The music industry is evolving with time. Similar to other facets of entertainment, there’s been a complete overhaul in the way that the industry functions. Huge record deals are no longer the only parameter to change the life of an artist.
You no longer need a $30,000 music studio to create a banger. Even with as much as $500-$1000, you can get the most talented mixing engineers on the board. A world-class EDM producer Maarten Vorwerk charged $30,000 for the most popular EDM tracks ‘Tsunami’, and ‘Stampede’, which apparently became festival bangers about five years ago. Had Vorwerk kept the track to himself, he wouldn’t have been able to get his track out in front of the world, and that’s the major stumbling block for independent music producers. They have the talent and skills to create unique tracks but don’t have the necessary backing. And this applies to industries all over the world, not just the EDM genre.
Today, we’re reviewing one of the most underrated music-related communities on Reddit called r/independentmusic. Tighten your seatbelts, because if you’re an independent content creator, you might drive home with some valuable points.
My recent experience on r/independentmusic
One of the most active members of this subreddit is papastaranimus. He helps independent music producers to get their music on twitch. The latest post that I interacted with on this sub was his post which advised producers on how to get their music played on twitch. He asked up and upcoming producers to submit their music to him, so he can get them played via his networking efforts all across the platform. This was a kind gesture from the user and it’s the efforts like this that make a community stand apart.
About r/independentmusic – Community & Members
The community has 9,800 members out of which 8-20 members are online at any given time. This subreddit was created on March 12, 2013, and doesn’t seem to be growing lately. Back when it started it looked promising as artists from different genres were herding in to get some recognition. However, in recent times, the post engagement has fallen considerably, and thus most of the members have given up, and they are no longer hungry for recognition.
How to access r/independentmusic?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/independentmusic’ in your search bar and join the subreddit. However, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/independentmusic
r/independentmusic is the smallest Reddit community that I’ve reviewed thus far. However, I was stoked to see that even for such a small community, there were three moderators taking care of the proceedings. Often, music producers who have worked for weeks on a track just want engagement by all means possible and thus they start spamming pages, looking to attract the attention of the audience.
With moderators in charge, each submission can be monitored to ensure that while there’s promotion on the platform, it doesn’t come off spammy. Because all of it can get annoying pretty quickly and the existing users might leave the community right away.
At the time of writing this review, I found three mods on r/independentmusic – ‘StanTheRebel’, ‘IndependentMusicBot’, and ‘SmallStreamersBot’. These mods work around the clock to ensure that every content on this platform meets the rules and guidelines set by the community.
Why should you follow r/independentmusic?
There’s a plethora of unique content that you’ll find on this platform. Funny enough, I discovered an artist on this subreddit and even collaborated with him on a track. I loved the original track so much that I couldn’t resist a collaboration. Similar to me, there are hundreds of producers who meet like-minded musicians like themselves, and they connect instantly. This platform is not just for creators wanting to get recognized but also for small producers to partner and create something special on their level.
r/independent may have a small community of under 10,000 members. But even that number cannot do justice to the lack of engagement on the page. There are no more than 2-3 upvotes to every post on this page. A top post on the day barely manages to reach double digits. And though I understand that many creators just want to promote their stuff and not care about others. This is not how it works. At a small level, it’s crucial that the community members support each other and help each other grow. For instance, it’s only when you hit 1k subscribers on YouTube, that you’ll be able to grow from there. Anything until that number is simply a hit-and-miss.
Most of the links that are posted on this page are from YouTube or Twitch. And as you know there possibly can’t be an issue with streaming when it’s happening on YouTube. Even on a data connection or a low wifi speed, you can still manage to hear the audio well. And that’s the major benefit of this platform.
I listened to about 30 tracks in a single sitting and I really liked 7-8 of them. Like they were amazingly produced and felt like a good number of hours were spent making the final product. However, much to my disappointment, the most upvoted track from those 30 garnered just 8 upvotes, which as you can imagine, was very sad to witness. As an indie music producer, don’t expect a lot of traction from this platform because it’s not a give-and-take community. It’s just I’ll shove my content down your throat and leave the platform.
Filter by flair
On a positive note, I like the filter by flair for twitch streamer PapaStanimus. That’s the only Filter by Flair that you have on this page. And credits to him because he does help out talented music producers. However, I feel that the mods can do a much better job by asking the music submitters to flair the content based upon their genres, and BPM. I feel if they make it more of a collaborative platform, it’ll grow enormously over the next few years.
Important rules you must know before joining r/independentmusic?
As an independent creator, there is no shame in being a part of a bigger community. You want your content to be recognized and music to be heard by thousands if not millions of people. But in our desperation to get our music out there, we often end up spamming the social platforms and that’s certainly not something you can do on this subreddit.
Unfortunately, r/independentmusic has no rules, and thus, you’ll find hundreds of artists with no actual skills spamming the feed with their unmixed music. I’m not suggesting they shouldn’t be allowed to upload, but segregating the production skills on the basis of time, knowledge, and genre would prevent this from happening.
One of the most positive aspects of this subreddit is the community icon and the cover image. The Deadpool-esque community design really stands out from everything I’ve seen so far. In addition to that, there’s a cover which reads ‘Music is my religion’. There are no options in the header section and just below that you have your standard Reddit sorting options. Towards the right, you have ‘Community Information’ followed by ‘Mods’ and ‘Musicians Lounge’.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. I stream on twitch and am making the move to use ONLY independent music during my broadcast. Send me your tracks and I will play them. – 88 upvotes
2. Get your music played on twitch! Submit your music to be played on live streams all across the platform. – 33 upvotes
3. Looking for artists/bands to be featured on a new blog! – 31 upvotes
4. I stream on twitch and want to start using strictly independent music for background entertainment. Send me your best tracks and I will play them. – 29 upvotes
With the rise of platforms such as YouTube, and SoundCloud, not only do artists get discovered, but they are more than capable of making a living out of the traction they get. The rise of independent creators has been a tight slap on the face of major recording labels that exploit talented artists for a quick million. It’s not just the recognition itself, even the process of creating, mixing, and marketing beats has changed in recent times.