Now Playing: Nada Surf / Noisetrade & the Digital (R)evolution?

‘What was that world I was dreaming of?’ – Nada Surf When I Was Young.

Nada Surf recently released a Noisetrade sample comprising of selected tracks from their various albums. A wonderfully melancholic indie/alternative band, I’ve been in love with Nada Surf ever since ‘Enjoy The Silence’. If you haven’t heard of them, get on to Noisetrade or their band page now!

On that note, I’m a big Noisetrade fan.

Noisetrade allows listeners to download music from their favourite indie bands, and ‘pay it forward’ – yes I said it – by spreading the word via social media like Twitter, Facebook and the like. Downloaders also have the option of ‘tipping’ the band anything from $1 upwards as an added thank you for providing them with cheap music.

We live in a world where we really can’t be bothered removing ourselves from our desk chairs, order pizza online, and use email on our handheld devices. As much as I hate to refer to the universal excuse for everything – the world is surviving a GFC. Therefore, society has become more fickle than usual. Add serial downloading to the list, and suffice it to say, the music and movie industries have taken a massive downturn in sales over the past 10 years.

There is no doubt that the internet and P2P applications have greatly aided the music industry’s steady decline in sales. But the music industry has learned, and adapted to the digital world. Bands themselves are, and have to be, more tech savvy than ever. It is the development of tools such as Noisetrade, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, and Facebook BandPage add-ons that allow independent bands such as Nada Surf to survive.

Our world is a far cry from the days where getting more than 15 listeners was a struggle. Music unit sales may be down, but music is more readily available than ever.

My question is, are bands getting the ‘tips’ they deserve? Or is like internet pizza? Are we just to lazy?

Revel in Nada Surf

Trade Noise & spread the word about your favourite band.


~ by lechatnoirmon on June 14, 2012.

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