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  • So how do I spread my music independently? Any tips?

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pawn-Shop/334802154551?ref=ts

    My friend and I's rap group. We're 16. How do we get our music out there more? We have over 1,000 fans already.

    Tips? And fan us if you'd like (:

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    So you have 1000 fans? How many of them are ready to buy your next album?
    If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.
    -- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

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    • #3
      Doing things like posting in forums is a start. I clicked through to facebook then to youtube.

      You need to get some material together though. Start reading up on some recording techniques to help you get the sounds on to disk.

      Once you have a little more material go to bandcamp, reverbnation, soundclick,purevolume, hell all of them.

      Scott
      www.rockguitarlife.com
      Rock and Roll does not take a vacation!!
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      • #4
        not all of them, only places you can manage... if you think you're capable of keeping 20 sites properly updated, then go ahead. but ghost profiles with two years old information don't leave a very good impression.

        myspace, facebook, last.fm, thesixtyone and youtube (if you have any video material)... that's good enough.

        just being in purevolume, reverbnation etc will probably give you nothing, you need to constantly communicate and network on each site.

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        • #5
          ^ Twitter, eventhough I am not a huge fan, can be an effective way to develop relationships and gain exposure. You need to know how to use these tools though.

          Besides social networking you can hire a professional promotion company. There are some out there that offer some pay-as-you-go plans that make it more affordable.

          Its great that you have 1,000 fans already. It would be a good idea figure out how many "true fans" you have (people you are likely to buy a product from you).

          You need some material and a product. You also need a website (besides youtube, myspace, facebook, etc.). You should have some way to leverage your fans too. I mean you should have them signed up on an email list. This gives you the ability to offer people a product when you have one available.

          Good luck. I hope you nail it!
          Tom Siegel

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          • #6
            not all of them, only places you can manage... if you think you're capable of keeping 20 sites properly updated, then go ahead. but ghost profiles with two years old information don't leave a very good impression.


            I've used artistdata.com with a lot of success. It automatically updates your calendar on most of these social-networking type websites all at once.

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            • #7
              You need to do gigs and set up a table and sell your CD's (and T-Shirts if you can afford to print some up).
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              • #8
                Make great songs. And write all the time, and people for honest feedback about your work. A lot of marketing takes care of itself when you put out a great album.
                http://guitarproductions.com
                http://twitter.com/gtrproductions

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                • #9
                  if you have 1000 real "fans" sell cds to them?

                  i like rap, but its hard to get anywhere because 1)you dont really need any talent with instruments aside from your voice. lots of sampling. 2) if your white (winkwink) you better be REAL good AND original.

                  I wouldnt worry about getting your music out there as much as writing some real awesome stuff.

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                  • #10
                    Popular music blogs. Give them the whole thing for free if you want. Or just a demo track or 2.
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                    • #11
                      Facebook is a good way to reach people but terrible for music. You will need to use FB for information but post your actual music somewhere else and link back to Facebook. YouTube is great in that regard because it lets people view and stay within Facebook. I find that people don't like things that take them out of Facebook.

                      Other than that - play shows. Everywhere. There is not www substitute for that. Use the web to make stuff available to the fans you generate by playing live.
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                      • #12
                        Its true what they say about indie music blogs. More and more pr firms are using them to get the word out about the new artists they represent. But you can bypass the pr firms and contact the blog authors yourself. Speaking from experience...
                        building the independent music | artist conduit to the web...

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                        • #13
                          I just released my own music in digital format only. Have it on myspace and to download at last.fm for free, also using ditto to distribute to itunes store, plus about another 100 digital stores, also put it in Spotify too.

                          Start a facebook page for your group, set up a twitter account and get all your fans to blog and post good stuff about you. If you have 1000 fans then you have a great start.

                          Good luck!

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                          • #14
                            I just released my own music in digital format only. Have it on myspace and to download at last.fm for free, also using ditto to distribute to itunes store, plus about another 100 digital stores, also put it in Spotify too.

                            Start a facebook page for your group, set up a twitter account and get all your fans to blog and post good stuff about you. If you have 1000 fans then you have a great start.

                            Good luck!


                            Have you gotten any sales off of any of that yet? I have had a song that has been in the top 10 on the pop rock charts on Soundclick for two months but not a single download at 75 cents. Nada. Dust bunnies.
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                            • #15
                              Have you gotten any sales off of any of that yet? I have had a song that has been in the top 10 on the pop rock charts on Soundclick for two months but not a single download at 75 cents. Nada. Dust bunnies.


                              If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.
                              -- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot

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