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12 Powerful Quotes That Could Change The Way You're Promoting Your Music


Written by Lukas Camenzind

Have you ever had one of those Aha-moments when you finally “get it”? Here are 12 of my favorite quotes that each have the potential to change the way you think about promoting your music:


“Stop promoting, start entertaining.” — Matt Colon (Manager of Steve Aoki)

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“If it’s not a hit, switch.” — Derek Sivers (Founder of CD Baby)


“Don’t tell people you are broke. Guilting fans into buying your music never works.” — Ari Herstand (Musician, Blogger)


“You should quit trying only after two conditions have been met: 1.) You’ve given yourself a legitimate shot. 2.) Trying is no longer fun.” — Terry Rossio (Screenwriter)


“Give it a minute!” — Louis C.K. (Comedian)


“To help with knowing if you’re good or not, you need a mentor.” — Alex Day (Musician)


“People who cost too much: manager, lawyer, publicist, label, music publisher.” — Roger McNamee (Musician, Venture Capitalist)


“You don’t ask, you don’t get.” — Steve Rennie (Manager of Incubus)


“Your music will always be new to someone, so keep spreading the word about your previous releases, even after you’ve put something new out.” — Chris Robley (Musician, CD Baby Blog)


“Don’t listen to what people say, watch what they do.” — Jed Carlson (Co-Founder of ReverbNation)


“Remember the Bob Dylan rule: it’s not just a record, it’s a movement.” — Seth Godin (Author, Entrepreneur)


“It’s a privilege to play music fora living. Even more, it’s a privilege to have an audience. Respect that.” — Bob Lefsetz (Music Business Consultant, Blogger)
What’s your favorite quote from the list (or from elsewhere) and WHY? Share it in the comments below!

Author Bio:

Hi, my name is Luke and I have two passions in life: music and marketing. Have you ever wondered why some artists fail, while others have HUGE success online? If you’re a talented musician, I want to help you reach and engage more fans. Download my free report to find out why some artists fail and others succeed:

Reader Comments (6)

Don't just talk about DAW/tools features. Use them! - Brad Moore

September 27 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Moore

"Music is a lot like love, in that they both require learning, listening, and practice."-6StringSarch

"With intense passion pursue that which you love....for people like us, is there another choice?"

October 2 | Unregistered Commenter6StringSarch

My favorite quote is the first one “Stop promoting, start entertaining.” — Matt Colon (Manager of Steve Aoki). I feel like ever since I stopped worrying about making money off my music I have been able to get it in front of so many more people. I haven't made as much as I would like, but I do have people request for me to do things for them. I have so many people who are willing to lend me a hand that weren't before. I feel like my life is completely turning towards a new direction. I also get so many more responses online to my messages about how I feel than when I was just trying to promote music to everyone.

October 3 | Unregistered CommenterNoble Rippa

"When we are quoting others we are not thinking for ourselves" - Neil Walsh

January 7 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Walsh

Music is the voice that you were given When your tongue failed to cross examine your true path!!

November 20 | Unregistered CommenterColin Bennett

@AndyDasoul: Engage your business, build strong relationships and keep networking and you will reap great harvest...#beequiped #bedeveloped #beinspired

April 4 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Dasoul

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