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5 Simple Website Mistakes Musicians Make

by Ross Barber

As both a designer and someone who loves music, I visit a lot of musician websites for various reasons. Sometimes it’s to check out what other designers are doing for musicians, and most of the time it’s just because I want to find out more about a band I’ve discovered via Twitter or Spotify. There are a lot of great band websites out there, but for every great one, there are are a few…well, less than great ones. Here are a few of the most common website mistakes I see bands and artists making, and how they can be avoided.

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Music Podcasts

Music Marketing and Music Business Podcasts

by Ross Barber

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. I find they make a great soundtrack to working, cooking, cleaning – you name it. There’s always opportunity and time to be learning, and if we can be entertained while doing it, then even better! I wanted to share some of my favourite music industry related podcasts with you in the hope that you’ll find some that you like, and hopefully pick up some great tips along the way.

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Rigo Acensio

Killed The Fixtion on Growing a Fanbase Online

by Ross Barber

The music scene online is a crowded place. There are so many bands and artists vying for our attention, and along with that there are plenty of music industry experts telling them how to use social media to attract and engage new fans. I wanted to speak with a band who I think are doing things right to find out what impact social media has had (and continues to have) on their career.

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Epik Music Videos

How Much Does A Music Video Cost?

by Tai Campbell (Guest Contributor)

The following is a guest post from Tai Campbell, creative director and music video producer at Epik Music Videos, London. As a professional music video maker, I am often faced with questions from musicians and band managers who would ask me, “Why is it so expensive?” I usually tell them that it’s not a one person job. Even when you as the artist might seem to be doing a majority of the work on screen, there are a lot many people working behind the camera to make it all look brilliant!

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go indie - advice from independent musicians

#GoIndie: Words of Advice from 16 Independent Musicians

by Ross Barber

As creative people, we’re always learning and growing. To close this part of the #GoIndie series, I asked 16 artists to share some advice based on what they’ve learned and experienced in their own careers. Everyone’s journey and experience is going to be different, but I think that there are things that we can all learn from one another, regardless of our genre, location or background.

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GoIndie - The Challenges of Being an Independent Musician

#GoIndie: 16 Musicians On The Challenges of Being Independent

by Ross Barber

In the first #GoIndie post, 16 of my favourite artists discussed the advantages of being independent. In this second instalment, I’ve asked the same artists what they’ve found the biggest challenges are, and how they’ve overcome, or are working to overcome them. I hope this post offers some insight into how other independent artists manage their careers. I believe that we’re all in this together and should support and offer advice and assistance whenever we can. While independence is not always an easy path, there are definitely still successes and rewards out there for the taking.

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Planning ahead when designing a website for your music

Hiring A Designer For Your Music Website: Plan Ahead!

by Ross Barber

If you’re looking to work with a designer on developing a website for your music, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared. As someone who has worked with numerous musicians on their websites, there’s a common theme that runs throughout all of the projects that have run smoothly – and that is advance preparation. I always try to work out all of the details before beginning a project so that there can be a quick and efficient turnaround, but what can you do before contacting a designer to help make the process an enjoyable and productive experience?

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GoIndie - The advantages of being an independent musician

#GoIndie: What Does Independence Mean to Musicians?

by Ross Barber

Welcome to the beginning of the #GoIndie series, which aims to explore the benefits and challenges of being an independent artist. I wanted to create this series to give musicians an opportunity to express in their own words exactly what being an independent artist means to them. I think it’s valuable and useful to hear from working artists themselves as it helps to give us a further insight and different perspective into what it’s REALLY like to be writing, recording, touring and promoting music independently.

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