First Time Buying Beats Online?
I have been selling beats online for a couple of years. Before I started doing anything related to making beats, I sat on the other side of the table.
I used to rap. I used free beats and I was buying beats from online producers.
Because I’ve sat on both sides of the table, I can imagine the situation that you’re in right now. The whole reason why you’ve decided to read this article.
- You’re getting started with music, but you’re planning to take this seriously.
- Or, you’ve already been doing music for a while but things are starting to get more serious.
- You’re looking into buying beats because you’re done using tagged beats. I get it, it’s distracting.
- Or maybe you’ve reached that level where the logical next step would be to properly license the beats you’re using.
☝If you recognize yourself somewhere in these lines, then you’re right where you need to be.
Because I am going to tell you everything you need to know about buying beats online!
Using Free Beats
First, let’s talk about free beats.
The easiest way to recognize a free beat is by the producer tags that you hear every 30 seconds.
Once you buy a license for a beat it will no longer have the tags in it
If you’re in the possession of beats without a license agreement from the producer. Then you could consider that a free beat as well. In that case, you’re not authorized to use it for commercial purposes.
Producers vs. Artists discussion on Free Beats
There’s been a discussion going on for years. Definitely worth explaining a little more. Producers hate it when artists ask for free beats. And yes, it happens all the time.
“Can I get this beat for free, I’ll give you credit”– This is so accurate, it kills me every time!
Anyway, in defence of the artists, I have to admit – The hypocrisy is REAL!
When you’re looking for beats on YouTube. Most of the titles you’ll find say “(FREE) BEAT” or “FREE DL.” So, they’re offering free beats but then complain about artists using their beats for free.
How is that NOT confusing?
The reason why we do that has to do with marketing strategies and ranking on YouTube. It’s just click bait. In defence of the producers, including myself. Trust me when I say that many artists are taking advantage of our craft and hard work. And that is just disrespectful if you ask me.
My music is downloaded hundreds of thousands of times in the last couple of years. Most of them illegally.
Imagine the headaches…
So, I don’t feel bad about asking someone to buy a beat with a proper license that comes with it. It makes it easier for all parties involved.
What can you do with a free beat?
Not much… At least, nothing commercially or profitable. Uploading on Facebook. Is that commercially? These days, yes.
I offer free beats to let artists…
- Try it out before they buy.
- Record vocals and see if their vocals match the key of the beat.
- Record a demo and get feedback before purchasing a license for it.
I am allowing them to make sure that it’ll be worth the investment. Sometimes I do permit people to upload their songs created with my free beats to Social Media. But if I want to take the song down for no reason. It’ll be taken down within minutes. Yes, I can do that…
Do not mess with free beats!
It’s funny because there is actually no such thing as a FREE BEAT. If you are going to ask for something for free, ask for a free LICENSE.
If you’re using a beat for which you haven’t received a license agreement in writing from the producer you’re unauthorized to use it and you could get in serious trouble
As you can see, the statutory damages for copyright infringement are ridiculously high. Trust me, you don’t want to mess with that.