Shant Hagopian

is creating Music
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Supporter
$2
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  • Downloads of each song release (mp3)
  • Your name in the thank you list
  • Access to the private Patreon posts where I'll share updates and content related to upcoming releases.
Sustainer
$5
per song
  • All the $2 rewards (mp3, thank you list, access to private posts), plus...
  • High quality FLAC and WAV download of each release
  • Bonus track included with each new release (ex. outtakes, alternate mix, or something unreleased from the archives)
Connoisseur
$10
per song
  • All the $5 rewards (mp3, High quality downloads, Bonus track, access to private posts) plus...
  • Isolated Instrument tracks for learning, playing along, remixing or simply to listen closer.
  • Production Notes with details.
  • Your name featured in Special Thanks section.

About Shant Hagopian

Hi, and thank you for visiting my Patreon page.

Short (TL;DR) version

I'm a musician, and to support myself, I will release new music about once a month exclusively to my patrons. Financially, I'm down the toilet; thanks to the generous payouts of streaming platforms (sarcasm). With Patreon, you can support me by pledging an amount of your choice for each song I release exclusively to you; my patrons.
My goal is to reach minimum wage by making music. Fair enough? 

Select a membership level to get started
Each level has different rewards.
  • You will immediately have access to all music released so far.
  • You will receive high quality downloads as soon as they are out.
  • You will receive any outtakes and/or alternate mixes for each release.
  • Your name will be included in the credits or special thanks section.
  • At $10 You will also receive isolated instrument tracks to remix, play along or just listen closer.

Quick Facts

How frequently will songs be released?

I plan to release not more than one song per month. It's possible that there will be months where I don't release anything at all. You only get charged when I release a new song. It's a per creation funding method.

Can I cancel any time?

Of course! At any time you feel like you can't support me anymore, you can simply cancel your pledge. No hard feelings.

Doesn't this make people pledge once only to get access to all past releases and then cancel right after?

Yes, and that's a dick move.



Here's the long version

I'm an independent musician, guitarist and composer. I've been playing guitar and making music since I was 15. In the past few year I have released a couple of albums under my project "Semantic Saturation" solely by relying on my own funds; earning a living from a daily job to support my musical career. My daily job has both slowed down my creativity and sometimes made me even come close to quitting music. And with the music industry lately being overshadowed by big tech companies (more on that later), it has become almost impossible to make a living by playing music. This has been going on for a long time now, and the time has come to do something about it, and release my full potential. I am not expecting to be rich, all I want to do is make a living by becoming a full-time artist. No side jobs, no distractions. Just music!
My ultimate goal is to reach minimum wage, which is $11.06 here in Canada as of this writing, that's about $8.35 in US dollars.

How does this work?

Patreon is a crowdfunding platform, but campaigns work differently here. On Patreon, you support the artist's ongoing creative process and become a Patron by pledging a few dollars for each creation/song, and in return you receive high quality audio files of all the songs that I will release exclusively on Patreon, available only to my Patrons.

For example, if you pledge $2 for every song I release, you will receive mp3 audio files of each song with your name embedded in the credits. For $5 pledges you will get high quality FLAC and WAV audio files, and an additional bonus track with each demo. If you pledge $10 you get the same rewards as the lower membership levels, and also get detailed production notes and multi-track stems so you can listen to individual instrument, play along or add your lines to the mix. And so on...
Whatever you pledge, you will immediately get access to all the demos released so far.

Why Patreon?

The beauty and the beast in one. Yes, if it wasn't for the internet, my music wouldn't have reached you. But the internet also has side effects. Let's take a closer look at the music industry today.
Remember when record companies were in control? Some of their fossils are today displayed in museums alongside a T-Rex. Today you (the fans) are the one in control. But with the death of one beast, another was born.
Enter music streaming age, Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Youtube (A.K.A the toilet). where the artist makes $0.003 that's not even a cent per stream, streaming tech giants keep the rest; and don't forget the additional cuts by the payment processor PayPal, Stripe etc... Last year according to Spotify's year-end wrap up, my music was streamed for 51,000 minutes, that's around 900 full length album spins, the news was very exciting until I checked my payout, which was a mere $7.52
I'm rich.

"All Roads Lead to Rome"

Every week, hundreds of new bands form around the world in this mindset, thinking the internet has got their back until the band realizes they can't actually make a living, but by then it would be too late as three things would have already happened.
1- The band has empowered the streaming service by handing them music.
2- The listener thinks they supported the artist by paying Spotify $10/month
3- Where in fact the band got paid $0.003 per play.
Now, I'm not a mathematician, but you can see what I'm getting to. Spotify doesn't care, they will keep making money and they are here to stay, thanks to big names like Sheeran, Bieber, Swift etc... (who are also being robbed by the way). Millions of artists are sucked into this giant black hole, in fear of missing out (FOMO) and leaving their work in the dark. Reality is that it's all an illusion, artists are not making any money. The only party that makes money here are record companies streaming services.
A few months ago, Tool has reportedly earned $14,000 on Spotify during the first month of their new album release. Big deal! right? Kind of. Not until you realize there's four members in the band (sometimes 5, 6?), a manager, a marketing agent, a record company, probably other parties? Do the math yourself, see how great that payout really was. Or wasn't.

NO MORE MIDDLE MEN

No more. Just me and you, well... and Patreon who cuts like 5% of the pledges plus PayPal or Credit Card fees. But that's manageable. With Patreon, you patrons employ me for a small ongoing commitment, by contributing as much as you like on a per creation basis. In return, you get music and you get to financially support the artist you want to hear more from. In other words, I work full time for you, and make what I'm naturally born to do: music. 

If you think all this makes sense, pick a membership level and let's start our journey.

Musically,
-Shant Hagopian

Goals
8% complete
If I reach this level of support, I will be able to finally focus full time on creating nothing but music. I will post all new music on Patreon for all my patrons. My ultimate goal is to be able to support my family by making music.

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