Seán Mathews Irish Singer, Guitarist and Songwriter
How are things? You have probably seen that the single launch for Welcome to Ballsgrove was cancelled. I was 99.9% sure Level 3 would mean the proper opening of pubs. It was not to be chaps and chapettes!
Let’s talk about the brass tax.
Recording of Video & Song: 1000 euro
Promotion, Graphic Design & Photography: 400 euro
Bandcamp net sales to date: 32 euro
Radioplay royalties etc: < 100 euro (not in yet)
Hours of contacting stations / publicity etc: 100 + hours
The single launch gig was important. It was to recoup some losses from the months of saving to get the Welcome to Ballsgrove out. To have some craic and feel the buzz of a gig again! Recoup enough to get the wheels turning again.
Spotify doesn’t pay anything. Well it does if you get connected to a playlist curator, get regular national exposure or if bloggers/tastemakers get the horn for what you do! One thing doesn’t usually happen without the other unless you have the contacts built up. But everyone needs Spotify. Isn’t it all a bit catch 22? And all a bit sore on the Póca.
I shouldn’t dwell on this. But I am letting you know about the costs because Artists have basically no Gigging income now.
Consequently the whole Welcome to Ballsgrove album launch is now delayed by a few months. One must weigh up paying the bills against pursuit of anything. There's maturity needed. And that’s it.
All this talk reminds me of when I graduated from college into a recession. I took a job in an office checking invoices. Nothing to do with what I studied. But the student loan had to be paid. So off i went travelling 12 hours a week to Dublin for 330 euro a week. When you take out 60 euro for bus and another 30 euro a week or lunches I wasn’t far off the Dole (less than the COVID payment!).
Sometimes you have to swallow your pride for the greater goal. Which is why I am happy to share why the Album has now been delayed.
Take it easy and talk soon.
All the best,