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Old 03-09-2016, 03:38 AM   #1
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Market yourself

I have always wondered how do producers get in the music business? Where do you start? How does one get his foot on the door? Do you just spam your music to labels or hope that someone thats in the business stumbles upon your music and decides to bring you in? I live in San Diego and idk if they have a music scene for upcoming producers/composers or maybe I'm looking at the wrong place.

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Old 03-11-2016, 07:17 AM   #2
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Re: Market yourself

It's not about spamming. It's about fan base & popularity. For example, you have so many youtube stars, not signed with any big name but still everyone know them.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:53 PM   #3
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Re: Market yourself

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I have always wondered how do producers get in the music business? Where do you start? How does one get his foot on the door? Do you just spam your music to labels or hope that someone thats in the business stumbles upon your music and decides to bring you in? I live in San Diego and idk if they have a music scene for upcoming producers/composers or maybe I'm looking at the wrong place.
I would say that either they send music to labels (expect lots of rejection) or music labels find them on the platforms they use to share their music, in live events, etc.

The advice that I get everywhere is not to start sending music to labels too early before having produced lots lots of tracks, understand very well what kind of sound the label is going for. Every upcoming producer has a chance to get in the business no matter where, as long as the music is top quality.
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Old 05-24-2017, 07:48 PM   #4
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Re: Market yourself

Definitely a huge subject in itself, but I think one of the important components is proving that your music can be popular on its own before getting a label involved.
One of the first things is getting blogs to cover your music to gain some exposure and building a decent fan base on your own. this can be along process when you're starting out because you are just starting to make connections with tastemakers but little by little you can start developing a relationship with a few to whom you can consistently promote your stuff.
One other thing is branding, make sure to have a consistent image as a producer and always have graphics to accompany your songs. Makes a big difference.
Really just tip of the iceberg stuff here but a good place to start IMO.
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Old 05-24-2017, 09:29 PM   #5
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You have to go outside and meet people. I know, fuck that shit

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Old 05-25-2017, 02:04 PM   #6
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Re: Market yourself

I am actually in the process of redoing my website. I haven't had much "stickiness" and need to hold visitors longer.

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Old 05-26-2017, 04:17 AM   #7
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You have to go outside and meet people. I know, fuck that shit
Why? Why not just toss around optical confetti and let people use their heads?
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Old 06-16-2017, 09:39 AM   #8
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Re: Market yourself

There's a lot of text on your homepage, keep it tight and simple.

People don't take the time to read through all those lines of text but they will read a couple of lines. Try to get them interested and give them an option to navigate to an other page if they want to know more.

A music player is a great way to keep them longer on your site, you can present them a mix of half an hour or longer and hope if they listen to the mix. Or you can present a two to three minute long promo/teaser/commercial.

Remember the time-span of keeping peoples attention is rather short.
Keeping them active on your site for a few minutes is already more than average.

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Old 06-17-2017, 04:01 PM   #9
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Re: Market yourself

I have no commercial interest in music personally, but I've figured that you just need to get yourself out there. That first and secondly someone has to find your stuff commercially viable.

I mean, if you're just dealing with small labels then all of that can be very informal. Small labels seem to publish a lot less commercially viable music, but they do it for other reasons and they usually have very low costs in doing so.

But the world of big music companies is a lot different from small labels.

I think one also needs to decide, which path is right for one's own music.

It doesn't mean that only big companies publish good music. A lot smaller ones do as well, but they're simply catering for more specific groups of listeners.

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You have to go outside and meet people. I know, fuck that shit
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:48 PM   #11
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You have to go outside and meet people. I know, fuck that shit
And here folks, we have the reason that I don't do most things in life.

All seriousness, you have to get out there and enjoy yourself. Ironically, it seems those who go in search of fame and fortune never find it.

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