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A guide to Apple Music for the independent musician

by Andre Calilhanna July 16, 2015

Apple music streamingApple Music is live and streaming, and for independent musicians who want in on the service, CD Baby is the go-to source to make music available on the platform. In addition to being an Apple approved aggregator, the editors at CD Baby’s The DIY Musician blog have embarked on a series of posts covering Apple Music. Read more.

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Are you building a music career or just filling the calendar?

by Jeri Goldstein July 14, 2015

booking music gigsHave you ever felt frantic about getting more gigs on your schedule? Depending on your goals and where you are in your music career, that may be exactly the thing to do. If you are in this to create a lasting career in music, one that builds momentum and progresses from one level to the next, you need a plan when booking music gigs. Read more.

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Expand your audience with opening act and support slots

by Jeri Goldstein June 26, 2015

opening actOne way to expand your audience is to serve as an opening act for a better-known artist on multiple tour dates or one local show. Sometimes you can get lucky and be in the right place at the right time, but if you’re more interested in strategy than chance, here are three suggestions to help you land some of these choice performance slots. Read more.

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More thoughts on delivering great rock vocals

by Michael Gallant June 25, 2015

great rock vocalsRock singers are the rebel children of the musical family, and they sound like it. They do everything “wrong,” i.e., scream and use the voice in ways that are, traditionally, used in other places, like the battlefield or the bedroom. But there’s a lot more to rock ’n’ roll than whether or not you have grit in your voice. Read more.

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Songwriter’s block: where does it come from?

by Gary Ewer June 23, 2015

songwriter's blockThe ability to think creatively is a product of “divergent thinking.” That’s a term that refers to one’s knack for exploring several possible ideas or answers in the processing of information. Certainly to be a songwriter requires it, but the inability to compose songs should not be automatically interpreted as songwriter’s block. Read more.

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Give your fans a live music performance to remember

by Bobby Borg June 19, 2015

live music performanceIt takes more than just great songs and great performances to get people excited about your music career, especially when you’re just starting out or you want attention in a competitive city like Los Angeles, New York, or Nashville. A musical artist must produce a live show experience that excites the audience and reinforces its brand. Read more.

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Great vocalists from yesterday and today [infographic]

by Andre Calilhanna June 15, 2015

great vocalists from yesterday and todayFrom being able to sort by vocal range and high or low note, the graphic with the keyboard and the chart layout is impressive stuff. From the same folks who brought us the “100 Years of Rock” infographic, here’s another interactive gem that’s worth a few minutes of your time. Read more.

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Global album release days: New Music Fridays and Vinyl Tuesdays

by Andre Calilhanna June 12, 2015

vinyl Tuesday record releaseMany retailers have expressed concerns over the choice of Friday as the global record release date. The inability to re-stock a popular title over the weekend, as well as limiting the reporting of first-week sales to a mere three days (reports track through Sunday in a given week) are cited among the chief objections. Read more.

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How to give a good interview

by Jason Consoli June 5, 2015

how to give a good interviewAs a music publicist, I’ve worked with a lot of bands and musical acts. In more than a few cases, I’d say the artist’s interview skills could have used a tweak or two. Allow me to share some interview tips that will make you way better at giving interviews and help you get the most out of every one. Read more.

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Got an unconventional gig? Use unconventional promotion.

by Michael Gallant May 4, 2015

promoting unconventional music venuesUnconventional venues require additional promo on your end and you should see it more as an active partnership with the venue. Rather than expecting the venue to promote you to their followers or patrons and pack the house for you, you generally will need to anticipate some involvement when it comes to spreading the word. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: April 2015

by Disc Makers May 1, 2015

sawyer fredericksgeorge donaldson Here are the 10 best-selling albums in April: See all 10…

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How to find and play unconventional music venues

by Michael Gallant April 28, 2015

unconventional music venuesWhen jazz pianist Vijay Iyer scheduled the New York City release show for his 2015 album Break Stuff, he didn’t choose a standard venue. Iyer’s concert was staged in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Iyer isn’t the first artist to eschew traditional clubs and concert halls in favor of more unique performing grounds. Read more.

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Record Store Day 2015 Releases: The Spotify Playlist

by Lucy Briggs April 16, 2015

RSD_Spotify_bannerRecord Store Day is almost upon us! The full list of releases has been published, and there are three categories: Record Store Day Exclusive Release, Record Store Day Limited Run, and “Record Store Day First” Release. We’ve created a Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for some crate digging. Read more.

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9 groovy facts about vinyl records

by Disc Makers April 9, 2015

The Golden LP recordPerhaps the most famous records in the universe are the two copies of the Golden Record aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts. The records feature musical selections and spoken greetings in fifty-five languages. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and how the record is to be played. Read more.

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Why we love independent record stores and Record Store Day

by Lucy Briggs April 3, 2015

record store day collageRecord Store Day is on April 18th, and we’re joining in to help celebrate the enduring importance and coolness of the independent record store. Five Disc Makers employees share favorite albums and why vinyl records have a particular place in their hearts when it comes to their love of and relationship to music. Read more.

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