Monday, December 15, 2014

Focus on smaller markets when promoting your music

Many indie artists and bands go wrong when they release their album because they want to go national right away, but they do not have the money, or the staff to do it. The best thing to do is focus on one or two markets. For instance, if you live in Texas, focus on promoting in your own city and like two other close cities. That way you will not have to spend much money to travel between these areas for appearances and shows. Once you start making more money, then expand to other areas. If you have the fan base then other states will come calling. Then eventually national status. Just remember, it takes time to build a solid fan following.


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, November 16, 2014

A budget is needed to release an album

 So many indie artists and bands will scrape enough money together to press up 1,000 CD's and then they release it and hope for the best. That is not a great strategy to make a full career in music. I tell artists all of the time that they need some kind of budget to release an album properly. If you do not have a budget, then save up your money and do it right. Below are some expenses you may have to deal with when releasing an album.

Manufacturing
Distribution
8 by 10 promo pictures
Press kits
Business cards
Posters
Post cards
Stickers
One sheets
Music submission fees
Gas money (When traveling to do interviews or CD signings)

Depending if you are just doing a local release, or a national release, this may be just the tip of the iceberg. The point is, you need money to make money. Many artists have this misconception that promoting an album is basically free if your music is hot. That is not how it is. This is a business and everybody wants their cut of the money. It costs money to promote. Major labels spends a ton of dough for an album release, and the artist is expected to pay it all back through record sales.


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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Top 5 things indie musicians do that keeps them local

There are many things that indie artists and bands do that completely hold them back from becoming a pretty successful national act. Here are the top 5 in my opinion.

5. Not being professional
These days there are so many indie artists and bands, you must look as professional as possible to even stand out a little bit. You need to look like you are backed by a major label. That means carrying business cards, having a nice bio and promo picture. Have printed CD's made to give out to important people and more. The days of giving out a CD-R with marker written on it is dead. Of course all of this means you need somewhat of a budget. So save up and do the right thing!

4. Not supporting other artists
Some artists these days do not want to support and mingle with other local artists. You should make nice with others. Go to their shows and show support. Plus you can pass out your own promotional material there as well. Also, by going to other artists shows, sometimes in return they will go to your shows when the time comes. They may even bring their friends. You just never know who can help you the future too. So get out and show your support.

3. Not creating relationships with the media
When releasing an album, you will want the media to review your music, do articles about you and more. If you are lucky enough to get a write up or a review, you should always thanks them by e-mail, even if it was a negative review. This will build a relationship with that person and hopefully they will remember your kindness and will be willing to review or interview for your next album release. This is really important to do!

2. Not sacrificing enough
Many artists and bands do not sacrifice enough. In other words they do not put enough time, money and energy into their music careers. You must do this if you want to make music a career. 

1. Not touring enough
Here is another one that musicians slack on. A lot of artists release an album and sit on their ass. You must get out and promote by touring and doing live shows. It is truly the best way to build up your fan base and sell your music and merchandise at the events. You cannot just keep playing the same shitty bars and local clubs. To truly make an impact, you must tour into other states.



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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This can help you sell your music

Being an independent musician takes a ton of sacrifice. You will need to spend a ton of time and a decent amount of money in order to properly promote your hard work. It is not an easy job, and unless you are only gonna do it part time, then expect to go through a roller coaster of ups and downs. Expect to do many live performances and expect to fight with program directors at radio stations in order to get a little bit of air play. You will start to know the local media by their first name and concert promoters will either be your best friend, or people you hate to work with. Either way if you have the time and funding, it can be a very rewarding situation when everything is going right. I wrote this book to help other indie artists and bands. I was once in the position of trying to make music my career, so I know what it is like to feel like it is a struggle to get anywhere in an over populated industry.

---Taken from the EBook "How To Release Your Own Music"





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, September 22, 2014

The formula to make a hit record

Let me be clear, there is no magic formula to ensure a hit record, but there is a simple formula to make a hit sounding record. The magic is up to you to promote and market it. Here is the simple formula for a hit record, solid songwriting, solid production, great mixing and professional mastering.
That is basically it. The sad part is, many hit records never see the light of day because they never get the proper promotion behind them. Do not be discouraged. You never know when all things will fall into place and BOOM, you have a hit on your hands.



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, September 21, 2014

Step up your game with your music and image

If you want to be taken seriously as a artist/musician/band, you must look like you know what you are doing. Do not do things half-assed because people will always remember it. Make sure you have your CD's professionally printed up and mixed and mastered well. Get a good press kit together with an 8 by 10 photo, bio and press clippings. When you get reviewed in a newspaper/blog/magazine, make sure you send them a thank you note even if it was a bad review. They will always remember your professionalism and will be willing to do more reviews in the future. Bottom line is you MUST look as professional as possible. If you do not have a budget to do it all like that right now, THEN SAVE UP. First impressions are huge.




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, 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.