Posts Tagged 'The Modesty'

The Modesty – Take Modern

The Modesty släpper nu sin nya EP “Take Modern”. I fredags var de uppe på Pet Sounds bar och körde ett härligt releaseparty. Jag fick också veta att de genom Gant-Thomas, har fått ut Modesty-Tshirts i Gantbutiker över hela världen. Bra idé. Alla former av kreativ marknadsföring är… ja, bra, förstås.

EP:n finns tillgänglig på alla större webbutiker. Du kan också kolla på deras Myspacesida:

För övrigt har Gramtone nu hela 17 releaser i luften. Det är faktiskt väldigt kul och naturligtvis blir det mer framöver.

Spotify – ersättning eller complement or substitute

(In english below, since my posts about Spotify are read internationally)

spotify[1]Swe: Vi fick just senaste kvartalsrapporten från vår viktigaste distributör, Phonofile i Norge. Trevliga killar, bra kommunikation och eftersom de har alla roliga webbutiker som Itunes, Spotify m.m. så är det alltid spännande att få deras rapporter. Som små presenter varje kvartal.

Som förra rapporten, så fick vårt mest framgångsrika band, The Modesty, en del spelningar. 4430 spelningar på dessa tre månader, vilket är helt okej tycker jag. Det skapade en intäkt på 5,53 kronor.

Jag börjar fundera på vad Spotify egentligen är. Själva säger de sig vara en ekvivalent till reklamradio – och tycker musikerna får bättre betalt än i det mediet. Vilket är sant. Men i praktiken tror jag de blir en ersättning för musikköp, för folk köper väl varken CD eller MP3-or när de kan lyssna gratis på Spotify? Så risken blir att Spotify gör musiker fattigare i slutänden. 4430 spelningar… Det kunde motsvara flera hundra CD-köp, eller kanske 1000 MP3-köp. Vilket naturligtvis skulle rendera en avsevärt högre intäkt för musikerna. Så frågan är hur man ska tänka. Vad tycker publiken?

En viktig aspekt är om folk råkar stöta på vår musik i någon form av radiofunktion, där jag kunde avgöra marknadsföringsvärdet, eller om folk specifikt söker upp bandet för att lyssna igenom deras musik gratis. Marknadsföringen är särdeles värdefull. Men vi saknar tillgång till statistik över sånt från Spotify. Vilket Last FM faktiskt erbjuder enkelt.

Eng: We just got the latest quarter-report from our most important distributor, Phonofile in Norway. Nice guys, good communication and since they have all the fun webshops like Itunes and Spotify, its always exciting to get their reports. Like a small present each quarter.

Like in the last report, our most successful band, The Modesty, got quite a few plays. 4430 plays in these three months. Which is quite alright, I think. It gave them 5,53 swedish crowns (which is about 0,5 Euros).

I’m starting to think about what Spotify really is. Themselves, they say that they are an equivalent to commercial radio – and gives the musicians more money than in that medium. Which is true. But in practice I think they become a substitute for buying music. Because people wont buy either CD:s or MP3:s when they can listen for free on Spotify? So the risk is that Spotify makes musicians poorer in the end. 4430 plays… That could equal several hundred CD-buys, or maybe 1000 MP3-buys. Which of course would render a significantly higher income för the musicians. So the question is what to think. What do the audience think?

One important aspect is if people come by our music in some form of radiofunction, where I could conclude the marketing value. Or if people specifically search for the bands, to listen to their music for free. The marketing is particularly valuable. But we lack the access to statistics about that from Spotify. Which Last FM does offer easily.

By the way, here are our bands on Spotify:
The Modesty
Tree full of people

Spotify money report

This will be in English, to follow up an earlier post. Since I notice the search terms on “Spotify revenue” from visitors to my blog, I suppose the subject is interesting for you. Yesterday I got the first report from our distributor Phonofile, which has added Spotify to their flora of webshops.

As we are a small record company and not too famous bands, the numbers might seem small, but compared to other services like Last FM, we have a much better channel at Spotify, with more listeners. It seems like a great streaming service and I hope they will develop even more. It is also a wonderful alternative to illegal file sharing, since it really disarms all their arguments: Easy, free and with a great range of products.

Our band The Modesty gets the largest audience and we hope for even more, since they will tour England in the autumn. 8000 listeners from april – june is quite nice I think, and the detailed statistics tells about nationalities, popular songs and the type of Spotify account. The money then? Well, Gramtone gets a total of 6,87 Norwegian Kronor for this listening. Mainly the amount comes from the large numbers of free advert-based account. Tree full of people got 250 listeners and earned Gramtone 0,30 Norwegian Kronor and P.A.N got 300 listener and 0,27 Norwegian kronor.

The monetary infrastructure goes like this: Spotify shares the income 50/50, then our distributor gets 20% and after Gramtone gets the amounts I just mentioned, we share it 90/10 in the artists favour.

 So there you have it. Nothing to make a living from, but maybe a complement to other channels for our bands.

Spotify a loss for musicians?

spotifylogoRecently a new service has emerged from a swedish company Spotify. They offer a gigantic music library available for streaming, a brilliant idea at first and we at Gramtone got on the bus. Through our distributor Phonofile in Norway, we are avaliable on Spotify since last week. Our three releases The Modesty, Tree full of people and PAN are all available. Our coming releases Ralph and Kallocain wants to be published too.

But when talking about the economy, the terms are not particilarly ok for the musicians. First, the income generally is modest, where enormous amounts of artists will share a fairy small cake of money from ads and some paying for subscriptions. Then Spotify shares it 50/50. After that the distributor get 20% and the rest goes into the record company. Since Gramtone has a philosophy of high percentage to our bands, 80-90% of our income, they will get what they can. But as our distributor explained a bit ironically:
“…which will come down to about 0,000000001 euro per play”.
So if an atist is played about one billion times, the will get one euro from Spotify. A revolution? No, but hopefully a complement.

An other thought: Will streaming services really benefit music in the long term? The huge amounts of small labels and independent bands will be forced to work with the few, huge companies that can afford this kind of technology. Now when web publishing is cheap, one can set up their own webshop and work directly with the audience without middlemen, this kind of service maybe puts a gigantic middleman to separate this direct contact. But I might be wrong. It would be cool to hear about Spotifys strategies. I will call them. I also have a few more subjects to talk with them about.

This article (in swedish though) tells about recent development. As usual, the comments are very interesting:

Edit 8/8 2009: Read the post after our first report from our distributor “Spotify money report”:

The first reviews

Today the two first reviews were published for the CD:s we sent 1,5 weeks ago. They were really great. Tree full of people gets a 3 and a 4 out of 5, and The Modesty gets two 4:s. It is a good start and a way to market the bands for gigs in the regions/cities where the magaziens are read. After new years eve, we will start marketing the bands for lots of live gigs. Here are the reviews, but only in swedish, unfortunately:

Tree full of people, NT: 
The Modesty,  NT:
Both bands in Corren:

The Modesty are here

The debut album of The Modesty, called Heads in our hands, arrived from Czech republic last week. We sat on sunday to post packages to critics, radio, TV and the shops that we have deals with. It wil lbe very intersting to see how it is recieved.

Up and running

The CD:s for Tree full of people arrived last thursday on a big stack, weighing 114 kg. Everything looks and sounds perfect. I felt like a child, nervous of what the package would contain, if there was to be some error on the CD:s or if I had forgotten to order a CD inlay… Of course I have found some really small flaws, but I suppose that the audience will not see them. Or we can have a competition and see who finds themost errors.

We rigged for the releaseparty and TFOP played the same evening. The Social Services and Dreamboy played at the same event. There will be some footage on Youtube soon.

Now we are doing a big effort to send CD:s to magazines and newspapers, and to the record stores. This will take place in the weekend, since The Modestys CD:s will arrive on friday. We have gotten deals with six of the nine stores I want. Now for christmas, some of them dont really have time to deal with this, so I will wait until january to get the last deals. You can see on the web page where to get the music.


Gramtone är musikutgivare och bas för ett gäng musiker och låtskrivare, baserade i Norrköping. Vi äger bolaget och studion tillsammans, folk med olika bakgrund och olika smak. Två dussin är vi, som ställer allt vi äger i ett rum och säger: varsågoda. Ett kollektiv av individualister har vi kallats, och varför inte: Grammisar har vunnits, stipendier har fåtts, medan somliga är kända för helt andra saker. Alla spelar roll, men inte nödvändigtvis rock. En driver ett enmansprojekt, en annan är med i fem band samtidigt. Några är runt 20, några har fyllt 50. En fick pris för årets bästa museum. Någon ligger bakom Softubes banbrytande pluggar och någon har fått utmärkelse för, hör och häpna, bästa fotbollslåt.

Gramtone satsar på en liten, spännande utgivning av ostyrig, vacker musik. Lyssna där du vill, vi finns i alla de vedertagna kanalerna. Vissa spelar live, andra spelar in. Några älskar att skriva låtar, andra spelar gitarr så fingrarna blöder. Gramtone är en plattform som används av varje band och artist som det passar dem bäst. Ibland är vi en lekplats, ibland kreativt nav, affärsyta eller en trampolin för musikkarriärer. Vi blir planterade och uppodlade av varandra, och vi gillar't. Vi tycker att musik gör tillvaron större och vill man att något ska finnas, då ska man också skapa det. Tre dussin utgivningar hittills, och mycket på gång. Titta in, lyssna in, och häng med.