The Indie Musician's Guide To Digital Distribution DIY Merch and Marketing: Bandcamp Adds Gifting, Topspin Intros Cross-Promotions What's A Fan Worth? Topspin Shares New Data, Launches 'Average Value Of A Fan' YouTube News: Music Video Tips From TeraBrite, Google+ Spam Comments, App On Xbox One Artistic Efficiency: How to Create More and Get Out of Your Own Way
An irony of the 808 is that it began as an everyman’s machine – a disliked relic that no-name musicians could acquire for prices approaching free. It helped that Keyboard infamously likened its sound to “marching anteaters.” (Note to...Show More Summary
CASH Music is a music tech nonprofit known for its free open source and hosted tools designed with DIY musicians and indie labels in mind. This year they're adding events to the mix with CASH Music Summits and hack/build/make workshops. Show More Summary
In March, DIY power pop songwriter, vocalist and musician Sam Page self-released his debut album, Breach, featuring ten original songs of excellent guitar-driven pop/rock that partially channels styles of the 1980?s and 90s. Page wrote all of the songs himself, and recorded and mixed all of the vocals, guitars and bass tracks at his home [...]Show More Summary
A Friend To Artists & Fans Exits: R.I.P. 9:30 Club's Josh Burdette Trent Reznor Dismisses DIY, Ridicules Musicians Shaking Their Cups For Scraps Social Media News: Google+'s SEO Value, Facebook Page Posts, Gmail Promotions Tab Spotify...Show More Summary
The DIY dream pop of Porcelain Raft is coming to the Rock and Roll Hotel this Saturday, September 7, with Honest Haloway opening, and we’ve got tickets to give away. Porcelain Raft is the main project of musician and singer Mauro Remiddi. Show More Summary
In a fairly revealing interview with Spin, Trent Reznor reminds us of why it's often dangerous to turn musicians into ideological symbols. Reznor has had a strong association with DIY music but recently chose to take his work to Columbia Records. Show More Summary
Blame George Clooney, Brad Pitt, David Beckham and the rest of the facial hair-loving celebs. Blame hipster girls fawning over bearded musicians. Blame the modern caveman movement with its paleo diet and DIY ethos. Whatever you blame, there’s no doubt that scruffy faces — and full-on beards — have been making a comeback. Show More Summary
By Chris Robley of CD Baby's The DIY Musician. You're busy. You've got songs to write, gigs to book, shows to play, rehearsals to run, and much more. While it's important to be active on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, you need to make the most of your time on those networks without getting sucked into a social media black hole. Show More Summary
Digital options for music sales and marketing continue to improve for DIY musicians and indie labels. Promo download service Dropify recently released a much improved version still focused on free downloads. Nuplays is relaunching with a wider range of integrated services and label options. Show More Summary
It's a very different time to be a musician than it was even 20 years ago, when major record labels still existed, providing tour support and money to make recordings. It's also a very different time because, with the upsurge of DIY recordings, there's more music being released every month than ever before. Show More Summary
When we feature weddings with barns AND tentacle content in one week, it can only mean it's BARN-ACLE WEEK! Today we've got a pair of Irish musicians doing what they do best: jamming with pals in an epic music fest!
Musicians Earning Revenue Via Fiverr's Newly Upgraded Gig Platform Pixies Return With 'Bagboy' Via BitTorrent, Topspin and YouTube DIY Music Sales: Artists.MTV Adds Downloads Carousel, Min.io Launches, GeoRiot Adds Amazon Case Study:...Show More Summary
Conversion optimization is one of those terms that sounds a bit jargony and like something one would want to avoid. DIY musicians have plenty on their plate without getting overly technical about web design and ecommerce. But learning...Show More Summary
Tesla Boy shares a unique piano version of his track “M.C.H.T.E.” filmed in an enchanted forest in Russia. Frontman Anton Sevidov proves that he’s a true musician and talented multi-instrumentalist in this very DIY video. Tesla Boy’s sophomore album The Universe Made of Darkness is out now on iTunes.
By Chris Robley of CD Baby's The DIY Musician. Are you collecting all the royalties you’re owed from Spotify? If you don’t have a publishing administrator working on your behalf, the answer is probably NO. But I should make it clear upfront that this isn’t Spotify’s fault. Show More Summary
Share Your Opinion: What Books Should Every DIY Musician & New Music Industry Pro Read? Roundtable: The Future Of Direct-To-Fan Marketing Upward Spiral Podcast #24: Best Practices for Social Media with Amber Horsburgh Roundtable: What...Show More Summary
We're updating our music industry and musician's book store, and want your suggestions. We've got a pretty strong list, but who better to add to it than Hypebot and MusicThinkTank readers? Visit the store, and let us know what you think we should add in the comments below.
Both music subscriptions and tangible goods are hot spots in the music industry and so it's not surprising to see experiments with monthly physical music-related subscription services. But for most DIY musicians putting together monthly merch boxes or curating a vinyl series is too much to take one. Show More Summary
Tristram Burden is a South Korean artist and ex-pat from Kent, England, who travelled the world for a number of years with his mandolin and some songs in a quest to meet other musicians who shared similar tastes in music. After numerous musical incarnations, he finally found what he was looking for in 2010 in [...] Read more, get songs or stream the entire mix on Indie Rock Cafe