OK so here’s the crazy truth about JoCo RE: Your Brains - it’s one of my favorites, right next to “You Ruined Everything”.
Anyway, I arranged ‘Nemeses’ last year, which was his A side single on his new album. However, it barely sold.
By barely sold, I mean that I made about $11 off it so far.
So I spent 70 hours on the arrangement, and made 11 dollars. That’s 30 cents an hour. Like, it’s great when people share my music and the support is awesome. But when they say they want me to arrange a song, it doesn’t guarantee they’ll buy it. And if I get 4 consecutive weeks making $10, then I’m out of business overnight.
So that’s why I quit this idea 3 times, it was because no one was buying some releases even when everyone voted and demanded me to do something. So I’m very careful about the songs I choose. And I can’t sell sheet music because it’s a licensing issue.
No pity. No guilt trip. But I’m cautious about songs now. My Kickstarter failed, everyone is on Spotify, and I’m worrying about making 45 cents per song so I can save enough money to buy a faster laptop and print up t-shirts (again not sure if anyone would actually buy them haha).
The reason I haven’t released a song these past few weeks is because my computer can’t keep up with my arrangements now. So I have to wait until iTunes pays (45 days) so I can buy a new one. You may be saying “just put it on your credit card!”. No way - I used to be $15,000 in debt and was laid off 3 times. Being poor sucks, but being in debt is even worse. So I’m not going that route again. Ever.
Anyway, I’m rambling, it’s 3am and I’m tired :P You’re a musician? Please don’t say piano, because then I’ll be incredibly jealous (slowly learning).
I also spend most of my time answering every email when I should actually just be writing more music for everyone. And if you want to know why I do that, then this will answer that question.