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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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10 DVD Box Sets With the Most Kickass Packaging

We all love good films but we usually just watch them in the cinemas and move on with our life unless they’re special editions packaged in really awesome DVD box sets that will impress even your grumpy father-in-law. If you’re a filmmaker, distributor, art director, graphic designer, your aim is to have this kind of reaction […]

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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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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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6 Things to Do Before Your Indie Film Premiere

You’re finally done with the post-production of your film and it’s time for your indie film premiere. Time to rejoice and take a looooong break! You deserve it. Sorry to burst your bubble, but you still have to do some film marketing. The best time to market your film is during production, the next best […]

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10 Album-Merch Bundles That We Love

The best way to sell band merch is to have album-merch bundles  (bundling custom t-shirts and other custom band merch items with a CD or vinyl) at a lower price. Album-Merch bundles do not only make them seem more affordable, but it also makes the buyer feel like a hardcore fan. That way, every item […]

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Artist Branding: The Art of Connecting With Your Audience

The number one music advice I can share to you as a guy who used to work as an A&R rep, is that if you have a band, artist branding is essential. People need to know who you are. In other words, a profitable career in music requires connecting with your audience. If you are a […]

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Music A&R Reps and How to Approach Them

Whether you want to be signed to a big record label or a more modest but equally awesome indie label, you gotta learn how to approach music A&R reps. These guys have been getting flocks of demo reels and e-mails a day that you really have to know how to sell yourself. Here are some […]

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Music Career Tips if You Want to Level Up

If you want a music career that’s more than just weekend gigs at your local bar, then you gotta do the hustle and really treat this as your life’s calling. The brilliant rapper Kellee Maize wrote a list of tips on Huffington Post on how she “made it” in music. Here are the most important points from […]