This blog has been created and is mainly written by myself, Léa Fochesato, with the help of Coralie Houillon, since 2013 under the name Unis Son. Now based in London, UK, this blog is the main focus of my freelance activity. This is why, from summer 2020, and thanks to different platforms, I’ve started perceiving a financial counterpart for the listening and the writing of some of my feedbacks and critics. These platforms are Groover, SubmitHub and Musosoup. More details are below.
First, you will discover music that you do not know or little, thanks to our Reviews in two formats (long: In Extenso, short: Flash). Then, we want to encourage you to go and see artists live, by trying to convey our impressions through Live reports. We’re sharing what artists have to say in our Interviews. And finally, we talk about various topics in our News, about clips in our Video section and about visuals in our Artwork section.
On Unis Son, we’re publishing a new article three times a week, on average and if we’re not taking vacations (if we do, we won’t publish one to two Thursdays a month). You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to keep up to date.
PLATFORMS AND FINANCES?
As mentioned above, I am receiving payments for some of the work I produce on the blog. This money is used to pay for the website fees (domain, plans, plugins) and the tools that are useful for us to propose a certain standard of writing (corrections, expenses, etc.). These payments are emerging from three different platforms.
French platform. I’m receiving tracks from artists or their representatives. The goal is to listen to them and write some feedback. This feedback is paid to me in Grooviz (the site’s devise later exchanged in euros). I am writing them freely and they can include a share of the track, or not, through one of our posts formats (review, interview, playlist, Spotify playlist). The conditions: the feedbacks must be kind, honest, genuine, adapted, and constructive.
American platform. It is rather similar. I’m receiving tracks from artists or their representatives, and, after listening to them, I write some feedback. This feedback is paid to me in credits (the site’s devise later exchanged in US Dollars). I am writing them freely and they can include a share of the track, or not, through one of our posts formats (review, interview, playlist, Spotify playlist). The conditions: the feedbacks must be honest, adapted, constructive, and of a 10 words length minimum. My average is 40.
British platform. More accessible for artists with a small budget for their marketing campaigns, this site proposes general visibility for their tracks to all the platform’s curators at the same time, for 45 days for a £20 fee. It is then to us, curators, to approach them and make an offer. For example, I’m currently offering flash reviews for £9. The artist is free to accept this or to choose the alternative, which is a free option (a share on our Spotify Playlist for instance). Our offers and the work we submit to the artists are also submitted to the website administrator for validation. They don’t have any control over the content itself and every curator is writing freely.
We sincerely believe that the work accomplished on this blog deserves to grow and, therefore, to be paid for. It is important for me that all the reviews and feedback made in the name of Unis Son are honest and kind. If the artists discovered via these platforms often have positive reviews, it is because we really like them. We will not disclose who has financially supported us or not in our posts, as it is, to us, a confidentiality issue. It is our choice. However, and despite the different ways of supporting the blog that we have, we largely support the movement created by Musosoup #SustainableCurator. For more about it, click here.
We believe that the world is in danger and we want to do our best in order to reduce our carbon footprint on a daily basis. We try to minimise our impact and be more sustainable every day through little actions for the blog, in our working habits and outside. There’s still a lot to be done but we are on the right track. Our take on the matter can be found here.