Expert Music Career Advice For DIY Musicians
4 Times You Shouldn't Take the Gig
The Number One Mistake Bands Make Right After Booking a Gig
The Ultimate EQ Cheat Sheet for Every Common Instrument
15 Reality Checks Young Artists Need to Hear

5 Ways to Make Fans Happy with Your Social Media Content


Do fans really need to see your coffee on social media every morning? Image via Pixabay.

Social media can make us miserable – you've likely read about studies that prove this, or you've figured it out for yourself through that sinking, self-loathing feeling that sometimes creeps in after too much scrolling past people's accomplishments and perfectly angled photos.

But there are also reports on how social media can make us feel closer to friends, which makes us happier – so how can bands and artists channel that positivity, rather than contribute to the potential sadness of their fans?

5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Member of Your Local Scene

 


Image via Stocksnap.io.

We've stressed the importance of contributing to your local scene in so many prior posts: Like this guide to the many benefits of belonging to a music community, from mutual support to sharing gear or knowledge, or the illuminating insight of White Mystery's Alex White, who explained that DIY isn't actually individualistic, but about teamwork instead. We've even published a guide to getting involved for newcomers.

Still, any local scene member is susceptible to missteps. Following your instincts while remembering to give the same kind of respect you want to receive is a solid guideline for interactions within your community – but mistakes still happen.

5 Mistakes Musicians Made Last Year to Avoid in 2018

Image via Stocksnap.io.

The path to perfection is an impossible one — everyone falters, flubs, and blunders in all areas of our lives. As a musician, don't be too hard on yourself for making mistakes. What you should be concerned about instead is what you're learning in the process.

5 Stellar Album Covers to Inspire Your 2018 Release

Images via their respective sources (below)

Visuals can draw in a new listener, but your album artwork can be than a tool for catching eyes. Consider it also a supplement to the music that can strengthens fan engagement: It can be an overarching representation of the work, a means of offering clues for deeper understanding, or a jump-off point for exploring personal interpretations.

The five albums below are some of 2017's best, and each employs album artwork as an extension of the music. In attempting to decipher the meaning behind the visuals, we learn more about the work — and vice versa.

How to Avoid Ruining Your Press Connections

Image via pixabay.com

Building a solid press list is a huge effort: from sourcing publications that cover emerging acts, to researching writers to ensure you're reaching out to the right folks, and so on. Curating an effective roster of contacts takes time — and all that work is basically rendered pointless if you ruin those relationships with inappropriate or unprofessional behavior.