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.

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.