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Having different mixes and edits of your song can be beneficial

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When you release a new single, you should always have a few different mixes and edited versions of your song. This is for when you release your single to radio and TV. If your song has adult subjects, or swear words, you should always include a clean version for radio. You should always have an instrumental of it. Sometimes DJ's will play instrumentals in the background when they are talking. Television shows also like instrumentals. You should always have an acapella version as well. This is just the vocal parts of the song with no music. Sometimes DJ's will take just the vocals, and mix them to a new beat for a remix. So, when you service radio, club DJ's, and other people who need your new single, be sure to include all of these versions of the song. It may help you sell more downloads.


 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.
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5 things needed to make music a career

 The music business is not easy. Things are not free, and everything will not be handed to you, even if you are super talented. It generally takes time, money, sacrifice and more.

Expect to spend money
It takes money to make money. Expect to invest in your career. You can only get so far doing free promotion on Facebook. You may need to spend money on posters, free promo material, and much more. It is wise to hire people to pass out fliers for you too.

Know the business
Do research. Read books about the music industry. The more you know, the farther you will go. Understanding things like music publishing, music licensing, contracts, music law, and more.

Sacrifice
This is a huge thing. You will need to sacrifice time. It may take years to build a great fan following. This means staying out late doing promotion, performing at live shows, and more. If you are married, you better have an understanding wife. If you work a full time job, music will have to take up the other half of your life. The payout in the end is that those who sacrifice, generally make it!

Touring is a must
You must tour to promote your music. This means long weekends, and late nights. You should have a decent vehicle to get around to different cities, or different states. Once you tour, you will see your fan base build up. Plus you can sell CD's, t-shirts, and more at your live gigs.

Learn to engineer
You should learn your way around a studio. This way you can be completely hands on with the mix of your music. It is important to learn what it takes to make a mix sound industry standard.
Take some classes, read some books, and learn all you can.





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.
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Using older and vintage instruments can be amazing


Do not be afraid to experiment with older instruments. Some of the older keyboards from the 80's and 90's can really give you a warm and amazing sound. Older keyboards that were made by Casio, were heavily used in the 1980's for Pop and Hip-Hop songs. I had a few nice keyboards from the 1990's. The one that stood out for me was the Yamaha V-50. It had a full production workstation built into it. Plus it had effects, real and step time editing, and much more. Older drum machines are cool too.


My favorite is the Alesis SR-16. Excellent drum and some bass sounds. I used this for years.
Using older stuff like this now can give you a nice vintage feel to your music. Try it out!

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.
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Take advantage of music events and conferences

As an indie artist, you will find it is important to go to as many music industry events, showcases, and conferences that you can afford. Many people do not go to these because it costs money, but like I have said before, you must invest money in your music career, or you will go nowhere!
All of these things give you opportunities to promote your music, meet other artists, meet industry people, make connections and more. Signing up for an industry showcase can be really beneficial. Generally they will have label reps checking out the performances. Of course, always check out these events with some caution. Look to see if they had successful ones in the past, check out who will be there and more. Always brings music, business cards and more.  




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.
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Get multiple streams of revenue for your music

There are many ways to make money with your music. You should not just count on CD and download sales. The music industry has changed so much in recent years, which has forced artists to think outside of the box, and find new ways to make music.

Live shows: If you have a decent enough fan base, you can make good money touring the country, and playing bars and clubs.

Merch: Selling things like T-Shirts, stickers, keychains, and posters at your shows, and on your website is another good way to pull in money.

Youtube: If you film a music video for your songs, you can post it to Youtube and make money through Youtube's Ad Revenue Sharing program. If your video gets enough views, you will get a share of the ad money posted in your video.

Songwriting: Writing songs for other artists is very lucrative. You can charge a flat fee, plus get publishing credits.

License your music: Many artists find ways to license their music for use in film, TV, commercials and more. Learn more at www.musiclicensecontacts.com.

There are many more creative ways. This is just a start.

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.
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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.
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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.
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