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Instagram for Music Artists: Get More Followers

Written by: willydom2

Many people have various reasons why they would want to have followers and likes for the photos that they will be posting into a free photo-sharing application, Instagram. Some people say that they just wanted to promote the images they have captured, some would like to share where they have been, some would like to test the photo effects of the application, and some use Instagram for business. Whatever the reasons they have, this application is known to be popular and meeting their objectives is nearly possible.

Here are the basic things you can do to be successful in getting more followers and likes for your Instagram photos:
1) Make the subject of your photos interesting. Everybody would be generous of his or her one-click like if the Instagram image you posted is worth the click.
2) Be creative in the photo effects that you will use. Surely, your post will be much more attractive if a liker would be mesmerized by your images.
3) Take advantage of the social networking site. You can always promote your photos on your Facebook wall so that your friends and family would have a better view of your images.
4) Do not forget to tag your close friends and make your photo public so that even the friends of your friends can view your images. In this way, your photos would appear on their walls and be exposed to a much larger number of potential likes.
5) Other than Facebook, you can also use other social networking sites. You can post a link on Twitter, Plurk, Pinterest, and other networks even to your website or blog if you have one.

Like artists, numerous DJs consider advantage of possessing enthusiast interactions via social media and enjoy the consideration when they get it. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, and Instagram. Shot them out and you will enhance your prospect to get the favor in return. It is still enterprise, and organization is all about the partnership.

Radio Edits.
If the DJ is not functioning in a bar, club, or house social gathering you possibly require to have a clear or radio edited model. Offering them the alternative will produce the best outcomes.
As of now, Instagram has fourteen to fifteen million clients, and it among the least complex applications that can present pictures straightforwardly on your most loved long range informal communication destinations like Twitter and Facebook and online music advancement start.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Who are the perpetual Instagrams’ clients of capacity to offer online music collections and pick up fans?
Techniques to do music promotion online on Instagram
1. Artist/band name
This is the most importance. Avoid being crazy cryptic little to say flamboyant just keep it simple. If you need your fans to discover you and follow you effortlessly. Searching for you and discovering try not to be a fortune chase.

2.Make Photos Interesting
Think of a photograph arrangement; Look for the subject and select it to star in your photos like it’s a story.

3.Use Hashtags
These days it can be a troublesome world to live if you don’t know how to utilize hashtags. The words after each finish of a post can enable you to keep up your online nearness. A hashtag of #bandname could give your fans a chance to click said the word and found an assortment of boundless photographs, which makes a satisfying their hunger to see you. So in each post, keep in mind hashtags.

You need to do something new every time and not lose a single opportunity to socialize with people. You can do this by visiting pages of other members and by rating their photos. You also invite other members to rate your photos, especially the new photos. You should upload interesting photos for others to see. You should comment positively on others photo and use symbols like emoticons freely and judiciously to make a statement.
When you shower heap of praises on others, rest assured that the good will return to you and such praises will find a place in comments to your photos. You also create a bonding with others and these results in exchanging views, thoughts, sharing interests, and you become part of Real Instagram followers.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your camera or smartphone and take amazing photos, upload them and tag them and increase your fans and followers.

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How To Get More Plays On Your Soundcloud Page

How To Get More Plays On Your Soundcloud Page

Written by: bencoleman1

If you love music and would like to be a musician or singer or performer over a period of time then you must know to make efficient use of the internet and the cloud platform.

Over the years Soundcloud has become the world’s leading social sound platform. It is a platform where everybody can listen to sounds and music or even create something of their own.

It also is possible to share them everywhere and anywhere in the world. Hence, the task of being a creator is quite easy. All that you have to do is to record your favorite sound or songs and share them on a public platform or to specific friends and others in a private environment. It could also be posted on social media sites, blogs and other sites.

How To Make The Most Out Of It
You may not have too much of problems as singers or performers as far as recording and sharing of performance of sounds, songs and numbers are concerned. It is however important that you are able to reach out to as many listeners as possible if you wish to graduate to the next higher level as a musician. Hence your objective must be to get more plays as far as your soundcloud music page is concerned. Here are a few proven tips and ways by which this might be possible:

1. Try And Upload Free Giveaway Tracks
Whether you are aspiring to become one of the best rappers or some other form of musician, you have to understand the importance of free giveaway tracks. Those who use cloud platforms like Soundcloud love free downloads. If you have a number which you believe is of good quality, you can offer a free downloadable link on this platform. This will help you to reach many numbers of people quite easily.

2. The Fascinating World Of Mixes
It would not be a bad idea to think of regular podcast series. You could record DJ mixes on your own or engage some music companies and producers to do the job for you.

3. Tagging Is Important
Your music number must be tagged under the right genre and when going in for mixing you also must be sure that the right tags are used in terms of label name, artist name and so on. You also should not forget the importance of submitting your works to groups on Soundcloud. It has the largest collection of groups and being preset there certainly could make a big difference.

4. Sharing Is Bloodline
The more you share your numbers and recordings, the better are the chances that you will reach a wide cross section of listeners. You must find out ways and means by which you can make effective use of social media sites like Facebook, Facebook groups, YouTube, Twitter, Tumbler and so on. You also should try and get your music blogs connected to Ebows, Hype Machine, Shuffler, etc. Your objective must be to reach out as many dozens of listeners and music lovers as you possibly can. Towards this objective, there is no doubt that Soundcloud certainly has a pivotal role to play especially if you are a budding artist.

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Why You Should Consider Releasing A Mixtape

Why You Should Consider Releasing A Mixtape

Written by: tajmenz

If you’re an aspiring musician, you may be considering whether to produce a mixtape or an album, in order to promote your music. If you’re having difficulty deciding between the two, simply continue reading to discover the unique benefits of opting to release a mixtape, before releasing an album.

Reasons for releasing a mixtape
1. As mix tapes are typically free, they are great way of expanding your fan base
If you’re a relatively new artist who is looking to create a name for yourself, it’s definitely worth releasing a mixtape as potential new listeners have nothing to lose by listening to your music. Whereas individuals are far less likely to purchase an album, released by an artist that they know little about.
2. Releasing a mixtape can convince listeners to pay for your music, in the future
If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to make a decent living by giving away free music, think again! If you gain fans by producing a free mixtape, you’ll have more chances of booking high paid gigs and increasing your ticket sales, to your concerts.
If you release a free mixtape, which gives your listeners a taste of an upcoming album, you’ll be likely to convert your new listeners into paying fans. Who will be willing to support your new album.
Remember that selling albums, is not the only way to make a living as an artist. Even chart topping artists who have a slew of Grammys and MTV music awards, use alternate methods of making money, such as selling merchandise. As in today’s digital age, it’s easy for pirates to illegally distribute or stream an artist’s brand new music.
3. A mixtape can showcase what makes your music unique
Releasing a mixtape is a unique opportunity to show a potential new audience, what makes your music unique. Mixtapes help rappers and singers, establish their unique sound.
4. A mixtape is easier to produce than a full album
Typically a mixtape will feature up to 10 tracks. Whilst a typical studio album will feature 12 tracks. It’s also common for mix tapes to feature original tracks as well as remixes, which means that you only need to produce a couple of chart topping hits, to create a mix tape. Whereas, if you were to produce a full studio album, you’d have to produce 12 unique tracks.
So if you’re looking to save money by producing fewer tracks, it’s well worth producing a mixtape. Especially, as booking studio time in a professional music studio, can be a huge expense to budget for.
As an added benefit, if your mixtape only contains a couple of tracks, new listeners are more likely to listen to your tracks on repeat.
5. If you’re an aspiring rapper it’s far easier to release your first mixtape
If you dream of becoming the next Jay Z or Kanye West, you may want to release a mixtape which features you rapping over someone else’s instrumental. Just ensure that you have the permission to feature the instrumentals you choose on your mixtape and to pay all royalties, which you may be obliged to pay. If you’re looking to release your first mixtape, you may want to cut costs by choosing royalty free instrumentals that are in the public domain. However, if you’re a more established artist, it’s definitely worth producing your own backing tracks.
6. Mixtapes are a great way to ensure that you stay relevant between releasing albums
One way to create hype surrounding your career, is to ensure that your fans don’t forget about your music. As it’s impossible to constantly release album after album, you may want to consider periodically producing mixtapes between your album releases, in order to ensure that you don’t lose fans.
7. It’s easy to distribute mixtapes
Why not consider distributing free mixtapes at your gigs as a way of increasing your fan base? If you book gigs on a regular basis, giving away mixtapes is a sure fire way to increase the buzz surrounding your music.
So if you’re an aspiring singer or rapper, it’s well worth releasing a mix tape, before releasing a full album. As you’ll be able to significantly increase your fan base without spending a small fortune on studio time.

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That moment when you get your first placement…

 

Sound H & Rapper Skillz

I wanted to share this story with you that I hope will inspire you on your musical journey.

I landed my first placement as a music producer back in 2009 with Rapper Skillz. I just started making music seriously for about a year, but hard work definitely pays off. Whoever works the hardest in life, is going to win. Point blank!

I still remember this night as if it happened yesterday.

Skillz arrived at the studio around 11pm that night. We were all just talking and I remember my boy asked him who was going to produce his yearly Rap up for 2009. He mentioned to us that he reached out to production team Justice League and producer Kwame. If you’re not familiar with these hip hop producers, definitely do your research! My first thought honestly was like dang, we can’t compete with them. Keep in mind we were still fairly new to the music scene.

Right Place, Right Time
Even though Skillz had other producers working on beats for him, we wanted to take advantage too. You never want to let an opportunity pass you by. I mean he was right there in the studio with us lol. We knocked out 3 hip hop beats that night. Dead on the spot, hip hop bangers. The cool thing was, Skillz was right there, so he was able to vibe to them on the spot and tell us what he wanted. I remember him really liking 2 of the 3, and guess what? He used one of the instrumentals for his rap up beat.

I was so hype when I found out we landed our first placement. A few days later the song was played all across the nation, literally. That is why it is pivotal that you have your music publishing set up. So you can get paid from your music!

I pray this post helps inspire you. Whether you are a music artist, producer, manager, etc, work on building good relationships. Trust me, they will go further than you can even imagine.

Trust the process, don’t rush the process.
Ray the Baker

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That One Time When I Met & Worked with DJ Jazzy Jeff

This was a crazy, surreal day for me that I  wanted to share with you.

One of the first Independent artists I worked with in my career, was Skillz fka Mad Skillz. He’s well known in the hip hop community for his  yearly wrap ups, but on top of that, he’s a ghostwriter  who’s written for Nicki  Minaj, P Diddy & Will Smith to  name a few.

Skillz & Sound H became real close. We spent many hours in the studio working on music, but we also broke bread together. By the way, he tells the best stories! S/O to the homie Skillz.

So back in 2009, I was fresh off tour in Italy for 2 months (Sister Act play). Skills hit me up and asked me if I wanted to ride up to Delaware for a session at Jazzy Jeff’s crib. I hesitated at first, but I definitely said yes. This was an opportunity that I know I couldn’t let pass me by. So the next day Skillz, myself & another songwriter from the area drove up to Delaware to Jeff’s crib. I still remember us getting to his house and I was amazed.

I grew up watching Fresh Prince, so meeting Jeff in person was mad dope! 

We walked in his house, and went down to his basement where his studio was located. The first thing I saw that caught my eye, was his grammies on his wall. Skillz saw me amazed & told me I could & would get the same thing if I worked hard at it. I still have those words in my mind even to this day!

Everyday I’m Motivated!

We worked the whole day in the studio, stayed overnight, worked a little the next morning then headed back down to Richmond, Va. God is good and that experience only happened because of a great relationship. The music industry is built on having good relationships with people. That’s why some people succeed and some don’t. It’s so much more than music, so always treat people good & network as much as possible.

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How Did I Get Here?

I couldn’t have been more than 9 or 10 years old when my passion for music and the piano started. My mom plays the piano as well, and taught me three chords. I’ll never forget that. I would literally come home from middle school and play gospel albums for hours daily trying to figure out what the keyboard player was playing. I wouldn’t stop until I would learn the chord.

I wasn’t really focused on how complex the song was, but I was focused on learning how to play it. And I wasn’t going to stop until I figured it out. That was my drive & motivation!

After graduating high school, I went to a junior college for Computer Networking. I took about 2 or 3 classes a semester, but in the process was playing for various groups in the Richmond, Va area. After about 2 years I realized that I truly wanted to pursue music full time. I mean why waste my parent’s hard earned money on something that I wasn’t interested in? The cool thing is, once I told them, they supported my decision.

It definitely wasn’t easy, but I knew what I wanted and went after it. I started Sound H Beats in August of 2009 & I’ll never forget the reason why…

In December of 2007, I was in the studio with my fam Lee Major kid (2x grammy nominated producer). His career just launched with him producing Young Jeezy’s single “Vacation” as well as “Ride” for Ace Hood ft. Trey Songz. So we’re in the studio and he’s playing some bangers that he was working on. I had my flash drive on me, so he asked me to play some beats. One of the instrumentals that I played for him, was this urban rock track. Live guitars with heavy rock drums. He listened and told me that I should start a production company. The funny thing was, I was already thinking that, so that was just confirmation for me!

Listen, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. But as a serious music artist, you have to be willing to grind hard and sacrifice to reach your goals.

I’ve worked with small artists all the way up to artists such as Amerie, No Malice, The Inkredibles, & Skillz to name a few.  I know all my hard work will be worthwhile when people like you hear my music and fall in love with something I’ve spent a lot of time to perfect. I hope my music can impact your life positively.

<<Click here to listen to our instrumentals>>

To make professional music, it takes WORK! I’ve spent many hours locked in the studio working on beats and not focused on being bothered. I had to learn engineering, mixing, but most importantly marketing.

What good is having music if you don’t know how to reach people to listen to it?

Thank you for listening and enabling my dream to become a reality.

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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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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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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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