indiecater volume one

Sometime soon mp3hugger will have in its possession 10 brand new songs from 10 different independent artists. The songs will be packaged together to make a compilation to be titled ‘indiecater: volume one‘. The collection will be low priced and sold directly from this site. Each participating artist will receive an equal percentage of the purchase price and so will be guaranteed an income once at least a single copy of the album is purchased.

Submit Your Song

As everyone knows a compilation is not really a compilation without songs so this is where you and your band come in. The only condition for submitting a song is that it is of good quality, hasn’t been released commercially already and will remain exclusive to this compilation. In return you will receive exposure to mp3hugger’s readership (currently 1K a day), receive income from every sale and benefit from any reviews on blogs/other media that the compilation may receive. If you are interested, have questions or would like to submit a song straight away please contact us.

Buying The Compilation

Those who buy the album will receive a zipped file containing 10 high quality mp3s that have been vetted by mp3hugger. This means there will be no filler whatsoever; every track will come with the mp3hugger seal of approval. Take it as read that there will be no compilation unless 10 tracks of high enough quality have been submitted. Also included in the file with be some unique artwork, a track listing as well as information relating to all the participating bands.

What Is Point Of This Exercise?

The number of great bands that receive little or no press whatsoever constantly surprises me. This collection will gather 10 of the best, which should prove to be an attractive proposition for indie music fans. The compilation will be of high quality and budget priced with profits going straight back to the music makers. If Volume One is a success further compilations may then become possible.

Early Days

As you’ve probably guessed I am winging it a bit here but I think that something like this is workable. If you have any suggestions or issues with any of the above please get in touch. I could do with all the help I can get.

Update: 6 hours in and the response has been very encouraging from both readers and bands. And guess what we’ve already lined up our first band. The Seascape have been featured on mp3hugger already and they have kindly agreed to submit a track of theirs.

Hybrasil, Burning Codes, Slushco and Cymbals Eat Guitars are now on board. Wahay!

12.06.2008: 2 days in and the response have been overwhelming. We’re almost halfway there already with 4 really good tracks lined up. Several high calibre acts are recording new material this weekend especially for the compilation (gulp!), which will mean we will be in a very healthy position by this time next week. Someone asked me earlier what the CD would look like ““ well, I decided early on that this would be a digital release only. No point in introducing unnecessary delivery and packaging costs when a simple zipped file can do the business for free. The zipped file will include the 10 songs, a playlist (so the songs play in order), track listing, original artwork plus some background information and links about the bands taking part. It will probably sell for €4.50 with the income shared amongst all those taking place. As ever I would welcome any thoughts, ideas, guidance that you may have.

13.06.2008: We are up to 15 tracks submitted, with about the same number promised! The quality has been outstanding and there is a nice variation in the tunes so far. The biggest issue now could be to choosing the final 10 songs! If it works out then this could perhaps be the start of a series of releases so those that don’t make it onto volume one could be part of a future collection. I can’t get over the generosity and enthusiasm of the bands, giving their work away to a blogger whom they’ve never met. Hopefully I can repay their faith and indiecater will turn out to be a success. I have been working on the backend over the last day, I wanted a nice clean pay-and-here’s-your-download process and thanks to the help from Simon at SVC I think I have something that will make buying the album a seamless process. You may be wondering how I’ve had so much time to do all this, well having a week off work helps. Music in the morning/afternoon and Euro 2008 in the evening, yep, it’s turning out to be the best week ever! Updates can be found here now kids. KD

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  1. June 11, 2008

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea, I’ll keep an eye on your site and definitely buy one when its available.

  2. June 11, 2008

    Wow! I think this is an awesome idea. Indie bands do not get enough recognition for the hard work they do. I think this is a great idea, giving back to the bands that work so hard to entertain us. I hope this works out for you!

  3. Anonymous
    June 11, 2008

    Sound great. I look forward to buying it. Good luck with the project!

  4. June 11, 2008

    Very, very interesting concept!

  5. June 11, 2008

    Best of luck with the project! Looking forward to hearing the finished product!

  6. June 11, 2008

    Thanks all, things are shaping up nicely. Have at least 6 bands signed up already, with lots and lots of maybe’s so hopefully this will be a runner in the next few weeks.

  7. June 11, 2008

    A total genius move. Think Indie!Put me down for a copy K.Good luck.x

  8. June 12, 2008

    smashing stuff. It really is amazing what’s lurking under the irish music radar.

  9. June 13, 2008

    Colin: Hearing you say that means so much, thanks.Gardenhead: Just to be clear this will not be confined to Irish bands. So far we have contributions from 3 different continents if you don’t mind!

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