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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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Angela - Muddy Paw PR

What to Expect When Hiring a Publicist

by Angela Mastrogiacomo (Muddy Paw PR)

As a someone who works with musicians on a daily basis, I am often asked about aspects of the industry that are not within my area of expertise. Publicity is one of them. Many artists ask me if I can refer them to a publicist who can help them gain more exposure. I find that many artists have an unrealistic idea of what publicity involves and what can be achieved with a single campaign. With that in mind, I asked my friend Angela Mastrogiacomo, owner of Muddy Paw PR to talk about what an artist’s expectations should be when working with a publicist.

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#GoIndie Quotes

by Ross Barber-Smith

In early 2014, I interviewed 16 independent musicians to get their thoughts and experiences about making a living as an independent musician. The series proved to be pretty popular, and as a result, I created image quotes for each of the artists. You can use these if you need a little motivation, or if you want to share them with a fellow musician. Enjoy!

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Lauren Faith // BACKSTAGE:UK

Photography for Musicians – A chat with Backstage:UK’s CK Goldiing

by Ross Barber-Smith

Having worked with Lucozade, Q-Magazine and Richer Sounds, we chat with CK Goldiing – founder and photographer of BACKSTAGE:UK, supplying official photography for emerging musicians across the UK. What should a musician be looking for when they’re thinking about hiring a photographer? What are the most important things to consider?

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Justyn Brodsky | Artist Reach

Talking Artist Development with Artist Reach’s Justyn Brodsky

by Ross Barber

Regardless of what phase of your musical career you’re in, it’s important to know who you are as an artist. I caught up with Justyn Brodsky, CEO of Artist Reach to find out more about the artist development process, and to find out what tips he has for artists on the subject.

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Teamwork

Building Music Communities: Collaboration vs Competition

by Ross Barber

The subject of music community is something that I’ve always been really interested in, and it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. I’m a firm believer that there is more strength in collaboration than competition. Yet online you can see bands fighting with one another in an attempt to belittle them, and make themselves seem bigger or more successful. In fact, it does the opposite. Unfortunately, this is a problem that I see discussed both on a local, national, and even international level. My question is: why do artists and bands feel that they are in direct competition with one another?

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