About that YouTube Channel “HATE” 🤔

Almost four years ago I started realizing how powerful YouTube can be related to reaching people with music.

I discovered then the channel called HATE, which had close to 2k subscribers, back in the days. For those times it was a lot.

HATE Logo

I used it to discover new music and new releases in a more “natural” way than using other music portals. There were very few releases not being covered by HATE. I even supported them buying a merchandising T-shirt because I liked the work they were doing.

After some years they even started with a sub-channel called HATE Lab for those “not so popular” Techno labels. Normally they were only digital releases.

It was then when I had the idea of writing them in order to publish my Numbers EP on their sub-channel. I just wanted to reach some more people.

I wrote them an Email and they just ignored it. Maybe because I was not famous enough or the music was not good enough for them.

My second try was time ago with my Track Robicious, which then I had available on my Bandcamp page. They politely replied to my email two days later, asking for a donation. I replied that I had already donated time ago by purchasing the T-shirt. They asked then for a €2,50 donation, which I then understood, because of time investment and effort.

After having my first release published on the HATE Lab sub-channel I saw one release from the Techno label Counterstrike. (Edit 20190109: changed to a fictional label name due a privacy request) They are people which I know personally . I spoke with them about the donation, and they just started to laugh.

They had donated nothing.

MEME_RAPTOR

Their release was even on the main HATE channel. Then I started to wonder how those channels were “helping” those small underground artists.

After that, I contacted the people from HATE again for different releases from a Techno label of mine. They were asking always for a “donation” of €2,5 per Track, which I always paid. Only one release was not uploaded on their channel. Curiously it was exactly that one where I didn’t mention the “small donation”.

For my last Album release Speranza in the Dunkelheit, I wrote them a long email. I was asking for the upload on their sub-channel, but this time without that “small donation”. On my email, I argued that I was not feeling well at all having to pay a “small donation” for each Track or release. I’m a small artist spending huge amounts of money on mastering, because of caring about my end consumers. I was neither spamming with new requests every month. I was already “supporting” them with the donations done through my Label. They replied a not so long email explaining about their time invests. In the end, I paid again.

I think I wrote that Email because somehow I was slowly feeling scammed about that. Having to pay a “donation”, which was not optional or a donation at all.

I wrote them some weeks ago about the last release from a release series of my Label. That time I did not mention the donation amount.

I’m still waiting for a reply.

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

– Henry Ford.

In my opinion, if you are working with big and small labels, you should try to get a percentage of profit from them. If you don’t ask for money to those big labels but to the small ones, you are not helping this community at all. If you don’t miss any big label release but you ignore those small labels and artists, neither.

I don’t want to think about how many other Techno Labels have maybe rejected that donation. How many releases me and thousands of people have missed.

Think about your information sources and ask everything twice.

The Cake is (sometimes) a lie.

PS. If you have questions or you don’t believe me, I can provide the Emails to prove what I write.

PS2. I don’t think that this post will have any relevance, but the more you know…

PS3. No, you will not see posts like this on Facebook or on Instagram 😅, but I’m sure that I was not the only one facing this situation.

PS4. This is not a “rage” Blog Entry.

That day when I almost died before I was born 🤔

Today 31 years ago I almost died before I was born.

06:00 h and my mother water broke. So fast as they could, my parents left my sister with a neighbor they knew. While my parents were on the lift, they heard a big explosion. They thought it would be a NATO military plane again breaking the sound barrier. They were wrong.

My father decided to take the shortest way to the hospital. That was the avenue called “Avenida de Cataluña”.

The avenue was blocked by the police. They noticed some kind of chaos. My father found another way to reach the hospital anyway.

While my father was parking the car, my mother went to the hospital. When she arrived, a lot of medics were on the street like waiting for something. They directly asked my mother if she was injured by the terrorist attack from ETA. My mother understands nothing. She was just going to have a baby, me. When my father came back from parking the car, I was already born.

31 years ago, the Spanish terrorist group ETA made an attack using 250 kg of ammonal. They killed 11 persons, six of them under eighteen. My parents and my sister were living 14 minutes by feet from there.

Here you can find more info,

English Wikipedia

Spanish Wikipedia

Being born in such a day marked me for life.

When I was a child I could never understand why some human would do something like that to other humans. Later on, I thought there would never be enough reasons to do that. Now I know that hate was responsible.

Maybe because of that, I was never able to damage other persons on purpose. It is not that I never had those thoughts, generated by envy or hate. Or when other people injured me. It is that I have a kind of shutdown mechanism where I ask my self “for what?“.

I’m grateful for that, even coming from such a dramatic event.

Today is the first day from this “Winter” snowing in Munich, and I’m happy with this gift.

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