There is no doubt about it, music is fun- and it should be. For many, however, music is work. For these people music pays the bills, supports their livelihood, and puts food on their table. For these individuals who work in the music industry whether it be as performers, technicians, music teachers, managers, journalists, or marketers maintaining a level of professionalism is essential.
Written by Tommy Darker.
Most artists feel helpless today. This is how I comprehend their crawling around the digital music world. Laws and the status quo have changed radically, the audience’s behaviour and preferences as well. And we cannot change their newly ingrained views. It would be pointless. In my opinion, the digital world has ‘change’ imprinted in its DNA.
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)
“If it’s not a hit, switch.” — Derek Sivers (Founder of CD Baby)
For most musicians, this is something that most know they should do but feel uncomfortable with or don’t know how to approach. However, it’s something that can open the doors to better shows, a record label, a new sponsor, or even more fans. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years about networking:
1. The Value You Bring to Others: Many networking events can feel like a shark tank, with people fighting to get business cards out and meeting the right people. It can often be inherently selfish, people seeing who can help them get what they want. However, networking is about building partnerships, so you can often stand out by finding ways to deliver value to other people, whether that is simply connecting other contacts to one another or helping someone solve their problem. That’s far more effective than finding ways to show off or impress others.
JogTunes Interview: Cole Hermer Shares His Views on Music Podcasting. Bob Marcus (Dr. Bob), host and producer of The JogTunes Indie Podcast interviews Cole Hermer, the lead singer of the outstanding blues/rock/punk/metal band, Cole Hermer and the Ravens. Dr. Bob played two of Cole’s tracks on a recent episode of his show. As a music podcaster, he is particularly interested in artists’ opinions of the music podcasting world. In this interview, he asks Cole some pointed questions to learn his views on music podcasting.
Twitter is an amazing FREE resource for DJs, producers, labels and electronic music artists providing you with an ingenious solution to give your fans more of you, connect you to conversations with people. For many who are trying to promote their music, they mistakenly miss out on the main element of Twitter; conversation. Not only does a non-personal approach to electronic music marketing comes across as an empty broadcast to the world but to others it comes across as you being a complete douchebag.
The street team of the past hasn’t changed all that much, only the street they’re working on. Instead of physical flyers they’re sharing and tweeting tour posters, instead of leaflets they’re sharing your Facebook,Twitter and Youtube pages.
The digital street team has more weight behind it than the old model of actually going out and speaking to people. They hold the ears of the 500 or so friends on Facebook plus the number of people following them on Twitter. That is more people than you’d ever reach on a hundred rainy Saturdays standing in the high street. Not only that but your digital street team get more than one chance to influence these people.
- Shaun Letang | 7 Music Marketing Truths ALL Musicians Should Know
- Mark Longhurst | Beginners Guide To Using Soundcloud
Ever wondered why some super talented musicians don’t get the fanbase and recognition they ‘deserve’, while other not as talented musicians get a lot more exposure and seen in all the right places? Well while there could be a number of different reasons for this, one of the most common is that successful person’s ability to handle the business side of the music industry. More specifically, they probably know how to market themselves well.
Soundcloud is a free to use website for uploading audio, and all you need to start is your email address or the usual Facebook/Google sign in information. I’ve noticed using a separate email is easier for bands and producers than your personal Facebook account, but if you are just using Soundcloud to listen to music and maybe upload some amatuer things for your friends, then Facebook or Google could be the way to go.
- Shaun Letang | How To Make A Website Like Ed Sheeran, Case Study Part 1
- Andy Othling | 8 Effective Ways To Promote Your Next Release
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(Updated January 13, 2016)