I’ve been meaning to do this for AGES, and have finally found the time needed. If you order the Entire Steve Lawson and Lobelia catalog on USB Stick (currently sat at 20 albums), it now comes with a lil’ label telling you what it is, and a postcard with a list of all the albums on it! Just like in the picture. As you can see, the USB sticks we’re using at the moment are tiny. REALLY really small. V. cute. 4gb of music and video.
The other thing that’s been updated is the ordering process, which is now fully via Bandcamp, so just head to the Believe In Peace page and buy it there. (or any of the other recent albums… will add it to all of them in good time…)
Some Thoughts On Big Catalogs
I’ve been thinking about this ‘model‘ for a while, and one thing that’s struck me is that it’s pretty rare for a relatively unknown artist (like me) to have this size of back catalog. There are certain niche scenes that have always been indie where it’s somewhat usual for people to make loads of recordings (the free improv scene, for example), but for the most part, the ‘right’ to make loads of music was conferred on musicians by the industry as a ‘reward’ for success.
So as a ‘model’, this one doesn’t really work for people who’ve only got one album out. You’d need at least 3 or 4 and some rarities to really make it worth buying the sticks in the first place, certainly as an option over and above making CDs (though it’s possible to actually load up a single album stick with enough good stuff – multiple formats, making of videos, extra versions etc.)
So, anyway, I was wondering what I could do to help out, and it struck me that it might be useful to some of you to have some extra music to put on your USB Stick.
So, from today, there’s a new license for Grace And Gratitude – if you’re selling a USB Stick (or other external storage thing – CF/MicroSD etc.) with your music on it, and have AT LEAST two other albums on the stick, you can put Grace And Gratitude on there too, as part of the package. The whole album. If you’ve got it already, you can use that, or if you want to download it from Bandcamp, you can do that too.
All you need to do is to make sure that on the PDF you put on the USB stick explaining what’s on it, tell your listeners where they can get the rest of my stuff.
You can put it on in any format, but it has to be the whole album. If you want to do anything else with it, talk to me. This license is just for this one kind of use.
I chose Grace And Gratitude because it’s probably my most successful album thus far. It’s one that consistently crops up as lots of people’s favourite album of mine. Please have a listen to it first! It will do you no favours putting music you don’t actually like on a USB stick to sell. If you dig it, please, go make some money from it this way. If you don’t, take the idea and do a swap with someone whose music you do actually like.
This is a fairly niche use case. I’m not expecting 1000 new USB Stick options to appear on the market thanks to me doing this, but if it helps a handful of people to start thinking about music sales in a new way, that’s good enough for meby