4 Ways To Build Confidence as a Musician
[Editors Note: This is a guest blog post written by Mason Hoberg. Mason is a freelance writer who covers music-related topics and is a regular contributor to Equipboard.] The hardest part about participating in any facet of the arts is overcoming your own insecurities. It’s easy to feel self-conscious when you perform music, especially when you’re not […]
Recap: The Inaugural Mondo.NYC 2016
A week and a half back, music industry professionals, artists, fans and students got together for the first-ever Mondo.NYC Festival at the Kimmel Center on the legendary NYU campus in lower Manhattan. Panels, keynote speeches, presentations and performances from artists dominated the five-day event, allowing members from different sectors of the industry to exchange ideas, […]
Five Tips on How to Utilize Your Track Smart Reports
Choosing the best tracks to fine-tune, market and promote is a lot easier when expert music fans coach you along the way with their candid opinions. That’s just one of the many benefits you get when you purchase and use a TuneCore Track Smarts Report. Each report gives you insightful fan reviews, uncensored comments, enlightening […]
A Walk-Through: Sampling
I’ll be writing a periodic set of articles all designed to present the necessary information to make complex topics in the music business more easily understood—”walk throughs,” if you will. The first in the series is a walk through on sampling.
I chose this topic because it allows us to view an action—sampling—which requires an understanding of an array of music business elements. As such, I’m able to introduce several important concepts at the same time. Even if you yourself are an artist who does not sample, it’s important to understand the process because someone may desire to sample your music.
A House For Lions: Raising Money Their Own Way
Bands and artists are finding continued success with fan-funded platforms like Kickstarter and PledgeMusic. When indie rock band A House For Lions was looking into the different crowdfunding platforms available to help raise money for their debut album, they found another option. Mike Nissen, the band’s guitar player (and designer), did a little digging to find out if a Wordpress plugin existed to help with their approaching campaign. Sure enough, he found Ignitiondeck, a Wordpress plugin that lets you to implement a crowdfunding campaign without any fees (except the cost of the plugin itself and small PayPal transaction fees) or middlemen.
How To Start: An Interview With John Strohm
Where to start? When to start? How to start? These are the questions that come up so often. The questions raised by anyone who feels his or her music should be heard, but is unsure of the appropriate next steps.
I recently had the opportunity to interview my good friend John Strohm. John is uniquely qualified to speak to the above questions. Sure, John is now a successful entertainment attorney— representing, among others, Grammy winners Bon Iver, and one of the most successful independent (and by that I mean their own label, distro through TuneCore) artists of all time, The Civil Wars—but long before John became a man of law, he too was an independent artist working his way through the same issues and opportunities that you may be.
DIY Comedy Musicians: The Midnight Beast
The Midnight Beast, a comedy music trio from London, is taking social media by storm. Since their YouTube parody of Ke$ha’s popular “Tik Tok” went viral in 2009, the group’s YouTube subscribers and video views continue to rise quickly. Read on as The Midnight Beast (Stefan Abingdon, Dru Wakely and Ashley Horne) discuss their self-titled comedy series airing now on E4, their thoughts on being a DIY band, and their advice for other independent artists.
TuneCore Artists Featured In Digital Stores – August 2012
The summer may be coming to an end but TuneCore’s still celebrating with artist features in the top digital stores. Check ’em out below!
Amanda Palmer, Independent Musician
On September 11, Amanda Palmer—AFP to fans and friends—will release Theatre is Evil with TuneCore providing digital distribution. If you don’t know Amanda Palmer, you should; the successes of her career can serve as inspiration for many DIY performers.
Rdio increases catalog to over 18 million songs; adds TuneCore and other new partners
Rdio increases catalog to over 18 million songs; adds TuneCore and other new partners. The partnerships with top independent music aggregators connect over a quarter-million artists to fans in 13 countries