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Releasing Music: Physical Album Versus Streaming

Last year, Best Buy decided to stop selling CDs and physical albums partly due to record labels’ increasing reluctance to even issue them. Both choices are symptoms as well as causes of a seemingly inevitable trend: Buying music is now going out of style nearly as fast as streaming music is rising. We kinda know […]

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Music Career Advice: How to Stay Creative

Most of the time, we look for music career advice and techniques on how to improve our chances of success but we forget that what’s more important is how to create really great, inspired music. There will be days when you won’t have a single drop of creativity left in our system. Sometimes, these days […]

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Things To Do Before Sending a Demo CD

Sending a demo CD to a record label for a slim (less than 1% ) chance of getting signed is…well, still worth it. After all, all you have to do is send your kit or email blast to these labels, right? Easy peasy? Kinda, but not really. Let me explain. Record labels get hundreds of […]

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Best of the Best: Our Top Advice Articles for Indie Musicians

We decided to compile the best articles for indie musicians we’ve posted over the years so it’s easy for you to find them. Do check out some of them. You can pick a nugget of wisdom or two on making merch, releasing an album, marketing your music, and more. Happy reading! ON MERCH: Tips From […]

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6 Essential CD Packaging Tips for Every Designer

It’s your first time to design a CD packaging and you thought it’s easy to pull off. After all, you’re too familiar with the CD artworks of your favorite 90s boy bands. How can it be hard, right? Well it can be pretty tough because we don’t want a CD packaging just to contain the discs anymore, […]

Artist Money & Passion

How Artists Can Achieve Balance Between Money & Passion

This has been a perpetual problem of every artist: getting the right balance between money & passion. Do you find that your life is so full of meaning (and you love it that way) but then when the bills arrive, you totally get a head splitting headache because you’re too broke you can’t even buy […]

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Indie VS Major Record Label: The Major Differences

What truly sets the indie record label apart from the major record label? Here’s a list of differences from money, creative control, to focus. DEFINITION Record label artist: You are signed with the big companies which include: Universal, Sony-BMG, and Warner. Record labels are global in scale and are under the control of a corporate umbrella organization. […]

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15 Indie Film Marketing Tips from the Experts

Marketing your indie film is now easier thanks to social media but since there are just so many filmmakers nowadays, it’s so challenging to get noticed. Not only that, it’s harder to be remembered. They might notice your film but forget about it the next hour because there are just so many distractions. But if […]

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3 Habits in the Routines of Successful Creative People

If you’re pursuing the creative life, then it’s good to study the routines of creative people so it can help you create a map for success. As Zadie Smith said, there’s no “artist’s lifestyle.” Forget the cliches. Forget partying hard and living dangerously to get inspiration, forget drugs, forget staying up very late because you […]

Networking in Music

Networking in Music: 5 Ways You’re Doing It Wrong

There are many friendly and talkative artists who seem like they’re experts at networking but in actuality, they don’t get the results they want.  They seem to be giving too many business cards and they seem to be always busy but there are just no good results. So what are they doing wrong? Here are […]