Brutal facts after leaving Facebook

After a few months without Facebook and some new releases, the result is disastrous when it comes to marketing my music. I usually sold a few hundred copies at Bandcamp in the first few days after new music was released. There is absolutely no comparison to that now, I am far from it, to put it mildly.

I had the most visitors to my website through Facebook, and most of the buyers of my music came through Facebook. Twitter absolutely cannot close this gap. Where Facebook was responsible for 80% influx, Twitter is only 10%. Neither my own website nor any social network can compensate for this.

These are facts and they bother me massively. I hate Facebook, think it’s wrong, harmful, and also criminal. My dilemma is quite big, accordingly.

I currently have to put up with the question of whether I can afford the absence of Facebook as someone who wants to make money with music (not necessarily, but want to). I am very busy in the studio and have lots of releases planned. I have never been more creative than now, and it hurts me that things are going down on the business side of things… just because of the fact that I left Facebook.

It would be very nice if you would support me if you like what I do. You can either buy my music on Bandcamp, stream it on Spotify or Apple Music or donate something. I don’t want gifts, you know that I always give more than I ask back. 😉

Thank you very much!

NEW ALBUM “Until We’re Gone” available for pre-order!

Is it an ambient album? Electronica? Music for elevators, shopping malls or – sorry Brian Eno – airports? Boring frippery? Music to fall asleep? Any electronic music that does not fit in any drawer? A stroke of genius? Psychoactive music with more chord changes than in Bach’s most popular pieces?

It’s all that, depending on the listener.

In the past few years, Ingo Vogelmann has studied the influence of music on the human psyche, working with frequencies, chords and timbres and with hypnotists and “commissioned music” for therapists who have successfully treated clients with this music. A certain part of this material can be found in this album.

None of the songs claim to have a classical song structure, or even a conventional duration. They are extremely long, because that can serve a purpose if the listener allows themselves to get involved. Each song has constantly changing chord progressions, but they are always harmonious and often reminiscent of classical works by the great composers of yesteryear.

“Until We’re Gone” is not a work in which Ingo wants to prove technical finesse. There are other pieces for that. The focus of this album is on the composition and the ability of the music to put the listener in a special state.

This music picks up seekers who are willing to get involved in something new.

Preorder: December 6, 2019
Release date (Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, TikTok, Google Play/YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Napster, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Anghami, KKBox, MediaNet, Instagram/Facebook): December 18, 2019

I am leaving Facebook

Photo by Marc Schaefer on Unsplash

Dear friends,

I will completely leave Facebook and its services on September 18, 2019. Accordingly, my Instagram profile will no longer be available.

If you want to continue to get news about me, my music, photos and other output from me, there are plenty of opportunities. I do not leave ALL social media and networks, but Facebook.

The main source and the first point of contact for anything that concerns me is my website at ingovogelmann.net. There you can also get into personal contact with me.

Twitter does not steal my time and does not interfere with my workflow, so I stay there, follow me here: twitter.com/vogelmann

On Twitter, I also answer direct messages.

You can still find my music on SoundCloud, Spotify, Bandcamp and any online store you can not imagine:

• SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/vogelmann
• Spotify: ingovogelmann.net/spotify
• Bandcamp: ingovogelmann.net/bc

Photos: eyeem.com/vogelmann

I recommend the inclined music fan to subscribe to my Spotify playlist at ingovogelmann.net/ivmc, and you can subscribe to my Telegram channel at t.me/vogelmann.

As I said, on September 18th, it will no longer be on Facebook. I’ll stay with you though, Facebook is not the center of the world.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your 10-year loyalty on Facebook. You are not the reason that I leave Facebook, the company itself or the business model behind it is the reason. I have repeatedly commented on this topic in recent times, and now is the time for this final decision, also because of a fruitful conversation with my long-term friend Jakob aka. Addliss, in which we both made this decision, as a healthy consequence.

Please do not get me wrong, I do not want to devalue anyone who finds Facebook great. This is a personal decision that everyone has to consider and decide for themselves.

See you somewhere! 😉

Ingo

Cutting Toxic People Out of Your Life

“I dropped all the toxic people in my life. Block. Delete. So simple. I unfollowed all the news and political pages on Twitter and Facebook. Life is so much better being a little selfish and putting my needs first. You can’t pour from an empty cup. As bitchy and heartless as I may sound, I’m actually able to love and care for those who actually care about me better after getting rid of the draining relationships.” — Naoko P.

Best Times to Post to Social Media

Today I want to share something with you, which works very well (for me!) for some time now. I’ve done a lot of research on this and I think I’m now able to put the best possible results together here for you.

I’m talking about the best times to post on social media. That sounds a bit general, and it is, so please, just take this as a guideline, but not as a 100 percent truth. Depending on what content you share it may work differently for you, and there are certainly many other factors that relativize my results.

I suggest that you always consult your own experiences and your gut feeling before you follow my (or anyone else’s) advice, especially when it comes to something as complicated as the one being talked about here.

However, here are my suggestions (all times in 24h format):

Facebook

  • Any day
  • Between 13:00 an 15:00, 20:00

Twitter

Easy.

  • Go here: Followerwonk
  • Fill in your Twitter name, click “Do it”
  • Scroll a bit down to “Most active hours for users [your_twitter_name] follows”
  • Check the results, or even add those to a Buffer schedule automatically!
  • Done.

Instagram

  • Mondays, Thursdays
  • Between 8:00 and 9:00, 17:00

Google+

  • Weekdays only
  • Between 9:00 and 13:00

You can really skip weekends entirely.

Tumblr

  • All week, although weekends, especially Sundays, are stronger
  • Between 17:00 and 1:00 (next day)

Tumblr folks are active at nights!

LinkedIn

  • Weekdays only
  • Between 7:00 and 8:00, 12:00, between 17:00 and 18:00

That’s it. Make sure to leave at least 15 minutes between posts. Happy posting! 🙂

Gig Databases

Yea. As a touring (or even a local) DJ, something to enter your upcoming gigs into so that it gets noticed on the web is essential, in my very humble opinion.

There seem to be endless providers for that already, and I’ve been through some of them in the past few years. Some of them are free, some not. And — as always — free or not, it says nothing about the quality of the service. That’s my observation, at least.

So, after all those years, one or the other might be surprised who is my winner:

artistdata

They were actually the first one years ago I jumped on, then they got acquired by SonicBids and I thought things went south from this moment on. And this was the case for a while, until SonicBids seemed to have thought it might be a good idea to maintain the service a bit and add a few new features.

Today, artistdata is so rich and packed with features that I can’t list everything here in a post. I recommend you check it out yourself. Oh, and it’s one of the free services.

You can see my gigs as an embedded iCal feed in the sidebar on the right beside this article. But the whole service offers a lot more options. I guess you can spend an entire day configuring this, and admittedly, its user-friendliness is not the total winner. But once you get used to it it’s easy.

They also provide an “ArtistData Profile” page, which collects all the stuff about you and showcases it, but well … the design is pretty “limited”. But better than nothing. 😉