Monthly Archives December 2017

The DIY Musician Blog’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Catch up on our most popular posts from the past year. Got a little downtime before the end of 2017? Take a look at some of our best articles — and then kick your music game up a notch. The biggest myths about music streaming Between conferences, emails, blog comments, and just hanging out with …

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What the repeal of Net Neutrality could mean for musicians

What is Net Neutrality? Last week the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules. What is was Net Neutrality? According to Wikipedia: Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached …

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How to stop hyperventilating and crank out better mixes in less time

Mixing tips to help you stay creative AND productive. As a home studio musician, you might find mixing an exhaustingly frustrating aspect of your record-making process. I understand that completely, and that’s why I’m here to help. You see… us mixing engineers find mixing one of the most satisfying aspects of the music production process. …

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Get instant access to Spotify for Artists

CD Baby artists now fast-tracked for Spotify artist verification. We’re excited to announce that CD Baby has partnered with Spotify to make it super easy for our artists to get verified on the world’s #1 streaming platform. As a CD Baby artist, you’ll have instant access to Spotify for Artists, allowing you to take control …

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“I’m well on my way to paying off my house with streaming revenue”

How one instrumental guitarist is earning significant money from his streams on Spotify and Pandora. The music career of Lance Allen is a true DIY success story. He doesn’t tour. He doesn’t rely on merch sales to pay the mortgage. He isn’t a household name. And yet he’s earning a full-time living in music by …

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Ural Thomas & the Pain’s “Christmas Crawl”

You’re invited to Ural Thomas’ funky holiday house party. Ural Thomas, Portland’s elder statesman of soul, has played the Apollo more than forty times and shared the stage with legends like James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder. Now in his late 70s, Thomas ain’t slowing down. In fact, since 2013 he’s been more active …

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A Letter to a Young Marketer

How to formulate an effective music marketing strategy. This post was written by songwriter Gavin Castleton, and it originally appeared on his blog. Hi Jordanna, So you’ve got a new band, new album and big record release party coming up—awesome! Rather than give you a marketing prescription for your exact needs (which is probably what …

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Early-bird tickets now on sale for 2018’s DIY Musician Conference in Nashville!

Join us in Nashville this August for a career-changing weekend. The 4th annual DIY Musician Conference takes place in downtown Nashville at the Omni Hotel, offering three packed days of action-oriented keynotes, workshops, panels, performance opportunities, collaboration, mentoring sessions, networking, and more. Early-bird tickets are now on sale for just $79 (which is good for …

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Creating a good lyric video for less than $10

How to make a lyric video for your song (without using Motion or After Effects) Lyric video: a video that shows your song lyrics while the music plays. Pretty self-explanatory. Not only are lyric videos a great and manageable way to keep your video content coming in between bigger projects that involve more complicated production, …

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7 things every musician should do before releasing a single

In our current world of short attention spans, releasing music more frequently can play a significant factor in your success. Platforms like Spotify and YouTube reward artists who put out songs and videos on a regular basis. Obviously you can’t (and shouldn’t) bang out a full album every two or three months, so instead: singles! …

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