The reason musicians fail

The reason indie artists fail There are a variety of reasons musicians and indie artists fail. Some lack real talent or work ethic. Some suffer from bad timing – like starting up a hair metal band just as grunge began to take over in the early 90s. Other artists lack motivation or let their fears win. This is definitely an abbreviated list, but you can see a common thread here if you look closely. Read more.

‘Tis The Season (To Sell CDs)

Make CDs and sell CDs this holidayThe holiday season, especially the golden month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, is the most lucrative time of the year for retail sales. As an independent musician, it can be a time for you to move a ton of product – professionally manufactured CDs, merch, and more. There are many ways to take advantage of this time of the year, and our new guide answers questions about how to prepare your order and make your new release something special for the holidays.
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Is your project ready for CD manufacturing? A DIY album release checklist

Plan your self-released album with our DIY musician CD manufacturing checklistThink you’re ready to press CDs for your new self-released album? Before you gather your materials to submit for CD manufacturing, there’s rehearsing, music recording, audio mastering, CD package designing – and all the various promotional and sales activities which may require your CD being completed. While it’s hard not to get excited and schedule your band’s CD album release party when you get to the mixing phase, being patient and creating a long-term album release timeline will help you maximize your efforts and make your CD manufacturing experience run smoothly, rather than racing to meet a deadline. Read more.

Making Community Leaders of DIY Musicians – the mission of PeaceTones

PeaceTonesPeaceTones is an on-the-ground initiative with a mission to economically and legally empower musicians in developing countries. Musicians were chosen because they have the ability, more than most any other profession, to cut through socio-economic boundaries and really speak to a population. The idea is if we work with musicians and get some of these ideas in their heads – making everyone accountable before the law and ideas of justice and equality – if these are topics musicians consciously advocate for, the reach within a community would be exponential.
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10 great tips to help you fail as an independent artist

10 Great Tips to Help you Fail as an Independent ArtistWe’ve all seen and read posts and eBooks about “how to succeed” as independent artists and to be honest, I’ve even written a few. But what about those of us who are bent on failure? Those of us who would like to know how to shoot ourselves in the foot? Those of us who would like to be more unsuccessful and confused? Well this post is for you! Some of these things I’ve done myself, and I can assure you – they work amazingly well! Read more.

From DIY to Professional Musician

Blood Red ShoesMusician Steve Ansell of Blood Red Shoes has played (and continues to play) in many DIY bands. Blood Red Shoes’ second album, Fire Like This, was recently released, and Drowned in Sound got ahold of him to talk about what he’s learned over the past few years and what it was like to switch from the DIY punk scene to the corporate-sponsored festival arena scene.

Check out the article, called “10 Things I Have Learned: From a DIY band to a ‘professional musician’.” Read more…