that.
  • You can edit your artist profile artwork.
  • I can pick a featured song that I’d like to promote for 14 days (and then I can make another pick I guess).

Now, I don’t know how it happened, but I have always been able to edit my images since the first e-mail from Spotify of being accepted as an artist, so that hasn’t really changed. The playlist thing sounds interesting and I shall have to explore that a bit, and the checkmark is always good I guess.

Email from Spotify

Verified artist on spotify

So, this now means I can have a “widget” in my sidebar (that’d be the area on the right of this text) where you can follow me as an artist, which I indeed would appreciate if you did.

Other than that I have been quite quiet due to writing new music. I have also kept myself busy with setting up the platform for all my sites, which includes this site and another 14 sites, which I might write another post on later.

LayR Demo by RedSkyLullaby 2017-04-28T15:00:00+02:00 2017-04-28T15:00:00+02:00

Check out this excellent demo of LayR (by Living Memory Software) made by my friend RedSkyLullaby. Also, whilst you’re at it, check out some of his music, he’s great, and has lots of music for you to explore.

There is also a new update for LayR out today, 1.0.3. As I don’t want to steal the thunder of various review sites, I shall be linking to one instead, for example which today goes through what is new in LayR. In short: an awesome synth becomes even better.

Looking Back video 2017-04-11T18:00:00+02:00 2017-04-11T18:00:00+02:00

The video was made with Wizibel, however I notice it has some problems with the compression of the red text, at least on my screen (5k Retina iMac). It looks alright in smaller sizes. Wizibel is great in that it makes it easy to load a song and auto-generate a music video for uploading to my YouTube channel, which is turning more and more important these days. It is what the kids are using, they say.

Offroad - Audio 2017-03-24T14:55:00+01:00 2017-03-24T14:55:00+01:00 ]]> LayR Sound Samples 2017-03-10T14:55:00+01:00 2017-03-10T14:55:00+01:00

I had the opportunity to beta test new iOS super synth LayR. Whilst doing so I created the sound clips (above) as a demonstration of some of the sounds in it.

Here’s a playlist of short-ish testing in LayR. All factory performances/presets. My playing is improvised noodling, except for second track in playlist labelled “evolving” where I literally just press C4 and lets LayR doing “its thing”.

Also, I should add: this is LayR recorded straight into AUM, with no effects. I might have pressed my sustain pedal (though I tried to avoid it) and in the leads test I definitely used both mod wheel and pitchbend, but it is only LayR making sounds. Each is a “one-take” so no multiple audio tracks from a DAW etc, just a stereo pair out from LayR, which I’m playing with my midi keyboard, in one take.

I will write a bit more about my explorations in LayR later, but for now:

You can read more about LayR on the official LayR web site, and you can also check out the forum for LayR.

If you want to purchase LayR you can do so in the Apple AppStore.

What LayR layers are made of 2017-03-08T14:55:00+01:00 2017-03-08T14:55:00+01:00

Just a quick demonstration of how the layers work within iOS supersynth LayR.

Temporal Field published 2017-02-20T14:55:00+01:00 2017-02-20T14:55:00+01:00

Temporal Field is the third song I’ve published on various services. This is more of a soft lounge Jazz/Chillax song.

Apart from being able to stream it on Spotify, you can buy it on

  • Bandcamp
  • iTunes / Apple Music
  • Google Play
  • Amazon
  • Also on a bunch of other places I don’t have the direct link to, such as Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube, Microsoft Groove, ClaroMusica, MediaNet. Just search for “Ayepad” and you’ll find it.