Perhaps in an ideal world it wouldn’t have to be a question; artists could be supported by their communities of fans, and fans would get all the art they could handle. That’s the idea behind the pay-wall; the practice of releasing content only to those who are willing to pay for it.
There are two obvious problems to this for me; firstly is that no matter how skillful you are at encrypting code to block unpaid users; there will be someone more skillful that can rip a copy and distribute it online faster than I can type this sentence.
But the main problem is, I don’t wanna.
Being broke is something I’ve had a fair amount of experience with, and if someone wants to hear/see/read what it is we do; I don’t want money to be an obstacle to that.
On the other hand, I also feel that those who ARE willing to support us with their hard-earned cash should get something more than just a big hug and a heart-felt THANK YOU, and the pleasure of knowing that they help make it possible for us to do what do (including eat food).
And so the dilemma.
What I’d LIKE to do, I think; is to release our music (and vids as they come) to our Patreon account and website subscribers before it’s put out into the world through the usual channels. In-progress demos, behind the scenes stuff and out-takes can all be included here too, and we’ll make sure to include some Patron/Subscriber-only stuff like early contest-entries and ticket-purchasing for Flo-Shows etc as time goes on.
We’ll still put on as many no-cover events as we can. Our Nimbit albums will always be choose-what-you-pay (yes, that can mean $0), and you’ll always get some free tunes just for signing up to our email Newsletter.
This way you can get the art you want; as quickly as we can produce it; and we can spend more of our time making that art, and less on the annoying financial side of things.
Win-win, right? 😀