All posts tagged "Derek Webb"

Free download, support indie artists


I’ve admired and supported what Derek Webb has been doing and developed into NoiseTrade for a few years now, providing a viable alternative for artists overlooked by major labels by distributing music for free. Says NoiseTrade: For over two years, NoiseTrade has been in the business of connecting artists and fans through the exchange of free music. Over that time, we’ve built a loose-knit community of 2,500 artists and 170,000 fans who have caught on to our fair trade music proposition…. We haven’t taken on bank loans or venture capital. We haven’t paid ourselves or carried any overhead other than the hard cost of hosting the site and handling support. No office space, no utilities, no payroll. We don’t charge our artists for using the service. The great news is that the current NoiseTrade is paying for itself. The 20% that we retain from pay-what-you-want tips is keeping the site running smoothly and paying the costs of the business. 50,000 fans a month download free music from the site, and many artists are building new audiences. Now with the Noisemakers campaign, you can download a free sample by only providing an email and zip code (I can attest that you will NOT be bombarded with spam) and – if so moved – give a gift to keep things going there. Click above or here to do so.


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NoiseTrade (fair trade music)


If you’re not yet familiar with NoiseTrade, a free on-line distribution site for musicians, you should be. There is great music available for download in exchange for either a) the email addresses of five friends or 2) an amount you choose to pay. From the site ‘About’ page: “A great record is its own best marketing tool,” says Derek Webb, singer/songwriter and Co-Founder of NoiseTrade. “All the marketing dollars in the world can’t accomplish what one great record can, especially if it’s set free to roam around and connect with the right people.” In 2006 Webb gave away his ‘Mockingbird’ record for free online, asking in return for a little information (name, email address, and postal code), and as part of the process, for fans to invite their friends to download as well. Including Webb (a sometimes collaborator with Caedmon’s Call) and his wife Sarah McCracken, NoiseTrade has music by Cindy Morgan, Indelible Grace, Covenant Life Church, Jill Phillips, and a ton of other indie/unsigned artists in the acoustic/Americana music vein. And as an artist, you can now sign in and upload for free. Worth checking out here.


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Rich Young Ruler


Derek Webb has a terrific song titled Rich Young Ruler… …but it’s probably not about what you think. Derek says: …this is not a song about wealth. nor is it a song about the poor. it is no more so than the story from which it gets it name. ‘rich young ruler’ is a song about idolatry. it’s about the things that we’re not willing to give up in order to follow Jesus. Here’s the first few lines: Poverty Is so hard to see When it’s only on your TV Or 20 miles across town Where we’re all living so good We moved out of Jesus’ neighborhood Where He’s hungry and not feeling so good From going through our trash Strong stuff. Full lyric here. Listen to it on the Playlist here (live session from Relevant Magazine).


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