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Episode 64 - 5 Tips To Boost Your Spotify Streams Legally

4/11/2018
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This week on ManageMental, Blasko and Mike talk about how artist can boost their Spotify streams…legally! This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! Original Article: http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2018/04/5-spotify-tips-for-fast-streaming-results-.html Author: Manuel MANTU Overbeck of 1st Strike * Guest post by Manuel Overbeck on Hypebot 5 Tips To Boost Your Spotify Streams Legally With Spotify now becoming one of the best ways to showcase new music, artists are eager for...

Duration:00:37:44

Episode 63 - Marketing Plans with Underoath Manager Randy Nichols

4/9/2018
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On this week’s episode of ManageMental, Blasko and Mike welcome their friend and manager Randy Nichols (Underoath, Beach Slang, The Starting Line) about marketing plans and what it takes to properly market your band. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! Original Article: http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2018/03/your-marketing-plan-is-your-future-do-you-have-one-cyber-pr.html *Guest post by Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR Do You Have A Marketing Plan? Rising above the chatter...

Duration:00:43:48

Episode 62 - Can You Make a Living in a Band?

4/1/2018
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Can you make a living in a band? Mike and Blasko openly discuss the inevitable challenge of what the likelihood is of making a living in a band. They relay their experiences regarding finances, as well as sacrifices throughout their careers. Will there ever be a metal band that sells as many records as Metallica did?! What do bands need to consider and do differently nowadays than they did 20 years ago? The future isn’t as bleak as you might think. Strap in and let’s get...

Duration:00:46:16

Episode 61 - How To Make a Killer Press Kit

3/25/2018
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Original Article: https://bandzoogle.com/blog/the-8-things-that-should-be-in-every-band-s-digital-press-kit Author: Dave Cool Today on ManageMental, Blasko and Mike answer a question from Chris, a loyal listener, and discuss an article written by their buddy Dave Cool of Bandzoogle to talk about press kits and EPK’s. You might remember Dave from Episode 55, check it out if you haven’t already. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! I have an idea for a topic to be...

Duration:00:49:45

Episode 60 - How to Just Get Started

3/19/2018
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How To Just Get Started Author: Seth Godin http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/ This week Blasko and Mike talk about how to simply get off your ass and get things started. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! Here we are at Episode 60 over a year after episode 1. On that episode 1 we had no listeners, no comments on iTunes, no one writing us asking questions or sending messages of support. We had no sponsors and no guests. No one knew what this podcast was gonna be all about,...

Duration:00:30:04

Episode 59 - Questions About Starting a Promotion and Management Company

3/11/2018
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This week Blasko and Mike take some questions about starting a promotion and management company from Tim, one of our loyal listeners that is also an aspiring manager. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! ------------------------------------- I just wanted to start off by saying thank you guys for doing the podcast shows on management mental. I really do appreciate it a lot and listen to your shows more than I even listen to music. It is a really amazing show. I am...

Duration:00:34:48

Episode 58 - How To Hack the New Instagram Algorithm

3/5/2018
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This week Blasko and Mike check out an article from Later.com and talk about the ever changing and frustrating Instagram Algorithms. Original Article: https://later.com/blog/how-instagram-algorithm-works/ Author: Lexie Carbone Lexie is a content marketer at Later. She’s helped dozens of brands build their social presence and take their content strategy to the next level. You can connect with her on Instagram @lexiecarbone. * Guest post by Lexie Carbone on Later.com This is...

Duration:00:40:27

Episode 57 - 5 Music Biz Tips from Randy Blythe

2/25/2018
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This week Blasko and Mike check out a guest post on Revolver by Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe on his top 5 tips for up-and-coming artists. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! Original Article: https://www.revolvermag.com/music/lamb-god-singer-randy-blythes-top-5-tips-aspiring-rock-stars Author: Randy Blythe w/ JASON LE MIERE *Revolver Guest post by Randy Blythe Top 5 Tips for Aspiring Rock Stars December 21, 2011 Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is the...

Duration:00:29:15

Episode 56 - How To Find A Music Career Mentor

2/18/2018
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This week Blasko and Mike talk about how to find a music career mentor. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! Original Article: http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2018/02/how-to-find-a-music-career-mentor.html Author: Angela Mastrogiacomo is the founder and CEO of Muddy Paw PR and Infectious Magazine, as well as a PR coach. * Hypebot Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo How To Find A Music Career Mentor In the music industry, it can sometimes feel like you’re going it...

Duration:00:45:33

Episode 55 - Band Marketing Basics Featuring Bandzoogle

2/11/2018
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This week Blasko and Mike sit down with Dave Cool from Bandzoogle and why websites are important to your bands marketing strategy. Today’s episode of ManageMental is powered by Rockabilia.com. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! Band Marketing Basics Original Article: https://bandzoogle.com/blog/marketing-your-band-13-essential-strategies Author: Lisa Occhino is the founder of SongwriterLink and the Director of Marketing & Communications at Soundfly. She’s also a pianist,...

Duration:00:39:33

Episode 54 - When Is The Right Time to Begin Touring?

2/4/2018
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When Is The Right Time to Begin Touring? Original Article: https://www.joinmyband.co.uk/classifieds/american-solo-artist-seeking-band-for-uk-tour-t1049842.html?sid=055fb84ca9da25fa2da3e9ac0c8ebe0c Amanda Palmer Kickstarter (referenced in episode): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/amandapalmer/amanda-palmer-the-new-record-art-book-and-tour/description This week on ManageMental, Blasko and Mike talk about when it is the right time for a band to begin touring, inspired by a...

Duration:00:26:29

Ep. 53 - How To Avoid Common Music Biz Myths

1/28/2018
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This week Blasko and Mike dissect the Hypebot article ‘5 Myths of Making it in the Music Industry’ and chat about some music business myths that could be detrimental to your career. Tune in to hear what the dynamic duo has to say. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! Original Article: http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2018/01/5-myths-of-making-it-in-the-music-industry.html * Hypebot Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo Author: Angela Mastrogiacomo is the founder and CEO of...

Duration:00:30:04

Episode 52 - How To Develop Your Brand Image

1/19/2018
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Welcome to Episode 52 of the Manage Mental podcast. A weekly discussion on hot topics in the music biz for the up and comers, the brand newbies, the beginners and aspiring rock stars of tomorrow. This podcast is propelled by your input and feedback so PLEASE rate and review and leave us a comment on iTunes or wherever you listen to Podcasts. Today’s episode is powered by Rockabilia.com. This week Blasko and Mike check out an article by Bobby Owsinski and talk about developing the image of...

Duration:00:33:53

Episode 51 – Proper Etiquette for Opening Bands

1/15/2018
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Article: http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2017/12/etiquette-for-opening-bands.html Author: Rich Nardo. Rich is a freelance writer and editor, and is the Director of Public Relations and Creative at NGAGE. This week we are talking about the proper etiquette for opening bands. Tune in to hear more. This is gonna be killer, so let’s get mental! 1. Headliner is King (or Queen) Whether you’re the local opener for a touring band or actually on the road with someone, the headliner will set...

Duration:00:31:01

Episode 50 – Should You Hire Guest Musicians

1/7/2018
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This week on ManageMental, Mike and Blasko take inspiration from one of their loyal listeners on the subject of either hiring or collaborating with guest musicians on your songs: Hey Blasko, Huge fan of the Podcast with Mike, a lot of the topics covered have helped me achieve goals and benchmarks for my band. Particularly the "How to write a professional email" episode, although at first glance it seemed like common knowledge, many of the small details helped me get responses and even...

Duration:00:31:51

Episode 49 – 2018 Predictions

12/31/2017
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Happy New Year! In this week’s episode, Mike and Blasko go over their Top 10 music industry predictions for 2018. Here is a brief overview of what was discussed: 1. Traditional record sales will continue to decrease. 2. Apple we begin to shut down the iTunes music store with an estimated final closure date of Jan 2019. 3. Spotify will go public. 4. VR technology will not replace the live experience. 5. Cryptocurrency will not become an overly accepted form of payment for anything...

Duration:00:40:12

Episode 48 - How To Avoid Music Biz Scams Part 2

12/17/2017
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Original Thread: https://redd.it/72snaq Original Article: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/12/05/spotify-fake-plays/ In last week’s episode Blasko and Mike walked you through examples of industry scams and how to avoid them, referencing the Digital Music News article How I Got 10,000 Spotify Plays For a Totally Fake Song. This week they take on a listener’s questions and concerns based on a specific scam that was mentioned last week: So I was listening to ManageMental, Episode...

Duration:00:43:54

Episode 47 – How To Avoid Music Biz Scams

12/11/2017
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Original Thread: https://redd.it/72snaq Original Article: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2017/12/05/spotify-fake-plays/ In this episode Blasko and Mike walk you through examples of industry scams and how to avoid them, referencing the Digital Music News article How I Got 10,000 Spotify Plays For a Totally Fake Song. Let’s dig in: Several months ago, a playlist plugging service offered popular independent musician Ari Herstand $500 for 50,000 to 100,000 plays on Spotify. Another...

Duration:00:36:28

Episode 46 – Revisiting the Predictions for 2017

12/4/2017
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In this week’s episode Blasko and Mike revisit one of the first ever episodes and discuss how their predictions for 2017 and Paul Resnikoff’s article: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2016/12/19/music-industry-anti-predictions/ Wireless headphones won’t take over the world (yet). Apple won’t close its iTunes download store (yet). Streaming music won’t reach 250 million paying subscribers. (Currently at 100 million.) *According to IFPI’s Global Music Report, streaming now makes up the...

Duration:00:40:20

Episode 45 - Some Good Advice For Playing Live

11/24/2017
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This week we take some questions about playing live from one of our loyal listeners. Tune in and follow along as we address the following questions: Thanks for answering my questions a few months back. I have more, this is a random list related to touring and live shows. --- Links we referenced during the show: https://settheset.com; Lewis Howes “School of Greatness” podcast - https://lewishowes.com/blog/ --- And don’t forget to check out the Rockabilia.com CYBER...

Duration:00:34:56

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