Indie Artists Need Your Help!


Molly Starlite

Musicians are having a rough time. Late last year, Spotify, the biggest streaming service in the world, announced that it would be stealing royalties from independent artists and giving that money to "larger artists," which is corporate speak for "major labels." They didn't come right out and say this, verbatim, but that is the end result of their plan to simply NOT PAY royalties on any song that does not reach 1,000 streams per year. If you get 999 streams, too bad.

I wish I could tell you that's the worst of it, but it isn't. Recently, artists - thousands of them - are taking to social media to report that their music has been permanently removed from streaming platforms and their distributors are banning them from ever releasing those songs again (not under a different song title, not under a different artist name... PERMANENTLY). Their crime? Their song was found on a "botted" playlist.

More reports here, here, here, here, and here.

It sounds bad, but in every case, the artists DID NOT buy streams or ask to be put on the botted playlist, but the artists are punished and - get this - THE BOTTED PLAYLISTS ARE ALLOWED TO REMAIN, adding more unsuspecting artists' music to the playlist and the cycle starts again with even more independent artists being banned from releasing music, not just to Spotify, but to ALL the platforms, as their distributors blacklist people who "buy streams."

Molly Starlite

T-shirts with my song lyrics on them

That was the note on the post it next to my desk for almost a year, but I've finally started creating this line of merch for my fans over the last 6 weeks or so. So far, I have 10 t-shirt designs, 5 hardcover notebook options, and a couple other neat things over in my Square shop. So far, I have products designed for "Big, Black Ford," "Dynamite," "BitterSweet," "Over The Moon," "Imaginary Friends," "Gaslight," "A Little Magic," "Black Cats & Witch Hats," "Saturday Night," "Present Tense," and "Breathless," with more coming every month! I am aiming for products for 5 more songs each month, as well as expanding the type and kind of products for the songs I have already done. These get announced first in the newsletter, so newsletter subscribers get first crack at them! Plus, I also offer coupons in the newsletter, so there's another reason to subscribe!

One of my favorite things I've made so far are these hardbound blank notebooks that have the lyrics on the covers! Perfect for jotting down notes, making lists, writing lyrics, and so much more! I hope you'll check them out, and, like I said, I put coupons for our merch in every newsletter, so SIGN UP TODAY!

Molly Starlite

"Feel It In My Bones" was written as a Valentine's Day gift for my Tommy Lee, mostly written around the opening line, which was inspired by a Dolly Parton song, "The Bridge." I had never heard "The Bridge" (and still haven't), but I read an article about the subject of "The Bridge," and the story behind it kind of stuck with me. A couple of days later, I had the opening line of the song: "I don't know what it is with you here on this bridge" and I just built the song around that image of a couple on a bridge at night.

As many people who follow me know, both my Tommy Lee and I went through really traumatic experiences with our first marriages and divorces, and those experiences have colored our lives in odd ways. We know that things can disappear in a heartbeat without warning, and people you trusted can turn on you like a snake, so we treasure the things and people we love very deeply. I used the lyrics of "Feel It In My Bones" to explore the feeling of surrendering yourself to love again after being hurt so badly that the wounds may never truly heal. The song is a love letter to someone who went through the same sh*t and feels the same way: that we would never want to make another person feel the way that we did.

I originally wrote "Feel It In My Bones" in 2020 and recorded it while I was just starting out with audio production and engineering, so while the song is one of my favorites, as my skills with recording have progressed, I have always wanted to do the song justice, and that's where we are today.

Molly Starlite

Join me on Patreon today for as little as $1/per month and get all kinds of rewards!

One of my goals for 2024 is adding more rewards for my Patreons. Right now, fans who subscribe to my Patreon channel get inside information, demos of new music, access to released songs long before the release date, exclusive coupons, and access to merch before anyone else, as well as some special bonuses at the higher tiers.

But these supporters mean so much to me that I wanted to add something truly exclusive that they can't get anywhere else. So, I decided to start producing a cover of a song each month! These are fully produced versions of songs that I have arranged and performed at shows, as well as fan favorites, my favorites, and more! They will be available to download for all Patreons who subscribe at any level.

At this point, you may be asking, "Well, what song are you doing this month?" and my answer would be... that's gonna be a surprise each month! BUT after this first one, I will have a chat on Patreon (and possibly on Discord) where fans can request songs and vote for which one I do next! I hope to have this first cover song ready for Patreons to download over the weekend!