I’m closing my Beatstars beat store

Beat store Closing down sale!

Hello Dear Reader!

I’ve taken the difficult decision to close my Beatstars account and store this time next month (April 2021), so all my beats at beatstars.com/mistrust are now available at reduced prices. I no longer have the time to make beats for rappers & producers/artist on a regular basis, hence the decision to close the account.

I’ve found it really difficult to do the promotion to generate any sales or licensing on the platform, in other words, I still haven’t made any sales 🙄.. If any producers, rappers, and artists out there are looking for beats, head over to my beatstars page and get some new beats before I close my beats store for good!!!

Good News!

The good news (for some!) is that I’m continuing to make new music! I’ve just bought an AKAI MPK Mini Play MK3 MIDI keyboard with built-in speakers (check out my unboxing video here), and making some new songs.

Mistrust Music

You can listen to some of my old songs on my main MistrustMusic website, as well as Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and more!

Bandcamp joins Epic Games

Bandcamp, one of the best independent music hosting platforms, has just announced that it is joining Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite and Unreal Engine.

In an announcement made this week (March 2, 2022), Ethan Diamond (Bandcamp co-founder and CEO) said:

Bandcamp will keep operating as a standalone marketplace and music community, and I will continue to lead our team.

Bandcamp Update March 2, 2022

I’ve been a part of the Bandcamp community for several years. It has always been an independent place for artists like me, and many others, to distribute music, without the influence of big corporations who want to make millions of dollars streaming music to the masses and offering a very poor return to the artists. The great things about Bandcamp, and the things that convinced me to sign up, were that they don’t take much in commission for selling your music, and you can charge what you like (even zero!). You can also sell vinyl records, merchandise, and offer complete discographies to your fans.

Why choose Bandcamp?

With Bandcamp, there’s never been any outside influence, and every part of the deal between an artist and the company is transparent. No having to work out how much you’ll earn based on some intangible algorithm. The only issue for me has been the more artists and bands signed up to it, the less chance there was of new listeners discovering my music. I’ve always felt a certain amount of trust and faith in Bandcamp and it’s owners, that they keep their independence, and put artists and bands first.

Now Bandcamp has joined Epic Games, I don’t know if they’ll be able to keep that independence, and keep putting artists first. I realise that operating such a big platform costs money, probably more than they earn in fees. I know they may want to expand into other areas, and offer more features. However, I’m concerned that despite Epic being “champions for a fair and open Internet”, that Bandcamp will have a responsibility to its paymasters. It can’t just be a joining of minds! There’ll be some sort of corporate and financial incentive for Bandcamp to deliver a return on Epic’s investment.

Bandcamp Community

As I said earlier, a big reason for my joining the Bandcamp community was that was free from corporate influence – free from the issues and demands of being just another streaming service.

I used to feel the same about Soundcloud, when it was a smaller independent community and platform. Now it’s dominated by big labels and established artists, and the little guy can’t get hard.

I just hope Bandcamp stays independent and does what it’s promising to do, and keep artists first. I’m not going to jump ship and take all my tracks off the platform. I’ll give the company the benefit of the doubt for a while, and hope I can get more plays and sales on Bandcamp Friday.

While you’re hear, please take time to listen and buy my songs on Bandcamp!

Culture Dub Radio Airplay

Hello dear blog reader!

A really important announcement to make….

The French dub and reggae radio station CultureDub are going to play our new single “New Age – “Mistrust Remix” on their next radio show ! Culture Dub is the first Strictly Dub radio show created in 2002 on Radio Pulsar. The Culture Dub Radio Show goes out every Tuesday 9.00 p.m – 11.00 p.m, and is hosted by AlexDub, accompanied by the Culture Dub team, live on 95.9FM (in France) and on www.radio-pulsar.org

The next show will be going out on Tuesday November 30, 2021 (next week!). It’s great to have been selected for airplay on such as great website.

You can listen to Culture Dub on their radio player by clicking this link here:

Listen to Culture Dub Radio

The Culture Dub website also features news, announcements, events and reviews, relating to dub music. It’s a great website and well-recommended. It’s worth noting that the website is written in French, so you might need to translate it, if you don’t speak French!

New Age Mistrust Remix is out on Spotify…

My new single “New Age (Mistrust Remix)” – a collaboration with Australian touring musician Rob.V is out on Spotify and all major music streaming platforms. The song was released on November 19th, 2021, and is already generating some interest and getting airplay on some online radio stations. You can buy or stream the song here on Bandcamp and Spotify!

Rob and I would love to get some feedback on the song, and hope you can all help spread the word about the song!