We did it! After two years of planning, development and building up an independent music network through radio, we have finally launched the open beta of the new Radio Rebel. A social free to sell music marketplace that enables musicians to sell their music online and keep 100% of all earnings.
Why did it take so long?
Well, the quick and easy answer is, money. From the very beginning I have funded Radio Rebel completely out of pocket, and have only ever been able to afford a handful of costs. Things like server hosting, domain acquisition, legal and accounting have eaten up everything I was able to spare. This makes it very difficult to recruit people to help because you have nothing to pay except favors and equity. Both of which do not hold any immediate value.
In summer of 2013 I made a reddit post in /r/WeAreTheMusicMakers reaching out to the community to announce my idea and find a music loving developer to join me to help make it real. This is where I met Simon Ince, now the co-founder and lead developer of Radio Rebel. The subject line of Simon’s initial message to me was ” “Let’s change the world.” “. That was the last line of my post, and Simon chose to make it the subject of his message. I instantly became excited and read through the message. He made 3 main points: He is a talented web developer, passionate about music, and willing to give up his free time. This was exactly what I was looking for. A better developer than I who believed in the idea and was willing to put in the time to help make it real.
Fast forward to summer of 2014 and here we are. A public beta is now available and we have a small but growing army of bands testing it out and providing feedback. Our daily routine consists of fixing bugs, developing new features and improving the interface so it is easier to use and more aesthetically pleasing.
So what is next?
That question is extremely difficult to answer because there are a lot of important missions and a shortage of resources to accomplish them. However, I can say that my personal agenda at this point is to get all key features working, recruit another Drupal developer and explore options to generate revenue or funding so we can afford to grow.
Cheers to a long as two years of effort, and many more to come!
- Stan Price, CEO and Founder of Radio Rebel