Why I Love CD Baby

CD Baby Cheque
Look! I’m RICH! Well… it’s a start…

Ahhh, look at it. Money I’ve made from music, posted directly to me. No label, no accountants, no expensive audits to see how much money the label has “forgotten” to pay me this time… bliss!

I think this is the fourth cheque this size I’ve got from CD Baby. There were two or three earlier, smaller ones before I raised the payment limit to make the conversion more economical (banks charge to convert because, ummm… they can).

Notice also that most of the money is from digital downloads. In actual, physical CDs, I’m selling a piffling amount. This is the reality for musicians nowadays – nobody really gives a crap about physical product. Sure, I’ll keep on releasing CDs but this is because I’m an old bloke wot likes to hold a lyrics booklet, likes to see artwork. Obviously, that isn’t how most buyers of my music feel. Logically, I should stop manufacturing physical products. But I won’t because I’m nostalgic and illogical and love the feeling when a new album of mine arrives in shrinkwrap. Releasing an album only as an mp3… it just wouldn’t feel as real to me.

Also, the bulk of that digital income is from iTunes. I tried to get on iTunes for around a year with no joy, even got my lawyer to email them. CD Baby got me on there in about a month. That income is money that, if I’d left it to Apple’s iTunes Store admin team, I would never have earned.

If you’re an independent musician who hasn’t ever tried CD Baby, check them out. Having been a musician for 25+ years now, I can tell you it brings a tear to my rheumy old eye to actually get paid for my work.

I’d also like to thank every one of you out there who’s paid to buy my music. Believe me, it does mean a lot to me! πŸ™‚

September 21, 2008. posted by Jyoti. News.

Buy Stuff!

Zazzle Bzangy merchandise

Do you long to wear a tiny, independent record label’s logo on your chest? A label no-one’s ever heard of, hence making you cooler than liquid helium?

Are you a long-time White Town fan who’d love to have teeny-tiny badge versions of all my albums?

Well, today’s your lucky day! πŸ™‚

I’ve just opened a suitably miniscule merch shop. Click here!

(Oh, and you can choose colours, sizes and even styles of top. But I’d steer clear of the camo.)

February 25, 2008. posted by Jyoti. News.

Women In Technology on Play Digital

Women In Technology

Play.com have pre-empted Amazon’s DRM-free mp3 service with their own shop. And I’m pleased to see my EMI album on there for a bit cheaper than you can get it on iTunes. Well… four pence cheaper! Also, it’s iTunes Plus so there’s no DRM on that download either.

But if you’re anti-Apple or simply prefer downloaded mp3s, check out the Play.com shop!

February 14, 2008. posted by Jyoti. News.

Make The World Go Away – HD

White Town – Make The World Go Away from Jyoti Mishra on Vimeo.

I’ve just joined Vimeo so now you can see the vid I made for ‘Make The World Go Away’ in lovely HD. Yaaay!

If you click the little pic marked ‘Full’ in the bottom left, it should launch the super-duper, fullscreen version. πŸ˜€

February 10, 2008. posted by Jyoti. News, Videos.

Hej Hej Stockholm!

Jyoti Landet
Photo by Mattias Cosy Den

Last week, I played at Landet, Stockholm.

And it was excellent!

The gig was organised by Cosy Den (thank you, Mattias!) and I again had the privilege of playing with the urbane and debonair Erik HalldΓ©n:

Landet is a wonderfully intimate and ..er.. cosy venue but it’s also got great lights and a PA that would shame many a larger club. It’s such a joy to play and actually be able to hear oneself (and thanks also to Gaz for doing a great job on the sound again).

I loved being able to lock around the people in the audience, from face to face and sing directly to them. I guess I’m just not rock’n’roll – my favourite type of gig is exactly this kind of small, personal affair. The first half of my set was acoustic, just me warbling over my hamfisted guitarrings. The second half was similar but with the addition of electronic backing tracks. I wouldn’t have been surprised if the whole thing had fallen as flat as a pancake!

But the audience… oh, what lovely people, as attentive and polite as they were windswept and gorgeous. I really couldn’t imagine a British audience being so charming and gracious, sadly.

Afterwards, I got the best reaction any songwriter could ask for: two beautiful ladies separately approached me and said how my set had made them feel a bit emotional and tearful. They understood exactly what my music is about. Yes! I am the king of indiegothelectrofolk! πŸ˜€

And I had even more flattery in the course of the week that followed while I was still in Stockholm. I kept bumping into people who’d been at the gig and searched me out at gigs and clubs to tell me how much they’d enjoyed the set. As if I wasn’t enough of a rampaging bighead already! (Coming back to my normal Derby life has been somewhat of a shock to the system after all that…)

This was another dream gig for me and I’m not surprised it happened in Sweden. There’s a spirit, a pure passion for music there that doesn’t seem present on these shores where everything seems far more cliquey and “cool.” And I’m entirely the wrong size, colour and age to be cool, after all! I just can’t fit into them skinny trousers! πŸ˜‰

To everyone who was at Landet, thank you for listening and all the sweet things you said after the gig. Hopefully, I’ll be seeing you again, soon!

And next on the gig trail…

Finland! πŸ™‚

December 13, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

White Town Facebook Page

White Town Facebook Page

As you may know, I’m not a fan of Rupert Murdoch. Therefore, I’m also not a fan of MySpace.

Imagine how happy I am that MySpace is currently being trounced by Facebook! Every person who defects from MySpace or, more importantly, stops directing people towards it prevents money going into Murdoch’s pocket.

And I don’t like what Murdoch does with his money and influence.

Basically, I’m in favour of anything that hurts Murdoch’s Evil Empire,

So far, the one big advantage MySpace has had is that it’s the first port of call for musicians. Name a band, google them and you can find their MySpace and listen to songs.

Now, Facebook has taken up the challenge and introduced Band Pages (as well as Pages for Actors, TV Shows, Brands..). Hopefully, this means there’s at least a choice if a band wants an instant website complete with songs, vids, discography etc.

I’ve just created a Facebook page for White Town. It’s a little bit superfluous since I have this site, all sparkly and spangly. But what the hell, it’s free and maybe it can be slightly more interactive than this site. And every time someone’s looking at my band Facebook page, they’re not looking at MySpace. πŸ™‚

Click here to see for yourself!

November 27, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Blogroll Spam…

blogroll spam

I had to take my links to friends’ sites today. It used to be on the right. Sadly, the links are now full of spam πŸ™

Apparently, it’s a known issue, unresolved. Let’s hope it’s fixed soon! I’m just posting this in case any other WordPress users have the same thing happen. Also, to let my friends know that I haven’t suddenly gone off their websites! πŸ˜€

Ahhh, spam… the bare essence of capitalism: vicious, destructive and uncaring.

November 21, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

DMTW On Bitmunk


The Bzangy Records media steamroller trundles on. Now, ‘Don’t Mention The War’ is up on Bitmunk!


In fact, while I’m here, I might as well list all the links I have handy to buy the album as a download:

Apple iTunes

Not bad, eh, for a label that’s basically just me and a stapler. πŸ™‚

August 17, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Cats On Fire

Cats On Fire
Cats On Fire – photo by Thomas EkstrΓΆm

I should be asleep now as it’s 4.18am.

But I’m still buzzing from playing keyboards for Cats On Fire this evening at their Nottingham gig. I only played on three songs but I had tremendous fun and it was an honour to play with one of the best current pop bands around.

Yep, you heard that right, not indie or indiepop (though they are both of things as well, of course) – Cats On Fire transcend genre to be simply a consummate pop band. I’ve you ever hummed along to ‘High Land, Hard Rain’ or ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.’ or ‘Eligible Bachelors’ or ‘Separations,’ then Cats On Fire are a band you need to hear. They come from that lineage: enormously catchy melodies coupled with beautiful lyrics, imagery you’ll remember the day after hearing a song.

Bear in mind that I’m not saying I love them as I played a bit of synth for them, I wanted to play synth for them because I love them so much! πŸ™‚

If you haven’t already, please buy their debut album here and then you can be really smug about it in a couple of years when they’re famous. πŸ™‚

July 28, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

Payplay Widgets

White Town

And here’s a luvverly Payplay widget. Pretty cool, eh? And here’s my other two non-EMI albums:

White Town

White Town

Remember, you can only buy from Payplay if you live in the US!

June 22, 2007. posted by Jyoti. News.

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