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.
#311: Live Gigs: Thrive, Survive, or Die?
Touring and playing live can be a great way to expand your audience, sell merch and interact with your existing fans. But there are also many things that can go wrong on the road. From vehicle troubles to poor sound systems to fatigue, we address all the issues artists face on tour, and how to handle them.
#310: Crafting Your Music’s Elevator Pitch
Before anyone ever hears your music, they need to be convinced to listen. Maybe they’re getting a recommendation from a friend or they see a cool Instagram ad or blog review. Maybe it’s an eye-catching album cover.But sometimes it’s the description of the music that captures someone’s imagination. But you don’t have all day to sell someone on your music. So your description has to pack a punch.Learn how to come up with a compelling elevator pitch for your unique sound with the help of Chris Robley and special guest Cristina Cano.
#309: How Sync Licensing Can Launch Your Career
With Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” seeing runaway success after their placement in Stranger Things, sync licensing is back in the news. While these are classic hits from veteran artists, independent musicians can also benefit from just one big sync placement.Learn how sync can change your music career and get expert advice from special guest CD Baby Manager of Sync Licensing Brett Byrd.
#308: Successfully Releasing an Album in a Singles World
Even in the age of singles, there are many benefits to releasing an album. Learn why you should keep albums part of your release strategy, and how to successfully release an album.
#307: The 2022 DIY Musician Conference Preview
With 60,000 new tracks released on Spotify every day, you need an advantage that will help your music rise above the noise and get noticed amidst that daily mountain of new music.You can’t leave it to luck. Your advantage will come from work, strategy, connections, and collaboration. And you can find all of that at the DIY Musician Conference.Learn how to prepare, what to bring, and most importantly: What to achieve when it’s all happening!
#306: 7 Ways to Feel More Confident About Your Music
Most people in the world don’t know what it’s like to put themselves and their ideas out into the world. There’s a level of vulnerability involved in releasing your music for others to hear. These are your hopes and dreams, your thoughts and ideas and your creativity all on display. From the indie newcomer to the seasoned singer-songwriter with a dozen albums to their name, we all have moments of doubt in our music journey. That’s why we’ve outlined seven ways to feel more confident about your music.
Although the Getting Back On Stage episode only came out today, it’s already out of date. Covid restrictions are already back in LA. And it seems the delta variant will have the venues closed within weeks. I love this podcast, but you jumped the gun on this one.
Great Podcast for DIY musicians!
I listen to this all the time and it really helps to feel part of a community of like minded individuals who really care about their listeners. I have had my music with CD baby for ever and I have never had a problem. I also go to their conferences whenever I can and it’s always great value, but having something like this online is invaluable.
Very informative and practical guide to the new music industry
A very useful and informative podcast. The style is light hearted and easy to listen to but very practically orientated with lots of focus on real word actions and advice that can help improve the career of all independent musicians.
Failures and shortcomings are all discussed in a very transparent manner as well as achievements, wins and positive practical advice for you if you are serious about the new music industry.
No judgements are made about what style of music you play or what your views are but what is offered is good quality advice and information on advancing your career.
You will surely learn something new from each episode off this podcast.