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Tuesday
Jan102017

5 Suggestions For Decking Out Your Car's Audio System

Cars have come a long way from cassette players and out-of-tune radios. But there are always ways to deck out the audio system in your car. Here are just five ways to enrich your audio system and improve the sounds that you hear during your morning commute.

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Tuesday
Jan102017

How To Get Songs Placed In Film And TV (8 Rules You Need To Know)

This post was written by Ari Herstand and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog. It is an excerpt from his new book How To Make It in the New Music Business

If pursuing licensing is your main focus, you need to plan this out long before you write your first song, let alone record it. The fact of the matter is, not every song or every genre works for licensing.

If your chorus is all about Sarah, but the main character of the show is named Amy, they aren’t going to use your song, no matter how perfect it may be musically. And because TV moves so quickly, they aren’t going to ask you to go replace “Sarah” with “Amy.” It either works or it doesn’t. For the most part.

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Monday
Dec122016

How To Optimize Your Band Schema For SEO

This post was written by Wes Walls and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

Schema is one of those things that, as a musician, you might have heard about but probably don’t want to have to learn. It’s pretty technical and easy to get wrong.

So we’ll try to simplify it for you in this post, and give you some easy shortcuts.

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Tuesday
Dec062016

7 Ways To Find A Manager

The manager is the most important person in your operation. Your manager is your teammate. Your partner. Your friend. The two of you (or six, depending on how many are in your band) are in it together. Us versus the world. The manager is the liaison between the artist and everybody else. The manager oversees everything from the recording process to the album release campaign to the tour routing, booking and performing to the social media management to the lead singer’s divorce. The manager handles the business, first and foremost. The best managers handle the business with creative finesse. To navigate the constantly evolving musical landscape, managers need truly creative minds. You don’t want a manager who is operating the same way this year as she was last year. Every day is new. Every day is different.

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Friday
Nov182016

4 Tips For Songwriters Seeking Artists To Record Their Songs

This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

The goal of many a songwriter is to find artists to sing our material. And there are few things more thrilling than when you hear your music come to life. The first time you get to hear an artist’s take on a song you spent hours on, all alone in your writing room, is truly magical. The feeling exists somewhere in between hearing a very personal cover, and the ephemeral act of co-writing or collaborating with someone.

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Wednesday
Nov162016

Social Media Content Management For Musicians

This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

u’ve decided how you want to brand yourself online. You’ve created your band’s social media pages. You’re posting regularly, and still, you’re not seeing results. The solution: content planning.

By putting all of your energy into posting new content without thinking about the big picture, you’re only getting half the job done. Instead, set marketing goals, create content in bulk, and utilize the (often free) social media management tools available online.

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Wednesday
Nov092016

Optimizing Your Band Website For SEO

This post was written by Wes Walls and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog.

If SEO is important to you as a musician, then having a website for your band is arguably the most important factor. But just having one isn’t quite enough. You need to optimize it for search engines.

Before you read this though, head over to Chapter 1 of this multi-post SEO guide for musicians to get familiar with your SEO strategy, the Fan Journey, and everything else we’ve covered up to this point.

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Monday
Oct312016

How To Write An Effective Musician Bio (With Examples!)

One of most important pages on your website is your bio page. But a lot of bands get stuck at the part where you have to actually write about yourself! This is not an easy thing to do, but it’s a super important way to make your band look professional.

A great bio will create a first impression of you to many of your website visitors, so make it a good one! It will help convert your visitors into fans, as well as give bloggers and media a sense of who you are. Let’s look at a few ideas that will help you craft an effective musician bio.

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Friday
Oct282016

How To Start A Band In NYC

It’s no coincidence that so many aspiring musicians live in New York City. The Big Apple is one of the best places in the world for any type of artist to be successful. If you’re already living in one of the five boroughs, you’re on the road to making your musical dreams come true… but you still need to get your act together. Here’s our advice for how to start a band and set yourself up for success. Read full how to start a band in NYC post here.

Friday
Oct212016

Tips For Advanced Drumming

This massive amount of information can be deceiving because students think they have to watch it all. But that’s not the reason we have so many different lessons. The reason we have so many different lessons is because there are so many different drummers who all want to learn something different. We want to help everyone!

So in this article, I want to share with you my five tips for practicing the drums and cutting through the information overload:

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Wednesday
Oct192016

Music On The Floor: 5 Things To Do Before Your First DJ Gig

As an aspiring DJ preparing for your first gig, it’s a given you’ve got sweaty palms and a racing heart. Even though all eyes are on you, you know you’ve got plenty of great music that will get everyone dancing for hours. However, there are several things that must be done to guarantee success. If you’re a beginning DJ and want to make sure your first gig is one to remember, here’s how you can make it happen.

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Tuesday
Oct182016

Social Media Marketing For Musicians: How To Get More Fans On YouTube

This post was written by Jon Ostrow and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog.

Why use YouTube to get more fans

Video has always been an important medium for music promotion. Music videos, documentaries, and concert films, have given fans a way to connect more deeply to the music, and the bands they hold so dear.

So it’s no surprise that YouTube has become a must-use social media platform for musicians.

But beyond just simply being a video platform, there are real tangible reasons why YouTube presents a great opportunity for you to find more fans.

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Sunday
Oct162016

7 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me About Releasing Music

 About 10 years ago, a pretty awful music producer was sitting in his parents spare-room on his computer trying to make sense of Ableton Live, and the world of record labels, sales and music production.

That producer was me, and there are a few things I wish somebody had told me back then.

I’ve come a fair distance since those days, but many of the things I wish I’d been told are still as true today, so I’d like to cover a few for you.

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Tuesday
Oct112016

Music SEO: Know Your SERPs

This post was written by Wes Walls and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog.

SERPs? It stands for “search engine results pages”.

Simple enough. Got that out of the way.

If you’re a musician, especially one who cares about your SEO, then SERPs matter a lot to you. We’re going to focus on Google in this post because that’s where most people go when they search.

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