Daniel Wininger

is creating Recording People For Free



About Daniel Wininger

Dear World, especially Musicians and anyone in the music business,

There is obviously a problem with the state of the music industry right now. Yes, almost every institution has a problem these days, and yes, the problems are all part of a greater evolution, but I'd like to give my input on how things might evolve, or perhaps helping steer things in the right direction.

One of the most disgusting aspects of the music industry today is that, often, musicians are treated as consumers. Whether by venues, gear companies, recording studios, or promoters, it seems that we overlook the fact that musicians are inherently more the producers than consumers of goods. They create music, which is pretty awesome.

As a recording engineer and producer, I can't tell you how many times I've come across an amazing musician, ready to record, with no money to spend on recording. It actually makes no sense to me, deep down inside, that a musician should pay someone to record them. In my eyes, the producer or engineer is actually the receiver, the extractor, the miner of the goods, and the musician the provider and producer of said goods. To make the musician pay makes them a consumer, devaluing the music that they are creating. Honestly it makes me sick.

Being an engineer is fun. I gladly do it for free. Hell, I'd even *pay* to record some of my favorite musicians. Maybe that's just me. It's work, but it's fun work. I like when people give me money, but it takes a bite out of my conscience every time it comes from a musician who can barely afford it.

It should come from the audience.

Music is magical. The creation of it shouldn't be tainted by money. No matter how we rationalize or compartmentalize or ignore the money aspect, it's true: it taints it.

So I propose a process of music production funded monthly by donations from audience members around the world via the internet (Patreon). People who:
-anticipate quality music coming from our work
-believe in making recording services available to the financially challenged
-believe in changing the music industry in favor of the musician.

The rules of the game are as follows:
1) I take no money from the musician(s)
2) The music is entirely, 100% the musicians' in terms of ownership rights.
3) If the musician chooses, they can offer up a track or body of work to be available to patrons supporting this process. The musician decides the terms by which it is shared (for a limited time or ongoing, free or at cost, etc.)

About Me: 

My name is Daniel Wininger. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and took djembe lessons when I was 10. From then on, hand drumming was my passion. I took piano, too, when I was 16. However, when I was 18, I came down with severe rheumatoid arthritis that I strongly suspect to be Lyme disease. 

As my main musical projects took a back seat, I took up recording and production at Bennington College, which was less strenuous on my joints. I ended up really liking it, as musical abilities certainly translate to recording abilities, to an extent.

Ideally, I would like to drum and have the health to back it up. But, in the mean time, I record others to keep the musical spark alive and hopefully the financial security to support my healing process so that I may, one day, again drum to my heart's content.
Thank you for your support.

Currently I am recording people in Western Massachusetts and the Hudson Valley in NY.

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