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The 3 Things You Should Do Right Away When Trying to Break Into a New Music Scene

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This article originally appeared on the DIY Musician blog.


Moving to a different town can be difficult enough, but it’s even more daunting if you’re a musician who wants to lay down some roots in a music scene that’s totally new to you.

Since the passing of my friend (and music promotion maven) Lisa Lepine, I’ve been thinking back on all the great advice I heard her give over the years. Below are her tips for breaking into a new music scene.

6 Keys to a Good Residency Gig for Musicians

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This article originally appeared on the DIY Musician blog.


Residency gigs  where you perform on a regular basis at the same venue  give you a great way to “stretch out” musically, build a more loyal fanbase, and get a little relief in the booking department (since you’ll be booking a whole series of gigs in one fell swoop).

In one way, the gigs can be more relaxed because you turn the stage into a kind of home away from home. Interesting musical things can happen, and you might be more apt to create memorable moments between you and your fans. At the same time, the pressure is on to keep each show engaging in its own right or else fans might get bored and stop attending.

How to Set Up a Blog Premiere for Your Song in 10 Steps

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This article originally appeared on The DIY Musician Blog.


Blog premieres (where you give a blog a limited window of time in which they’re the only place someone can go to hear a song or watch a video) have become a ubiquitous way of promoting new music – but are they worth it?

That’s something Kevin Breuner and I discussed on our latest episode of the DIY Musician Podcast after hearing news that Indie Shuffle had decided to stop doing premieres (here’s why), and that artists like RAC were applauding the move.

I recently premiered five tracks and one video on six different blogs and saw some mixed results (though honestly, it’s difficult to measure the effect of these types of things), and I shared a bit about my experience in our podcast discussion as well: the good, the bad, and the puzzling.

6 Tips for Making a No-Budget Music Video

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This article originally appeared on The DIY Musician Blog.


If you’re like most DIY musicians, there’s probably not a whole lot of extra cash left in the band’s bank account after shelling out for recording, mixing, mastering, duplication, registering your copyrights, and distribution. But you still have to promote your new record, right?

These days a music video is practically required in order to properly promote an album. And while, yes, you could spend thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars shooting a music video, why would you? Especially when you’re at a place in your music career where every dollar counts.

What You Need to Know About Hiring Musicians for Your Next Session or Gig

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This article originally appeared on The DIY Musician blog.


Are you thinking about enlisting the help of other musicians to record your new song or to perform at an upcoming show? Remembering the Golden Rule and applying common sense can go a long way towards making these kinds of collaborations a success, whether you’re paying people or not.

My friend Pony (who I’ve hired to play bass in my band on occasion) and I were talking about life as a "hired gun," and we came up with a few pointers for bandleaders who might be new to this situation. Here they are.