#124: Brian Thompson – Get Your Music Heard

brian thompson thorny bleederThis week on the DIY Musician podcast, Brian Thompson (also known online as Thorny Bleeder) joins us to talk about online music promotion and how the music business has changed over the course of his career. Brian started his own record label (Thorny Bleeder Records) in 2006 along with Jonathan Hetherington, and Greg Bradley (founders of Art Of Dying). As the company evolved it went from a label  to an artist consultancy and Brian became a sought after social media guru, blogger, podcaster, and artist advocate. Listen, learn, and find out why Brian goes by “Thorny Bleeder” in the first place.

Have a question or comment for the show? Email us at podcast at cdbabypodcast.com, or call our listener line at 360-524-2209

  • Ronnie

    Another great show. With a recurring theme on how much your story factors in. Problem is , when it comes to my story, I’m a pretty regular guy, not much to see here. This part is really hard.

  • Les Merquita

    PS: Brian Thompson is true to his word. In fact, he has actually replied to my tweets. It was really exciting to read replies from all of you. =)

  • john cox

    great show…

  • http://www.smoothsailingmusic.com/ Smooth Sailing | Electronic Ro

    I just discovered the CD Baby podcast 2 days ago and I’ve already listened to about 7 of them. This one and the Renman one (#122) are so far my top favs. Love what you are doing! Keep on keeping on!

  • ThornyBleeder

    hey thanks!

  • ThornyBleeder

    hey thanks for listening, I’m glad you enjoyed our chat! hope it was useful for you.

  • ThornyBleeder

    I hear ya’, it’s a tough one sometimes to find the narrative of our story, but we all have one. dig deep and don’t be afraid to share both your struggles and triumphs.

  • Oleg

    Maybe it’s time to stop calling musicians the musicians and start to call them “the storytellers”? Anyway, thanks Brian for sharing this information.

  • Albert Solorio

    Great Info! Thank you.

  • Chance-Erica Williams

    Alright I want to get on board with this story thing, but I cannot honestly say I have ever gave any shits about an artist’s story. If I heard a song and I liked it I found out who it was, then I listened to the rest of the music to find more golden tunes and then I buy the songs I liked from that artist. I’ve never wondered where they came from or what there story was. To make sure that I’m not just strange, I asked about 20 of my co-workers if an artists story influenced their buying or listening decisions. Every one of them answered no and looked at me like I was stupid. I don’t want to be the asshole here, but I really feel like you’re looking at this from a blogger/podcaster/marketer standpoint and so an artists story is VERY important to you. Unfortunately, I don’t think the story is relevant to the consumer…. Therefore, I would say it is important for an artist to have a story simply so they do not miss out on a SMALL crowd that happens to care about the story.

    Additionally, for an artist like me that has no album out or single at all. Should I release an EP first and then build hype and collect fans for my actual album release? Or should I try to attract people now with zero material. I feel like I would lose potential fans if I drew them now with no material because they’d have nothing to hang on to you know what I mean? It just doesn’t make much sense. I don’t know that you guys ever specifically addressed how an artist with NO material should enter the music scene. Please let me know what you think.

  • kbreuner

    I couldn’t disagree more with your take on story. Your poll of co-workers was very unscientific, as of course that’s what they would say. That’s like asking people if they were influenced by advertising on their way into work. Everyone will say, “No!” But unless they drove with the radio off and their eyes closed, they were influenced in some way, it’s just very subtle at times. Don’t forget, building an artist story is about a persona and character, not just a boring list of the places you’ve lived or where you were born. It separates you as an individual and points to your uniqueness over everyone else out there. As you approach your album release, assuming you’ll be trying to get press, you’ll see first hand why it’s so important. They’ll want some sort of hook that makes you newsworthy.

    As far as doing an EP first before the full album, I think that depends on how much music will be on the album that isn’t on the EP. If the EP has all your best songs, and then you’re just adding a few more to make the album, I would just wait. If the full album will have a lot more music that people will get excited about both, then do both.

    One might say that your desire to do an EP first is because you know that will help build the story of the band as you move to the full album release ;)

  • Chance-Erica Williams

    So, should I begin building my websites and gather a following now with no material? Or should I wait for a small release and then collect from there? Sorry I just want to clarify.

Order Accutane Medication
Online Order Accutane Without Prescription
Purchase Accutane Pills
Buying Without a Prescription Accutane Online
Buy Accutane Without a Prescription Online
Take Accutane Daily Dose
Purchase Cheapest Accutane
Purchase no Prescription Amoxil
Buy Amoxil Without a Prescription
Buy Amoxil Medicine
Alternative Order Amoxil
Buy Alternative Amoxil
Buy Amoxil Overnight Delivery
Take Amoxil Free Delivery
Order Bactrim Medication
Order Bactrim Sale
Purchase Bactrim Tabs
Purchasing Bactrim Pharmacy Without Prescription
Take no Prescription Bactrim
Purchase Cheap Bactrim
Get Bactrim Legally
Order Cipro no RX
Order no Prescription Cipro
Buy Cipro no Prescription
Buy Tablets Cipro Online
Get no Prescription Cipro
Online Order Cipro Without Prescription
Generic Buying Cipro
Take Clomid Medication
Buy Clomid Tabs
Buy Clomid Cheapest
Take Clomid Cheap
Purchase Generic Clomid
Buying Clomid Legally
Pills Buying Clomid
Buy Diflucan Cheapest
Buy Generic Diflucan
Buy Without a Prescription Diflucan
Generic Order Diflucan
Tablets Order Diflucan
Buy Cheap Diflucan
Order Cheapest Diflucan
Alternative Order Flagyl
Buy Flagyl Without a Prescription Online
Buy Without a Prescription Flagyl
Buy Tablets Flagyl
Buying Flagyl Legally
Buy Flagyl Pills
Buy Flagyl Tabs
Buy Glucophage Affordable
Order Glucophage USA
Buy Glucophage Mail Order
Buy Glucophage Medication
Purchase no Prescription Glucophage
Buy Cheapest Glucophage
Online Order Glucophage Without Prescription
Purchase Online Without a Prescription Inderal
Buy Cheap Inderal
Buy Alternative Inderal
Drug Buying Inderal
Purchasing Inderal Pharmacy Without Prescription
Buy Inderal no Prescription
Take Inderal Medication
Purchase Lasix no Prescription
Buy Lasix Mail Order
Online Buy Lasix Without a Prescription
Order Generic Lasix
Purchase Online Without Prescription Lasix
Buy no Prescription Lasix Online
Buy Lasix no Prescription
Purchase Levaquin Drug
Buying Levaquin Legally
Pills Buying Levaquin
Generic Purchase Levaquin
Tablets Order Levaquin
Buy Levaquin Pills
Buy Levaquin Tablets
Buy Lexapro USA
Buy Lexapro no Prescription
Buying Lexapro Overnight Delivery
Buying Lexapro Next Day Delivery
Purchase Online Without a Prescription Lexapro
Buy Generic Lexapro
Buy Without a Prescription Lexapro
Purchase Generic Nexium
Online Buy Nexium Without a Prescription
Order Nexium Without Prescription Online
Order Nexium no RX
Drug Buying Nexium
Pills Buying Nexium
Take Nexium Drug
Drug Buying Nolvadex
Online Buying Nolvadex
Buying Nolvadex Free Delivery
Buy Nolvadex Overnight Delivery
Buy Alternative Nolvadex
Order Nolvadex no Prescription
Purchase Nolvadex no Prescription
Pills Buying Periactin
Purchase Periactin Generic
Buy Periactin Canada
Take Periactin Without Prescription
Buy Cheap Periactin
Online Buying Periactin
Legally Purchase Periactin
Generic Order Plavix
Take Plavix Medication
Purchase Plavix no Prescription
Generic Purchase Plavix
Buy Plavix Without a Prescription Online
Take no Prescription Plavix
Purchase Plavix Without a Prescription
Purchase Cheapest Propecia
Purchase Pills Propecia
Buying Propecia Free Delivery
Purchase Online Without a Prescription Propecia
Online Order Propecia Without Prescription
Drug Buying Propecia
Buy Tablets Propecia
Buy Strattera Affordable
Purchase Strattera Medication
Buy Strattera Without a Prescription
Order no Prescription Strattera
Buy Online Without a Prescription Strattera
Take Strattera Medication
Purchase Online Without a Prescription Strattera
Buy Sumycin Tablets
Take no Prescription Sumycin
Purchase Sumycin Pills
Buy Sumycin Mail Order
Order Cheapest Sumycin
Order Generic Sumycin
Online Buying Sumycin
Drug Buying Zithromax
Cheapest Buying Zithromax
Buy Zithromax Overnight Delivery
Buy Online Without a Prescription Zithromax
Buy Tablets Zithromax
Buy Zithromax Canada
Online Buying Zithromax