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How to Draw in Promoters and Press With Your Band Bio

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconJul 28, 2014 12:38:38 PM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking

Smooth Hound Smith's band bio on Sonicbids

As a musician, having a bio is incredibly important. It's your opportunity to make a great first impression, no matter what stage of your career you're in. Giving interviews, gaining fans, playing shows – these all require someone to take interest in you or your band. Coming across a band who don’t have a bio makes it difficult to gauge who the group is, and often times press and promoters will skip over the band if they don't have much to go on. Here are some tips on crafting a bio that will draw in fans, press, and venue promoters.

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5 Reasons Why People Aren’t Buying Your Merch

pencil icon Jason Baxter

date iconJul 28, 2014 11:22:00 AM

tag icon Features, merch, Promotion & Booking

Seattle band La Luz's clever – and quite popular – band shirts

Selling merch at shows is an awesome way to supplement your earnings from concerts and record sales. I’ve learned the hard way that it takes some thoughtfulness, hard work, and diligence to actually make the most of your merchandising opportunities. Here are the five most common merch-hawking mistakes and my suggestions on how to avoid them.

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Do You Need A Publicist? Insights From Two Experts

pencil icon Hugh McIntyre

date iconJul 28, 2014 9:30:00 AM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking

Image via Golightly Media

Publicity: Every artist wants it, but many fail to secure any real attention. Back in the day, the only way for an artist to become famous was a mixture of radio airplay and massive pushes from teams of publicists, with all of this typically backed by labels who had the money to invest in artists and albums.

These days, the promotion and publicity industry is completely different. With the advent of social media and blogs, the game has changed. There are bloggers who have more readers than many physical newspapers, and getting a song or artist name to trend on Twitter can be more powerful than even the best of reviews.

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Artist Spotlight: Residual Kid

pencil icon Belinda Huang

date iconJul 25, 2014 2:11:00 PM

tag icon artist, Spotlight, residual kid

Image via Residual Kid

Sonicbids band Residual Kid got the opportunity to rock out at UTOPiAfest last year, an annual campout festival in Utopia, TX. The three-piece punk/grunge band features teenage brothers Ben Redman (drums), Max Redman (bass), and Devan Ivy (guitar/vocals). The band received travel stipends to play at the fest and had a video created for them to capture their experience. UTOPiAfest 2014 submissions are open now through August 1, with the same accomodations awarded to the selected band.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Studio Time [Video]

pencil icon Lisa Occhino

date iconJul 25, 2014 10:41:00 AM

tag icon Features, Recording

Image via YouTube

Do you know how to maximize your use of studio time? The trick is knowing what to do before you even get there.

In this clip from artistshousemusic.org, music producer and teacher Robert DiFazio discusses the creative and financial benefits of planning, rehearsing, and arranging songs before setting foot in the recording studio.

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