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Should you give away your music for free?

Many artists face this question:Whether to give away free music or not.
I mean what’s the point? The reason you got into the music industry, was to make money right?

Don’t forget that you also paid to get your music recorded, mixed, mastered, artwork, production,etc. So if you give away free music you’re technically losing money, right?

LAW OF RECIPROCITY
This is a term psychologists use. What it basically says is, when someone does something nice for you, you have a sense to want to do something nice for them. If I was to give you $10 right now and you didn’t even ask for it, most likely you would want to do something nice for me down the line….

Here’s the thing though, the law of reciprocity can either make or break your brand. If you give away stuff for free, make sure it’s something that’s beneficial to that person and not cheesy. You don’t want to get a bad name.

I see many up and coming artists release music on iTunes and then complain about not getting support because people aren’t buying their music. Did you know that even promotion doesn’t guarantee you a cd sale?

The GIVEAWAY
Giving away a free song, EP or LP can actually be beneficial for you. If you do this correctly, you can actually gain more fans to listen to your music. Why is that? People tend to gravitate more to something that is free. Give away a song, EP, but still make sure it’s of good quality. Don’t look at it as a loss because of the money you spent, but the potential fans that you will get by doing this. If you have a high quality project, people will not only listen to it, but tell others as well to check you out. It’s the snowball effect.

CHECKPOINTS

  • Only give away select songs for free. Make sure they are A1
  • Ask for feedback of the song(s).
  • You want to get an email address in exchange for the free download as a way to keep in contact with your audience.

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How to get people to listen to your music

Everyday can be a struggle to get people to listen to your music.

It’s like pulling teeth right? I mean, you spend money on beats, mixing & mastering, studio time, etc and you want people to listen to your finished product..

The truth is, there is a proper way to getting people to listen to your music without annoying them. It’s so many spammers and trolls out & people get annoyed with “HEY LISTEN TO THIS” or “CHECK OUT THIS SONG”.. In actuality, spamming people online is the same as walking up to somebody on the street and telling them to stop everything that they are doing and listen to your music. Not only is it annoying, but also very rude.

Here are a few ways that you can get people to check out your music (without being annoying):

  1. Collaborate With Other Artists
    Network and build with other artists in your niche. If they are on one of your songs, more than likely they will help promote it by telling their followers to check out the song.
  2. Create a Facebook Fan Page
    If you don’t have a fan page on Facebook, definitely create one! I recommend creating a fan page, then running an ad to people to like your page. Then you can add content and promote your music.
  3. Youtube Marketing
    Create videos of yourself an upload them to youtube. This can be of anything music related.
  4. Have a Content/Give-A-Way
    Have some type of contest and give something of value away to the winner.
  5. Just Ask
    Ask people to simply check out your music. Whether you have a Facebook fan page, mailing list, twitter, etc, just ask for people to check out what you have been working on. It’s always good to ask for feedback as well so you can get more interaction :).

Please feel free to like,share,& comment and as always thanks for your continued support.

-Ray the Baker

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Be Original

When something is made that’s rare of its kind, the worth is automatically deemed high.

In the music industry, originality is very attractive and highly lucrative. Both record labels and fans look for that special spark that each artist has within themselves. Every true creative has a certain uniqueness to their talent. They never copy another artist’s work (at least not intentionally). At most, they would remix it and put their own spit on it.

A true creative continuously expands his/her originality. Your originality should never get old. Be comfortable in your uniqueness. Your sound is your own, so own it! There are people who are waiting to hear your voice, your flow, delivery, choruses, etc.

Your sound was given to you to change the world; to inspire and encourage others. Ultimately, all gifts were given to worship God. I encourage you to embrace your gift with gladness. For you are very blessed to have one. It makes you special. There is no one that can work your gift like you do. Therefore, great responsibility and accountability comes with possessing a gift. Your duty is to improve in your gift. We are called to be good stewards. 1 Peter 4:9 says “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” This scripture not only speaks to the proper maintenance and protection of your gift, but also the extraction of advancements that are embedded in your gift. Your gifts make you better.

Your gift is very powerful. It can open doors you’ve only dreamed of walking into. Therefore, never listen to what the naysayers have to say. They only want you to throw your gift away which is a slap to the face of God. Cherish your gift. Love your gift. Respect your gift. Protect your gift. Grow your gift & most importantly, share your gift. Be true and absolute in the originality of your gift.

Love and hope,

Christina W.

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What is a Song Split Sheet?

A split sheet establishes on a document, the percentage that the artist, songwriter, producer, etc receives. You should definitely finish a split sheet immediately after you finished a song. This way, you can negotiate what percentage each person involves gets.

A song’s ownership totals 100%. 50% is designated to the songwriter and the other 50% is designated to the publisher/producer.

For example..

Let’s say you are a rapper , ok? You just got a dope songwriter to sing your hook as well as a producer to lace the beat for you. After that song is complete, you’re going to want to sit down with them to negotiate the splits.

This is of course if you’re going to be selling the song.

You sit down with everyone and discuss that the producer will get 50%, the songwriter will get 15% for writing the chorus & YOU will get 35%. It’s that simple. Now, the next step would be to register the song with your publisher, but now everyone knows there percentage :). From a business perspective, the more people you have involved on your song (artists, producer, songwriter, etc), the more splits you would have to dish out.

Click here to download a Song split sheet.

Hope this helps you!

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How much value do you place on your music?

Value is defined as something of importance that is beneficial, to have a high opinion of. When it comes to music, how much value do you place on your craft? Are you investing your money into the best beats, recording equipment, mixing, mastering, and artwork? Or do you always try to go the cheaper route?  When you write your lyrics, do you put the time and effort into making sure you have the best song that you could possibly make? Do you challenge yourself with your pen, or does everything go? These are some good questions to ask yourself.

There is a strong connection between great beats and great writing which equals a great song. You can have dope lyrics with a wack beat, and the potential of the song may not turn out as good as it could have been. Not every song you write is going to be a hit, but the main thing is to be consistent and give it your best each time.

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5 best microphones for recording vocals

As a recording artist, the microphone(s) you record on are very important. Whether you record at home or a professional recording studio, you need a good microphone to record on. Here are 5 of the best microphones for recording vocals:

1. Rode NT2A – $399
– 3-position variable polar pattern: Omni, Cardioid & Figure 8
– 3-position high pass filter: Flat, 80hz or 40hz
– Wide dynamic range
– Requires 48v phantom power

2. Neuman TLM 103 – $1,299
– large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone
– extremely low noise
– Frequency range: 20hz-20kHZ
– Requires 48v phantom power

3. Blue Microphone Bluebird – $299
– Cardioid condenser microphone
– Low cut filter: 100Hz
– Requires 48v phantom power

4. AKG C214 – $399
– Cardioid condenser microphone
– Frequency range: 20Hz-20kHz
– Low cut filter: 160Hz
– Requires +12V-52V phantom power

5. Sennheiser MD 421 II – $379
– Cardioid dynamic microphone
– Frequency range: 30Hz-17kHz
– internal bass tubes helps deliver accurate low end response

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How to sell your music on iTunes

This is a question that often gets asked from a music artist. “How can I get my music on iTunes?”

Getting your music on iTunes, isn’t that difficult. Here are a few options:

  1. Cd Baby – Cd Baby is an online music store specializing in selling cds.
  2. TuneCore – Tunecore is an independent digital music distribution service. You can setup a free account on www.tunecore.com today.
  3. Go through iTunes directly. You can go through iTunes directly to sell your music rather than an Aggregator(experts who deliver content to iTunes), but you must meet the requirements.

Find out more information through apple here.

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Motivation will get you going, but dedication will keep you there

According to Webster’s Definition, Motivation is the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. Various things around us can be motivating, for example, hearing an inspiring word, listening to music that inspires you or even hearing someone’s testimony.

However, for some, motivation may not last very long. You can get inspired by playing your favorite song, but after it’s over, you’re alone with your thoughts again. The driving force behind your motivation, should be dedication. When you are dedicated, you are committed. Yes, there will be days when you’re just not feeling it, or you’re ready to give up pursuing a dream, but keep pushing. Don’t forget why you started in the first place. Keep going. Everyday put your goals in front of you and go for it!Push yourself daily to be better than you were yesterday.

If you aren’t motivated, start today. Surround yourself with positive people, renew your mind (Romans 12:2) and fill it with positive thoughts. As a man so thinketh, so is he.(Proverbs 23:7)

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How To Copyright Your Music

What is a copyright?

Webster’s definition of a copyright, is the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work).

As an artist, producer, songwriter, etc, it is recommended that you protect your works. Copyrighting is actually the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your songs. To avoid someone claiming ownership over a piece of work that you did, you should definitely copyright it as soon as you completed it!

If you finished writing a song on 1/1/17 and submit the copyright, that would be the date of your registered work. Please do not get copyrights confused with publishing. They are two different entities. A copyright will not generate any money for you, it will just state that you are the registered owner of the work as well as what time you submitted your work.

How to register a copyright online:

  1. Go to www.copyright.gov 
  2. Click on Register a Copyright
  3. Click on Performing Arts
  4. Next, you will need to click on Register a work of the performing art.. Located on the right Sidebar
  5. Follow the on screen instruction

You can find out more about copyrights by visiting their website, www.copyright.gov 

 

 

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4 tips to help promote your music

Hey everyone,
Based on a recent survey, We see a lot of people are looking for more exposure. Check out these 4 tips to help promote your music!
  1. Use Hashtags – Whether it’s an Instagram post, Facebook status or Tweet, consider using hashtags. While everyone may not view or listen to every song you post, you will start seeing more engagement. Here are some common ones used: #chh #emcees #rapzilla #rappers
  2. Facebook groups / Forums – Facebook groups are a great way to promote your music. This can easily bring traffic to your website, soundcloud, etc. without having to pay a dime. Be sure not to spam groups. Try to avoid tagging people to hear your music. That approach can be ineffective and will cause people to block you.
  3. Build a team – Get some of your friends to help share your music!
  4. Be consistent – Develop a schedule and stick with it. Try not to space your posts too far out, you should constantly be posting and engaging your audience.

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