Releasing your own EPs, albums and singles online is a serious and pretty common option in this day and age.
With so many tools and services available to artists for cheap or even free, there’s no reason why you can’t self-release your music and make some extra money on the side.
There are of course benefits to working with a label for this, from reputation and association, to having someone take care of financials for you, and handle everything from promotion to artwork and mastering. There is also the flip side, where self-releasing may allow you to take a higher percentage of sales, and control more of the details yourself.
Of course there are also advantages to having your music on physical format, but that’s another topic!
I’m going to take you through the process of releasing your own music, to show you what’s involved and how simple it can be, but also to show you that there are a multitude of options at every step of the way.
This is quite a long guide, so I have broken it down into individual parts: