Electric Kiwi Nominated for an Independent Music Award – We Need Your Votes!

by Ross Barber

We’ve been nominated in the Best Music Website category at the Independent Music Awards. And I’m not going to lie – I’m pretty excited. I would love to win this… not just for me, but for what I think we can do for the independent music community. As you probably know, I’m a big advocate for artists and I want to help support the musicians I love in whatever way I can. Being known as an award winner can help boost the credibility of Electric Kiwi, and in turn can help to get more eyeballs on our site, social feeds, to the artists we represent, and those that we promote just out of sheer love. So, I would love to win this award […]

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Digital Music Distribution Checklist

Musicians: Before Distributing Your Music, Do These 8 Things

by Daisy Smart

The following post is written by Daisy Smart of Ditto Music. I’ve been asked numerous times about music distribution and what artists should do before getting their music out for sale. Now we’ve got a quick checklist that artists can follow. Make sure you take these tips on board and don’t make any of the (surprisingly common) mistakes that other artists make! You’ve written some amazing songs, spent ages recording them, getting them perfect and now you need to sell it. There are quite a few things to consider when submitting your music for distribution. Follow these simple checks and your music should reach the stores without a hitch. Make sure it’s mastered Your music should sound professional. Mastering should add something to the sound and […]

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The Musicians You Love Need You

An Open Letter to Music Fans: Support What You Love

by Ross Barber

Dear fellow music fans, I wanted to write you this letter to remind you why you should be supporting the artists you love. Music means something different to all of us, but I think most of us can agree that we would find it very difficult to live without it. It’s the soundtrack to so many of our milestone moments. It’s something we listen to while we work, while we walk the dog, while we do mundane tasks like cooking and cleaning. It’s something we share with friends, it enhances the movies and TV shows we spend hours of our lives watching. A life without music would be much duller… and I think that’s something most of us can agree on. The musicians […]

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Music Event

How to Work a Music Event Like a Pro

by Jayne Thorpe

The following is a guest post by creative coach, writer and media presenter, Jayne Thorpe. The event’s been marked on your calendar for a while.  Your music video’s been viewed enough times for you to believe you’re actually okay and you’ve even got a few regulars at your gigs.  Yet despite all of this there’s something about networking at music events that makes you clam up.  Your verbosity might know no bounds when it comes to song lyrics, but it vanishes when faced with someone who has the potential power to help your dream happen.  So how do you network like a pro? Start by taking some deep breaths.  Trite, I know, but it helps.  Next remind yourself that most people actually get a kick out […]

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Hey Musicians, Read This Before Emailing Bloggers and Podcasters

by Ross Barber

I launched a video podcast with my good friend Marcio in October of 2014, and since we launched we’ve received many emails from artists and music business professionals who want to be interviewed on our show. These emails range from good to bad – some really manage to hook us in and make us want to know more. Whereas others only make us want to delete the email and forget we ever received it. I know it’s tough to get press, so I wanted to put together a few tips for reaching out to podcasters, bloggers, music websites, or any other outlet that may potentially want to feature you. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Know Who You’re Emailing If you’re […]

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Nick Blake

Guest Post: Vishnu’s Trumpet – A New Way to Discover Music

by Nick Blake

The following is a guest post from Nick Blake of Vishnu’s Trumpet. Nick and his team are putting together an innovative platform which gives people a more curated approach to music discovery. Introducing Vishnu’s Trumpet: My team and I run an indie music blog that we’re turning into a streaming service & indie zine — sort of a digital love-child of MTV and Rolling Stone magazine. We’re doing everything radically different, starting with a financial model that makes digital work for artists (instead of the other way around). We specialize in discovery: helping our viewers discover rad new bands who are making incredible music. We posted the most-loved jams that our viewing community voted on last year to SoundCloud. The music is […]

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