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How Starbomb Used YouTube To Drive 6000 CD Sales In One Week

In one week, Starbomb sold almost 6,000 CD copies of its Player Select album through CD Baby, including 3,438 in pre-sales. How’d they do it? YouTube. Guest Post by Chris Robley on The DIY Musician “If your music is good, your fans will want to buy the CD” In one...

Releasing New Music: Working With (Or Around) World Release Day

Benji Rogers, President of Pledge Music, recently gave an interview exploring best practices for indie artists releasing new music on or around the newly mandated World Release Day. Guest Post by Chris Robley on The DIY Musician The International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has announced that starting this summer,...

YouTube launches Artists initiative to give musicians more promotion tools

Early punk pioneered an ethic called DIY (Do It Yourself). Record labels were still weary of these musicians and the artists took it upon themselves to book shows, promote their self-produced albums and create merchandise. Fast forward to now and that DIY ethic has grown to all types of music and YouTube wants to be the center of it all. Show More Summary

Music Marketing: Why Social Media Isn't The Answer For All Indie Musicians

Guest Post by Eric Eckhart on CD Baby's The DIY Musician Blog I’ve been part of the DIY musical community for nearly 10 years, creating my own label, booking agency, PR team, being active in social media and speaking at conferences and writing blogs on how to survive and thrive as an independent musician. Show More Summary

13 Essential Elements Of An Effective Marketing Plan

Guest Post by Bobby Borg, Author of Music Marketing For The DIY Musician A marketing plan (or as I sometimes call it, a Marketing Plan of Attack™) is a written document that outlines your band’s goals and the strategies you intend to use to achieve these goals. Show More Summary

Does Anyone Actually Discover Music On Twitter?

Guest Post by Chris Robley on The DIY Musician Blog Hip hop blogger Mike Trampe wrote an interesting article you might want to check out about online music promotion called “5 Things Rappers Shouldn’t Be Doing on Social Media.” It’sShow More Summary

YouTube under fire from musician Zoe Keating after threat to block her channel

Google’s video service may have agreed music deals with indie labels, but DIY artist says she’s still being pressured to sign unfair terms Musician Zoe Keating has criticised YouTube for threatening to block her channel unless she signs up to new terms covering its recently-launched YouTube Music Key service. Show More Summary

5 Minute Music Marketer - Get Bob Baker's New Book For Only 99¢

Bob Baker has been preaching the gospel of DIY and D2F music marketing sine before either term was invented. He's written essential books and blog posts, and taught courses, all with one aim - to empower musicians to take control of their lives and careers. Show More Summary

11 Forms Of Promotion You May Be Overlooking

Guest Post by Bobby Borg, author of The DIY Musician The Internet may be one of the most popular and convenient forms of promotion today, but it’s also flooded with independent artists all trying to get attention. Thus, with consideration...Show More Summary

What Do Teens Really Think About The Big Social Networks?

By Chris Robley on The DIY Musician Blog How are teens using the big social platforms when it comes to building relationships, sharing media, and discovering music? Well, maybe a better question to ask yourself first is: do you care?If...Show More Summary

Day Wave - Total Zombie

Sounds like: The Drums, Mac DeMarco Song: Day Wave - Total Zombie What's so good? Day Wave is the alias of Oakland DIY artist Jackson Phillips. Under the moniker, the talented musician offers up new tune "Total Zombie," giving a tiny taste...Show More Summary

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Damu The Fudgemunk

Damu is pretty much the definition of DIY ethic as far as hip hop goes. He has released albums for free, performed as a street musician in multiple cities (using a generator to power his speakers), and built up a fan base through YouTube. It's not often that talent rises this way, but it's a welcome sight when it does. What are you listening to tonight?

Artist of the Week – Glasgow, Scotland’s Paul McLinden

From an attic in rainy Glasgow, Scotland, DIY composer/musician Paul McLinden crafts wonderfully rich and diverse musical masterpieces as evidenced by the September release of his debut album, Head Happy. We love this album – every song is a gold nugget. It’s an indie masterpiece that somehow slipped under the radar. After listening to Head [...]Show More Summary

Kevin Breuner, CD Baby VP Of Marketing Looks Back On 2014

Kevin Breuner, Host of DIY Musician Podcast, and VP of Marketing, CD Baby joins us today on Hypebot.com's year end virtual panel. As an independent artist, Breuner responds to the current streaming debate saying, "You never know where your fans are going to come from. Show More Summary

How to Craft Your Band's Pitch for 5 Types of Media Outlets

The world of media has expanded into a myriad of outlets that can seem overwhelming. However, as a DIY musician, having a proper PR strategy is an essential tool in your branding arsenal. But what makes you stand out as a band in the...Show More Summary

Move over Spotify and Rdio. YouTube Music Key is finally here.

By Chris Robley on The DIY Musician Blog After much anticipation, YouTube has just announced the launch of its subscription streaming service: YouTube Music Key. YouTube Music Key, available in the US and 6 European countries, will let...Show More Summary

DIY Tool Max 7 Arrives; Here Are The Best New Features

Being “software about nothing” isn’t easy. Max has for years been a favored choice of musicians and artists wanting to make their own tools for their work. But it’s been on a journey over more recent years to make that environment ever more accessible to a wider audience of people. Show More Summary

Sound & Vision #9: Brian McTear

Music producer Brian McTear talks with Allyson McCabe about building a studio centered on relationships with musicians, his non-profit Weathervane, and the end of the DIY era.

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: DIY Musician Debunked: Of Course You Don't Do It All Yourself

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DIY Musician Debunked: Of Course You Don't Do It All Yourself

I first heard the term DIY when perusing a scrapbook store. It’s simple. Whatever it is you do it all by yourself…without any help. That’s what that term means. Understand? Good, glad that’s settled. Now what about DIY musician? When...Show More Summary

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