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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Is Self-Promotion Always Spam?



Michael Levy is offering some more fabulous freebees of his music this week (please see the links below), and also posing a question. Is there a better way to self-promote than to keep sending out links through social media and asking your friends to share them? My own take on this is pretty straight-forward. I think if you're continually sending links that say BUY [SUCH & SUCH] FOR JUST $XX.99!, that's spam. If you're sharing links for free downloads, that's self-promotion. And if your music is really high quality, like Michael's is, that's an extra bonus. So please, friends – share these links and listen to the music. Spread the word!



Free Download of My New Composition For Solo Lyre!


Hi Everyone,

For being so amazingly supportive & subscibing to my mailing list, I have decided to now regularly offer free downloads of my future compositions - please feel free to share these free MP3 download links with the rest of the known world...this is certainly a new way I am experimenting with, to "get my music out there"! So, here is your first, 100% free download link, to my sparkly, brand new composition, "Ancient Lyre Strings":



For a more authentic ancient tone, as well as being tuned in the wonderfully pure-sounding just intonation of antiquity, the bass strings of the lyre being played here (my wonderful hand-made"Davidic Harp" by Marini Made Harps), are made of beautifully rich-sounding natural fibres of pure wound silk - special thanks to Peter Pringle for making these strings for me to experiment with!

I have also just uploaded a new promotional video on Youtube featuring this new composition, which I would be most grateful if you could also please share:


Recently, I have been impaled on the horns of a dilema facing every relatively unknown unsigned artist - if I don't do everything I can to "get my music out there" on both my website, Youtube & my recent abundance of posts on Facebook & social media to draw attention to these efforts, then absolutely nobody else is going to do it for me (there is no point in having my 18 albums on iTunes if nobody actually knows they are there!)...but how do I best go about this, without verging on spouting forth spam? 

Yet, to avoid this "sickening spammy spoiler scenario", if I only "blow my virtual horn" every month or so on social media instead of every few days, then for months at a time, anyone who hasn't yet had the chance of hearing my music for the 1st time is not going to get to hear my music for the 1st time - for months at a time...ARGH! The sweet pain!! 

If anyone has any useful advice on how to best resolve this dilemma, this would be incredibly appreciated - thanks!

Kind Regards,

Michael


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