Have you released music, and it was a total flop? Or maybe it wasn't a total flop, but it wasn't as great as you expected? Or perhaps you're looking to release music, but you're pretty overwhelmed by it, so you've just dipped your toe in?
Well, for me, I've had plenty of flops! I've released three albums and more than 20 songs, and I'm still releasing music. In fact, I have just released a new song at the time of this episode. Although I don't release music at the same level as I used to. I still release music to keep my toe dipped in the water!
My first few releases weren't great. It took me a number of years to figure out what wasn't working and what I needed to change to have a successful release.
Now, it's important to know that we don't all class "successful releases" the same way. So for me, a successful release makes the top 5 on the iTunes chart, it makes more than two radio charts, and it is added to many radio stations here and worldwide. In addition, have a...
Do you know how to protect your music legally? Or do you know why you should sign with a Performance Rights Organisation (PRO), or do you know when, where and how your music can bring in money? Or what about how to protect yourself in the recording studio?
This week I spoke with Nikki Tuckwell from APRA AMCOS, the Performance Rights Organisation in Australia.
Nikki has an incredible amount of knowledge about your music, how to protect it and how to get paid for it. As independent artists, it's our job to look after and protect our music. Writing and recording can be very lucrative if you know how to make money from it.
When you are releasing your music, there are things you need to know, from copyrighting your songs to protecting your music in the recording studio.
We talk about how important it is to have contracts in place when you are writing and recording your music. Although it may not feel great to ask co-writers or producers to have a contract, it's certainly...
When I started out and was looking for my first producer, I was just 13 years old. This could have gone one of two ways! One, they saw parents with money, and they would squeeze us for every penny, or two, they would see a 13-year-old girl who spent her entire school holiday periods busking to make money to record her first EP and treat her well!
Thank the lord it was the latter of the two! But we aren't all that lucky. I learnt early in my career that people were almost always only going to help if something was there for them. In saying that, I understand that there should be give and take and of course, in business, people need to make money. But! That doesn't mean they should be able to squeeze you for everything you have and not have any interest in what you're doing.
Have you felt like that? Gone to see producers who just don't seem to care as much as they should? Or you haven't really thought about how important the connection between you and your producer is? Let me...
What if I told you that you could successfully release your music to radio and the rest of the world just like top artists do .. for less than 40 bucks?
Would you want to level up your career?
What if I told you that I will give you my workshop to learn how to do exactly that for free!!
I remember wasting tens of thousands of dollars learning how to actually release my music, I'd go from one person to the next paying them to teach me. I had the music.... but what the hell now? Doing it wrong time and time again hurt me, it cost me, and it almost drove me to call it quits for good!
Do you feel emotionally overwhelmed and at a bit of a loss when it comes to getting your music out to radio and the rest of the world? I don't want that for you.. I do not want you to experience feelings of failure, heartache or overwhelm... I want you to get it right the first time... I want you to succeed!
It takes just 6 steps to release your music successfully for less...
The old pattern for the release of an album or EP is usually, release a few singles and then following that, release the whole album. I've never been a fan of this, and I always felt that I was missing out on so many marketing opportunities. Now that the music world has changed so dramatically with the introduction of streaming, it finally makes a lot of sense to be releasing singles.
My latest release has six tracks, and I will release every one of them as singles. There are many reasons to release your songs individually; here are what I feel 3 key reasons:
1. You have spent a lot of your budget. When you record, in most instances, it makes a lot of sense financially to record more than one track. You will be bringing in session musicians, studio time, producer, mixing and mastering, and a lot of these professionals won't work on single tracks because it's not an effective use of their time. The project usually spends quite a large portion of your budget, why would you...
As with everything, there is a process, and if you don't follow it, then there are risks.
When you are releasing your music, there are 5 steps that you must take to ensure that your release is ready to go and will be successful. I learnt these 5 steps far too late in my career; I wasted tens of thousands of dollars firstly not knowing that there was a process and then trying to figure out what the hell it was.
Fortunately for you, you don't have to lose all of that money, get frustrated by not knowing what to do next or how to do it. Here are the 5 steps you need to take the next time you are releasing your music.
1. Make sure you have a PRO. When I started, I didn't even know what a PRO was, let alone why I needed one. PRO stands for Performance Rights Organisation, and every time you write a song, you need to list it with them. Your PRO will collect your royalties on your behalf, you, as the copyright owner, have the right to collect...
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