Frequently Asked Questions
- General Questions (5)
- I'm Buying (10)
- I'm Releasing (10)
What is a white-label release?
A white-label release is a track that is released on SetFreaks by an artist who doesn't want to be in the spotlight. The original producer of such a track will therefore not be revealed. Alternatively, a white label can also be produced by a 'mystery guest'. After the buying time has expired, the artist will be revealed.
Does SetFreaks sell NFTs?
No, the tracks released on SetFreaks are not NFTs. There are several differences, but the biggest difference is that the music you buy through SetFreaks cannot be resold.
Will tracks that are sold out be available elsewhere?
Yes, a given time after the buying time has expired, the streaming version of the track will be available on various streaming platforms.
How do I know if a track is (almost) sold out?
Below every release, there is a bar on our website that shows the number of available copies of the track. For the tracks you have added to your favourites, you will receive an email when the track is almost sold out or when the buying time is about to expire. So add the tracks you want to be notified about to your favourites.
What does ‘exclusive limited edition music’ mean?
The tracks on our platform have a limited number of copies. When the copies are sold out or the buying time has expired, the track is no longer available. After four months, fans who have not been able to buy a copy will be able to listen to the track on streaming platforms.
Can I be notified about the upcoming tracks of a particular artist?
Yes, you can follow an artist on our website. You will receive an email when this artist releases a new track on SetFreaks.
Can I be notified about new or upcoming releases?
Yes, you can sign up for our newsletter here or keep an eye on the Coming Soon section of our website. There, you can click on 'Get notified' and you will receive an email a few hours before the track is released.
Why can I download a track only once?
Each copy of a track is unique. To protect your track, each copy has a unique digital ‘fingerprint’ attached to it. This fingerprint belongs to the individual copy, and thus to the buyer of this copy. It’s not possible to have multiple versions of the same copy, so save and secure your purchased copy immediately after downloading it.
Can I share the track I bought with someone else – with another DJ, for example?
No, the copy of the track you bought is your exclusive property. You are one of the few owners of this track, so by not sharing it with others, you keep your own DJ sets unique.
Can I resell a track?
No, reselling the tracks you buy through SetFreaks is strictly forbidden.
What does a track cost on SetFreaks?
Because of the limited number of copies, the price per track is a bit higher on SetFreaks than on other platforms. The price depends on a few factors but will vary from 3.99 to 9.99 euros per copy.
I’m a fan: what can I do with the track I bought?
You can play the track you bought in private settings, and it is also not allowed to upload your track online.
I’m a DJ: what can I do with the track I bought?
You can play the track you bought in private settings or as part of your DJ set. It is not allowed to upload your track online (in a mix).
What is the purpose of the SetFreaks certificate?
When buying a track, you will receive a personal certificate. This will include your name and surname, the date of your purchase, the track title and artist, the catalogue number and which copy of the track you have managed to buy (1 of 50, for example).
I bought a track. What do I get?
When you buy a track, you can choose whether you want to download it as a .mp3, .wav or .aiff file. With your download, you will also receive a personal SetFreaks certificate as proof of your purchase.
What can I earn from a release at SetFreaks?
To illustrate what you can earn from a release at SetFreaks, we've created a calculator. If you want to check it out yourself, you can find it here. At the top, there's a slider where you can set the number of copies you want to sell. The default is 75, but you can go higher or lower. Some artists actually prefer to limit their release to a small number of copies to create more hype. The slider below that allows you to set the track price, starting at 5.99 and going up. The recoupable costs associated with every release are 79 euros per release and 99 cents per copy. The 99 cents per copy cover expenses for watermarking, fingerprinting, and transaction fees. SetFreaks works on a 50-50 basis, meaning the artist gets 50% of the earnings. Of course, you can also generate additional income from streaming and publishing.
How do I prepare my release after it has been approved?
First, make sure you're logged into your SetFreaks account. Head over to 'My Tracks' and find the release that has been approved. You'll notice that the artist's name and title are already filled in, along with the genre. Next you need to fill in the BPM and the key of the track, and you need to enter a message for the buyer certificate. After that, upload your master file. Don't forget to upload your cover image, but remember, the photo should not be too dark as we'll be removing the background later in the process.
If you have additional composers or songwriters involved in your track, you can enter their information here. Next, you'll need to fill in your IPI code if you're a member of a performance rights organization (PRO). If this isn't the case, you can leave it empty for now. If you don't have a publisher, SetFreaks can help arrange the publishing for you. But if you do, click 'yes' and provide the publisher company name and the publisher IPI code. If you're unsure about the IPI code, don't hesitate to reach out to your publisher for assistance.
We'll need some information to create a unique artist page for you. Start with your biography. Make sure it's up to date and provides insight into your musical journey. Then, answer a few questions we have for you. Be as detailed as possible, as this will help us craft the perfect artist page for you. Once you've filled in all the necessary information and answered the questions, you can check the box indicating that you're done. We'll start working on writing the article about you and your music when you hit 'save.' After this, you can expect to receive a contract, your social media pack, and more information about your release.
How do I upload my demo to SetFreaks?
Head to the website and click on login. Click on 'drop your demo' and then click on 'upload your demo now'. Next fill in your first name, last name and your artist name, the optional referral code and your artist links. Try to fill in as many as you can. Now you can upload the mp3 file of your track, write down the track name, choose the genre, make sure you agree to the terms and conditions and confirm to own all the rights. After you've done so you can click complete. If the upload of your demo has been successful, you can expect a reply within a couple of days.
Where can I find my IPI number?
You should be able to find your IPI/CAE number by logging into the website of your PRO or publisher with your personal account.
Look for a section labeled "My Account" or "Profile Information." Within that section, you should find your IPI/CAE number. It may be listed as "IPI Number," "CAE Number," or something similar.
If you're unable to locate your IPI/CAE number through the website or your account, you can reach out to your PRO's or publisher's customer support for assistance. They will be able to provide you with your IPI number or guide you on how to locate it.
What is an IPI number?
An IPI (Interested Party Information) number, sometimes referred to as a CAE (Compositeur, Auteur, and Editeur) number, is a unique international identification number assigned to songwriters and publishers. It typically consists of 9-11 digits (no letters!) and is used for identifying rights holders in the music industry. It is an essential tool for royalty tracking, distribution, and ensuring accurate attribution of music rights.
I am signed with a publisher. Can I release tracks through SetFreaks?
Yes: when you are signed with a publisher, the publishing rights remain yours. You can enter your publisher information along with the IPI/CAE number when you sign our contract. If you are not signed with a publisher, we will take care of the publishing for you so that you'll receive the earnings you are entitled to.
Can I re-release a track through SetFreaks?
No, a track that you want to release on SetFreaks cannot be previously released or sold.
Can I share demos of the tracks I release through SetFreaks?
Yes, you can. We will give you 15 fingerprinted copies of your track. By adding a fingerprint to your track, we discourage piracy and we can see if your track is leaked, and by whom. You can send each fingerprinted copy of your track to one DJ of your choice for feedback. You are not allowed to send one copy to multiple DJs. Every fingerprint is different and therefore traceable. You are not allowed to share copies of your track that are not fingerprinted.
When I release a track through SetFreaks, can I release my music with other labels or platforms?
We sign artists on a track-by-track basis. This means you are allowed to release other tracks on other labels or platforms, but the tracks that we release are exclusively released on SetFreaks.
How long does it take for my demo to be reviewed?
We listen to the demos on a daily basis. We aim to respond to every artist within two weeks.