@bozmillar thank you , we built up Flute Cafe just for fun with a few friends after we met at a common friends wedding. We were the “music entertainment” lol. Someone suggested start a youtube channel so we did.
We are in non music related full time jobs (I am Computer engineer) Alpha (Andrew) is Heavy Electrical and Aeronautics. Flute Cafe ended up getting quite a bit of traction on social media, but is is still in its growth stage. Our direction now however, is to make sound track libraries (sort of like for Movie trailers, commercials, video games etc) for domestic and international scene.
We are working on one right now, about to release it.
Here is a very rough sample…
it is a hobby @bozmillar we started this together a while back with a couple other friends. It wasnt meant to be a full time job or anything
Flute Cafe brings in supplemental revenue from youtube , sheet music blog. Live shows (weddings) though it has been really hard to co-ordinate doing live shows so we are sort of taking a new route.
We do get side work, after one of our tracks went viral, it got attention of some international music directors. We recently got an opportunity to write for director of Slumdog Millionaire (cant reveal much of it publicly) but which is one reason why we are expanding into soundtracks. To be the next Hans Zimmer! giggles
It brings in revenue, for youtube, revenue starts increasing as your channel gets overall more views, has viral videos and such. You start getting better ads show up on your channel eventually. It started with near to no revenue at first then it is somewhat significant now, around 1.5k a month. Alpha calls it" booze" money lol
Youtube revenue increases dramatically with growth, I have friends who are well in 6 figures just from youtube ad revenue, they have much better presence though. (We are getting there)
We have been doing this seriously for about 2 years. First year growth was slow, next year it was better. Right now we are growing in sub count on youtube pretty well. (rate of about a 1000 subs a week and growing). From what I know about youtube growth is that it happens in tiers. Once you reach a top tier (25k subs) growth accelerates dramatically (we are almost there). Once you hit one of the top tiers, you are featured next to other bigger channels that helps growth even more. It can shoot up from 25k to 100k subs in under a year.
literally no marketing. Just made music and had fun. I know we should be looking at marketing and we are definitely looking more into it now.
Good questions guys thanks for caring.