Musicians Quick Start Guide On The Blockchain | Blockchain Music Solutions & Communities
The Blockchain technology has enabled so many new platforms and solutions for musicians like myself to get rid of the middle man (Monopolized Music Industry) like record labels, distributors, commercial music media platforms like the radio and TV that keeps repeating the same $%^ music over and over and not giving space or room for independent artists to get exposed and spread their music.
Blockchain Technology to Help Struggling Musicians?
The fact that the technology can eliminate the corruption and the need for the current monopolized music outlets and platforms and enabling the artist to establish a direct relationship between the music creators and consumers is simply Revolutionary!
Artists and Composers no longer need to go through the current purchasing platforms which usually takes half the cut of the revenue minimum! Musicians can now directly be compensated whenever their music gets played directly with transparency and speed.
This is a great blessing for musicians that don't have the financial backings of a big record labels behind their back and especially and new musicians who are starting up with their musical careers.
New Musician on the Blockchain
I'm still fairly new on the blockchain, I'm no expert but so far in my blockchain journey i have learned about and ran into several platforms and solutions for musicians that i can assist would like to share with you.
I explore new stuff daily, i'm listing down here the one's I personally tried and used so far, please if you aware or use something i did not mention feel free to share along!
My Recommended Blockchain Solutions For Musicians :
DSound.audio | @dsound @prc
Dsound is a decentralized sound platform similar to Soundcloud but It uses the STEEM blockchain as a decentralized database and allows authors to earn rewards in STEEM Dollars cryptocurrency which can be exchanged directly to US Dollars or other currencies.
DTube.video | @dtube
DTube is similar to Youtube but it is a decentralized streaming video platform that also uses the STEEM blockchain and allows authors to earn rewards in STEEM Dollars. Anything you upload on DTube automatically gets posted on Steemit which grants you wider exposure to your music and to potential rewards.
Musicoin.org | @musicoin
The World's First Smart Cryptocurrency For Music, Musicoin it's similar to soundcloud but it is a project within the cryptocurrency realm that allow music creators and artists to connect to their fans and listeners. You get paid in Musicoin crypto currency that you can convert to USD or any other currency. I have my music there, the platform has a great and easy interface to upload and manage your music licenses and your musical archive.
Resonate.is | resonate.is
A democratized system of governance built on the blockchain, a blockchain streaming service promising better returns for musicians on their music than spotify and other corporate streaming services out there.
More Blockchain Platforms
Decentralized entertainment platform built on [Ethereum](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethereum
) were artists and digital content creators can build, monetize, protect and manage their creations using the blockchain.
Bittunes is a monetized independent music distribution platform that promises to reinvent the global music distribution by using P2P file sharing as internet distribution mechanism, and monetizing the exchange of digital data, they use [Bitcoin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin
) as the primary operational currency.
Storj is an open source project that offers a completely decentralized, secure, and efficient cloud storage service also it serves as a peer-to-peer payment system like Bitcoin. You can sign up to use it 'Free' for the first 12 months, that said even after 12 months Free subscription it's really cheap, it is about one cent per gigabyte of storage per month! Great service for musicians who need to transfer and backup their music files on the blockchain cloud.
My Recommended Blockchain Communities & Activites :
Since i been introduced to this community for about a month now, meeting great new people daily and learning a lot. Caution it's very "addictive!"
If you are a new Musician, Vocalist, Rapper, Producer or a DJ on the blockchain, Steemit community is the place to set your foot on to join other blockchain enthusiasts and find out about all the latest developments on the blockchain, a great place to to network and meet fellow artists and music heads, learn about new blockchain and crypto currency annoucements, tips, news and so on also it's packed with plenty of activities that promotes and rewards artists in the Steemit community.
Here's my list to some Steemit Community Musical Initiatives that I personally take part in or know of and encourage you to check it.
Steemit Open Mic | @luzcypher @pfunk
Steemit Open Mic i just came to learn about it from a fellow Steemian in the comments below after doing the post.
Steemit Open Mic is the largest community i saw so far, a space for live musicians to get the chance to share their music with the community and get it heard.
Beat Battle | @chiefmappster
Beat Battle League is a meeting point to highlight the talents of producers apart of the Steemit community and providing a unique avenue for the beatmakers of this community to showcase their skills and have a chance to win rewards consisting of SBD and Whaleshares.
Steemit Music League | @chiefmappster
The SML Challenge is another music production contest but with a twist of weekly themes that producers needs to follow to inspire their musical creations. SML provides an additional avenue for the musicians of Steemit who are chasing their dreams to be highlighted and earn some additional recognition, feedback, and rewards.
Get A Record | @seveaux
Get A Record is a new born community initiative, the contest enables you to make music with strangers, a place were producers and vocalists from the community can work together and collaborate on music, get rewarded and possibly have their music pressed on a record (Physical CD or Vinyl).
Got 16's | @voyceatlas
GOT16s is a contest for the rappers out there, the contest is based heavily on Lyrics and Judging is based on how well you can come up with clever lines, metaphors and story telling, get rewarded and recognized.
SteemIT Rap Challenge | @rondonson
The judges choose a weekly beat , and any artists that want to participate can drop a verse and post a video of it, your entry will be judged on the best rhymes for that week, winner will get rewarded and exposure in the community and possibly get to collaborate with other rappers in the Steemit community.
Steemit's Got Talent | @bambam808
The motto here is 'Any Talent is a Talent' Make a video showcasing your talent and post it following the rules, talent is not enough as judging is based on votes, so you need to do the efforts on engaging with the community and getting support on your entry so you get the chance to win the rewards.
MSP-Music Curation | @isaria
I just came to learn about this new great initiative to support musicians in our Steemit community called @msp-music
initiative is made by community members @isaria
and the team @krystle @meno @buckydurddle
who manually curate musicians post daily. if you want to support this initiative check the official post here https://steemit.com/music/@msp-music/introducing-msp-music-an-initiative-to-curate-musicians-and-a-request-for-help
Steemit Record Pool | @djlethalskillz @vandigital
The Steemit Record Pool is where quality music is curated. There are no genre or style limitation and selections are purely based on individual curators taste and mood. DJ's can provide either an "embedded" Audio or Video file in the post along with a short description of the song in your own words. Use the hashtag #recordpool
for other users to search for posts and make sure you start your post title with Song of The Day
Forum for the Beatmakers on Chainbb | @heymattsokol
Great community of musicians, a place where you can share, listen, & collaborate. A Place for Beatmakers & Lovers of the Steem Blockchain. https://chainbb.com/f/beatmakers-on-steem
Discord Channels to check out
Steemit Music Alliance
The Steemit Music Alliance Channel on discord is for Steemians who love to make or listen to music and looking for networking with other artists in the community, share ideas and collaborate to getting your music heard by professionals for feedback to live DJ shows and Live Jamming.
MSP Waves Radio
MSP Waves Radio presents various shows covering a wide range of topics, All the show hosts and hostesses are volunteers from the community. Make sure to stop by and check out their massive roaster of great community radio shows.
Note: there's a lot more solutions and initiatives out there. The mentioned above are based on my personal experience so far on the blockchain and in the Steemit community and what i have learned and experienced so far. Please If you feel i missed something, I missed crediting somebody or something needs to be added it is unintentional the purpose of this post is to highlight for new musicians like myself where to kickstart their journey on the blockchain and Steemit, i would appreciate if you advise me in case i missed anything that deserves mentioning in the comments below. I still have a lot to learn!
I hope this guide was informative and helpful to our fellow musicians and new artists joining the decentralized blockchain revolution.
If you want to share your experience as an artist on the blockchain, How is your journey so far and what other platforms and tools you use. i would love to hear from you! Please do share in the comments.
Thank you for reading and wishing you all the best in your blockchain journey! Kudos