10 Ways to Promote Your Music

1. Find your Niche

The first step to getting your music to the masses is knowingwhich masses you’re aiming at. Figure out how you want to brand yourself and your music and stick with it. Get to know people working in your genre and the fans.

2. Start Small

Just like any venture, music promotion won’t happen overnight and planting the seed is one of the earliest steps you should take. Don’t overbook yourself and don’t release too much at once. It’s easy to spread yourself thin quickly. Make sure that everything you’re releasing to the public is 100% manageable.

3. Get Online

After you get the first two steps squared away then get online in a big way. Put together a professional website with your contact information, samples, and updated event schedule.

4. Social Network

Live tweet your performances, make a Facebook fan page, upload photos on Instagram, and just generally be seen. Social networking is the fastest method of transferring information to people and everyone has it at their disposal. Make use of it.

5. Maintain a Consistent Presence

Once you accomplish three and four then keep it up. Don’t slack on updating event schedules and live feeds. A good first impression isn’t enough for effective promotion; once you start getting attention then keep it.

6. Distribute Online

People will often value convenience over quality, so be accessible. Put tracks on bandcamp, Itunes, or wherever people can click-and-get your creations.

7. Go Local

Building a reputation doesn’t have to start in LA. Getting a loyal fan-base, even if it’s 20 people from your High School, is necessary for spreading the word. Work local gigs and get to know other area musicians. They might be able to hook you up with more contacts and venues.

8. Make Friends

Music is an industry made up of personal connections and who you know is just as important as what you can do. Wherever you perform, leave a good impression. Tip well at bars, be on time, and respect the other artists.

9. Meet in Person

Though an online presence is key, being a public-ghost won’t help you. Be willing to do meet and greets and put your name in the ears of managers and artists alike. Watch the news for music events and get out there.

10. Be Organized

Keep your websites live, compile a press kit, make a list of contacts, and invest in business cards. It will look good to your peers and make the process easier in the long run.

Mixed-tapes; The Sonnet of Today

Going-steady in high-school has always meant a couple of things. Firstly, your parents were going to have a few awkward conversations with you. Secondly, you weren’t going to listen. Most importantly, somewhere in the relationship, a mixed-tape (or CD in later years) was going to find its way into your locker.

The cool thing about a mixed-tape is that no two are alike. Peter Gabriel is going to be on at least one that you receive in your life-time, but each mix is going to be unique, if not always exactly what you were hoping for.
There are a few approaches you can take when developing the mixed-tape. First, the actual tape; an old-school device you had to slam into your radio and hit record to capture what was essentially an illegal down load of the 80’s. The neat thing about tapes was you could record messages before, after and over the top of songs if you had a microphone. Then comes the hard part. Do you put music they like, or take a gamble and introduce them to all the weird stuff you are into? Do you write blurbs about what each song means to you and how it applies to your relationship?

Second, there are the new-fangled CDs that the kids think are all the rage; they’ll never catch on! The age of digital music has made the mixed-tape media amazingly simple, with every song you could ever want just sitting there, waiting to be netted and plastered on a disc for the enjoyment of your sweetie. The capability to embarrass yourself is more likely than the chances you will blow your significant other’s mind, but if you do manage to completely dazzle them, that’s it. That’s true love. Or, in any case, you will be renowned as that special someone with the amazing tunes.

Finally, the digital age has created several services to allow the sharing of playlists. That’s right, there isn’t a hard-copy; the music just exists. For many people, the physical piece of plastic is an important piece of the mixed-tape experience because if you break-up or stop being friends, what do you do? You can’t break a playlist in half, there is only that little trash symbol that you drag and drop to. That’s why nothing man comes up with in terms of digital music will ever be as good as the original mixed-tape.

5 Different Software Programs that Help Mix Music

77Mixing audio is no longer a task that needs to be done in an expensive studio. Musician’s everyday are learning that they are able to complete this task with a computer and the right software. There is currently a wide variety of software that will allow you to complete your mixes but only five are highly recommended.

If you are new to mixing and don’t want to spend a lot of money then Audacity is for you. This software is able to be used on Windows, Mac, and UNIX systems. Audacities allows you to record audio, upload audio, alter the audio levels, and change the pitch or tempo of the mix, and even record over existing tracks. Audacity has been ranked in the top 5 because it is easy to use which means that a person with little to no mixing or audio recording skills will be able to start using to program without having to learning a lot of technical information. In addition to being easy to use, this software is free to download.

Logic Pro X is a mixing software that is only compatible with Mac systems. This software has also been known for its ease of use. With this software you can monitor your mix with ease. You will be able to use your mouse to adjust sound levels, pitch, bass, and more. Also, with the simple click of your mouse you can add or remove plug-ins from your mix which can help to change your instruments sound.

Pro Tools is popular audio mixing software that has stood the test of time. This software also allows you to access and add drum, piano, and synth sounds for your mix. Once you have found the perfect instrument Pro Tools allows you to tweak your audio with the help of plug-ins. With Pro Tools the possibilities for your mixes are endless.

Fruity Loops Studio 11 is audio mixing software that can be used on Windows and Mac systems. This software makes it easy to record, edit, and mix your project. If you have a section of audio that needs to be cropped or rearranged, you will be able to adjust those tasks with just a couple of clicks of the mouse. With the help of Fruity Loops you can also see a visual analysis of your mixes which helps you to see what areas need adjustments.

Albeton Live 9 is also powerful audio mixing software for you. It is compatible with both Mac and PC computers also. This software allows users the ability to mix their music with the help of a mouse and on screen mixing console. Also, if you are a DJ, the patented beat matching technology allows you to easy create custom mixes in no time.