#131: Ari Herstand – Should You Pay to Play?

Ari Herstand is a singer/songwriter and blogger based in Los Angeles, California. Ari has played over 600 shows and writes about being an independent musician on his blog, Ari’s Take. He also regularly contributes to popular indie music news and advice sites, including our very own DIY Musician Blog. In this episode, Ari sits down with CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner to talk about the…

#130: Benji Rogers – Fan Participation and Pledge Music

Benji Rogers founded Pledge Music to help musicians and fans share in the experience of creating albums. 6 years ago when Benji started Pledge Music, there were fan-funding platforms popping up left and right, but nothing that really focused on fan participation. Benji explains that fans are given “thousands ways to buy music,” but what…

#129: Ariel Hyatt – Fans, Fears, and Funding

Kevin interviews Ariel Hyatt, digital strategist, international speaker, author, and owner of Cyber PR. Ariel shares social media tips, music career advice, and her experiences and insights with crowd funding. Ariel stresses that artists need to move past vanity metrics (likes, shares, and followers) and work on making real connections with real people. “Share, don’t…