215 episodes

As a DIY musician, you know how hard it can be to plan tours, get booked, fund your next album, or sell your music.


Bandhive is here to help you navigate the music business so you spend less time trying to figure things out and spend more time to write great music, tour, and interact with your fans!

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

As a DIY musician, you know how hard it can be to plan tours, get booked, fund your next album, or sell your music.


Bandhive is here to help you navigate the music business so you spend less time trying to figure things out and spend more time to write great music, tour, and interact with your fans!

    This Is Not the End

    This Is Not the End

    It’s been a great run, and we couldn’t have done it without you, our listeners.


    Thank you so much for listening to one episode, 20, or all 215! If you shared an episode with a friend, you get a high five. Aw, fine, make it a hug.


    For real, without folks listening to the show, we wouldn’t have made it to 215 episodes. We wouldn’t have been able to get the fantastic guests we’ve had over the last few years. And last, but definitely not least, we wouldn’t have been able to get to know so many of you.


    So for the last time (for now), thank you for listening, we won’t be back next Tuesday at 6AM Eastern. Have a great year, stay safe, and of course as always… Keep rockin!


    What you’ll learn:


    What we all enjoyed most about the podcastLessons learned from the showComing at our goals with different perspectivesHow we can all learn from each otherWhy you absolutely need to back up your filesRemoving the gatekeepers from the sceneEmbracing failure

    For full show notes, visit https://bandhive.rocks/215

    • 49 min
    International Touring As a DIY Band: Just Do It! | John Ryan of Keep Flying

    International Touring As a DIY Band: Just Do It! | John Ryan of Keep Flying

    Last time John Ryan was on the show, we talked about Keep Flying’s relentless touring schedule, fan acquisition methods, and targeting the right demographics.


    A few months ago, Keep Flying went on their first international tour of the UK. John has been to the UK many times as a tour manager and crew member, but only once before for his own music - 15 years ago.


    Planning an international tour is quite different from a tour of your homeland, involving acquiring visas, renting/borrowing gear, and countless other factors.


    Listen now to learn about international touring as an independent artist from tour manager extraordinaire, John Ryan of Keep Flying!


    What you’ll learn:


    Why we love planning toursWho Keep Flying isPlanning and running an international tour as a DIY bandHow a canceled flight turned out to be a good thing for Keep FlyingIt’s time: just do the thing! Whatever it is you want to do, figure it outWorking with a promoter vs. booking your own showsTouring and personal financeGetting visas for international touringDriving a van in the UKLooking towards personal growth in all aspects of your life

    For full show notes, visit https://bandhive.rocks/214

    • 58 min
    What Can an Artist Manager Do for You? | Matt Bacon of Dropout Media

    What Can an Artist Manager Do for You? | Matt Bacon of Dropout Media

    Matt Bacon is a jack of all trades - but that title isn’t followed by the typical “master of none” caveat. Matt does lots of things, and he does them really well.


    In the past we’ve talked to Matt about record labels and Facebook ads. This week on the show, we’re talking about artist management.


    Are you ready to hire a manager for your band? Would a manager even be able to help you?


    Listen now to learn about artist management, how to attract a manager, and when you’re truly ready for management!


    What you’ll learn:


    Why you already know Matt BaconWhat an artist manager does for their clientsThe artist/manager hierarchyDetermining what each artist needs from a managerWhich tasks an artist needs to focus on if they don’t have a teamAuthenticity as a bandPutting your audience firstHow to present live photos and content without looking cringeTelling stories by constructing a narrative - vs. letting people make their ownWhen a legitimate manager will reach out to youWorking within the vision a manager has for youHow to get new opportunities for your band

    For full show notes, visit https://bandhive.rocks/213

    • 34 min
    Todd Barriage on Taking a Break. Maybe You Need One, Too?

    Todd Barriage on Taking a Break. Maybe You Need One, Too?

    Todd Barriage is a regular on the Bandhive Podcast - and for good reason.


    When Todd first came on the show, we talked about the grind, and how everyone needed to do it.


    Then our opinions shifted and we both drifted away from the grind. Recently, Todd stopped observing a schedule for his releases and switched entirely to a “when I feel like it” model.


    Who could be a more fitting guest to have on when I announce the podcast going on hiatus? I couldn’t think of anyone better!


    Listen now to learn how Todd maintains a healthy work/life balance, while keeping his fans and followers happy and engaged!


    What you’ll learn:


    Why Todd isn’t afraid to start from scratch on his recordingsThe power of quality over quantityThe end of the Bandhive Podcast is nighAvoiding burnout to create better artKnowing when to take a breakKeeping funds flowing when you take a breakWhy the latest videos Todd released are outperforming every other video he releasedWhat’s next for Todd

    For full show notes, visit https://bandhive.rocks/212

    • 34 min
    How to Beat Spotify's 1,000 Annual Streams Threshold

    How to Beat Spotify's 1,000 Annual Streams Threshold

    The internet is in outrage over Spotify’s endless war on independent artists - or, at least, that’s the accusation.


    But, taking a step back and viewing the change with a lens of reason, it’s clear that this isn’t Spotify trying to rip off smaller artists.


    In fact, it’s a change that will benefit any artist who puts in even a modicum of effort for their music. The cutoff equates to roughly $4 a year, and if you aren’t earning that much I’ll be honest… You aren’t really trying.


    Listen now to learn why Spotify’s latest change isn’t going to hurt artists, and how you can be sure to hit the payout threshold consistently!


    What you’ll learn:


    Why Spotify’s royalty change doesn’t matterHow the royalty redistribution helps legitimate artistsPromoting your song to get traction and playsUsing playlists to boost your song and train Spotify’s algorithmSpending time on the things that matter, rather than complainingHow to get legitimate plays on Spotify

    For full show notes, visit https://bandhive.rocks/211

    • 13 min
    Building a Legacy by Giving Back | Troy Millette & The Fire Below

    Building a Legacy by Giving Back | Troy Millette & The Fire Below

    We’ve only had a small number of guests on the show multiple times - and I can count three-peats on one hand. This week I’m stoked to welcome back Troy Millette of The Fire Below for his third appearance!


    This time, we’re going to talk about Troy’s annual holiday benefit concert, Home for the Holidays. He’s been hosting the event for a whopping eleven years, showing that giving back is a huge part of who he is.


    Are you eager to make a difference in your own community? Listen now to learn how you can launch and grow a benefit concert or series of your own!


    What you’ll learn:


    Building a benefit concert series as part of your artist brandScaling your events over a decade to create continuing growthHow Troy is going to The Good Place with one good deed per yearTreating others in the music scene with respect and careEarning your opportunities - and not screwing them upWhy promoting the shows you play is incredibly importantSupporting small venues by marketing your shows effectivelyHow to start your own benefit series!

    For full show notes, visit https://bandhive.rocks/210

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

pleasantly happy ,

Super informative. I recommend this podcast all the time.

You have one of the best podcasts man. Every time you have so much valuable information. Everything that I applied that you provided always worked great. If someone is seriously about working the business, this is a great start.

kkffhhyrddgh ,

Limitless Resource for bands

Can’t speak highly enough about this podcast. The information Bandhive provides is concrete, practical and actionable. The experience and knowledge that they bring to the table is unparalleled in the podcast realm. It’s entertaining, it’s useful, and it makes the complex world of music business seem a lot more manageable.

madmunsterdaddy ,

Practical advice for new bands!

If you’re just starting out or maybe have been spinning your wheels for a while and not getting traction this is the podcast for you! Great advice, constantly being updated for the ever changing landscape of todays industry, and great stories and interactions that always come back to the topic at hand. Tips to increase your fans, your income and most importantly your positive attitude because having fun is what’s most important!

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