Verdit: LEGIT! – Overall this is a legitimate platform and can be a fun hobby, but I wouldn’t recommend it for people who are looking for a way to earn real money – it takes a significant amount of time and you get little in return.
Slicethepie – What’s the Deal!?
What exactly is Slicethepie? Well, it’s basically like a community project – it matches up unsigned artists with music fans, and pays people to review new songs. It’s great for new artists, because it allows them additional exposure and helpful music critique, and it’s cool for reviewers, because it gives them a chance to get paid while listening to new tunes. It’s really a win-win situation.
Oh, and if you’re still wondering “is Slicethepie legit?” – yes. They really will pay people for reviewing music!
How does the process of reviewing music work?
When signing up, you’re asked to rate different genres of music on a “Love to Hate” scale, so in theory they play more of that music for you. However I find they will push all sorts of music your way, so be prepared to rate a variety of tunes. If you really don’t feel comfortable rating a song, you can always skip it.
Here’s how it works – you’re given the task of listening to a song, writing a review, and then ranking it on a 1 to 10 scale. You have to wait 90 seconds after the song starts playing to submit the review, but you can take as long as you want to actually write it out.
A look at the basic screen:
You have to be thoughtful and varied with your reviews – they won’t let you say the same thing over and over again in a copy/paste fashion. Even if you write out similiar reviews, you’ll find that after a few you’ll get stuck with a warning saying “that review looks familiar! try writing something original!”
You’re given an “energy” bar that starts out with 10 energy points. Each review you submit costs you 1 energy, but you regain a new energy every 3 minutes. I suppose this is to prevent people from submitting reviews too fast, but I find it replenishes to 10 rather quickly and never got anywhere near 0! (but maybe I am just slow..)
How much do you get paid per review?
Everyone starts off with a base salary of 2 cents per review, but if you submit lots of helpful reviews you can work your way up to a base salary of 4 cents. That sounds ridiculously low, but that is just the base rate – the more detailed, helpful and high quality review you can provide them, the more you will be paid. I never was only paid just 2 cents – here I reviewed probably about 10 songs and got paid around 15 cents per review. I did take my time and tried to write something helpful and constructive for each song.
But even after reviewing songs for an entire hour, (and at 15 cents per song) I was only paid $1.46. I wasn’t reviewing the entire time, I stopped in between here and there – but for the most part I was pretty focused on the reviews.
Update – I find after doing it for awhile, it does flow more naturally and it’s easier to write varied reviews. I spent probably about 45 minutes rating some more songs and my balance shot up a little –
It actually takes time to think about the music and write something of quality – you can’t write a review that just says, “Cool tune, bro“, or “Man that sucks monkeys…“
See, that is what happens! You have to write something of substanance for them to accept it. You really need to have a good grasp of music termonology here.
Something I found really annoying about their system is many times when you submit the review, it’ll tell you that your score (the rating you gave it on a 1-10 scale) will vary significantly from the review you gave. It’s obviously a computer system picking up on it, but it isn’t very sophisticated. It’ll scan your review for particular words and if you have any negative words within the review but end up giving it a better score as a whole, like above a 7 – it’ll freak out and think you’re review doesn’t make sense.
For example, if I talk about how the song is amazing, the singing is great and has a fun melody and beat, but mention the lyrics are a bit too repetitive, and end up giving the song a 7 as a whole, it’ll pop up with the “the rating you gave varies significantly from your review” message. Obviously my review is in more detail, but you probably get the point. Their system thinks it can scan a review and connect it to a rating, but it is horrible at doing its job.
Then, I end up getting this email:
We hope you’re enjoying reviewing. We’ve noticed your reviews can be quite disjointed which makes them difficult to read. Please note that your reviews go straight to artists and so we’d encourage you to write lengthy, detailed and constructive reviews that comment on a number of aspects of the track. For example: beat, melody, instruments, vocals, production, commercial potential etc. The following article was written by one of our scouts and will help you to improve your reviews:http://chasmac.hubpages.com/
I try to write the best reviews I can, but they’re obviously very picky about the reviews they recieve. This makes it really difficult to do it if you don’t actually have a passion and appreciation for all types of music. It also makes the few cents you get for the review almost not even worth it. You really do need to put in a bit of effort to your reviews and it can be very time consuming.
SlicethePie Payment Proof
Here’s a screenshot of Slicethepie delivering my payment into PayPal. Like I said, this is not a way to get rich; but it is a fun thing to do to earn some extra cash.
Note: Once you cash out, your reviews are sent to be reviewed by an actual human and can take up to 5 days to transfer to your Paypal account. I would make sure you’re not writing anything inappropriate or cruel because you may risk them rejecting your reviews and not paying you for all the hard work you did.
My final opinion….
Overall this site is awesome and it can be a really enjoyable activity. What’s important to remember here is that this site is for people who appreciate music and are interesting in helping out new bands – not just those looking for a paycheck!
Sure, the extra money is cool, and it can be a really fun hobby for music lovers willing to help out bands with some constructive critisicm. However it’s very time consuming and it’s a lot more in depth than just listening to music. You can’t expect to turn on the music, let it play in the background while you play around on Facebook/Youtube … You really need to dedicate yourself to the song and write the review as you listen to make it helpful and worthwile. You also need a fairly good grasp of music and the vocabulary involved – so if you don’t really know any technical aspects of music, you can do some research to write better reviews.
If you enjoy the tasks, the money is really just a bonus. Otherwise it isn’t worth your time if you want to do it just for the paycheck. Unless $1.46 per hour is worth it to you…