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Studio Essentials for Beginners

by Noah Hart

More and more people have discovered the joys of playing music in the last couple of months. So much so that guitar sales experienced an 80% bump between April to June. Now, many of these people may be looking to take the next step and may be considering recording their own music. This can be quite daunting especially if they don’t have any prior experience in recording. This is why we’ve put together a short list of studio essentials and tips on how to maximise them. So read on for a quick run-through of the things you will need to start recording from home! Microphone We don’t think anyone will be surprised when we say the microphone is one of the most important pieces of equipment […]

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Top 5 Tips for Musicians to Find Success on Patreon

by David “D4” Nguyen

The following is a guest post from David “D4” Nguyen, freelance music marketer and content creator for D4 Music Marketing. In March of 2020, Patreon saw a 21% increase of new creators on their platform, their largest surge since they started in 2013. The music category specifically went up by 25% with over 3,000 new pages from musicians seeking some financial stability through the shut down of the live performance sector. A membership-based model can offer a much-needed financial safety net for musicians to sustain during times of uncertainty like in the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve seen it first hand with an artist I work with who has a Patreon page ranked in the top 100 for the highest number of patrons, […]

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Why Musicians Need Their Own Websites (As Told By 8 Music Industry Professionals)

by Ross Barber-Smith

As an independent musician, you’ve probably been told that you need a website, but maybe don’t know the different roles your website plays to different people. As a designer who specialises in websites for musicians, I know how important it is to have a solid web presence, and I have many friends in the music business who can vouch for that, too. So, with this post, I wanted to get some insight from them on what they look for in an artist website, and how a good one can help THEM to help YOU in different areas of your career. In this post you’ll hear from publicists, radio pluggers, sync agents, artist development coaches, mindset coaches and booking agents to get perspectives from different areas […]

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Looking Back over a Decade

by Ross Barber-Smith

It’s hard to believe that another decade is ending, and a new one is beginning. For me, it’s prompted me to look back at my business and think about all of the artists I’ve had the privilege of working with over the last 8 years. Thank you… I have so many thank yous to give – both to clients, and to others in the music industry who have offered words of guidance, referred other artists to me, and who have trusted me with their projects. I’m truly grateful to all of you, and I’m thankful that we’re able to help each other grow and prosper. When I first branched out into web design full time, it was hard to see where things would go… initially, […]

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The Bare Bones Indie Release Roadmap

by Quinn McGraw

The following is a guest post from musician and podcaster Quinn McGraw. I saw an early version of this post on the awesome Facebook group Last Band Standing and asked Quinn if he’d mind re-working it a little so I could share with you. He kindly said yes, and here it is! To all of the indie musicians out there, I just want to preface this by reminding anyone reading it that the only people who feel their music needs to be out there as fast as possible, is probably just you. Many people lose out on opportunities in gaining traction and buzz with their releases by simply rushing them for no justifiable reason. Patience, and tact, are key. When you start […]

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5 Myths of Crowdfunding – BUSTED!

by Ariel Hyatt

The following is a guest post by Ariel Hyatt, founder of Cyber PR and author of Crowdstart: The Ultimate Guide to a Powerful & Profitable Crowdfunding Campaign. You may not know it, but you probably have fans willing to give you a lot more than they’ve ever had the opportunity to give. Crowdfunding is not only an opportunity to create an experience around the launch of a new product or idea, but as the crowdfunding campaign progresses, it becomes less focused on money and instead transforms into something that involves people on an emotional level, uncovering fans and a community you may not have known existed. That being said here are a few myths I’d like to clear up for you so […]

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Today, Your Personality is Just as Important as Your Music

by Ross Barber-Smith

“Today, your personality is just as important as your music.” Now, I know a lot of musicians aren’t going to like that. Many will argue and debate that their music speaks for itself. In some cases, it might – if it’s truly exceptional. But even if it is truly exceptional, I think that fans want more than that from artists now. They want a connection, a relationship, to feel that they are noticed and appreciated. This is why I believe that as an artist: the way you communicate with your fans is just as important as the music you’re putting out into the world. A lot of the time, we, as music fans, will stumble across an artist on social media without hearing them. Instantly, […]

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Musician Survey: How Much Support Do You Get From Your Fans?

by Ross Barber-Smith

I’m currently undertaking research for a book that I’m hoping will improve the relationship between musicians and fans, and I’m looking to gauge how much support musicians feel they are currently getting from their fans, and ways that this can be improved. If you could take a couple of minutes to complete a short survey, I would really appreciate it. If you provide your email address at the end of the survey, you’ll also be entered in a draw to win a $50 Amazon voucher. Your answers and feedback will help immensely with this new project – which in turn, should help other musicians in the future. Take the survey here. Thank you!

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