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This Is What You Get When You Fake Social Media Numbers

The headlines this past week read something like: LA Band Faked Social Media Numbers to Book a European Tour That No One Attended. Nearly every music outlet in existence has written about this incredibly peculiar saga. MetalSucks, in particular, has devoted wall to wall coverage...

Spotify Playlist Pitching Review of Playlist Push

For the past few years the industry has been obsessed with Spotify. And rightfully so. It has proven to be one of the most powerful tools at, wait for it, making money in the digital age. I know I know, this is totally counter-intuitive based on all the headlines you’ve read si...

This Company Will Print, Label And Ship Tour Posters

Jonathan Sexton hated shipping out his band posters to venues around the country. He hated standing in line at the post office. And the hand cramps after scribbling out show information for 50 different show dates are enough to cause carpel tunnel.Sexton teamed up with Mike Fabio...

Get Ari’s Take On Your Album At The Next Meetup

The last Ari's Take meetup before my record release show was awesome. I met a bunch of very cool, dedicated musicians. I got a few fantastic CDs from them too. It gave me an idea. For this next meet up, Thursday July 24th at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood (preceding my show of cours...

Why Are People (Not) Coming To Your Shows?

Until you have real fans who passionately love your music. Who fall asleep to you. Wake up to you. Drive to you. Work to you. Play to you. And make love to you. You need to figure out ways to get people out to your shows.In your early stages you won't have fans. You'll have peopl...

How To Make A Killer Promo Video

They say a picture tells a thousand words. Well, a video tells a million. You need that video that shows who you are. What you do best. Shows a bit of your personality. And sells you. Anyone who watches this video will think, 'yeah these guys got it.' This video you can pass alon...

10 Steps To Sell Out Your Show

There's no point in playing a show if no one shows up. Just listing a show on your Facebook Page will not bring people. Bands sometimes think that all they need to do is go on tour and get their shows listed on the venue's website and people will magically show up because they ar...

What’s a Publicist and Should I Get One?

I was going to write an entire post about the world of music PR and discuss when it's time to get a publicist and what you should expect to pay and WHAT THEY DO (most musicians have no idea), but I figured why not just interview a successful music publicist (and one who I have wo...

Fuck Facebook… In the Face

I hope you have heard by now that Facebook has changed the way that users see Page posts in their newsfeed. Before this move, Facebook's algorithm to display Page posts in users' newsfeed was mostly based on how many users initially interacted with the post organically (liked, co...

How I Got 250 To My Debut CD Release (Getting Started)

The biggest question I get asked is 'how do I get started.' The easiest answer is 'with your friends.' Even rock stars started by playing shows in front of their friends at their local club. At your earliest shows you're not going to have 'fans,' you're going to have friends comi...

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Audrey Nuna’s Path to a Major Label Deal with Her Manager/Producer Anwar Sawyer

Anwar and I talk about being a producer/songwriter and writing thousands of songs and even how he got his publishing deal. We also talk about developing Audrey Nuna.

Nu Deco Ensemble Orchestra is Changing the Classical World

This episode is for all of you orchestra nerds out there. I'm guilty of that. I played in an orchestra for most of my life. For those of you who don't know, I'm a trumpet player. I love going to the LA Phil and love orchestra music. It features Nu Deco Ensemble founders Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos.

CD Baby, TuneCore, DistroKid, AWAL, UnitedMasters…Who is the Best Digital Distribution Company for Music

This is the most comprehensive and accurate digital distribution review comparison piece on the web. By far. I checked. Who is the best digital distributor? Read on…Amuse vs. AWAL vs. CD Baby vs. DistroKid vs. Ditto Music vs. Fresh Tunes vs. Horus Music vs. Landr vs. Octiive v...

How to Livestream for Musicians with the #1 Musician on Periscope – Clare Means

Clare Means is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. She got her start performing on the Santa Monica Pier. Now she's known for her success on the livestreaming platforms, specifically Twitch, Facebook, YouTube Live, and Periscope. She's actually one of the most watched musicians on Periscope.