If you’re a musician, and you also love MusicBrainz, then it makes sense that you’d want to tag any self-released music with the correct MusicBrainz metadata. I routinely do this myself: finishing a song, then adding it into the MusicBrainz entry for my self-released premasters, then a week later once the metadata’s been approved at MB, actually uploading the track to the page.
This is working quite well for me, but I understand that I’m basically working backwards: MusicBrainz, like Wikipedia, seems designed to cite other sources, rather than to be the originator of any information. So I end up with a chicken-and-egg type situation.
In particular, during that week-long wait for approval, I’m saying “here’s a song that’s available on my website” when what I really mean is “here’s where a song will be available on my website just as soon as this edit’s approved”. During that time, someone else can visit my website, see the song’s not there yet, and contest my edit. This week, that finally happened.
Is there any way to say that a particular user is the same person as a particular artist, or in a particular band, or runs a particular label, and therefore auto-accept their edits just for that one artist/band/label? I could see that being useful for anyone in the industry who wants to edit their own music’s entries.
I’m sure what I should be doing is uploading my songs without the metadata first, and acknowledging all the credits, the license, etc, outside of MusicBrainz first, so I can point to such citations in MB. I realise this is all my own fault for making my site so dependent on MB as if MB is the primary source, rather than the other way around. But can anyone blame me for liking MB so much?
For now, I guess whenever I add my own tracks to this particular release, I’ll make sure the edit note is along the lines of “I made this track, so please believe me, as soon as the edit’s approved, I will upload it to the specified site”, but I’d rather avoid repeatedly saying such things if possible.
I think being able to link a user account to an artist or label (after some kind of manual verification) would be useful to encourage more musicians and label owners to enter their own metadata. In theory, they should be authoritative on the subject of their own music, cutting out all the guesswork and hearsay.