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One Music Marketing Trick Every Artist MUST Avoid

Marketing your music is a complex challenge. What works for one listener or fan could fall flat with another, and artists will often jump through hoops and try all kinds of schemes as they fight against anonymity. While it's good to try a variety of marketing tricks, there's one every artist should steer clear of. _____________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix The internet has created countless avenues to promote their music, so why would anyone invest mo...
Tags: D.I.Y, Marketing, Publishing & Songwriting, DIY, DIY musicians, Indie, Music, Music Business, Music Industry, Musician, Musicians, PR, Press, Guest Post


A pocket-friendly DIY cardboard drum kit to kickstart your music production journey!

“Starting music production can be quite confusing and intimidating. Gears can get expensive. You don’t even know if you’ll be good at it yet to make a serious commitment. What do I need exactly? Which audio workstation software to use? How do I start performing? I mean, what do DJs actually even do?!” These are some of the issues that the guys at Rhythmo know music novices face. They know things can be confusing. Hence, they created the Beatbox.Beatbox is a build-it-yourself MIDI controller dr...
Tags: Gadgets, Portable Audio, Product Design, Speakers, Technology, Beatbox, Diy, Drum Kit, Rhythmo


VIDEO: 'Evil Dead' Ash Williams chainsaw arm Halloween costume

All hail the queen of Halloween. You gotta watch the video, the chainsaw arm makes a scary sound and everything. Seriously impressive Ash Williams and 'The Evil Dead' cosplay going on here. “Made myself a chainsaw arm for my halloween costume. It makes chainsaw noises and everything.” IMGURian @shepardcommander07. Real chainsaw hand action! Ash Williams costume, part 2 Groovy [IMGUR Gallery one, two, and three.]
Tags: Halloween, Post, News, Diy, Horror, Craft, Scary, Cosplay, Evil Dead, Ash Williams, Ash Vs Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, Chainsaw Arms, Evil Dead Ash Williams


Beyond The Video: Fan Engagement On YouTube

While many artist's focus on YouTube's ability to deliver music and videos to their fans, the video sharing platform has a plethora of other offerings beyond this that can be invaluable resources for keeping your fanbase up to date on your activity, as well as gaining the attention of channels an communities that mesh well with your target audience. ______________________________ Gust post Jay Cook of The Daily Rind With the launch of Official Artist Channels and YouTube Music, ...
Tags: Facebook, Video, Music, Diy, Youtube, Marketing, Guest Post, Musicians, Streaming, Music Business, Musician, YouTube & Video, YouTube Stories, Jay Cook, Diy Musicians


Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y and Indie Music

This week, we once again had a whole host of valuable tips and ideas for the industry's do-it-yourselfers, including a look at what data metrics can do for you, how to have difficult conversations with your bandmates, which types of social media postings cultivate the most engagement, and much more! Data Metrics for Indie Musicians: What Role Do They Play? How To Have Challenging Conversations With Band Members 10 Types Of Social Media Posts That Incite Engagement Tr...
Tags: Music, Diy, Social Media, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians


10 Cross Stitch Trends for 2019

Cross stitching has experienced a surge of popularity in recent years with few signs of slowing. What was once perceived as an old craft with rich history is being explored and updated for the modern era. Social media sites are filled with colorful pieces and skilled artists showing off new designs, sewing tips, styles, and trends. If your own projects could use some freshening up, or you’re just excited to expand your stitching skills, here are just some of the trends you can explore in...
Tags: Crafts, Fashion, Diy, Diy & Crafts, Craft Projects, Cross Stitch, Craft Trends, Craft Ideas, Offensive Cross Stitch


How To Have A Challenging Conversations With Band Members

For the most part, being in a band is amazing, giving you an opportunity to see the world, meet new people, and perform music you're (hopefully) passionate about. That said, the pressures of touring, recording, or even just being in each other's presence 24/7 can often give rise to tension. For this reason, being able to have difficult conversations with your bandmates is an unfortunate - but necessary - skill you must cultivate. _________________________________ Guest post by Angela M...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, Angela Mastrogiacomo, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Band Members


Some brutal handmade electronic sounds live, from Balfa

It’s Friday night; you want to set the mood. How about some violent electronic sounds from the handmade electronics of Spain’s Balfa? ¡Por supuesto! We premiered Balfa’s music video and explored the range of his dynamic music last month. It’s time to return to check in on his live performance: Details: Live performance @ Eufònic Festival – 6th September 2019 Live improvisation while exploring the handmade devices I built. All the sound is generated only by analog crafted ma...
Tags: Music, Diy, Electronics, Tech, Spain, Handmade, Live-performance, Music Tech, Create-analog-music, DIY + Unusual, Balfa, Live-sets, Nektar Studio


How To Have Challenging Conversations With Band Members

For the most part, being in a band is amazing, giving you an opportunity to see the world, meet new people, and perform music you're (hopefully) passionate about. That said, the pressures of touring, recording, or even just being in each other's presence 24/7 can often give rise to tension. For this reason, being able to have difficult conversations with your bandmates is an unfortunate - but necessary - skill you must cultivate. _________________________________ Guest post by Angela M...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, Angela Mastrogiacomo, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Band Members


Why You Should Focus on Booking Local Gigs

We all want to move on to big regional, national, or even international tours. But, it’s a mistake to rush into touring too quickly and skip out on booking local gigs. I have always been a believer in starting your career in a central place, like your hometown or a town nearby that would be conducive to your career development. Then, you can expand outward systematically from that central point. If you spend a little more time booking local gigs and really growing and nurturing your conne...
Tags: Music, Diy, Entertainment, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Charlottesville, Booking, Clubs, Music Business, Live & Touring, Concerts, Musician, Don, Dave Kusek, DMB


This Galaxy Makeup Look Is Out of This World - and So Easy to Create!

Ready to get intergalactic planetary? If you're thinking outside of the box (er, universe) when it comes to your Halloween makeup this year, we've got the perfect look for you. Not only is this galaxy look out of this world, it's also really simple to put together! All you need are pink, blue, and purple eye shadows or highlighters - we preferred Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter Duos - white eyeliner, and glitter. Then go to town! Learn how to create a galaxy mask by watching the vide...
Tags: Halloween, Diy, Makeup, Beauty, Freeform, Halloween Beauty


This 1973 Airstream could be yours for $68,900

A clean, modern design. Plentiful storage. An abundance of natural light. What more could you want in a tiny home on wheels? Renovated by DIY experts Nate and Taylor, from Augustine Along the Way, this 1973 Airstream has a new life as Mattox. Mattox is a 25-foot Airstream trailer with a gorgeous interior design featuring bamboo hardwood floors and plenty of plants. The ambitious duo put a ton of work into renovating the old Airstream, and now, the shiny little home can be yours for just $68,900....
Tags: Design, Diy, Taylor, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Airstream, Nate, Tiny Homes on Wheels, Mattox, Airstream Trade Wind Land Yacht, Augustine Along the Way, Mattox Mattox


Treat Your Fans With Exclusive Halloween Merch Offers

Autumn is full upon us, and Halloween fans are already well into the full swing of the holiday. This can present a great opportunity to capitalize on the spooky season and give fans exclusive holiday-themed merch offers! ______________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix  Special edition and limited-run merchandise can engage fans and bring in extra cash as the end of year holiday shenanigans begin. October is here, which means spooky season has officially be...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Halloween, Music, Diy, Marketing, America, Social Media, Turkey, Music Industry, Chicago, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Merch, Music Business


10 Towns To Include In Your Fall Tour

There's a certain crispness in the air that can only mean one thing - fall is here! This part of the year is a great time to to hit the road on tour, and if you're planning to fill the spooky season with show dates, make sure these ten music friendly cities are on your list! ____________________________ Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo of the ReverbNation Blog I can already feel it. The air slowly beginning to change, the crisp leaves falling under my feet, the smell of apple cide...
Tags: Music, Florida, Diy, Minneapolis, Boston, US, Music Industry, Austin, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Nashville, Ny, Vermont, Music Business, Live & Touring


Home Life – DIY Window Shutters vs Store Bought

Plantation shutters are without a doubt the most stylish window treatment for your home and amazingly there are options for some of us that have tighter budgets to stick too. Deciding whether you go for shutters off the wholesale-shelf or steer towards the DIY approach from a shutter specialist often leaves many of us staring blankly at our windows. It’s important to realize that window shutters do not have to be expensive. Nor does the affordability have to affect the quality of the shutt...
Tags: Fashion, Diy, Shutter Store, Home Life, Shutters, Plantation Shutters, Window Shutters


How To Get Your Music To Stand Out From The Crowd

With many barriers to entry lowered or entirely smashed down, creating music and making it available to the public has become a complete cake walk. Needless to say, this has led to a crowded marketplace, and getting anyone to take notice of said music has become harder than ever. Here we look at some key strategies for how to cut through the noise. ______________________________ In this most recent post to MusicThinkTank, Scott Huntington details what artists can do to make sure their m...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Music Marketing, Diy Musicians, MusicThinkTank Scott Huntington


Modern Farmhouse Table DIY

I am SO excited to share today’s post with you! Almost seven years ago, we made our first DIY dining room table and have loved it so much through multiple homes and countless paint jobs. It was so well loved. Recently, Collin and I were working on another project, a bench for the holiday house and I loved it SO much. You might remember Collin made a built-in breakfast table in this style a couple years back and it seemed like the right time to take on a more ambitious project: a DIY farmhouse ta...
Tags: D.I.Y. Project, Diy, Home Decor, Wood Working, Dining Room, Elsie Larson, Collin, Collin DuPree, Elsie Collin


Booking The Right Venue For Your Band: What You Must Know

The success of your music career depends as much on your marketing savvy as it does your skill as a musician, and being able to book a venue that's a good fit for your style of music and level of success is key. _________________________________ Guest post by Dylan Barlett of DIY Musician How to get the gig at a venue that fits your music. If you’re an up-and-coming musician, you’ve come to terms with an undeniable fact. Your art is also a business. The success of your enter...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Booking, Music Business, Live & Touring, Concerts, Musician, Sandler, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Dylan Barlett


3 Ways To Maintain Your Health On The Road

Unfortunately for artists, touring tends to draw out some of their most unhealthy habits, and maintaining both your emotional and physical wellbeing while on the road takes a concerted effort. Here we look at three important ways in which musicians can maintain good health on tour. __________________________________ Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the ReverbnNation Blog Touring has a dangerous tendency to bring out loads of predictable unhealthy habits. For many musicians, being on...
Tags: Music, Diy, Guest Post, Musicians, Music Business, Live & Touring, Touring, Musician, D.I.Y, Patrick McGuire, Diy Musicians


Going On Tour? Plan For Space Travel

Touring can present  a number of challenges, all of them made harder by the pressure it puts on your ability to think. Here we look at how planning ahead and treating tour as if you're going into orbit in space can hep prevent disaster on the road. __________________________ Guest post by Martin Atkins of Tour:Smart | Bus Edition They say, “stress makes you stupid.” There are all kinds of reasons for that having to do with fight or flight responses and biological stuff that happens ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Music Business, Live & Touring, Touring, Musician, Murphy, Martin Atkins, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians


How To Be A Better Singer

When it comes to improving your abilities as a singer, one of the best things you can do is seek some form of professional instruction or tutelage. While raw talent can certainly help to an extent, overextending yourself without proper training can damage your voice and bring your career to a grinding halt. ________________________________ In this most recent post on MusicThinkTank, Tracy Arbon offers some advice on what budding vocal performers can do to enhance their abilities without...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Singer, Singing, Music Business, Musician, Owen Davie, Diy Musicians, MusicThinkTank Tracy Arbon


Bandsintown Offers Discounts For 5 Top Artist Services

As part of the launch of its new Bandsintown For Artists platform, which includes free fan messaging, analytics and more, Bandsintown has partnered with a curated group of services and platforms offering special discounts to musicians and their teams and designed to help grow a career in music. The first group of services and discounts include Bandzogle, Tunecore, DiscMakers. Merch.ly and Feature.fm. Check back, because select additional partners will be added in the coming weeks. Any ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, Bandsintown, Musician, Bruce Houghton, TuneCore, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Bandzogle Tunecore DiscMakers Merch


45 Best YouTube Channels To Promote Your Music

Veteran music marketer consultant Amber Horsburgh graciously shares her list of the 45 Best YouTube channels to promote music to for artists at all levels. "YouTube channel promo is a great way to find new audiences," says Horsburgh, "which in turn builds your own YouTube subscriber base. Especially for official remixes or loosies." "There are thousands more," she continues, "but I've focused on the most impactful channels - thoughtful curation, active audience, and Spotify or social exten...
Tags: Music, Diy, Youtube, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Indie Labels, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Music Marketing, YouTube & Video


Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Promote Your Music • Streaming Service Payouts • Performance Rut • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on how to grow you fanbase, the mysterious ways in which streaming platforms calculate their pay per stream, how to get yourself out of a performance rut, and more! Mark Tim | How To Promote Your Music And Grow Your Fan Base Steven James | Streaming Service Pays Per Stream Anica Oaks | 4 Ways To Get Out Of A Performance Rut Ahmed Gelby | Audio Networks - Key Considerations [Author: Owen Davie]
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Music Marketing, Diy Musicians


Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

Our tips and tricks for music business self-starters this week dug into how artists can increase the open rates on their emails, what you can do to maintain the fans you made on your last tour, some of the most common advertising mistakes artists make (and how to avoid them), and much, much more! How To Increase Email Open Rates: 4 Tips What Bad Wolves’ Success Can Teach All Musicians [INTERVIEW] 5 Techniques For Maintaining The Fans You Made On Your Last Tour 11 C...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Email Marketing, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians


This Gum Wrapper Metallic Nail Hack Looks So Easy - How Did I Not Know It Existed?

Giving ourselves a shiny new manicure just got so much easier, thanks to this unexpected gum wrapper nail hack, and we're a little bit mesmerized. In a TikTok video, user @jeainediep transfixed her followers with a metallic nail tutorial that lets you give yourself a full manicure for less than a dollar. (Yes, please.) The lustrous beauty hack can be applied at school, at home, or while you're chilling and binging TV on your laptop. It's not exactly salon quality, but it'll do in a pinch or for ...
Tags: Diy, Beauty, Manicures, Beauty tips, Beauty News, Nail Trends, Beauty Trends, DIY Beauty, Nail, Diy Home, Beauty Hacks


These Crocheted Halloween Costumes Are So Goddamn Cool!

Halloween isn’t an international holiday, but in the places around the world where it is celebrated, most of us have had pretty similar experiences — the most common shared experience that truly binds us all together is, of course, homemade costumes. More: Crochetverse, Instagram, Facebook, Etsy h/t: funnyordie View this post on Instagram IT'S COSTUME TIME!! Introducing SKELETOR!! Jack'. Source
Tags: Costumes, Design, Diy, Craft, Crochete


How to grow your own pumpkins

Fall is the time of year when we pull out the sweaters and boots, add a jacket to our attire and immerse ourselves in all things pumpkin. From creamer to donuts to home decor, pumpkins represent autumn from when the first leaf falls to long after the Thanksgiving dishes have been dried and put away. Of course, there is also the age-old practice of carving pumpkins for Halloween. While every supermarket has mounds of pumpkins ready for purchase, with a little planning you can grow and harvest you...
Tags: Garden, Gardening, Design, Diy, Features, How To, Sustainable Food, Pumpkin, Gardening And Plants, James Wheeler Waldo Jaquith Austin Kirk


How To Increase Email Open Rates: 4 Tips

Email marketing is a key component of developing an artist's brand and cultivating a dedicated following, but for it to work, you need find a way to ensure your fans are actually taking the time to open and maybe even engage with the content you're putting out. In this piece, we look at four strategies that can help to improve the open rate on your next eblast. ____________________________ Guest post by Cait McMahon of the Symphonic Blog A big part of developing an artist’s brand ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Email, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Cait, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Diy Musicians, International Public Relations


Make an ultra-simple DIY oscillator, inspired by vintage Heathkit

With a stupidly simple number of parts, you can make this oscillator on just a breadboard. Its inspiration is classic, vintage DIY gear from Heathkit. Electronics class is in session with Synth Diy Guy, who has a detailed video explaining the hex inverter – the chip at the heart of this idea – and how it all turns into an oscillator. His inspiration is quite clever: it’s the beautifully retro Heathkit model ET-3100 Electronic Design Experimenter. American builder Heathkit inspired early ex...
Tags: Music, Diy, Tutorials, Tech, Music Tech, Heathkit, DIY + Unusual, Heathkit Electronics