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How to get your music distributed?

By admin, 2019-03-17
How to get your music distributed?

Decades ago distributing music was quite the chore and it always brought in front some major challenges. But the reality is that music distribution is a lot faster and easier nowadays. You do need to keep in mind a few key aspects, and here are some of the things to consider!

Create the right artwork and hire a digital mastering professional

When you want to distribute your music, it’s important to have the right artwork for it. That’s especially true for digital distribution, but also regular distribution channels as well. Also, as we mentioned above, it’s a good idea to hire a digital mastering expert. This way you will make sure that your music sounds the best it can be and that it’s ready for your audience.

Get an UPC

Selling music in any online store requires you to have an UPC. The CD duplication companies offer you an UPC for a small fee, and you can use that for both CD and digital distribution. Make sure that you work with a company which provides this kind of service.

Pick the right distributor

Usually you will not be able to work directly with Apple or Spotify to promote your music digitally. So if you want to distribute your music there, you will have to work with a digital distributing partner. Make sure that you get to retain your rights to the entire music piece. Also, see what fees you have to pay, as some digital distributors are quite expensive.

Should you go traditional or digital?

That’s up to you, the type of music that you create and what audience you have in mind. For example, classical music fans are older and they are the ones that will buy a CD or traditional media products like that. On the other hand, if you cater to the younger crowd, they are all about streaming and they want music to be available digitally. This clearly works and it does have the potential to help quite a bit.

You can choose to go with both options and it will be just fine too. That’s because more often than not some customers will favor one type of media over the other. You must offer as many options as possible so your customers will be happy. Granted, it will take a bit more work to find a good digital and traditional distribution partner, but it will be worth it.

Distributing your music is one of the most demanding tasks for a musician. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can do it alone. Either you hire a distributor to handle the entire process, or you will need some guidance if you try to complete this process on your own. You also have to choose between digital and non-digital exposure, depending on your music. Rest assured that it will be a great opportunity for your music business to go with both traditional and digital content, as that means you will have a larger audience!

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How to market your music on Social Media?

If you’re looking to promote your newly created music, then Social Media is one of the best avenues for that. It brings you a lot of exposure and the best part is that you do have lots of control over the promotional process to begin with. That being said, you do need a plan if you want to do it right, so here are some of the steps that will bring you Social Media music promotion success.

Come up with a good promotional strategy

First, you want to create a singer or band social page on the most important social sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on. It’s important to have the same images across all social media platforms for consistency. Ideally you want to use the Facebook cover videos as a way to showcase your music. We recommend you to pay a lot of attention to detail in regards to location, clothing and every other piece of detail in your images. Working with a professional photographer is recommended. Also, try to post as often as you can, without overloading people with the same old pictures or music again and again.

Create good content for your audience

When you promote your music on Social Media, the last thing you want is to just share a link to a YouTube video and call it a day. You want to create content that promotes and also introduces the video or music piece you are sharing. The options here are to document the user, educate him or entertain him. What option you want to choose, that’s totally up to you. But it can offer you great success if you pay attention to what people want from you.

Should you just use video content?

Ideally you want to have a combination of introductory text, video and some images too. The huge combination of different content types will make your content more appealing and engaging. While using only videos seems like a great idea, it also feels lazy for people, because you just share a link and that’s it. You want to be unique, so interact with your audience, create good content and ask them for feedback via the comment system.

Collaborate with others or do cover songs

Promoting yourself is never easy, especially with so much music content out there. So the best thing that you can do is to opt for cover songs. They tend to get a lot of exposure, and you need to check them out. Collaborating with other people is also coming in handy, because you get exposure to their audience as well.

Using influencers is also a good idea to promote your music, not to mention you can use SEO and Social Media advertising systems to pay for exposure too. The possibilities are great here, you just have to figure out how to market your music adequately and with great results. Even if the first campaign might be a bit rocky, learn from mistakes and ensure that you always promote your music on Social Media. There are millions of potential listeners on these sites, so using them is great if you want to get more exposure for your music!

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How to be successful in the music industry?

Every musician wants to achieve success, but more often than not this is very hard to do. And the reason is simple, the industry is full of challenges and there’s a lot of competition too. So you have to wonder, how can you stand out of the crowd and achieve that much-wanted success?

Work with the best people you can find

If you want to start a band, find the best persons for every instrument. Also, if you want to have a solo career, you will still need a manager and people that will help you with writing, performing, getting gigs and so on. Either way you always need someone that you can trust and rely on. and that’s what will help you achieve greatness in the industry.

Invest in the best equipment you can afford

Do you want to make it big? Then it’s important to make sure you purchase good equipment. After all, your sound quality matters too, especially if you want to promote yourself online. Don’t go in debt for getting the right equipment, but try to get the best option within your budget.

Be different

You will notice that lots of bands sound the same nowadays, and they even have a similar look too. If you want success, you do need to be a bit different when compared to others. That’s when you will be able to stand out of the crowd. Study the genre, see what type of bands or singers are there and then come up with something unique. Also, try to create a brand around your music too, make it easy to recognize.

Build connections

Don’t hesitate to interact with music professionals and even newcomers in the industry. Remember, the music industry is all about people, entertainment and connectivity. Being courteous, respecting others and offering amazing experiences will always pay off.

Experiment with new ideas

Sometimes you just need to get out of your comfort zone if you want to create good music. And you will get to achieve that with the right approach. The best thing that you can do is to try and come up with new music that’s refreshing and unlike what people expect, but still catchy and fun to listen to. Innovation is a key to success, so try to consider that.

Learn from mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, regardless of the industry. Just study the music industry and you will notice that many singers made lots of mistakes themselves. But it’s what you learn from them and what you will do in the end that matters the most. It’s definitely not an easy thing to do, but the results can indeed shine.

Take your time, study the situation and actively focus on finding the right approach. It’s not always a walk in the park to start your music career, but it does have the potential to do wonders if you stick to it. Don’t be discouraged by mistakes and learn from them, then you will be more than okay!

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Dean Lewis

By admin, 2018-12-24
Dean Lewis

Singer and songwriter, Dean Lewis is originally from Sydney. He was inspired by the band Oasis while watching their live DVD in 2005, Lewis confesses he spent five years listening to every Oasis song and watching every single video they made ‘til he found his very own language and learned how to write songs.

He debuted in September of 2016 with his first digital single "Waves" in which he talks about how life gets ‘less exciting’ while one grows older. The song was released under the Island Records Australia label, the track was featured in several American TV shows like Suits, Shadowhunters and Riverdale.

"Waves" peaked at position 12 on the Australian ARIA charts receiving a triple platinum certification; it also received five nominations at the ARIA Music Awards in 2017, including "Song of the Year" and "Breakthrough Artist". The EP Same Kind of Different that would feature "Waves" and other hits like "Lose My Mind" and "Chemicals" was released on April 28 th of 2017 landing at 27th position on the Australian Albums Charts.

In June of 2018 Lewis released what would be his first number one single "Be Alright" which stood at first position for five consecutive weeks earning a certification of quadruple platinum by ARIA, the single also received platinum certifications in Canada, New Zealand and Sweden. It also entered in the top 10 charts in countries like Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Norway. This is also his very first single to chart on the United States’ Billboard Charts.

Dean Lewis is currently working on his first full length album, scheduled to be released sometime in 2019.

Don’t miss Dean Lewis on his official social networks to stay tuned for updates, further releases, tour dates and more!

Dean Lewis website
Dean Lewis Facebook

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Conrad Sewell

By admin, 2018-12-22
Conrad Sewell

Born in Bristol, England in 1988, he might as well be a prince or part of a royal family just by his full name ‘Conrad Ignatius Mario Maximillian Sewell’, pretty prince-like, don’t you think? This Australian singer-songwriter, based in Brisbane, reached relevance into the music scene in 2015 when he participated in “Firestone” which was a song he wrote for the Norwegian DJ Kygo.

Conrad was born in a family of musicians; his grandparents were singers, who opened shows for The Bee Gees themselves, he started recording demos since the age of 8 years old and participated in a lot of projects along with his school partners. Sewell worked several years to finance his music career, at 18 years old he traveled back to England to record a demo which got him a record deal with a German Label, however, the band didn’t last long.

Sewell decided to not be defeated and moved to Stockholm where he gained interest in composition and studied with several pop music producers. In order to launch his career he decided then to move to LA in 2014 and got a contract with Universal Music Publishing group, he met producer Jamie Hartman and wrote "Start Again" with him.

When "Firestone" happened, Kygo’s public received it very well; the track was a hit in several countries in Europe, including France and Germany. In 2015 the British Phonographic Industry gave the song a platinum certification by selling over 600,000 copies in the UK. The RIAA gave the song a gold certification for selling more than 500,000 copies. Australia also certificated the single with platinum.

In March of 2015 he was the opening act for Ed Sheeran’s X tour in Australia and also Maroon 5’s V tour. In this same year while touring he published “Hold me up” with great success in Australia and a moderated success in USA.

His influences are from soul music which he heard since he was a kid, when he was a teenager he would listen to rock bands such as: The strokes, Coldplay, U2, and Kings of Leon.

These days Conrad is actively promoting his newest singles "Come Clean" and "Healing Hands" from his latest project Ghosts & Heartaches.

Stay tuned for more news, releases, tours and updates in Conrad Sewell's social media.

Conrad Sewell website
Conrad Sewell Facebook
Conrad Sewell Twitter

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Amy Shark

By admin, 2018-12-18
Amy Shark

Amy Louise Billings, AKA 'Amy Shark' is a singer and composer born in Queensland, Australia. She falls into the indie pop category and has been active since 2016 when her song "Golden Fleece" won the year’s pop song at the Queensland Music Awards. She started touring right away, and in the same year published the "Adore" single, along with a Silverchair cover "Miss You Love".

Amy Shark signed a contract with Sony Music Australia in November of 2016 after being a huge success on Triple J with her single "Adore" and in March of 2017 she published her second official single "Weekends" after her debut EP Night Thinker reached position number 2 on the ARIA charts. In the same year she won in both the 'Artist of the Year' and the 'Song of the Year' categories at the Gold Coast Music Awards. Amy was also named 'Next Apple Music Artist' by Apple Music.

During the year of 2018 Amy was invited to perform on 'The Late Show with James Corden' and 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' in which she sang "Adore", and was also invited to participate on Love, Simon an original movie soundtrack, with a song called "Sink in". On April 11th, her single "I Said Hi" was premiered through Triple J, then the following day, it was released. Come July 13th, Shark would release her first full-length album Love Monster under the Sony Music Entertainment label, which features her smash hit singles "Adore" and "All Loved Up".

Amy Shark has several scheduled tour dates for 2019, starting in the UK, then Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, and finally her homeland Australia.

You can stay up-to-date on what Amy's doing and more by checking out her official website and liking or following her social accounts.

Amy Shark website
Amy Shark Facebook
Amy Shark Twitter
Amy Shark Instagram

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Sam Perry

By admin, 2018-12-14
Sam Perry

Born in Western Australia in 1990, winner of the 2018's seventh season of 'The Voice Australia' with a very original act formed by a loop station, an effect pedal, a microphone (which he uses to create layers of vocal harmonies), beats, effects, and beat box; this a one man act! Seriously, who needs a band when you're this talented?

When he audition for The Voice Australia he didn't do it for the sake of winning the whole thing, he even stated that he did it in order to get more followers and get some people to like what he was up to, and for gaining respect. Little did he know that destiny had better and bigger plans for him because he not only won the contest but he also got a prestigious recording contract with Universal Records.

"Trust Myself" was the first digital single he released under the Universal label right after he won the contest, the single was a moderated success in the Australian charts reaching 78th position in the ARIA singles chart.

Perry also has a background career as an Urban Circus performer; in 2013 he was cast by Onyx Productions' for a tour in Australia which had more than 70 scheduled performances and which success took the show to Germany with great achievement resulting in 25 almost sold out shows. In 2014 he premiered "The word is…" a non-stop vocal soundscape awarded with a four stars review by The West Australian and Fringe World Music Award. On top of that he has participated in four consecutive years in the Fringe Festival being the 2017's edition his fourth time.

On November 16th 2018 he started his Australian national tour titled "Not a DJ" in which he also launched a small competition to find new talented artists to go with him on the tour. As someone who knows the struggles of stepping into the music scene and starting out as a local artist from a small town he has shown his desire to support emerging performers and musicians by joining him in their cities on his tour around Australia.

For more updates, further releases, tour dates and performances visit all Sam Perry's official networks:

Sam Perry website
Sam Perry Facebook

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