Oct 12, 2015

10 things every musician website must have

The importance of having your own website as a musician

“Dear Talent Buyer,
I play in a brostep-polka band from Houston, Texas called Accordion Wobble. We’ll be touring through San Francisco between February 11-13 in support of our new album Oom Pa Pa […]

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Oct 9, 2015

Your new website: constantly in motion

Got a favorite YouTube video of you or your band? Let’s put it to work.

HostBaby is home to plenty of exclusive website themes that can give your site a look as unique as your music, but our newest might be the most […]

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Oct 8, 2015

Mac Lethal’s got more invaluable (and NSFW) advice for aspiring musicians looking to get rich

(Did we mention this is totally NSFW?)

Seems like every week Kansas City’s Mac Lethal reminds us why he’s the go-to, unfiltered, unapologetic straight shooter that every independent musician needs in their life.
[Read his recent open letter to an aspiring […]

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Oct 7, 2015

Creed Bratton at the CD Baby Office

CD Baby artist Creed Bratton, perhaps best known for his incredibly spot-on portrayal of the character of “Creed Bratton” on NBC’s long-running sitcom The Office, isn’t just the guy you equate with the weirdo in the cubicle next to you. He’s first and […]

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Oct 6, 2015

Who’s the real bad guy: music streaming, or the major labels?

Since its launch, Spotify has paid out over two billion dollars to rights holders. That’s a hefty sum, especially considering they’re just one player in a streaming market that also includes YouTube, Rdio, Apple Music, and more.
Yet despite bringing in more than a billion dollars […]

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Oct 5, 2015

Don’t commit this Instagram sin (or you might piss off a fan)

A photo posted by Brett Bottorff (@brettbott) on Sep 23, 2015 at 12:04am PDT

 

Why it’s still important to provide photo credits via social media

If one of your fans takes a sweet picture of you, posts it on Instagram, and tags you in […]

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Sep 30, 2015

Copyright basics of sync licensing

“Sync licensing” is a buzzword in the music industry, fueled by dreams of big checks and mainstream media play. But once you start looking into it, you discover just how much of a learning curve there is, especially if you’re going at it as an independent artist […]

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Sep 29, 2015

The refugees in Syrian rock band Khebez Dawle play concert in Croatia

“Music is the language we use to say that we are civilized people.”

After their drummer was murdered, presumably by pro-government forces in Syria who objected to his active participation in protests, the remaining members of Khebez Dawle fled to Beirut where they […]

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Sep 28, 2015

How to start a record label

Singer Ian Mackaye and drummer Jeff Nelson of The Slinkees / Teen Idles / Minor Threat founded Dischord in 1980 . Photo Malcolm Rivera / CC 3.0

The only guide you’ll ever need for starting a  record label.

[This article, written by Rory Seydel, originally […]

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Sep 25, 2015

Christmas is here (in the eyes of the music industry)

How to boost your music career this year with a holiday release

When the Biebs, and Ariana Grande, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Michael Bublé record new Christmas music, when do you think their labels really start gearing up to promote those releases? November […]

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