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.

    #246: Starting your music career from the beginning

    #246: Starting your music career from the beginning

    First time releasing music? Returning to music after a hiatus? Where do you even start? With a plan — then you build the foundation. In this episode, Kevin and Chris outline the basic steps artists should take before, during, and immediately following their first release.
    Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    #245: Merch sales and your music career

    #245: Merch sales and your music career

    What kind of merch is selling in the streaming era? How do you experiment with t-shirts and other kinds of band merch without going broke? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk through some of the things they've tried recently, both on tour and online, and some of the trends they see working for DIY musicians today.
    Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    #244: How to monetize your Instagram

    #244: How to monetize your Instagram

    With over 600 million users on Instagram every day, you need your IG game to be strong. In this session recorded at the 2019 DIY Musician Conference, Rick Barker shows you how to use IG to build your music career. Learn the tips and tricks that have helped Barker’s clients take their IG to the next level. He will cover IG Stories, IGTV and IG Live in detail, giving you the most up-to-date strategies and tactics in real time.

    • 57 min
    #243: What record companies don't want you to know

    #243: What record companies don't want you to know

    "Everything about my music career will get better, easier, bigger, once I'm on a label." That's what musicians tell themselves, and in most cases it isn't true. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about nine things music labels don't want you to know — at least not until it's too late.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    #242: 5 things you need to know about mastering that have nothing to do with audio engineering

    #242: 5 things you need to know about mastering that have nothing to do with audio engineering

    Music mastering can be the mysterious and stressful punctuation at the end of your creative recording process. Or it can bring out the best in your music, making it ready for streaming, CD, or vinyl. What should you expect in the mastering process? And what are some things you should beware? In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about 5 things you need to know about mastering, and they use almost zero technical audio engineering terminology.
    Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com.

    • 55 min
    #241: Building a story into your marketing plan

    #241: Building a story into your marketing plan

    Musicians are natural storytellers, but for some reason we don't apply that  talent to our music marketing. The best music marketing conveys a story that makes someone want to DO something with your music. In this episode, Kevin and Chris talk about how to liven up your music marketing so you're thinking way beyond uninspiring calls-to-action like "pre-save my music now!"
    The song Parked out by the Lake can be found HERE.
    Distribute, monetize, and promote your music at cdbaby.com.

    • 1 hr 4 min

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