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You Need A Side Hustle To Your Side Hustle!

So, this is really the secret to engaging with your community on a meaningful level and the reason no one gives a shit about you or your band. You don’t have a side hustle to your side hustle. That is to say, your side hustle is being in a band. Well on top of that...

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Why Aren’t Venues Answering My Emails?

“Why aren’t venues replying to my emails?” This is one of the most common questions I get from bands trying to get to the next level. This is a great question. After all – you did a bunch of research to find a venue that booked bands who sound like yours and is small enough...

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Release Strategy And Your Band

Bands ask PR people all the time – “What should my release strategy look like? How do I maximize my impact on the scene?” Well I have an answer for you – we are going to look at some of my favorite bands for inspiration. So often bands want to go for the idea of...

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Content Strategy And Storytelling

So something bands bring up to me all the time is ‘Why do I need to be creating content all the time?’ and then the logical follow up which is ‘We can always figure out what to post when we are on the road or in the studio, but what do we post the rest...

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What To Do When Your Band Gets A Good Review

So you got a good review in a tastemaker publication. Not only that but you have all your shit set up properly so that the reviewer could link to your Bandcamp and you could start to collect some sales from it. So what do you do in order to capitalize on this and take the...

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Building Awareness For Your Band With Social Media Ads And More

So I sat down with a friend today and we started talking about band promotion and social media ads. As you might guess this is something that happens to me a lot. A lot a lot. One thing we talked about that I feel very passionately about is the importance of placing engagement far above...

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Funnel Marketing And Your Live Show

Here’s a thought to consider – funnel marketing is largely viewed as the single most important marketing strategy in the modern era. No matter who you are or what you are trying to sell, having a marketing funnel is crucial for anyone seeing to not only better their position as a relevant seller but also...

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The Melvins: Their Influence And What You Can Learn

We’ve talked in the past on this blog about some of the biggest bands in the world and what they did in order to grow their market presence, and eventually become major names. We’ve looked at KISS and ABBA and what lessons we can pull from them. We’ve also looked at GWAR, the masters of...

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Don’t Be A Hothead! A Primer

Here’s one of the key things that I’ve noticed a lot of bands struggle with that ruins their careers almost right off the bat every time. It’s not being able to control their emotions. This impacts every single aspect of your music career, not just the relationships it sours but the bad press it generates...

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Why You’re Not Being Introduced To Label Heads

There’s a reason your music industry friends aren’t exactly falling over themselves to introduce you to label people. It’s not because they hate your or because they think your band is bad. In fact they probably like you a lot and think your band is excellent. What I’m going to delve into here has some...

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Personalized Merch and your Indie Band

When bands ask me about fast ways to boost their income the number one answer that I have in nearly every scenario is ‘personalized merch’. How this looks can be different for everyone and I certainly think that you need to do some soul searching if you want to do it properly .But I thought...

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On The Importance Of Paying

This is a big one and one that a lot of bands don’t want to hear, but you need to talk about. Being willing to pay on time and the proper amount is paramount if you want to succeed in the music business. This is not just about having to spend money to make money...

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