Acceptable EP length?

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  1. Dabo Fett

    Dabo Fett SS.org Regular

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    Just curious as to everyone’s thoughts on this as I’m currently playing the one man band show, and I have 21 minutes of music across 4 songs. Now it feels short to me, but as a first official release, and a free on at that, is it?

    does your opinion change at price? $1-$2-$3 etc. just curious, even outside my project I’m sure others and wondering as well
     
  2. Gmork

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    I think 20mins (but not less) is fine. I've played and seen 20min live sets. I think if it's a strong 20mins then it's all good, short and sweet, leave people wanting more.

    Id go "pay what you want" if it's your first release, You just want to get it out there, and you'd be surprised by how many people WILL pay something even if just a little. But also expect no one to care and pay attention lol.
     
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  3. budda

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    Sets should be 20m with 5m setup and 5m teardown unless you're a headliner. If you're going to talk or be changing guitars/settings mid set, account for that and play less music.

    To me an EP is 5m-20m. My EP is 9m or so.
     
  4. VibTDog

    VibTDog who farted?

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    An EP is typically 4 songs, 20 minutes or less. Just my opinion but I would put up your music for free and put it on as many streaming platforms as you can. Like Gmork said, expect the worst though. Typical view/listen duration is 30 seconds.

    You can always put stuff on bandcamp and ask for a donation. I put my single through scores of platforms through tunecore. I get $0 and I expected to get $0. Even with advertising.
     
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    5 songs or under.

    If you are anywhere near 10 tracks then you have an album that your underselling as an EP - which is just bad for everyone concerned.
     
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    imo an ep should be on average 4-6 songs, no longer than 25 mins
     
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    anything you want
     
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    At 21 mins its longer than a 15 track grind album!
    I think in this day and age, there's no real need for labels. Is it an EP? Is it an album? Who cares.
    Its Dabo Fett - Dabo Fett I (2021).
    People don't consume music like they used to. Your tracks might get thrown in a 80 song playlist of new songs and played on shuffle.
     
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    20 minutes sounds about right to me, and I guess the price might be max $1 per song, or a tad more if they're longer songs.
     
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    20ish min is about average for an EP. 20 min is also a good live set length for starters. Back in dinosaur days, EPs were limited by the size of the recors or tape they were released on, generally less than a half hour, and could be anything more than a single (2 songs- side A and side B). None of that matters anymore, but 20 minutes is generally the target for "check out my music."
     
  11. DrakkarTyrannis

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    Honestly it can be whatever you want. When you feel the project is enough, then it's enough.

    For your first time out, do the "pay what you want" thing and shill it out to as many people as you can. The idea is to put your best foot forward, so don't stress on what's enough or what's not enough. You have to be satisfied with it
     
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    Thanks everyone, it seems more or less general consensus was what I had in mind for a game plan.
     
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    10-20 mins seems about right to me.
     
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    Best advice ever. (And I'm not being sarcastic.)
    It has become almost impossible to make anyone even listen to more than 5 seconds of a song, bare a whole EP or album.
     
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    I think 15-25min is pretty good
     

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