A TEENAGE music promoter hopes to offer local musicians the chance to get their tracks out to a wider audience after launching a new online music store.
Danny Simm, 14, launched the Simfest UK shopping facility after speaking to bands about the difficulty of making money through large, established Internet providers such as iTunes.
The new facility, which has been put together by Danny and local website designer Brandon Turner, sees bands pay an initial start up fee, which averages about £20, and are then charged a small monthly amount to cover the hosting costs.
In return, the acts are able to keep all of the profit from the sales of any music they upload to the SimfestUK site.
Since launching the site last week, indie-pop act Loor A Los Heroes and rapper D-$wiss have already signed up and Danny, who has previously organised gigs at venues including Indiependence and The Kaff, hopes more will follow suit.
Danny said: “A lot of bands were saying they had their music on iTunes and other similar sites, but have to pay all the costs of hosting their tunes and then the site takes a cut of the music sales too, so they were finding it very difficult to make a profit.
“I talked to Brandon and asked if it was possible to create a shop which could sell unsigned bands’ music, and we put this together.
“Bands can upload anything from a single to a full 10-track album, though it is a bit cheaper to upload singles as they take up less server space.
“I’ve already taken requests from other local bands, and their music will also be available on the site very soon.”
Although the new website currently only has the shop, Danny hopes it will expand into a community for local musicians to meet and share ideas.
He said: “I’d like the site to be a network for Wigan bands. We don’t have any genre or category groups on the site, all the music is put together, and I hope the musicians will not see each other as competition but as part of a bigger community.
“I’ve got several other ideas for the site if more bands join, such as distributing CDs and merchandise, but at the moment they’re just ideas and there are no concrete plans.”
To find out more, visit http://simfestuk.co.uk/music/