his is usually not something we talk about here, but felt it might help some fellow musicians in the long run. On Sunday we were sent an email claiming that a fan of ours in Australia couldnt find our music on his favorite site, http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3Lm51bWJlcm9uZW11c2ljLmNvbQ==
and would be excited if we were on the site so he could spread the word about our music. As we try to do in most cases, we went a head and placed our music on the site, posted our my space URL created a logo for the site etc. It wasnt hours later that we started to receive numerous emails, of fans joining up. So far so good. Then we begun to receive with those emails, emails from folks from around the world claiming everything that an independent musician could hope to see in an email;
Im really enjoying listening to your music. :)
I'll send a link to your page to all my friends. Is it possible to buy your cd with paypal?
I have visited your numberonemusic and my space site today and I really enjoyd your music!!
Im not using my space too often but you can reach me by email anytime.
Please, keep me updated I will listen to all your music keep up the wonderful work!
Your New FAN Chris 1900
p.s. send me some kind of welcome message, so I know you got this one... thxxxx
:)) and I'll spread the word!
By Tuesday we were the top charting world band on the site and getting over 500 plays a day.
Check out this link http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3Lm51bWJlcm9uZW11c2ljLmNvbS93aGlzcGVyc29mdGhlZHJhZ29uLw==
At this no point we began to research the site and found that if we wanted to keep up this stairway to stardom, that we would have to start paying a monthly charge after our free 30 day trial. Still at this point it seemed very tempting to jump on. We had never seen this much activity, fan gathering and plays. As musicians its our dream to hit levels like this and we all believe that some day this could happen. It is all about dreaming.
Additional research on numerous blogs from around the world dating back as far as 2006 showed numerous musicians had been involved and lost money (it used to be the first six months for 35 dollars). In addition many had pasted their emails they received which were identical in there wording to ours. At this pont it really seemed to us that we were probably involved in a questionable site.
We then received this email:
I just got your mail via n1m
and had to tell you that your music is really good and I like it. BTW I'm from Vladivostok, Russia and recently I have been selected to be our college radio station (over 5,000 listeners daily) music director... I'd love to give you some spins..
If you want, please forward your best mp3 song (192kbps) along with a Press kit or a short bio to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm looking forward to receive your digital package.
P.S. Our website in the works and will be available online sonn
Radio Silvertone FM Student Radio is, as the name implies, the student-run radio station at Vladivostok, Russia. We strive to provide non-commercial music and views to the community that aren't available on other local or popular national media. Our DJs have weekly shows with free-form formats consisting of indie rock and pop, emo and post punk, punk, hip hop, alternative, rock, metal, electronica, jazz, world, blues, folk, talk, and more.
We've received your email, We've recently become a bit concerned about the N1M site as a possible scam sit. Can you verify that your Legitimate radio station. We have no problem sending you what you requested, as long as it serves a purpose and not to just support the N1M site and a possible scam.
Whispers of the Dragon
Hi thank you for your digital package, we'll review it for rotation on our next meeting.
have a great week!
radio Silvertone FM staff
Defiantly evidence of computerized emailing demonstrating our belief. The end point here is if youre a musician please dont get caught up in on this web site. Surely dont use your hard earned money on this type of marketing. As independent musicians we all have a short supply of money to put out in to marketing as well as time to spend on it. And pass this on to anyone you know.