I got a statement email from Soundrop, the site where I distribute my music to selling/steaming platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Google Play etc etc. Now, I only have 2 tracks up to distribute – one the Smile Bomb collab I did months ago, and the other my Terra’s Theme with lyrics. I would get occasional updates from my collaborator on Smile Bomb, saying it streamed this much on Spotify and things like that and it was cool hearing how much people were listening to it but I didn’t really think of the actual money being made because I knew it wouldn’t be that much. And, I knew Terra’s theme wasn’t doing too well – last time I looked at it, it had made one cent USD. It doesn’t bother me at all, but like I said, I just posted up on distribution platforms, realized doing singles wasn’t my thing (I’d much rather make full albums of covers so I don’t have to get a piece of album art for everything I do and realized that while getting Terra’s theme together). I figured, “Distributing music really doesn’t make a difference, no one is going to buy my stuff anyways because I’m some nobody that if they did want to support me, they’d just listen to my videos on YouTube”.
Until I got my first payout from Soundrop! Wooooo~
Like I said, I wasn’t expecting this at all! You have to hit a certain payment threshold before Soundrop pays out any money to you, and it isn’t a big threshold but I hadn’t hit it yet. I need to still look at the stats for Terra’s theme, but I’m like 100 percent sure all the revenue is from Smile Bomb, and it’s so cool! It made me realize that no matter how small an amount you think you’re going to make, it’s worth putting stuff up there on platforms you can get paid for because someone may just be looking around and see your song or something. Like it’s so cool to me that this is 100 percent passive income, and all I did was pay the 9.99 to distribute a few months ago and got this money now!! Not something I really ever foresaw happening, but it did and it’s amazing!!
I’ve been thinking about making music to be able to sell/license out royalty free style, and also been thinking about releasing compelation Eps/albums of my covers from the year I’m able to make money off of (aka the ones I made myself, using no karaokes for). I think God was like “Yes do iiiit” with that because I log onto my computer today and see this, and it just inspires me to not slack on making music, and vocal warmups, and really hone my craft so I can make whatever amounts of money at this that I can. This payout wasn’t expected, but such a blessing!
Don’t know how to close this post out because it’s really just me gushing and being excited so…I got my first Soundrop payout today! Wooooo!!!
This post is more of a brainstorming post for me about different video ideas I’ve been having so I can flesh out said ideas a bit more so here we goooo lol.
I got this idea from someone else who’s been doing this cool idea called a cover story: they have their cover, but there’s a story or idea explored in text via the subtitles/captions section on YouTube (hurray for accessibility there!). But it got me thinking about doing something like that for some of my videos. Now, for their videos, they still add a full video aspect, but I’ve been thinking that doing a sort of storybook or slideshow thing could work? I was thinking, I have a lot of lyrics that I wrote that turned out more like poems, so they’re just sitting on my computer It would be nice to try and fit them to some music, post the poem as the visual aspect, and have that be the video. Ideally, I’d like to have some sort of still images drawn (enter the storybook aspect) but in general, I’m thinking use the poetry to write some original tracks to as inspiration, then post the poetry as the video.
For covers, I thought of maybe making a little story, but haven’t quite fleshed that out yet. I’m thinking combine my love of fanfiction with writing little stories for the cover, and make it like a storybook – like how Kirby’s Epic Yarm plays out haha. Super basic ideas so far, because like I said I haven’t quite fleshed it out, but I’m really inspired to try connecting my poetry to some music somehow.
Now on the visuals end, I honestly have no idea if reading poetry to music would really be interesting to people. I’m willing to give it a try though! I’d loooove to somehow add some other artistic aspect to it though, like maybe some artwork drawn by someone else, or some sort of tactile art I can make, take pictures of, and use? Or some sort of stop motion posting, which is another idea I’ve had but doing stop motion skits put to my covers is a whooooole other animal haha. I’m trying to think of ways I myself can make videos interesting, because sometimes I just don’t have people who have the time to edit stuff for me. Which is completely understandable, I’m happy with the amount of people who are willing to help me out with the visual aspect of YouTube (my friends are pretty awesome) but at the same time I guess I’ll always be a I have to try to do things myself person just to see if I can do it XD
So yeah, just some ideas that have been bouncing around my head. I’ll probably wind up trying some of them, and see how it goes! My top favorites are definitely the poetry/storybook ideas, I think those ones are really cool and inventive.
Have any cool video ideas? Would love to hear in the comments!
Green Greens A Cappella Cover [Kirby’s Dreamland] Crystal Dennis – YouTube
Happy birthday Kirby! August 1, 1992 is when Kirby’s Dreamland was released in North America, so since that’s the date I would’ve gotten Kirby that’s the date I’m saying is his birthday – the same month as mine, woo! I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog, but I looooove Kirby. I have a lot of Kirby merch, and any time I need to color coordinate my room I always make it Kirby pink. If I need a darker shade, then it’s the pink that’s his feet haha. I just love how happy, sweet, and cute Kirby is, he just always makes me so happy and since this year is also his 25th anniversary, I thought it would be fun to make this month on my channel Kirby month! Which means both the covers I’m posting this month are going to be Kirby, starting with this one. I also thought it would be fitting, since it’s the very first stage track we ever got in a Kirby game!
For this one, I really just wanted to have fun. So it may be a little silly, but whenever I listen to it I’m honestly really happy with how it came out – I was going for capturing that high energy, happy feeling Kirby always gives me, so hope I did! The Kirby noise at the beginning I did before recording a certain take, and it was more of a blooper but I left it in because I liked what it added to the cover XD
But yeah, hope you enjoy! Happy Kirby’s birthday to aaaaall~
[Final Fantasy IX] The Place I’ll Return to Someday [Home Sweet Home] Folk Cover – Crystal Dennis
Hurray, it’s finally out! This track has been done since May, and the only reason it took so long to get done is the sheer amount of procrastination that went into this haha. Like I said, actual song was done 2 months ago, got in my recording video funk, then got off my butt the middle of June and recorded video. The person who usually does my video was busy, but another friend of mine graciously offered to do the video on this one for me, and wow did they go above and beyond! My Mom described how the video came out and it’s so perfect. I didn’t tell him what to do but it’s the type of video I always want for these sorts of covers, just an amazing job!
Not only is the video so well done, but this cover is another big step for me. It’s the first time I used my percussion instruments in something! I whipped out my tambourine, djembe drum and claves and went to town with them XD was lots of fun, and I think they really added to the arrangement. This is the first folk style cover I did also, and I felt so good doing it. At first, I was afraid it was so much different than the original people wouldn’t like it, but it’s been getting a good response already, and like I’ve said before, I’m definitely getting my style down with this cover. If I do high energy stuff, this would pretty much be it, I think. Still need to keep on getting better of course, but I know I’m on the right track with this and it’s super exciting feeling. Can’t wait to do another cover in this style, and get better at it! I guess I just have to realize: Folk and Celtic are pretty much my genres XD I’d throw in acoustic atmospheric stuff too if I knew a proper name for it, we’ll just call it acoustic for now haha. Indi? Who knows. Either way, those are my top 3 genres, for sure~
I’ve said everything I can about this cover and video I think, so hope you enjoy it!
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Sad Serenade [Original Instrumental] – Crystal Dennis – YouTube
I really don’t like going a month without posting anything, and since my other covers are taking time in the video editing phase I figured I’d just throw this together real quick and post it. I’ve had it done for a while and just wasn’t sure when to post, so glad I had it as a sort of backup piece for a delay like this with my other covers. I need to do that more often!
Not gonna lie, I’m really proud of this one. I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction as far as my style goes, and it’s going to be interesting to hear it against my next two uploads which are also two things that are steps in the direction of my style. Which, I guess is folk…acoustic….simple instrumentals? Still haven’t pin pointed it down yet XD
I had the track loop because I thought it’d be nice for people to be able to have it on in the background or something, but I feel like next time I may cut it down a little and maybe fade it out on the halfway point through the second playthrough of the track so it doesn’t feel like it drags on. I honestly didn’t realize how long it was but like I said a little note for myself for next time.
Not much else to say, hope you enjoy!
Just wanted to pop in real quick and say that my first patreon exclusive post is up that isn’t a video or MP3, yay! I’ve been trying to figure out a structure to recording these behind the scenes podcasts, and finally found my groove with it. The first one is up, and available for 3 dollar or more patrons, so if you’d like to hear any of my musings for my covers in audio form, it’s a pledge away!
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Remember when I mentioned that I was working on a rendition of a Final Fantasy battle theme? Remember when I was like “I’ve got it, it’ll be great!”. I was…half correct in that assumption, because it’s freaking driving me crazy!
Well, let me rephrase that: The very end part is driving me crazy. I really like the meat of the track, but the phase two of the thing so to speak, isn’t’ going so well and I have no clueee how to finish it up. I thought, ok, add vocals to it and just have one piano line, but I recorded vocals for it last night and ugh it just doesn’t sound right. I tried adding some strings to that section, sounds blech. Tried extra piano, sounds bleh. At this point, I just don’t know what to do! I’m going to mix what I have so far, and see if that helps.
My initial plan was to have everything drop out, just have the base piano line, and fill it with a lot of choral bits. When I tried that last night, the harmonies just weren’t coming together. I think I may have figured out the backing harmonies I want for it that I’m going to record tonight and hope they fit but if that doesn’t work….no clue what I’m going to do XD I may just scrap it for now if that doesn’t work, because I’ve been trying to get this done for like a month and it’s just not coming together at the end. At the same time, I know this track is super experimental, probably the most experimental thing I’ve done and I’d like to finish it to see how it’s going to turn out. But, we’ll see how I feel about it after mixing, I tend to have a better picture of how to fix up a track after I’ve heard it post-mix.
In other news, I also recorded a few episodes of a fun behind the scenes podcast I’ve been planning! I go through my recording and arranging process, and how I decided to cover a certain song in it. The podcast is a patron exclusive, so if you’d like to hear it, consider becoming a patron over on Patreon. You can get other rewards, as well, and give as little, or as much as you’d like!
That’s it for today, We’ll see if on Thursday I’ve finished this cover, or if it drives me mad XD