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DIY Musician Podcast

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Making music has never been easier, but building a music career today is altogether different. Finding the right audience for your music takes an entrepreneurial mindset, a lot of hard work, and a willingness to experiment. The DIY Musician Podcast features interviews with artists of all styles and backgrounds who’ve found a unique but authentic pathway to success, as well as in-depth discussions with music publicists, promoters, lawyers, publishers, talent buyers, and more. This podcast is geared towards independent musicians who want to build a sustainable music career without giving up (too much) financial or creative control. Hosts Kevin and Chris work with hundreds of thousands of artists at CD Baby, and are actively releasing and promoting their own music too; they're part of the same community they’re helping to educate and encourage with each new episode.

Making music has never been easier, but building a music career today is altogether different. Finding the right audience for your music takes an entrepreneurial mindset, a lot of hard work, and a willingness to experiment. The DIY Musician Podcast features interviews with artists of all styles and backgrounds who’ve found a unique but authentic pathway to success, as well as in-depth discussions with music publicists, promoters, lawyers, publishers, talent buyers, and more. This podcast is geared towards independent musicians who want to build a sustainable music career without giving up (too much) financial or creative control. Hosts Kevin and Chris work with hundreds of thousands of artists at CD Baby, and are actively releasing and promoting their own music too; they're part of the same community they’re helping to educate and encourage with each new episode.

Location:

Portland, OR

Description:

Making music has never been easier, but building a music career today is altogether different. Finding the right audience for your music takes an entrepreneurial mindset, a lot of hard work, and a willingness to experiment. The DIY Musician Podcast features interviews with artists of all styles and backgrounds who’ve found a unique but authentic pathway to success, as well as in-depth discussions with music publicists, promoters, lawyers, publishers, talent buyers, and more. This podcast is geared towards independent musicians who want to build a sustainable music career without giving up (too much) financial or creative control. Hosts Kevin and Chris work with hundreds of thousands of artists at CD Baby, and are actively releasing and promoting their own music too; they're part of the same community they’re helping to educate and encourage with each new episode.

Twitter:

@cdbaby

Language:

English

Contact:

13909 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97230 800-289-6923


Episodes

#279: Productivity hacks for musicians

9/10/2021
As a DIY artist, you need to manage every aspect of your music creation and marketing. At the same time, your audience's attention span is shortening, so you feel the pressure to be MORE productive than ever. It can be a grind. So how do get things done, on time, every time, without burning out? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk 10 productivity hacks for independent musicians. Plus, they answer listener calls and questions. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:22:47

#278: 10 music videos you should be making right now

8/17/2021
As a musician today, your VIDEO presence is likely what has the most impact on your ability to reach new listeners and engage your fans. So you need a steady flow of good video content. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through some video ideas that will help you stay inspired, get videos published on a realistic timeline, and (most importantly) help you build your following. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:25:42

#277: Tips for getting back on the stage in 2021

7/17/2021
Are you ready, like REALLY ready, for the return of live gigs? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about what artists should (and shouldn't) be doing to make the most of the return to concerts and touring. Plus listener calls and emails. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:15:52

#276: How I grew my Spotify monthly listeners over 2,000%!

6/21/2021
Growth on Spotify. We all want it. And there are a hundred online courses teaching you how to run PAID traffic to boost your streams. But Siren & the Sea grew their monthly listeners on Spotify by more than 2000% WITHOUT running ads — using only email and organic posts on Instagram. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk to Cristina Cano of Siren & the Sea about her creative social content, her playlist pitching, and more. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:23:11

#275: How you know when you're ready?

6/1/2021
DIY musicians don't actually want to do it all themselves. Nor should they! BUT... there's a right time and wrong time to grow your team, take a big risk, or attempt the next big thing. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through some criteria for knowing when you're ready for the next step in your career. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:23:46

#274: Create the perfect release plan

5/10/2021
We have big dreams whenever we releases new music — more fans, more money, more recognition. But there's a difference between a goal and a wish. In this episode, Kevin and Chris provide a detailed framework for your next release that will help you get actual results. Plus listeners calls and emails. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:21:34

#273: 6 Music Trends that are wasting your time

4/7/2021
As musicians, our most valuable resource is time. Yet we often spend that time on things that don't matter. Or that won't help us achieve our actual goals of growing and engaging with our fanbase. In this episode, Chris and Kevin discuss six common or trendy things that musicians waste their time on. Plus, answers to listener calls and emails. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:36:57

#272: The state of music streaming

3/11/2021
The State of Streaming: CD Baby artist's revenue increased 26% in 2020 over the previous year. What music platforms drove the most revenue? What does today's fractured listening environment mean for your music promotion? In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss the data and the story the numbers tell. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:06:14

#271: Musicians guide to YouTube

2/19/2021
Can musicians succeed on YouTube if they're not "YouTubers?" Yes, though there are many lessons musicians should learn from creators who use YouTube as it's intended — managing a video channel with consistent programming. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss those best-practices, YouTube promotion tips, and how audio content is monetized on the biggest music platform in the world.

Duration:01:41:23

#270: What every artist is asking

2/3/2021
Every musician's path is unique, but a lot of times we're all wondering the same thing. How to reach new listeners during a pandemic? How to make sure our single releases build towards the album? What's the best way to brand our music? Etc. In this episode, Kevin and Chris tackle some common listener questions at the start of 2021. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:17:09

#269: Getting your music promotion in order for 2021

1/13/2021
It's a new year with many challenges still facing artist as they try to connect with music fans during a global pandemic. Take heart! Indie artists have always lead the charge when it comes to music promotion innovation and adapting to tough circumstances. In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss what you'll need in order to make 2021 your best year yet! Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:32:25

#268: How to release your music in 2021

12/3/2020
The way artists release music completely changed in 2020. As we approach 2021, artists are asking what is the right balance between singles and albums? How do you target and engage new listeners in the streaming world? Kevin and Chris answer these questions and more.

Duration:01:32:07

#267: Cheryl B. Engelhardt - Organizing your fans to reach a goal

11/17/2020
Whether you're launching a new album, promoting a livestream, or trying to shoot for something bigger like a Grammy nomination, getting your fans onboard can be a challenge. In this episode you'll hear how Cheryl B. Engelhardt organized her fans to feel ownership in her quest for a Grammy nomination.

Duration:00:44:15

#266: Preparing for the 2020 holiday release season

10/30/2020
Releasing music before the end of 2020? Listen to this episode, where Kevin and Chris talk about distribution deadlines, holiday music promotion, which Christmas favorites you can record without paying a mechanical royalty, and more. Plus, listener calls and questions. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:07:37

#265: How artists make money from sync licensing

10/8/2020
Sync licensing has grown into a huge opportunity for indie musicians to gain listeners and earn money. That's increasingly true for thousands of CD Baby clients whose songs have been licensed to numerous projects on almost every major and cable network, streaming networks, film studios, and more. What do the tracks that we place in film and TV have in common? How can you increase your chances of getting a sync placement? Let's talk. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:04:58

#264: Live-streaming on Facebook (Musicians, DON’T panic!!!)

9/26/2020
The internet exploded with news that Facebook was no longer going to allow artists to livestream on the platform. Fortunately, that information was completely false. However, on this episode of the podcast Kevin and Chris help define the mysterious "listening experience" issue that has Facebook muting some artists videos. Plus, we take some amazing listener calls. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:10:20

#263: How to deal with failure and rejection

9/10/2020
Let’s get real for a sec: Musicians are well acquainted with rejection and failure. But we don’t want to admit it, do we? In this podcast episode, Kevin and Chris talk about the kinds of rejections you’ll inevitably encounter as a musician, how to deal with it, and maybe even transform it into something positive. Plus listener questions. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com

Duration:01:25:19

DIY Musician Stories Ep 05: Birds of Chicago

9/1/2020
Birds of Chicago are a husband and wife folk/soul duo based in Nashville, TN. In this episode of the DIY Musician Stories podcast, Alli and JT chat with Montse about their origin story, writing process, and what it’s been like to pause and pivot from a life on the road. They also talk about collective grief, the rejection every artist encounters, finding your tribe, and much more.

Duration:01:01:51

#262: Getting attention with online advertising

8/26/2020
Few people are going to notice your music simply because you've made it. You have to do something ELSE to get attention, and online advertising opens up an affordable way to create awareness, stir interest, and build a fanbase as an independent musician. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about advertising for musicians, the power of a new interactive ad tool, and much more. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com.

Duration:01:10:01

#261: What musicians need to know about Instagram Reels

8/21/2020
Musicians, it's time to get Reel. Instagram Reels — Instagram's answer to TikTok — is now available, and your music can be there too! In this episode, Kevin and Chris discuss the features of Instagram Reels, why it matters for your music career, and what it means for TikTok. Plus, gossip and rants about Spotify's Daniel Ek, listeners calls, and more. Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com.

Duration:01:15:20