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What does ‘minimum wage’ mean for an electronic music producer?

In today's world of oversaturated production and distorted division of sub-genres, the idea of selling EDM has started to become foreign. Up-and-coming producers utilize free downloads on SoundCloud to let fans familiarize themselves with their name; their brand.

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Josh Gard, a.k.a. ‘Figure', a Pioneer in the American bass industry suggests that why would “kids” pay .99 for a song when they can find a similar sound on SoundCloud for free?

Once an artist breaks into the world of digital music sales, earning minimum wage ($270 a week) is extraordinarily difficult because of production costs and retailer royalties. The below infographic details exactly how much streaming/downloading/buying is needed for an artist to break the minimum wage barrier. (Remember this the next time you're complaining about $60 event tickets.)


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