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Should I Post Demos?

poll Should I Post Demos?
Yes, I'm not patient.
Yes, but only to CD/FLAC purchasers
Yes, but only live versions on YouTube
No, I like to be surprised when the CD comes out
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Should I Post Demos?

Posted on Thu, Dec 2, 2010

So, as usual, releasing a new album means one thing to me: that it's time to start working on the next one. 

I've traditionally posted demo versions of the songs I'm working on as I finish them. For "Ashes", I wrote and recorded the album in isolation, then released them all at once in their final form. That had one big advantage: I never felt overly attached to the rough mixes, because I took more time before I recorded them.

Another reason for not posting demos is that people download them (which is awesome), listen to them (also awesome), but might not know or choose to download the final versions when the CD comes out (not awesome). Every once in awhile, I'll see a YouTube video or something using a horrible rough demo of a song that's been out on CD for years, and I die a little inside. :) 

On the other hand, I just went a year without really posting any new material, and that makes me a sad panda. There are a couple of other options. I used to have a "preview club" where I'd post the stuff. I could set it up so that only people who have purchased CDs/FLACs could download stuff - this would keep the casual listeners away from the rough stuff, encourage sales, and also to give me peace of mind that they'll probably "upgrade" to the full versions when the come out. Another option is to just post live acoustic versions of the songs to YouTube, as I did this last time with "Already There". 

So what would you all like to see this time around?