Why composers should(nt) start a YouTube Channel

Bluemount Score

Senior Member
A buddy of mine that does music for shits and giggles on the side managed to get up to $1k a month in adrev royalties with some clever keywording. Then theres Lucas King who does mostly solo piano music and popular covers and has 650k subs.

You can get pretty far with the right keywords and an understanding of the Youtube algorithms.
The thing is, by sharing covers of popular music, there already is an audience that's interested in the stuff you upload before they even know you. They are listening to you because they know and like the original, rather than because you are a talented musician that knows about hashtags and algorithm. The fame was there before you and you just make good use of it. Of course I'm not saying that this is bad in any way.
I made a Godzilla OST cover some time ago which got far more views than anything of my original compositions, even though I think many of them are far more interesting and better (in my personal opinion). I'm not surprised about that fact at all.
 

Wolfie2112

Senior Member
Or you could just post your music. I am shocked that more composers don't post their tunes for people to enjoy. Youtube is now how I make a living with music and everything else has become a side gig.
When you say "making a living", are we talking over $100K per year, working an average work week? I'm just curious.
 

Greg

Senior Member
The thing is, by sharing covers of popular music, there already is an audience that's interested in the stuff you upload before they even know you. They are listening to you because they know and like the original, rather than because you are a talented musician that knows about hashtags and algorithm. The fame was there before you and you just make good use of it. Of course I'm not saying that this is bad in any way.
I made a Godzilla OST cover some time ago which got far more views than anything of my original compositions, even though I think many of them are far more interesting and better (in my personal opinion). I'm not surprised about that fact at all.
Definitely the case for some channels. I don't post covers though aside from 1 or 2. A lot of Youtubers got popular that way, especially singer song writers.
 

Mike Fox

Senior Member
All i gotta say is that I'm incredibly greatful for certain composers who do have youtube channels.

I'm a huge fan of Jason Graves, and for him to have his own channel with videos full of valuable information is pretty damn awesome!