#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…

#135: Roundtable – Does your artist image matter?

Soundcloud removes music creation tools from their popular app. Google buys Songza. Music Vault opens their vault by publishing 12,000 concert videos on YouTube. The podcasters discuss a recent blog article from the DIY Musician Blog by Brandon Seymour Your image is more important than your music — especially if you’re an indie artist. Plus,…

#134: Shannon Curtis – No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender

Shannon Curtis is a touring musician and author. Her new book, “No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K On A 2-Month House Concert Tour (And How You Can Too)” explains how independent artists can make more money and build more meaningful fan relationships by performing in homes instead of traditional music venues….

#133: Roundtable – Is Music Dead?

Is music dying?

Is music dying? Recent comments by Apple’s Eddie Cue, who spearheaded Apple’s iTunes store, suggest the music industry may be taking its last gasp: “Music is dying,” said Cue. “It hasn’t been growing. You see it in the number of artists. This past year in iTunes, it’s the smallest number of new releases we’ve had…

#132: Mike King – Music Marketing

In this episode of the DIY Musician Podcast, Kevin interviews Mike King, instructor and CMO of the Berklee Online school of music.  Mike has written and teaches four courses for Berklee Online: Online Music Marketing with Topspin; Music Marketing 101; Online Music Marketing: Campaign Strategies, Social Media, and Digital Distribution; and Music Business Trends and Strategies. He’s also author…

#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…

#128: Roundtable – How Much Are Musicians Paid to Play? Part 2

Thinking about touring Canada anytime soon? Think again. Canada’s new exorbitant performance fees make it nearly impossible for non-Canadian independent acts to play there. iTunes radio is alive and may not turn out to be the Pandora killer that some assumed it would be. We asked our listeners “How much money do you pull in…

#127: Roundtable – The Pandora Problem

Pandora is one of the most popular internet radio apps available. Loved and listened to by millions, Pandora is also at the center of a heated debate about music streaming royalties. Pandora argues they are unfairly forced to pay royalties way above what terrestrial radio pays, while artist rights organizations believe artists and labels deserve…

#126: Dmitri Vietze – Selling Your Story to The Press

PR for Bands

Dmitri Vietze is 14 year PR veteran and founder of StoryAmp, a platform for connecting music providers and journalists.  In this exclusive interview, Dmitri tells how artists can approach the press, get their music heard, and the holy grail: get written about in local or national press. Dmitri emphasizes how important developing unique artist stories is for…

#125: Roundtable – How Much Are Musicians Paid to Play?

In the news: Pandora’s controversial tactics to reduce what they pay artists. Japan is poised to take the lead as world’s biggest music seller. And Amazon releases its first “Cities That Rock List” a compilation of US cities that sell the most music. In this episode we asked CD Baby musicians how much they get paid when…

#124: Brian Thompson – Get Your Music Heard

This 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…

#123: Roundtable – The Music Industry is About to Change

streaming music

In the news: Public performance royalties; Twitter launches Twitter Music; Google launches Google Play ALL Access; Apple is on the verge of announcing the rumored “iRadio” streaming service, and more! Plus, the podcasters talk streaming revenues, streaming services, streaming promotion, and other challenges and benefits that will affect artists in the new ‘stream-what-you-want’ music landscape….

#122: Steve Rennie – An Artist Manager’s Story

Steve Rennie is a long time industry veteran who helped the band Incubus reach multi-platinum status. Now that Incubus is on hiatus, Steve is working to help independent artists learn about the biz with his website and video series at http://www.renmanmb.com. Learn about the artist management from the inside-out and take advantage of the insights…