Hi guys, hows it going?
Sorry if these seems like basic questions and have been asked a billion times but i want to firmly establish the general ground rules when it comes to this practice...
a. i tend to see on people's beat selling websites that they're selling a track both as a lease, and also for more as an exclusive. however, from the very moment an artist is to buy it as a lease then surely that's gonna defeat the whole point of it being available as an exclusive as well? yet im sure ive seen producers advertise both options for days on end if not permanently... so i'm a bit confused about why that is firstly..
b. when leasing out or selling exclusive beats, is it normal practice to master the beat first or just sell the premaster? do producers sometimes have both options available? and that leads me onto question c.
c. what ARE the general selling options? i've seen leasing, exclusive and i saw one guy talk about selling the stems? what would he mean by that exactly? cos from what i know, i export stems in the form of drums, instrumentation & vocals to run thru my hardware compressor, ready to mix them together for the final mix... would the person in mind be selling stems so an artist could also play with the mix of the backing track a bit more if he wanted to?
d. i been reading about how producers lease out a beat for an artist and if that artist were to sell 5000 units of that song (just for example), then the producer should have some sort of contract signed that states the artist needs to renew the lease by buying it again until it sells another 5000, and so forth.
so my question is - isn't it a bit long and a waste of time to chase up an artist on a lease renewal fee of £20 / $30, when firstly they'll probably not bother bringing to your attention that they have exceeded 5000 sales, and even if you knew they did and they refused to renew the lease, are you gonna bother taking legal action over pocket money? not to mention you would have to keep tabs on 100's if not 1000's of artists if your a successful leaser? doesn't seem worth the trouble imo really...
so yeah, if anyone could help answer one or all the questions above that'd be massively appreciated