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The importance and fine art of tagging your music

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Hello friends.

Today we will speak a little about promoting your music within the sites that its already posted on. Namely: Tagging.
Without adding the appropriate tags to your songs on soundcamp, bandcamp, youtube or wherever else, nobody will find your music. That’s not even a statistic. Its a fact.

Your goal naturally, as is mine, is to have as many people as possible listening and talking about your music, so tagging is vital. Use a combination of tag words and tag phrases that are descriptive of your music. Other than the obvious choices such as the genre of the song and a few descriptors such as “Chillaxed” or “Space cock”, consider adding the name of the software you made it in (particularly useful on youtube) or the names of a few of your favourite artists that sound similar. Even if not very similar, fans of those artists will see your songs and with a little luck give them the time of day required for you to convince them you’re the greatest producer since Aphex Twin.

What are your techniques when it comes to tagging your music on music sites? What have you had most success with?
Let me know in the comments!

Written by majorshake

June 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

3 reasons why your mailing list is your best friend

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Today I’m going to talk a little about building a solid fanbase, and the most important tool to doing so. That tool of course is your mailing list. Below you’ll find three solid arguments for why you should be organizing it right now, if you haven’t got one already.

Also, while I have your attention. As of today, each Monday I will be talking about the music business. Furthermore, I really really appreciate your feedback on anything I write here, because it helps clarify my thoughts and the discussion is beneficial to all of us. So if you have anything to say about any of what I write, leave me a comment!

1. It allows you to stay in touch with your fans. Not just making a small difference, but a huge impact on your relationship with them. People avoid giving their emails out whenever they can. Their email is your private access to them. You get to personally let them know of any new music and upcoming events you have. It helps you build true fans.

2. It will promote the hell out of your new release. If you post your music at every sharing site possible, you might get maybe 300 people to listen to it. A little more if you’re lucky. Now, that might be true for every song you ever post online. 10 songs = 3000 people listening to your music. Every 10th likes your music so much, they’ll download it and sign up to your mailing list. Now lets say, you have an ep coming out. You post if on all of those music sites again, and 300 people listen to it. But what’s that? You have 300 people on your mailing list! Suddenly twice as many people are listening to it. It makes a bigger impact everywhere you publish it and it gets shared around more.
Every time you have a new release like that, more people will listen and more will sign up to your mailing list to listen in the future.

3. It helps spread your music. I don’t mean by simply earning you more fans, but that will happen as well. Labels these days are swarmed with demo cd’s from hundreds of artists. Hundreds of bedroom and garage musicians wanting to be heard, get signed and get famous. Who do you think has a better chance to be noticed, a guy who has 1000 people on his mailing list and is really building a fanbase, or a guy who has a cd but no presence to speak of?

Written by majorshake

May 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

3 simple things that will help you get more fans

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Today I wanted to discuss some of the strategies that have worked for me to get people listening to my music. They work quite well and if you’re consistent with them they will help you get more people listening to your music. I’ve used all of those strategies myself and they really do work.

1. Listen to other artists music, and leave them comments.

This is great particularly on souncloud and on the forums (which I will talk about a bit later). If you take the effort to listen to someone else’s music, and take the time to leave them a comment more often than not they will¬†reciprocate. The thing is though, to not leave a comment that just says “Cool tune man”. Take the time to tell them what you like about the song.
I also make a rule of not saying anything bad about someone else’s music unless specifically asked for critique. Always concentrate on the things that you like.

2. Make youtube videos

There are more than TWO BILLION video views on youtube every day. Many people go there looking for videos of people playing beats on their mpc’s (just search mpc beat and see how many results you get), or videos of people playing virtually any sort of music on any sort of equipment. With smart tagging, you get a huge chance that people will see your video and hear your music.

3. Join a forum

There are two forums I frequent first is the idm forum and then there is the Future Producers forum. Both are visited by tons of people who know A LOT about making music on your computer, and both have a dedicated section of the forum for people to post their music and get critique.
Not to mention that both forums are literally a goldmine of information, and reading both will make you better at making music.
Those three strategies might seem simple, but they really do work, and the better your music, the better they will work. People will eventually start seeing you as a talented producer and they will become your fans.

What do you do to get people listening to your music?

Written by majorshake

May 13, 2011 at 12:37 am