This is the original agreement that will be sent to every artist who wants to release something on Nighttrippin.!
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This is not a contract but an agreement on the distribution and publishing terms between THE ARTIST (you) and NIGHTTRIPPIN. (represented by me, Karsten Schmieder).
Please be sure to read the whole document before submiting your music.
The most important thing: your music belongs to you! NIGHTTRIPPIN. does not, in any way, own the rights to your musical or lyrical content. NIGHTTRIPPIN. is merely a distributor of digital music and my task is therefore to get your music out there and promote it as good as possible. Feel free to publish your music in any other way, be it on your own Soundcloud page, your website, your YouTube channel or on a physical record. However, I’d appreciate it, when you share the label’s name whenever you present your tune to a new audience.
I am in no position to judge your music or any kind of art. Every art is beautiful and important. But in order to keep the sound of the label coherent, it is my task to release only those tracks, that I think are fitting and in line with what I have in mind. So don’t be disapointed if your tune is rejected, just submit another track that you think is sitting well with NIGHTTRIPPIN.’s style.
NIGHTTRIPPIN. specializes in releasing Digital Singles, meaning that our releases will consist of an A- and a B-side (just like in the good old times). If both sides complements each other or if you want to do something completely different on the flipside, is entirely your choice. However, be sure that the total length of your submitted tracks does not exceed 25:00 min.
Be sure to send me your music in good quality! I prefer 16 or 24 Bit WAV files. The final music will be downloadable in various, satisfying qualities with the “worst” being a 256 kbit MP3.
The tracks that you send to NIGHTTRIPPIN. will not be altered in any way, neither musically nor sound-wise. That means that I won’t put any fade-in’s or out’s or any fancy stuff on your tracks. But that also means that NIGHTTRIPPIN. won’t provide any general Mastering service. If you can’t do the Mastering yourself, we may figure something out and I’ll do it, but please note, that I am no professional audio engineer.
Be aware of the fact that NIGHTTRIPPIN. is a non-profit label. So there will be no earnings from releasing your tracks, not for NIGHTTRIPPIN. and not for you. The main distribution will be handled by Bandcamp, but we will be uploading the tracks on Soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/nighttrippin) and YouTube as well. So once again: don’t expect any money from this deal, we won’t be putting price tags or “pay what you want” options on our downloads.
The artwork for the digital release of your Single will be handled only by NIGHTTRIPPIN. The goal is to establish the label as a brand that has a coherent audiovisual style. Therefore we will equip each release with a unique (and good looking!) artwork. If you have any concerns or wishes concerning the artwork or the depicted image, be sure to let me know beforehand.
It is my wish to represent each artist that releases music on NIGHTTRIPPIN. with a picture (portrait or artwork, you decide), some facts about his/her motivations and his/her style as well as a little interview. I will be writing the text myself with the facts that you give me about you. The interview will be published unedited, so please check your grammar,…hehe. To make this thing easier, I prepared a form for you to fill out, so help yourself and send it back to me.
I am really looking forward to hear your music! Don’t be shy and send me everything you have! Thanks!