Wemix Contest Q&A #3: Pilot Touhill

January 5, 2009

Continuing to answer questions by my 5 Wemix contest finalists. This one by Pilot Touhil:

As an unsigned artist, what online distribution service would you recommend? I was thinking of either using TUNECORE or maybe CD BABY but i would like to hear your opinion. Thanks”.

Pilot, I did a bunch of research on this one for you. I asked people who they thought the best online distribution service was (and I didn’t mention Tunecore or CD Baby, in the event that people suggested another service)…although CD Baby, TheOrchard, and Nimbit were mentioned, TUNECORE seemed to be one that people recommended most often. From Mr. Red Baron:

“Artists pay an up-front fee to open their account, and they select which stores they want to sell their music. They earn ALL the revenue and do not have to pay a percentage to Tunecore. The backend is really smart, much like a bank account.

TuneCore charges $0.99 per track, $0.99 per store per album, and $19.98 per album per year storage and maintenance. Or, just put up one song as a single for a flat price of $9.99 per year, all stores included. This eliminates the need to hit LaLa, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc- which are commonly used places for artists to sell.”

Nine Inch Nails did their last album with Tunecore, if that says anything to you. I’ve also heard that TheOrchard is great because they have a strong ability to handle physical distribution as well, which will probably play some role in how you get your music out. At the end of the day, I’d say to research all the options and figure out which one is best for you.

Good Luck!



  1. NoMoreSorrowGirl on January 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    You and Mr. Red Baron know the thing called “research”…well,pretty cool advice…do you have an advice on how can i make my donuts sweet!?hahaha!…Take care:))

  2. rockermeg on January 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Sellaband is really good…very clever.
    Very helpful Mike!! I’ll look those up as well

  3. tpbarbosa on January 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Seems like Tunecore is a great way to distribute your music, I’d choose it if I were on his place , oh well, that’s really nice Mike that you try to help your fans out! 😀 I’m proud to be a LP fan. I wanted to ask you, what’s going on with Fort Minor? Do you think about work in a new album? I know you’re too busy with LP’s 4th studio album but in the future do you think FM will come up with something new? Cause I have to admit I loved “The Rising Tied” though my favorite song ever is “” Hard Way, which is not on the album =/

  4. faiintx on January 6, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    mike, you’re awesome! thank you so much for helping your fans (not just this post – but in general). i’m only 13 so i can’t really start a career as a musician now, but i’ve always wanted to be one when i grow up; the thought of getting my music known & fairly popular is actually a pretty scary thought. but it is because of you that i have hope…and with technology getting more advanced by the day, i’m almost positive that i MIGHT be successful (whether i will be signed or not). you’ve always been & always will be my role model, mike! i’ve listened to Linkin Park since, like, 3rd grade!
    THANK YOU!!! — Pallavi ❤

  5. Madlen on January 6, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Well if you were unsigned which one would you used to sell your music?And what would you do for promoting?:D

  6. jenshinoda88 on January 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    you know, in radio said that Linkin Park have more fans IN THE WORLD on internet! We’ll swear! They said that in the world you have more fans in the network that any other group, Under, metallical … the slipknot … The guns Roses …. Because in addition to the forum, fans of Linkin Park have a lot of personal blog where talk of the life of each of the band, what you are doing … in short, kept an eye! I hope that this news will rallegri! Indeed, we welcome because it covers all components! W i LP !!!!!

  7. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on January 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

    oh yea, good luck Pilot! bye Gabry

  8. Diana_LP_adicted on January 6, 2009 at 10:51 am


  9. Kalini on January 6, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Well, you make an advance payment and open an account to organize the distribution of your album: USD 20 for the maintenance of the album per year and USD 1 per store; USD 10 for the single to be available at all stores per year. It’s just more than fine! But its all about the distribution and Mr. Red Baron has given a very detailed answer to the question of Pilot Touhil. What about the advertising? How an unsigned artist could organize the advertising of his album? Yes, he can use his MySpace account where to put the info: distributed by Tunecore; available at the following stores… Will it be enough? Good luck to Pilot Touhil! KK

  10. PekiLinkinFan on January 6, 2009 at 7:06 am

    hey mike ! =D
    some people created a blog http://lpfanatic.com
    its cool.. kiss ! luv u

  11. Ekay on January 6, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Hey Mike! First of all, it’s awesome how you manage to find the time to answer to your fans! I think this must be the 107. time that this question has been asked but I couldn’t find an answer so…Will you be touring this year,starting about where and when?many fans are dying to get this info..We are planning to do a longer tour “with” you if you come to Europe:) ..and hopefully you will!!And also, as good as you are on giving advices, who do you recommed that I/other fans in Helsinki/Finland should contact to get you guys to play here?or is your tour organizer/manager the one who decides where to go?is it any help that fans “demand” you to come here or is it just the amount of sold records?

  12. vivian on January 6, 2009 at 3:53 am

    u are really a nice guy Mike 🙂 u treat everyone sincerely and I think it’s not comes easy to a big star , so thats one of a reason why so many people likes u O(∩_∩)O

    m/MIKE ROXm/

  13. Blaesbjerg on January 6, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Seriously Mike, you are so generous! Every should have you as a role model, everything you do and say is just something where you think ” maaan, is this guy really a celebrity? Cause he seems totally aware, and unselfish when you compare him to so many other celebrities”.. You’re just Awesome!
    Keep it up – I’m learning a lot from you!

  14. soyuneik on January 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Information absorbing complete..standby..
    Why thank you bud-dy ! ::pats back::
    I’m gonna check those albums out (other post-by why make two?)
    I’ve already heard Metallica and Santogold.
    (This is me pretending like you actually posted them up because I asked you to put me on to something new…ha!)

  15. nillp on January 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    EDIT: i found the site.. (http://remixtures.com/2007/07/tunecore-agita-mercado-de-distribuicao-de-musica-digital/) but it’s in portuguese.. :/

    i remember reading a review -i guess it was at “remixtures”- about TuneCore.. and it seemed to be pretty good.. i’m going to see if i can find it to show to you -but i think it was written in Portuguese :S-…


    good luck to Pilot and to the others! (:

    take care; see ya’

    mk’nil :*

  16. analoggirl on January 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    It must be exciting to be in the music business at this time – to see more control placed in the hands of emerging artists. Good luck to all you aspiring musicians.

    Of course, you can’t forget the fans when you make it big. 😉 Here’s some advice from Chubb Rock’s “Treat Em Right”: (I was listening to this today. LOL)

    That’s why when it comes to fans I’m never mean

    Kids on St. James between Gates and Greene

    Always say hello, cause I’m a modest fellow

    Never try to play a super star that’s hollow

    Cause if these kids don’t go buy our records

    We’ll be has-beens – and plus naked

    So we owe them, to pull out your pen

    Sign an autograph; you might make a new friend

  17. Twiggy on January 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Hey!! do u research?? sorry I don’t get a clue yet :/

    ok and what about lp, i mean how is gonna be the new cd, i hope there’ll be more rapping, cause even I love Chester’s voice, the rap has so many things that you can’t say singing, or can u?,
    hey what if somebody ask how to make a song, I mean do u think is better write the lyrics first or make the music??
    cause if u make the music first, you can’t run free with the lirycs, am i right?’
    IDK is so confusing,

    well babe love ya.
    take care

  18. lucky_cat on January 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    He is the one I chose 🙂 Congrats and Good Luck !

  19. Wello on January 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Use CDbaby, it’s where i shop. You can find some diamonds in the rough there for sure.

  20. ShadowerLiltani on January 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    You gave me a great idea. And, I have a question for you, for my stepbrother, Mark Jr. He is very young, 19, very shy about loving music and rap and really the only information I have about his pursuit is from my stepfather. I don’t think Mark would be comfortable taking advice from me, since there is such a lack of guidance at his house right now. What would you recommend as a good way to start out, for someone his age? (He is working on going to college right now). Should he try to send a demo somewhere right now, take the Indie route, or wait a while?

  21. Jaclyn on January 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    It’s really very interesting to read your posts about music business of which as it turned out i have no idea ))
    Waiting for updates on art lessons, album recording, art exhibitions and producing Wemix finalist 😀

  22. Hybr1d_7h3ory on January 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for the insight Mike. If Apple was smart, and they might already have this and I don’t know about it, but if artists could sell their music on itunes with a little nominal fee as listed above then that could open a lot more possibilities i think.

    Good luck the the to the five finalists with their careers. Any new updates on the progress of the new album?


  23. cuz on January 5, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    You are so good spending your time to help out the other people. Your posts makes all the music business more clear for us.

  24. nemi on January 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    cool ^^ i like to hear when you explain about the music-buisness ^^ hehe, i am learning much about that here on your blog =D

    speaking of music, good luck with the new album! hope you guys are enjoying being in the studio 😛

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