Obviously, you can also choose to leave tips for the performers along with your downloads.
But tips aren’t required, and NoiseTrade gives acts a unique kind of exposure and the chance to grow their fanbases and email lists.
All you have to do is enter a valid email address plus your zip code, and you’ll promptly be sent a download link.
I’m downloading a sampler of Shovels & Rope right now that includes their great song “Boxcar”:
Anderson East, a great performer from Nashville now working on a campaign for his upcoming double album Flowers of the Broken Hearted at PledgeMusic, also has a NoiseTrade download available for free — a 4-song sampler. From NoiseTrade:
Shovels & Rope is a Charleston, South Carolina-based duo consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. They perform as an energetic two-piece band, stirring up a righteous racket with two old guitars, a handful of harmonicas, the occasional keyboard, and a junkyard drum kit harvested from an actual garbage heap and adorned with tambourines, flowers and kitchen rags.
Offering up a heaping helping of alternative rock with a healthy dose of timeless Americana influence, Anderson East is a dynamic artist who fuses modern sound with the rich undertones of his southern roots.
Both downloads are highly recommended.