#160: Budi Voogt – How to market your music on SoundCloud

SoundCloud provides artists with a unique ecosystem in which to promote music and build an audience. But like with most online tools, the more musicians that use SoundCloud, the harder it is to cut through the noise. In this episode, Budi Voogt, author of The SoundCloud Bible, provides some tips and tricks for using the…

#159: Musical goals and predictions for the biz in 2016

What are your music goals for 2016? Do you work best when other people can hold you accountable? We do too. That’s why in this episode, Kevin and Chris each list a few things they hope to accomplish with their music-making in the year ahead. Plus, some guesses at what the music industry will look…

#158: Top 5 album release mistakes

Putting out a new album is a rare opportunity to rally fans, the press, and other segments of the industry around your music and your story. It took a lot of work to get your album ready for release, so don’t squander a chance for promotion and sales that only comes around once in a…

#157: The Star Wars Episode – What artists can learn from epic mistakes!

With Star Wars, George Lucas built an epic cultural touchstone, and then later left fans feeling betrayed by a series of epic fails. What can musicians learn from his creative mistakes? Lots! Travel with Kevin and Chris to a galaxy far, far away — where you’ll learn the ways of The Force, and pilot your…

#156: Annie Lin – How to legally sell a cover song

You’ve recorded a really unique cover version of your favorite song and you can’t wait for your fans to hear it. But hold on a second! Have you secured the proper license to release that tune? In this episode, Kevin speaks with Annie Lin from Loudr about when, why, how, and who an artist needs…

#155: Roundtable – The Official DIY Musician Conference Recap

Heads are abuzz and hearts are aglow after CD Baby’s first-ever DIY Musician Conference. What made this event so special? What were the key lessons learned over three jam-packed days of workshops, mentoring sessions, and panel discussions? Kevin and Chris talk about some highlights that are applicable to your music career. Plus, music news: the…

#154: Simon Tam – A band name trademark story

Should you trademark your artist/band name? Should an artist even care about a trademark? These questions – and many more – will be answered as we follow the band The Slants on a trademark journey that’s taking them all the way to Federal Court and could potentially change the United States Constitution. The Slants website…

#153: Roundtable – The DIY Musician Conference Preview

CD Baby has built a better, stronger, friendlier music conference geared specifically towards DIY artists. But why? And how? And where? And what can you expect when you attend? In this episode, Chris and Kevin talk about the event, what they’re most excited about, and how you can make the most of your time at…

#152: Roundtable – The Apple Music Review

Has the launch of Apple Music been a dazzling success or a dud? Will fans and artist actually use Apple Connect? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about Apple’s new music streaming service, what they got right, what they got wrong, and what effect any of this will have on musicians and music consumers….

#151: Josh Collum – A micro sync success story

Micro-sync licensing might sound like small peanuts, but indie musician Josh Collum has earned over $200,000 from online sync opportunities, Audio Swap, YouTube lyric videos, and other user-generate content. In this episode, Josh talks about how he quickly grew his micro-sync revenues from a few hundred dollars a year to tens of thousands every quarter….

#150: Roundtable – What artists need to know about Apple Music

Apple has officially announced their new music streaming service called Apple Music. The new service will be available for iOS users on June 30th. Will Apple Music change the music industry forever  or will it be just another streaming options in a increasingly crowded field? Join Kevin and Chris as they look at the Apple Music launch through the indie…

#149: Roundtable – How to craft your story

Your music is the last thing that matters. But once someone’s listening, it’s the ONLY thing that matters. Your artist story is what leads a listener to that moment. What IS your artist story, though? What is it comprised of? How do you craft it? How do you tell it? In this episode, Kevin and…

#148: Rob Filomena – Professionalizing your music rights

Meet Rob Filomena, CD Baby’s Director of Music Publishing. In this episode we’ll discuss the growing opportunities for indie artists through music publishing, and why professionalizing all you music rights isso  important. Also, CD Baby announces it’s first ever DIY Musician conference happening this coming Fall of 2015. All the details can bet found HERE. DIY…

#147: Roundtable – Do release dates matter anymore?

The recording industry has determined that Friday will be the new global record release day — but in a digital world of endless options and instant delivery, does it make sense for every artist to put out new music at the same time? In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss how this change could affect independent musicians…

#146: Roundtable – Your best touring tips!

A great tour can make you feel on top of the world. A bad tour can make you question everything. We asked CD Baby artists for advice when it comes to successful DIY touring, and how to make sure there are more ups than downs when logging miles in support of your music. In this…

#145: Roundtable – How do you decide to turn down a gig?

It’s pretty much a universal experience that every artist has had; the drive home from a so-so gig where you can’t help but think it would have been better to pass on that one. But how do you decide? What are good indicators that a gig is better off left to someone else? In this episode, Kevin…

#144: Roundtable – Are you optimistic with where music is going?

Kevin Breuner - Smalltown Poets

Is today’s music industry healthier than ever? That’s what rock’s resident curmudgeon Steve Albini thinks. Yes, the legendary recording engineer who once compared the music biz to a long trench filled with human feces now finds himself “both satisfied and optimistic about the state of the music scene.” In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss…

#143: Dave Kusek – New Artist Model

Dave is the founder and former CEO of Berkleemusic, the world’s largest music school, where he’s helped teach tens of thousands of students around the world and created hundreds of online music courses. He also co-wrote the book The Future of Music, which has sold over 50,000 copies. In that book, a future music industry…

#142: Roundtable – The Coolest Fan Funding Campaign

Welcome to the “coolest” episode of the DIY Musician Podcast. In the news, YouTube has paid out over a billion dollars in content ID revenue, Bono apologizes for assaulting your iPhone with his new album, and Pandora launches AMP. In other news, one of our beloved podcasters is leaving the show (sniff). Listen and pay…

#141: Gretchen Peters – From Songwriter to Performer

Gretchen Peters is a Grammy nominated, Nashville singer-songwriter who has always been fiercely independent and true to her own vision. In fact, she’s managed to retain ownership of all her music. Gretchen began her career as a songwriter in Nashville, but struggled at first to gain success as a performer (who also performed original music)….

#140: Roundtable – The Biggest Album launch in History?

In this edition of the remarkably entertaining and educational DIY Musician Podcast, The Bolt has a baby, Kevin launches a fan funding campaign (and gains a few grey hairs in the process) and the Podcasters discuss the surprise album release by U2. U2 partnered with Apple to give all iTunes users free access to their…

#139: Jack Conte – Turning fans into patrons

Jack Conte

Jack Conte became well known for being half of the musical duo that makes up the band Pomlamoose. A few years back Pomplamoose burst onto the scene through the usage of YouTube and “video songs.” You can hear more about that video song concept in episode 96 of our podcast. In this episode, Jack is…

#138: Roundtable – The importance of email marketing

In the news, CD Baby gets featured in the New York Times. A study finds that 91% of people surveyed use YouTube to listen to music before they buy it. BandPage now allows artists to sell merch and more on Spotify. And CD Baby launches a new music player! The Podcasters also discuss the importance…

#137: Shanta Thake – Getting the Attention of a Club Booker

Shanta Thake books artists and bands at Joe’s Pub at the Public, one of New York City’s most celebrated venues for emerging and established performance artists. (They book an astonishing 800 shows a year).  Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe’s Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in supporting young artists…

#136: Mary Gauthier – Love, Trouble, and Indie Success

In this episode of the DIY Musician Podcast, Kevin interviews Americana Troubadour, Singer, and Songwriter Mary Gauthier. Mary is currently on a world tour to promote her new album, Trouble & Love. Mary is a shinning example of an how an independent artist can wrangle the music industry, find success, and stay independent. Mary shares…