Music Shop Talk: Exposing 3 Musician Shadow Sides, and How to Stop Self Sabotage

Dec 06, 2016 | 2 Comments

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

 

Just to be a musician is to fight the shadow. It’s a battle, first with yourself, and then to keep your artistry intact as you plunge into the music business, alongside the many odds stacked up against you. From your own roller coaster confidence, to standing up to those who don’t believe in you or think you’re indulging ... Continue


7 Secrets to Grammy Winning Vocals on Your Next Record

Nov 08, 2016

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

Yes, your songs are number one. But so is your voice. Matter of fact, your voice can make a halfway decent song totally come alive, or not. But one thing is absolutely, without a doubt, true. Your voice sells the song. It is the star of the track. And it not only has to be good, it has ... Continue


7 Secrets to a Successful Music Launch

Oct 25, 2016

 

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

It’s not enough to have good music. In order to get that music heard, you’ve got to be an expert at the “launch” – like it or not. The good news, is that artists don’t have to wait around for 1-2 years while they write and record a whole album of material before they can get out ... Continue


Crushing Common Musician Fears & Taking it All the Way to the Top

Oct 18, 2016

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

You know you’ve got something, or you wouldn’t be jumping through the hoops that you are on an hourly, daily, yearly basis, to get the job done. You watch artists on TV and listen to their streams on Spotify, and you know you’re just as capable, just as good, and that you could be there too.

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5 Fatal Mistakes Musicians Must Stop Making

Oct 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

graphics for 2-3 weeks before your actual release. I can’t tell you how many artists I follow and I still don’t know when their releases are because they don’t shout out about them enough ahead of time. This builds anticipation, excitement, and gets people following you.
  • Plan each release out 2 months ahead. This gives you time to create graphics, social posts, blogs and themes around each release.
  • Release a single for 10-12 weeks. Yep. Indie artists need that kind of time to make a dent out there. And – you can always re-promote it again 6 months later. You have to think about how many people got exposed to it. Most indie artists have a reach somewhere between 1000 – 50,000. In the scope of the world’s 7.8 billion inhabitants those numbers are not barely a dent. Go at it again and stretch that reach even more. You’re worth it ;).
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    5.  Spending Hard Earned Cash on the Wrong Things

    Being a musicpreneur is in no way an easy feat. Matter of fact, it’s wracked with riddles and misinformation. There’s no school that really teaches this stuff. That said, it’s easy to spend cash in the wrong places, but why try to reinvent the wheel? There’s hundreds of thousands of artists all trying to do this. It’s wise to learn from those who have gone before and save yourself a few of the common missteps. Here’s a few of ‘em:

    1. Don’t spend money on a radio campaign unless you have a serious 3-6 month tour to support it. And even then, it might be a drop in the bucket results wise. Your money might be better spent on social media ads where you can target cities and specific followers.
    2. Don’t spend money on a publicist until you have a big win to shout out about. Two artists in my camp are on The Voice right now, Elia Esparza and Courtney Harrell. Now would be a good time for hiring a publicist. But they may not have the pocket change. But the way to maximize the expense, is to be sure you have a reach or a public win before you spend that kind of cash. To grow your fanbase and socials stick to social advertising and fan engagement to grow organically. Get good at tending to your tribe and engaging them before you reach out further!!

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    6. Surrounding Yourself With Negative People

    Like attracts like. Keep your circle small and smart – and positive. And if you really want to get ahead, surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.

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    Musicians: Set Yourself Free From the Chains of the Old Music Industry

    Oct 04, 2016

     

     

    By Cari Cole

     

    After decades of being enslaved to greedy music mogul profiteers, and getting ripped off by managers and unfair percentages that rape and pillage your bottom line, now for the first time ever, musicians have a chance to free themselves.

     

    But not if you still subscribe to the old rhetoric. Most days I still hear artists recapitulating the typical wagers, ... Continue


    15 Ways to Be a Badass Musicpreneur and Stand Out Among the Sea of Submissions

    Sep 27, 2016 | 6 Comments

     

     

    By Cari Cole

     

    The music biz is a tough nut to crack. Period. It’s tougher than being a real estate agent, working for a company, or even than being a regular entrepreneur.

     

    Because:

    1. It takes a long time to develop and become a viable contender.

    2. You don’t make money up front or at the get-go like most businesses.

    3. There is no school ... Continue


    Why Songwriting and Record Making Should Not Be A Solo Journey

    Sep 20, 2016

    By Cari Cole

     

     

    DIY has been a good thing for the music industry. It has allowed artists to release their own music and get out there direct to fans. But there is a huge downside. And that is, that the material going out is half baked and not worked on enough to get to great. There is a sea of independent ... Continue


    The New A&R: The Perils and Pitfalls of Honing Your Sound Outside Industry Walls

    Sep 07, 2016 | 1 Comment

     

     

    By Cari Cole

     

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    It’s a new day in the music business. Yes, we have arrived. And it was worth the growing pains. For one distinct reason. Artists have control of their content. Now artists can choose whether they want to pursue the over-processed, over-commercialized, plastic music that the big boys churn out to the masses to pay for their ... Continue


    Songwriting Shop Talk: Deep Diving and Mining for Gold

    Aug 31, 2016

    By Cari Cole

     

     

     

    It’s that time of year again that we host another one of our popular Signature Songwriting Circles. Songwriters, artists, music producers and creators come together to co-write 26 songs in 26 weeks. Not something most songwriters (unless they live in Nashville) are prone to do. It’s a fast paced, professional community where songwriters cut their teeth on their ... Continue