It’s been a while since we’ve had a self-reflecting post.
Treeswingers has been in existence for nearly two-and-a-half years, and it’s been a time of growth, development and maturity. We’ve gone from a team of four writers in college dorm rooms to a set a very talented set of 12 spread across the county at any given time. Thank you for continuing to visit us as your source for new and up-and-coming artists.
Last week, before throwing up our 509th post on Friday morning, I attempted to use our Mediafire page to upload content. After accessing the page, I noticed that our whole inventory of uploads—two-and-a-half years of files—were gone. They had vanished into the deep recesses of the Internet without so much as a message or an email from Mediafire. Those files included playlists; mixes; our beloved, hand-drawn Treeswinger icons and, of course, songs.
When we began this blog in the summer of 2009, we faced a legal dilemma: Should we offer the songs that we post as available for free download? While we were cognizant of the debate that would ensue by offering up an artist’s blood, sweat and tears for free, we came to believe that posting these downloads were fundamental to the promotion of artists and music that we’ve come to love and hope to share with you. We took into consideration how other blogs operated, posted a disclaimer (which still exists to this day) and realized the intrinsic significance of the music blogosphere. There is something fundamentally valuable in having a music file that is easily accessible in your iTunes or on your iPod and there is no faster way to share music with your friends than by emailing them an mp3 for a listen. Remember that first time you heard The Weeknd or The xx? Who sent you that music?
While many blogs toe the fine line of legality, many artists, especially those who believe in the “indie” credo, recognize the important role of critique and promotion provided by sites like Treewingers. Oftentimes we are the outlet of first recognition, spreading the word on artists until they reach the threshold of acceptability that can be so fickle or so hard to attain when you’re a new musician jamming out of your parent’s garage or mixing from your laptop in your dorm room. Chromeo recently justified the existence of music blogs in their opposition to Congressional bills SOPA and PIPA. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend has been vocal of the positive contributions of blogs and their online downloads. If we continue to have the backing of artists, then we will continue to do what we love: providing you with great music.
This is why we were so surprised on Thursday when we found out that Mediafire had eliminated our library without so much as a warning or notification. For a file sharing service of such stature, Mediafire has been disappointing. The files that were deleted included many of our own personal files, not simply the mp3’s that we believe they were targeting. What a shame.
But, we move on. Treeswingers doesn’t plan to change the way we operate, nor do we plan to discontinue the offering of music downloads. We plan on finding a new file sharing service (so if you know of one please let us know in the comments section). Also, any artist or music entity that is unhappy with our policy can feel free to email us to remove any content that they don’t feel is appropriate for the web. We have always cooperated when contacted.
Other than that, keep coming back to us. Thanks for your support.