Sunday, August 10, 2014

How to make music your career

 Making music a career is a tough nut to crack. Many artists fail because they do not have the time, money or patience to do what it takes to truly submerge themselves into music. Some things you must remember is that you should have a plan put together that lists your goals. Then revise this list if some things change down the line. Also, music is a business, and in this business you are selling music. As an artist, you are kinda a salesman. So part of your plan is to sell fans your product, which of course are your songs and merchandise. It is also smart to collaborate with other artists. Whether it be songwriting together, playing an instrument on another artists track, or doing shows together, it can help your career down the road. Simple tips like these can go a long way.


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Music promotion tips for 2014

It is now 2014. The future of the music industry is clearly here and you need to take advantage of it.
It is pretty normal now to just do a digital only album release. You really do not have to spend a shit load of money on manufacturing CDs. The only thing you may want to do is do short run duplication of your album to sell at your live performances. You can also take advantage of social media to promote. Plus, I have even seen some artists and bands setting up a camera in a rehearsal space and they do a live stream of them performing for their fans. The amazing part is, you can add a link to iTunes on the streaming site to let people know where to buy your album. Some popular bands even charge a small fee just to stream the performance. There are basically a million ways to make money in the digital age of music. You must remember, there is money all over the place, it is up to you to find ways to get it into your pocket!

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
 Submit music on either site.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Touring will get you fans

 I tell this to artists all of the time, if you want to build a solid fan base, GO ON TOUR! Sitting behind your computer and posting to Facebook groups is not gonna do it. Most people do not even click music links anymore because everyone does it, and the music market is so full right now that people do not care unless you already have a name for yourself. You must go and play live shows.
Even if you are just an opening act, it will bring you fans. Do a show every week if you have the time. Also, try not to play the same club all the time. Book shows in other cities and other states.
You can also pass out promo cards at the shows with you website on it. Once you gain more fans, you can start selling CDs and T-shirts at every gig. This works! Trust me, I did it for years!
Now go out there and start getting yourself booked!

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
 Submit music on either site.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Music Promotion Tools for independent artists!

When you are an independent artist, it can be a struggle to think of new ways to promote your music.
First of all, there are a billion other indie recording artists now. So it makes it harder to get people to listen to your music because most people are sick of all the junk out there.
Here is a short list of ways to promote your music.

YouTube
You should make a video for every song you have and upload it to YouTube. It does not even have to be a professionally directed MTV style video. Just use  Windows Movie Maker on your computer and make a video with your song that just shows different pictures of you performing or promo pictures you have. Then you can flash where to buy the song and your website across the screen too.

Twitter/HootSuite
If you have a Twitter account, you can sign up to HootSuite. This is a website where you can schedule tweets to be tweeted later in the day. It is pretty useful and you can write tweets the night before and schedule to tweet every few hours the next day. You can definitely stay in touch with fans using this method!

Live performances
Next time you have a live performance, have someone video record it. Then edit it, and put it on your website for fans to watch.

Social Networks
Be sure to join every social network out there. All of them can be helpful with promotion.
Join Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and more.

Business cards
Get cheap business cards made up that has your artist/band name, website, and a link to download a free song. Then give these out at every show you do, or any other place where there might be potential fans!

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Music Industry Jobs list

As you may know, there are many jobs you can get in the music industry that will put you behind the scenes. If you do not have what it takes to be an artist, you could still be involved in the music industry with a fun and promising career. Here is a small list of music business jobs.

Music A&R
The Artist & Repertoire (A&R), runs the department responsible for finding and signing new music talent. They also act as a liaison between the artist and record label.

Artist Manager
An artist manager can wear many hats, but they are mainly there to handle the artists business affairs.
They also should make sure the artist or band are on time and on schedule for events and interviews.

Tour/Road Manager
This position handles booking tour dates, and making sure the artist or band gets paid for such dates.

Audio Engineer
An Audio Engineer handles recording sessions. They will have knowledge of recording equipment, mixing songs, microphone placement and more.

Public Relations/Media Manager
This is the person who is the direct link between the media and the artist or band. There job is to schedule interviews and appearances, also to keep the reputation of the artist/band in good standing with the media.

This is just a small sample of the many jobs available. There are many more positions.


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
Hip-Hop Internet Radio www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
Indie Internet Radio www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Is it worth getting a Music Business Degree?

get a music business degree
There are many schools that offer degrees in Music Business and recording. You will find that you really do not need a degree for most areas of the music industry. Although, if you want a job with a major record label, or a major publishing company, you will have a much better chance at getting the job with a degree. Think about it like this, if you were to hire someone to do a very important job at your record label, you would most likely pick someone who actually took the time to get educated in the field. Getting a music business degree will give you a better understanding on many confusing subjects such as Copyright and music marketing. It will especially give you a better understanding of music publishing. Learning the art of Audio Engineering is something to be proud of as well.
Even if you are just a manager or a label A&R, giving input  and knowing what is going on with the recording process can be very helpful! Just remember, it is hard to get a job in the music industry.
Many of them start you out as an intern with low pay. If you have the passion, then stick it out and you will become something you want to be in the music industry!



Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Performing live is crucial to success to your music career

If you want to truly get yourself know, it is a must that you do as many live shows as possible.
When you perform live, you are putting your music, your brand and your act out there for everyone at the show to see. Each and every one of them in the audience is a potential music buyer.
Also, do not just perform at the same clubs every week, branch out and to other places and keep expanding to different counties, then different states. You will soon see that you will build a strong fan base no doubt. Another plus is that you can sell merchandise at each show!


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well. www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B) 
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.