I've gone back and forth from free to payed downloads over the last few years. I change my mind a lot, I'm undecided. The value of music is something I've thought a lot about lately. It seems like there is a developing culture of musicians being open and honest about their finances. Transparency is very cool, I'm stoked about that.
I believe that people who truly value art will support the people who make it, be it financially or otherwise. However if you don't know an artists work, should you have to pay for it?
I'd be lying if I told you I've never pirated an album, or streamed something on Youtube or Spotify before ever purchasing it. So if you want my music for free, please take it and don't feel guilty at all. It's only fair.
I'm not on a record label, I fund this project myself. Monster cost me quite a bit more to make than anything else I've ever done. I'm extremely proud of it, and wouldn't have it any other way. If you feel it ads value to your life, consider supporting me by donating/buying a t-shirt or something.
I'd love to know your thoughts on the subject. Chime in, let's chat!