With the advent of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify, these internet music providers have been a blessing to independent recording artists. Their website platform has given musicians an opportunity to potentially reach thousands of new fans, and to make their songs and streaming concerts immediately available for purchase.
Yet independent and main stream artists both are taking notice to revenue that’s generated on these websites. Recording artists like Jay Z and his new music streaming service TIDAL, are realizing that some music sites mainly benefit the website host, and not so much the artist.
Darryl Thomas, a keyboardist-music producer and visionary, is the Chief Executive Artist of mwseq Inc.™(pronounced ‘music). Thomas says he developed a unique business model that simply returns more of the profit back to the originating artist.
“This is a service that assures artists receive fair compensation from their sales by ‘paying artists first’” explains Thomas. “Most recording artists are getting a fraction of a penny from their internet sales, but with mwseq, we pay artists first.”
Mwseq’s core group is supported by a collaboration of up and coming independent artists living and working in the city of Elgin’s art district, a neighboring city of Chicago. Some of the artists reside at the Elgin Artspace Lofts, a 55 unit complex that’s home to the city’s most popular sculptors, musicians, photographers and art curators. They thrive in an artistic environment that features a workable and livable loft space, a performance stage and a 2000 square foot art gallery.
“Mwseq will teach the artist how to efficiently market themselves and maximize their earnings,” expresses Odis J. Rucker, mwseq’s Chief Financial Officer. “Mwseq.com has an opportunity to completely disrupt the current methods of distributing digital content, and introduce a substantially better system that pays artists first.”
Rucker is also the drummer for the band Sermonne, and says that the band is one of the first on mwseq’s catalog. Rucker, along with Thomas, percussionist Journey Burns, bass guitarist Tyrone Jackson, trumpeter John David Provitt, flugelhornist Chaska Daniels, and saxophonist Jerry Williams, have all seen the benefits of the concept ‘Paying Artists First’, by enjoying an increase in their fan base.
“The fact that they are so versatile musically, they can play anything and do it well,” expresses Tish Powell, a Sermonne fan of many years. Powell is a councilwoman at the City Of Elgin and has taken strides to hire Sermonne for many of her private events. “Plus, you are never just sitting and listening to Sermonne—they make you want to get up and dance!”
Thomas is looking forward to embracing new members to mwseq. One of his favorite artist is Curtis Evans, a popular singer-guitarist with an acoustic sound. Evans describes his music as ‘all over the place,’ but enjoys writing songs from the heart.
“Today’s music is like the wild west,” explains Evans, “everybody has music out there.” Evans believes that once mwseq is up and running, it can work. “I think that any platform that you can get music out to people, it’s something I want to help out with. Yes, its important to me.”
One of mwseq’s first tasks is to generate public interest by creating a fundraising campaign on a major crowd funding website. Thomas believes that raising funds and creating awareness to mwseq will attract other artists to participate, and help launch the business on a multi-million dollar level.
“I believe that independent artists can benefit mostly from mwseq by earning monies and developing a larger fan base,” explains Thomas. “It will allow them to create better art and live more comfortably.”
To contribute to mwseq’s launching campaign and support ‘Paying Artists First!™’, visit mwseq.com. Semonne band, Curtis Evans and other artists can be booked for performances by visiting mwseq.com or via email at email@example.com. ’Sermonne’, ‘mwseq’, and ’Paying Artists First!’ is a trademark of mwseq, Inc.