Music projects are easy to understand. All musicians have them at times. Music projects are fun and engaging, but ultimately a musician is a performer and what is a performer without an audience of some sort? The music site, Drooble, is a new discovery for me. It’s now my favorite music site.
Ever since the digital world opened up an opportunity for musicians to upload music and video, most of us have taken advantage of that. The first site I ever uploaded music to was MySpace. My only claim to fame there was that my favorite poet, Mary Oliver, listened to my song “Lazy Day.” It didn’t make me famous but the only reason I still have that account is because of her comment.
By the time I got on Facebook, my music was uploaded to ReverbNation and various other sites in an attempt to promote my music and also get gigs. The gigs I played were coffeehouses or bookstores or churches. Every now and then, I played weddings or private engagements. The truth is, I don’t want to be famous as much as I just want to keep making music.
At the same time, after all these years of posting music, Drooble is renewing my dreams of music. Due to health challenges, I can’t play gigs anymore and it was while trying to find a way to collaborate with some musician friends on the new project that I happened across Drooble. It took me a little bit of reading instructions but soon began to understand the ups of the site. The thing that I love most about it is that the musician gets “karma” points for supporting other musicians and contributing to the conversations.
Why Karma points?
Because our mission is to provide artists who create original and non-mainstream music with better opportunities for growth.
Unlike the other platforms where promotion is paid with money, musicians on Drooble can earn karma points and spent them on useful promo tools.
The Karma point system works for me on several levels. As a spiritual person, I like that the point system is called karma. Karma is a word used in many spiritual circles although it originates from the Hindu religion. The other reason I like the karma points and how they are used is that as a disabled person on a tight budget, free is good. The cost is that I have to listen to new musicians? Perfect! I love listening and discovering new musicians. If it hadn’t been for Drooble, I might never have happened across Jana and The Lanterns! Now I listen to them every chance I can.
In addition to discovering new musicians, I’m also discovering the joy of having musician input on my music both new and older recordings. As I age, my voice ages and asthma is changing my singing. Yet, I’m unwilling to give up music. Music is my lifeblood as it is for most musicians. However, I can still play my guitar. I can still sing with others and harmonize with others. The feedback I’m getting from those who don’t know me but are still musicians is invaluable.
The other thing I like about Drooble is something I want to do on this website. As you may have noticed, the articles and podcasts here have been about different artists and musicians I’ve met and interviewed. I have others to support as well. Drooble is a way that I can support new and upcoming artists as well as musicians like me who have aged, but still, know how to play. The Drooble Blog has interesting articles as well.
I’ve sent messages on all the social accounts and am waiting to hear back from my musician friends to get connected and their music uploaded. The musicians I know in North Carolina are phenomenal. Like me, they may have chosen other paths to follow for vocation or because of family, but the music always remains. When you have a moment, check them out and tell them Robin sent you.