Big news! I just launched a Patreon page for WAVECAT, my new music project!
What is Patreon, you ask?
Patreon is an awesome service that allows people to financially support their favorite content creators and get exclusive content in return. Creating content, such as music or videos, is very time-consuming work and almost all of it is unpaid, so Patreon seeks to help creators make a living in return for their hard work.
Why does WAVECAT need support?
Within the first month after the release of WAVECAT's debut EP "Beginnings," we shot up Reverbnation's regional charts and already have received numerous requests to play shows in the area. Needless to say, WAVECAT's future looks pretty promising, and I want to keep this momentum going. However, it can't keep growing or getting better without some help.
Here are some specific areas my Patreon contributions will go to:
Music Production Costs
Some of you may know that being a musician isn't cheap. Everything from software/plugins to instruments is an investment. I cut down costs tremendously by using my own home studio for all my recording, but that comes with its own set of costs: plugins, software upgrades, gear repair, etc. Additionally, in order to make tracks sound as good as possible, I hire third parties to mix and master most of the music I release, as well as hire a graphic designer to design a good majority of my album art.
Online Store Fees (iTunes, Spotify, etc.)
In order to have WAVECAT's music available for you on major online stores and streaming services, I get charged $50/year for each album or EP and $10/year for each single. The money I make from music sales and streams on these services is negligible (1 stream on Spotify is worth about $0.006), and because WAVECAT is still trying to get off the ground, I need help in order to keep this music online.
Software & Service Subscriptions
Thank goodness that my music production software and plugins were one-time payments, but other tools I use, like Photoshop (for some album art and social media graphics), SoundCloud Pro, and SquareSpace, charge me monthly or annually. Without these services, WAVECAT's online presence wouldn't be nearly as effective.
This is something I don't do yet, but will be able to once I have Patrons. Patreon contributions will help me boost posts to get the word out about WAVECAT on platforms like Instagram, ReverbNation, and more.
With Patreon’s help, I'll be able to move towards some exciting goals, such as playing local live shows, supporting independent graphic designers and videographers, and continually improving WAVECAT's quality of music. I'd also love to start making music live on Twitch or YouTube Live one day, so you guys can hang out with me in the music-making process. The possibilities are endless!
If you enjoy my music (or if you want to help support me financially as I finish school), consider signing up to be a patron of WAVECAT. The pricing tiers are easy ($1, $3, $5, or $10/month), and you will get exclusive merch and behind-the-scenes content in return for signing up. WAVECAT is something that I’m very proud of and that I see a lot of potential in, so I’m really excited to partner with you guys to keep it growing.
Join the WAVECAT fam and become a patron today!