As a record label owner, we often have bands come to us and ask to record an EP and a single, with the aim of giving the single away for free, to encourage people to buy the EP. Our answer was always no.
In the age of the internet, anyone can make music, and put it online in any one of hundreds of places. Unfortunately, for most musicians, this has led to a race to the bottom. This cycle just repeats itself endlessly; Make music, give it away for free, see few sales coming in, gig for free, give away everything for free in the vain hope that you’ll be recognized and catapulted to stardom. This might work for 1 in 10 million, maybe 1 in 20 million. The odds of it happening to you are virtually zero. Should you give up? No.