I’ve always liked myspace, spent hours tweaking my ex-bands profile page, and then had to sadly watch it fade out of limelight. The redesign looks f$@#in awesome & it may well be the mother of all comebacks!
Silence is the new LOUD!
A little over 2 weeks since we went a”live” & yet we remain in silence. Why? ‘cause “Silence is the new loud!” What did we get? Loud Feedback, Loud Opinions, Loud Changes, & Loud Announcements! What we did? Domain Changed! http://moshbag.in now redirects to http://moshbag.com. Signups from international artists meant we had to go international...
One week since our launch.. and..
It’s been a week since we soft launched our startup, Moshbag beta and… “We’ve had hundreds of artists signup & thousands of subscribers!” is what we’d have ideally liked to say, but…the truth the far from real & it’s honesty time! We’ve had almost no new signups, little response to our email campaigning, & a tad over 5 new...
If you are an artist (be it a musician, a filmmaker, or a writer) in this digital age, then you’ve most definitely used services from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and Youtube to release your new work, reach out to fans, & earn your living. A lot of your success on these platforms depends on pure appeal. A slick cover image, an eyeball grabbing title, a good network of followers, &...
Oh Joy, It's a boy! We've gone live!
If you’ve followed us closely, then you’d remember we announced that We’re are giving birth. literally! Lo’ n behold Moshbag beta as promised! To all who don’t know yet, Moshbag is a subscription based distribution platform for new music, movies, & books! Here is our Welcome Note to all the independent musicians, filmmakers, & writers out there! And...
Artists...here is YOUR money!
This post will help artists understand on how they stand to make more money on Moshbag. A heads up before we get into the math: Moshbag lets independent artists launch ONLY their new, original, & unreleased work every month. Each artist can upload ONLY one song/movie/book per month. This is to ensure both quality & quantity. Subscribers are charged $10 to download all content...
Do you Download stuff, Stream it, or have it On...
I recently read an article that predicted that the global revenues of streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, etc is set to grow 5 times faster than the revenues from downloads. I’m somehow not too convinced. But it has indeed seeded an element of doubt in my mind. Personally, I would love the option of not having to store physical files (music, movies, or books) on my hard disk, I...
We are giving birth. Literally.
“Beta” literally translates to “son” in Hindi language. So yes, we’re in labor trying to give birth to our one ‘n only and our much awaited “son” - Moshbag beta. The only question is when? Now I have to admit, we had initially planned to launch Moshbag in July to coincide with our birthdays (Yes, both founders are July borns!). But we both knew...
F* Streaming Music Business Already! →
The state of the music industry! Oh Yes! We agree!
How do you rate an artist?
Art they say is relative. So it must be the artist who sells. Fame is a good indication of how good or bad he is. But surely, there must be more to it. I’m often confounded by this question, “How do you rate an artist?”. Is it the number of facebook likes or the number of twitter followers? Is it the number of visitors to his blog/website or the number of comments he gets? Is...
Moshbag - The Santa Claus story!
Think of Moshbag as Santa Claus who distributes gifts (new music, movies, & books) made exclusively by elves (Independent musicians, writers, & filmmakers) for children who’ve been good! (subscribers who pay a small fee) This way each subscriber gets to discover new artists & open his box of chocolates! Moshbag takes all the subscription money...
Note to myself: Don't be too desperate!
“One thing that kills your marketing/sales effort is DESPERATION. Desperation blinds your creative outlook, it demoralizes, makes you anxious, & you feel hopeless all the time. It’s goodbye to life as you know it & you give up a “piece” of your mind to get back almost nothing in return. That’s what it does to you. You can’t sit still, you can’t...
Discover & Download New Music, New Movies, & New...
We’ve found crazy ass musicians, filmmakers, & writers who often go unnoticed in this marketing driven industry! You only see movies, hear music, or read books that are pushed down your throat on television, radio, or press. Now here’s you chance to go down the rabbit hole & discover a whole a new world of independent artists. Artists upload their work on Moshbag & you get...
Moshbag, what? Moshbag, who?
Hello & Welcome, Musicados, Flimatoes, & Literatees, I’m Comet, yeah, the one speeding right at YOU, right now, Yes, YOU THERE!, making music in your garage, shooting movies, watching stars, & writing random shorts! Me Da Founder of Moshi Da Bag, a platform for only the new stuff, new releases, original work, and for the first time ever. I love discovering new music, &...
Question: Given that it is hard to earn a living as a musician, why do so many people choose to be musicians? Answer: ‘Cuz “They can’t think of ANYTHING ELSE to do with their lives!” I’m Serious! It’s the only thing they know, creating art! Question: What are the challenges that rock bands face in India and ways to overcome them? Answer: It’s not just...
10 simple truths for a delusional music industry →
Via Hypebot 1. If you want to earn even minimum wage selling records as part of a band, you are going to need to sell at the very least - 7,000 to 10,000 records. 2. Even very well known artists struggle to sell 10,000 albums these days. 3. You don’t sell records by gaining Facebook likes. 4. You don’t sell records by being on Spotify. 5. You don’t sell records because you have previously...
Pictures Speak Louder Than Words - A Musician’s... →
What would be the worst-case scenario for you as a... →
wilkinsky: In truth, the most damaging situation is having a small, gradually growing fanbase, getting decent feedback, but not seeing how it’ll ever take off enough to generate a decent income any time soon. This scenario will mean you keep on doing what you’re doing, because it seems to be kind-of-working, and you’re worried about making major changes and scaring off the fans you’ve already...
Productivity tip: Work while you play trippy instru”mentals” aloud.– Comet
“Lets forget our lives here now for freedom...
Investment vs Return for Musicians
Most musicians I know (including me) have spent their entire money (borrowed, stolen, earned, or found on the street) on their gear. Music is expensive shit. Your guitar, your pedals, laptops, drum kits, drum sticks, mikes, stands, squeaky retrofits, strings, fucking knobs, oil, grease, cleaning agents, tuner, capos, tremolo, straps, pickups, picks, amps, recording software, a sound proof jam pad,...
Podcasting system is "broken", says SoundCloud... →
wilkinsky: Podcasts are too difficult to access because of a “broken” distribution system and need to be freed from Apple’s control Podcasts and other audio bites need to be seamlessly available and device neutral… accessible whenever anyone sees anything. You need to be able to stream it, share it with someone else, and it needs to tie in with your feeds. I don’t want to have to download...
Who says artists don't work for money?
Today, the journey of my artistic startup begins. I’m setting out to meet as many musician friends, writer buddies, & film making buffs out there in the coming weeks. So if you are a musician, writer, or a film maker, I’d be honored to have you answer my earnest queries. Here’s my list: Is piracy really killing the art industry? What avenues are there for independent...