Slicethepie is a website focused on helping unsigned artists and helping music fans discover great new music. It is free for artists to get feedback and it will also potentially expose their music to a range of opportunities such as synch deals, radio placement etc. So if you are a music geek and you love to be the one that discovers musicians or if you are a agent who wants to find the next big thing, this can be potentially good for you. Not only will it tune your skills in reviewing artists, but it can also be a boost in your career as a critique or a agent. Basically how this works is Slicethepie lets us, the audience, decide what singers deserve to be financed by paying us to rate songs on a scale of 1 to 10 and leave quality reviews. The artists that receive the best ratings and reviews are then considered to be financed to release an album.
About the Company
- Founded in 2007 in Berkshire
- Web based artist financing engine that raises money for artists to professionally record an album and pays users to rate them.
- Offices in United Kingdom
- Funding: $4.8M
- Twitter: @Slicethepie
How does it work? (skip if you already know how it works)
After the user signs up for an account, he/she becomes a scout and they must listen to at least 90 seconds of the song. However, they can start writing they reviews during any part of the 90 seconds.
On average a user could receive anywhere from $0.02-0.20 and your payment is based on your ranking. You can earn more my submitting longer reviews with good grammar and the better your review, the more you wil receive. Experience and level seem to have no effect on your earnings (receive more experience with better reviews) so you do not have to worry about that. In terms of energy, you earn more every 3 minutes and you lose some for every review you submit. Once you run out, you can no longer review until it refills. The minimum payout is $10 via paypal and it takes 5 day to receive payment.
For artists or musicians, you can upload music to www.soundout.com and receive free reviews on your tracks (Click order a report and select the free option). And if you receive high enough ratings and are eligible, you will be able to raise finance on PledgeMusic. This will potentially expose your music to a wide range of music opportunities. After you upload music to soundout.com, there are times where it will appear on slicethepie.com as anonymous and reviewers will earn a bonus payment for reviewing anonymous tracks.
Pros and Cons
If you are a musician, agent, or a music critique, this site is perfect for you. Slicethepie is geared towards helping musicians get feedback on their music and if their music is good, they can get financed and get opportunities for A&R opportunities and Radio placement. All this is free and you have nothing to lose from uploading your music to www.soundout.com and getting free reviews. And if you are a agent or music critique, this site will have positive affects for your future career in the music industry. With Slicethepie, you will be able to fine tune your critiquing skills as wells as listen to potential star musicians that you will be able to sign to record deals.
On the contrary, if you are not a music fanatic or one who hates to discover new music, this site is not for you. Making money can be potentially difficult unless you have a high ranking. It seems that the quality of your ranking is not only based on how much you write, but also how close your rating (1-10) is to the other reviewers. You can also get a bad ranking in the same way if you rate too many songs a similar score (usually anything in the range of 3,4,5,6,7), even if this is what they deserve. As a result, it is very difficult to get a high ranking in Slicethepie and when you achieve a few points increase, your ranking could easily drop with a few reviews. Today I reviewed, 10 songs (first time I did in a long time because I needed to refresh my mind on this site before reviewing) and I went up 2% but after 1 review, I dropped down 2% (need 100% to achieve next ranking). On top of that it took be about 15 minutes to earn a measly dollar.
|Takes a long time to rank high in Slicethepie|
Unless you love to listen to music in your free time (or if you are a musician, agent. or music critique) this site is not for you. Especially if you are looking to make money, it can take a long time and you should not expect to make a lot unless you rank high, which takes much time and dedication to achieve. This site can be a fun way to discover and listen to music if you do that in your free time, but otherwise its a Waste of Time because you have to focus your attention to listen to the music and its very hard to multitask. In order to maximize your earnings per hours, you must write during the first 90 seconds (Time before you can submit your review) which makes it hard to do something else while reviewing these songs. And if you write similar reviews (copy and paste or just by mistake), you are required to change it before Slicethepie will accept the review. All in all, unless you plan to be in the music industry (or scour through youtube for the next big thing), this site is not worth your time.