#042: Roundtable – Microblogging your music career

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!

  • Tim

    In case you missed the Songsmith video…


    Best line… “Microsoft huh? So its pretty easy to use?” Now that’s funny.

  • You bet it’s spelled with a K! 🙂

    (For those whose seasonal cheer thrives year-round: http://www.triermusic.com/skantilyclad/skantilyclad.html)

    Thought-provoking show as always, thanks!

  • Jason

    Wow, I listened to the first 10 minutes of the podcast and thought to myself “music snobs”. Your argument about having to be classically trained for years and working your craft if you “love” it sounds so snobby. What about DJs or Electronic music?

    Your argument sounds like professional journalists complaining about bloggers not being “real” journalists.

    Who cares? If you like it then read it, listen to it, watch it. Any technology that makes it easier for very creative people to express themselves is a good thing. Not everyone takes the same path in life and allowing more people to create sounds waaaay better than restricting it to only the privileged few.

  • Before you call us “music snobs” check out the Songsmith ad link as posted above. After that, you’ll see where we’re coming from. Also, no one ever said you have to be classically trained. Working at CD Baby, we talk to thousands of artists and so many of them are just looking for some easy way to success. Just about everything marketed to musicians these days caters to that desire. The only point I was trying to make, is that (In the context of artists that are trying to take their music to the next level) a musical journey is a long process. There are no short cuts. You will have to practice, and you will have to learn and grow. If something like Songsmith gets my daughter into writing music, then great, but I hate to see these consumer items replace peoples interaction with real instruments.

    Thanks for listening! If you listen more, you’ll know that we’re really not music snobs(At least Robert and myself aren’t)


  • Jason

    I actually have never thought you we’re music snobs. Just that some of the comments early in that podcast sounded like you were heading that way.

    I agree with what you’re saying to some extent.

    I just feel that if someone has the creativity to create something great, then it doesn’t matter what tool they use. A musical instrument could be considered just a tool to make music. Obviously there tons of skill involved, but there is skill creating music digitally too. And you’re right, it will take a long time to learn to make great music even using these tools. And a lot of creativity. I’m not saying there’s a quick path, just that there could be many ways to get to the same end.

  • Agreed!

    We always blame the music snobbery on Chris anyway!