Paste magazine launches their “save Paste” campaign in order to preserve one of the top selling music magazines in the country. Webcaster’s rights are debated in the White House. Twitter gets bigger and BIGGER. The podcaster’s recap last weeks interview with professor Nancy Baym and discuss viewing your music career as party which you continually throw for your fans. Plus Your emails and phone calls! It’s a DIY party for the independent musician!
Artists and musicians spend a lot of time communicating with their fan community, whether it be social networks, email, or just the music itself. With so much thought and energy going into fan communication, it funny how little time is actually spend considering the fan’s perspective. In this episodes, we hear from Nancy Baym, an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She is an award-winning teacher on topics including the use of new communication technologies in creating identities, relationships and communities, interpersonal communication, and qualitative research methods. She has spent years studying online fandom to understand what communities like music fans a re really looking for. It might not be exactly what you think!
You can find more of Nancy Baym’s writing’s on here blog http://www.onlinefandom.com
In the News: Mainstream radio is still a racket. Also, when is the best time of day to Twitter?
For our main topic of discussion, our own Chris Robley uses Haiku to woo his audiences as well as other experimental promotional techniques on his 2 week tour down the California coast. Listen as he shares what worked and what didn’t. Plus calls and stories from our listening audience.
Check out http://bandago.com where Chris rented his luxury tour van.
Whether you’re slugging it out in small clubs, or selling millions of albums, there are consistent themes that run through every artist’s experience. Matt Malley, former bass player for the band the Counting Crows, has done both and he shares his experiences as an indie artist and as a member of a major label touring act. Matt joined up with the Counting Crows in 1990, when they were just a California indie band struggling to find a name for themselves in the Bay Area. Little did Matt know that the Counting Crows would soon become a household name. After years of success, platinum albums, and hit songs, Matt left the band in late 2004. Once again he found himself back in the world of indie music, though a bit older and wiser. In 2008, he released his first solo album on CD Baby. Matt’s journey as a musician has become a familiar story as major label artists decide that DIY is sometimes a happy alternative to the rigors of a major label relationship.
In this episode:
Some keys to the Counting Crows success and even a couple mistakes!
An inside look at the Counting Crows as a business
Matt’s tips for up and coming artists
Matt’s solo album is available at CD Baby here http://cdbaby.com/cd/mattmalley
iTunes introduces variable pricing. Facebook stays on top. The podcasters recap our last episode, where David Nevue demonstrated that it’s entirely possible to make a living without the constant touring and gigging that most musicians do. But is this possible for the rest of us? Listen in as the broadcasters weigh in on this topic while sharing calls and comments from our audience.
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The internet is an irreplaceable tool for music promotion, but is it possible to build a music career in cyberspace alone? Â In this episode, we hear from solo pianist David Nevue, who built his music into a full time career just by creating an effective online presence. Â For the modern day DIY artist, Davidâ€™s business model is the perfect example of what can be accomplished with great music, a little merchandising know-how, and a long term vision. Â A lot of ground is covered in this interview, so get ready to take notes!
David Nevueâ€™s artist website can be found here – http://davidnevue.com/
To check out Davidâ€™s book, â€œHow to Promote Your Music Successfully on the Internetâ€ click here.
Tom Jackson is a performance coach. He works with major label artists from all over the world in order to produce stage shows that will create a memorable experience for concert goers. Knowing your songs and reproducing your record live isn’t enough to dazzle an audience. Tom helps artists develop shared moments on stage that often send an audience clambering to the merch table. Tom says the trick is to develop a structured show that leaves room for spontaneity. Join us as Tom shares his expertise on this often overlooked aspect of being a successful performing artist.
Check out Tom’s website Click Here!
iTunes introduces tiered pricing. Microsoft releases SongSmith, a program that makes anyone a musician. NIN gives away 400GB of HD video. Kevin, Chris and Robert discuss Twitter and how micro-blogging and social networking can enhance your music career. Plus calls and emails from our amazing listeners: That’s you!
In episode 41 Alex Steininger mentioned questions that he gives to artists and bands to help them write a better bio and discover some specific story lines. To see some of those questions, Just Click Here!
Alex Steininger, music journalist, 10 year veteran publicist, and founder of ‘In Music We Trust’ (a label, eZine and publicity company) discusses the ins and outs of promotion in the digital age. Alex is the publicist for our own Chris Robley and many others. He discusses how to pick a publicist, what a publicist does and at what point a musician should seek a publicist to move his or her music forward. Don’t miss this one! Your music career will thank you.
Indie legends Wilco release an EP that’s also a free application. Guns ‘N’ Roses finally does it. Video games drive music sales. Robert seems mostly recovered from a minor head injury. The podcasters discuss Pandora Radio and the many ways that people discover music. Plus call-ins and lessons learned from our awesome audience (that’s you!).
Be sure to check out our brand new Music Discovery Podcast
playapp.com is the company releasing Wilco’s enhanced EP as mentioned on the podcast.
Pandora radio has revolutionized the way online music fans listen to and discover music. Tim Westergren is founder of Pandora and the Music Genome project that made it possible. With so many musicians creating so many albums music discovery is a more and more important aspect of the music business. Tools like Pandora that help people discover music have become crucial.
Give Pandora a listen http://pandora.com