100 episodes

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.

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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.

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

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

    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.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    #263: How to deal with failure and rejection

    #263: How to deal with failure and rejection

    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.
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    DIY Musician Stories: Birds of Chicago

    DIY Musician Stories: Birds of Chicago

    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.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #262: Getting attention with online advertising

    #262: Getting attention with online advertising

    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.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    #261: What musicians need to know about Instagram Reels

    #261: What musicians need to know about Instagram Reels

    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.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    DIY Musician Stories: Maya de Vitry

    DIY Musician Stories: Maya de Vitry

    Maya de Vitry is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. 

    In this episode Maya tells us about releasing her beautiful album How To Break a Fall just as the pandemic started to hit. Maya and Montse also chat about holding day-jobs as an artist, self-forgiveness, and social media breaks.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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