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Podcasts for Musicians (with an emphasis on drummers)

Podcasts! I’m a big fan of podcasts and I listen to them a bunch when I travel and workout. I tend to lean towards some comedic ones, but I definitely like to check out musically based podcasts and I want to share those with you in this post. Some of these are directly related to drums, others to music business, and others to songs and songwriting. Maybe you will find a couple that you enjoy. Continue reading Podcasts for Musicians (with an emphasis on drummers)

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Pandora relaunches its (free) Artist Marketing Platform (and it’s super artist-friendly)

Reposted with permission. Originally posted by Chris Robley at the CD Baby DIY Musician blog.

I’ve just spent the morning checking out Pandora’s new promotion tools available to artists who are distributing music to Pandora via a licensed partner (like CD Baby). Without turning this post into a list of superlatives, let me just say that they’re great and you should be using them if your music is on Pandora.

What are the tools? We’ll get to that. But first…

Who can you reach with the new suite of tools in Artist Marketing Platform (or AMP)? Potentially, lots of people — and for free.

Because Pandora’s Music Genome maps similar artists and songs across a huge taxonomy of musical attributes, every time someone creates a station based on a a similar artist or song, your music has a chance of being served to that listener. This is what Pandora calls “The Pandora Effect.”

The more times listeners create a station based on YOUR music, the more often it gets played in other stations. Continue reading Pandora relaunches its (free) Artist Marketing Platform (and it’s super artist-friendly)

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When To Take The Gig!

This will be a short post with some pointers designed to help you quickly assess a gig opportunity and decide if it is right for you. I was told this information by someone much smarter than me and then I added to it with information from someone else equally as intelligent and talented. This is the Ms and Ps of the gig.  Continue reading When To Take The Gig!

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12 Must Read Books!

If you are looking for ways to stay motivated and push forward in business (specifically the music or entertainment industry), then this list comes highly recommended. These isn’t the end all-be all book list, but rather ones I have read recently that helped motivate and inspire me while finishing my album, getting it out to the people effectively, and then continue to press forward with my goals and aspirations. I figured someone else out there might need or could use some motivation and inspiration (especially with some of my students graduating and moving on to the next phase of their life). So here is my little list of 12. A smooth dozen. Just think of it as one book a month! Enough information to get you to a much better place this time, next year! Continue reading 12 Must Read Books!

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Keys to Setting Up Your Home Studio!

Now that big studios are closing (read: The Magic Shop) and large budgets are becoming crowdfunding campaigns, home recording has never been more in demand, and in some cases is a necessity for being a professional musician in this new era of technology. This month, I had a conversation with the production team called “The Stay Level” on how to set up your own home recording studio. Made up of two extremely talented musicians/engineers, Kit Karlson and Chip Johnson, they can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Not only did they mix my most recent album, but they have worked with several amazing artists, and even had one of their mixes featured as the official 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics song for NBC. You can hear more of the sounds they helped shape here. Keep reading to see what we talked about to get up and running and start your own recordings from home.

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Other Careers in Music (Aside from Musician)

I’ve recently had some students asking about other careers in music that don’t necessarily involve playing an instrument. You may love working in the business of music and around musicians, but may not be amazing on your instrument or want to continue playing it. Lucky for you, there are tons of jobs that involve working with and around music and musicians that are available to you that draw upon other skill sets. That is what this post is all about. I will touch upon some of the many possibilities that are out there today! This isn’t a list of the only positions available, but some of the more popular ones to help you decide which avenue you’d like to travel down. Continue reading Other Careers in Music (Aside from Musician)

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Get Your Music On Internet Radio!

 

So you’re an unsigned artist and you want to get some radio play. That is definitely an uphill battle, but it can be won. A path of lesser resistance would be internet radio, and two of the bigger platforms are Pandora and SiriusXM. This post will help you navigate what to do to be considered. The information provided here was from my own personal experience as well as from Chris Robley. The quality of your music will be a big proponent in getting you through the door, so make sure you get it mixed and mastered to sound the best! Continue reading Get Your Music On Internet Radio!

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Why Musicians Should Stop Networking!

This month’s post is originally written by bassist Brandon Shaw. I have seen it floating around on social media a few times and he took the words right out of my mouth. When someone brings up the topic of “networking” I shudder. When someone asks me interrogative questions with the sole purpose of furthering their career, or how I can help them get “connected with so and so” I feel slightly sleezy and like I should go take a shower. I will let Brandon elaborate on what I’m talking about. This information isn’t just limited to the music industry, and I think people of every profession can learn something from this. Without further ado, here is Brandon’s original post in its entirety…

I hate that word. I hate it. It conjures up images of douchebags and stacks of business cards from people you barely know. Instagram feeds of self-gloating “Today’s Office” selfies. Half-assed declarations of “we should play together” when you really just want them to call you for gigs.

I’m speaking, of course, about my least favorite word: Networking.

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Tips To A Successful Album Release Show!

You have raised the funds needed to make an album. Then you released it out into the world. Now you need to have a release show to celebrate all of your hard work and perform the music live. This post will give you some tips and other useful pointers to have a release show that is not only successful, but also keeps the momentum of your album moving forward!

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