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As a DIY musician, you know how hard it can be to plan tours, get booked, fund your next album, or sell your music. Bandhive is here to help you navigate the music business so you spend less time trying to figure things out and spend more time to write great music, tour, and interact with your fans!
 
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Touring is a huge part of the music industry, but it's also notoriously difficult to make money. Most DIY bands lose their shirts when they go on their first tour. The Writhers were able to do something most DIY artists dream of: go on a profitable tour. They were able to not only cover all of their costs, but actually turn a profit by being smart …
 
As a musician, it's important to network with other musicians and build genuine connections with them. But how do you go about “networking” without coming across as slimy, rude finance bro? Get ready to navigate the tricky waters of networking with other musicians and come out looking like a pro so you can find the right band members, book more sho…
 
Runescape and life may seem entirely disparate, but at a base level they are one and the same. We have a finite amount of time to do what we need to do if we want to have a successful music career. In music, this means honing the skills you’re best at and leaving other skills to people who have more practice and experience in. It’s the same in Rune…
 
Do you release a new song every month, all year long? Probably not. We’ve all heard that’s what an artist has to do to become “successful” these days, but so few end up following through and actually releasing music that frequently. But some artists take it to the next level – Todd Barriage of Theatria, who we spoke with on episode 81, has been rel…
 
The unfortunate truth about being a DIY artist is that most band members need to have a day job. This can create scheduling tensions and drama within the band... But, not all day jobs are created equal. British prog rock band Giant Walker have harnessed their creative power to build successful careers: each of the band's four members teach their in…
 
Usually I’d write something about challenges and solutions, blah blah blah, here… But today I just want to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who has listened to the Bandhive Podcast, shared it with their friends, or been a guest on the show. You all rock! Join us for this special episode where Matt and I talk about our favorite music – we hope y…
 
Songwriters are often confused about how they can make money from their music – thankfully selling your own CDs or getting streamed are not the only way to earn money from writing! There are five different income streams for songs, and it’s up to you and your publisher to decide which of these streams to pursue – one, two, or all of them. Listen no…
 
Touring is a huge part of the music industry, but it can be one of the most expensive aspects of your career. If you're not careful with your money and don’t have a budget in place, you could find yourself losing thousands on a tour that could have been profitable. You've probably seen someone lose their shirt on an unprofitable tour before. It's s…
 
Most bands are missing out on money. A lot of money. How? Too many artists make arbitrary decisions based on gut impulse or what they see other artists doing and don’t take the time to test their methods and collect data to see what works best for your specific project. Everything in your band is sales, and that means you need to test everything. N…
 
Learning a new skill can be difficult, frustrating, and sometimes even painful… We all know that. But it doesn't have to be. You've probably heard that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something... What does that really mean? Well, we know it doesn’t mean you need 10,000 hours to become good at your new skill. Listen now to hear us disc…
 
Whether you're hitting the road for a weekend or going on-two month tour, packing the right things is important. Especially if it’s your first tour, you might not know what to bring. That’s why on this week’s episode of the podcast we go through our tour essentials, as well as tips shared by our listeners. Don’t go into your next tour blind: listen…
 
Keeping track of your gear isn’t easy. Even with checklists to make sure you don’t forget anything, you need to know the difference between potentially identical cases, so you don’t mix up your gear with someone else’s. It happens more often than you think, luggage gets switched at the airport or your guitar case gets swapped with someone else’s at…
 
Most musicians are perfectionists – it’s unavoidable. When we expose our souls via songwriting, we want every single aspect to be impeccable. But if perfection is your goal, you’ll never get there… Perfection is virtually impossible. Don’t get stuck on tiny details, instead focus on the big picture. Just remember, the artist who creates a song a mo…
 
Keys, wallet, phone. Do you have a mental checklist when you leave the house? Probably… But once you have more than a few items to remember, it can be tough to keep track of everything you need to check. That’s where checklists come in. Checklists make sure that you never forget an item that’s part of a repeatable task. They’re part of the Standard…
 
Many bands want to be appealing to a record label, but don’t know how to get their foot in the door with the right gatekeepers. The answer is simple, the execution is not: take your business seriously. By really putting in the effort to take your business to new heights, you will naturally catch the attention of label execs and other music industry…
 
As a DIY artist, at some point you'll want to release a music video. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as hiring a videographer and showing up on the day of the shoot... A lot of prep work goes into shooting a music video. If you don’t have a plan, nothing will go in your favor. Your entire crew will be frustrated if they don't know what shots are …
 
For some people, going into the studio is all they dream about – other people dread the thought of stepping foot into a studio due to anxiety or fear. Whether you’re in the first group, the second, or somewhere in between, going into the studio with the right mindset and ideas is make or break for your music. Listen now to hear how you can increase…
 
People often think that being a musician is a great way to get rich. The truth is, it's hard work and most musicians fail at making money from their music. Most musicians dream of the big time when they should be focusing on smaller things like getting gigs in front of small audiences and perfecting their live show and branding so they can stand ou…
 
Many musicians want to make a living from their music, but are falling short of that goal. For lots of artists, having a full time income from their own music is not achievable in the short term – but in the long term it could be. In the meantime, an often overlooked income stream is being a musician who plays with other artists, both live or in th…
 
The music industry is a mess right now, and it's hard to know what the right way to go about things is. The last 18 months have wreaked havoc on artists worldwide. David Ryan Olson joins us on this episode of the Bandhive Podcast as we talk through six important takeaways from the last 18 months. Listen now to learn how you can shore up your band s…
 
You want to get back on the road, but you're not sure if it's a good time. The music industry is changing and there are more opportunities than ever before for musicians to make money from their art… But each slice of the pie seems to get smaller and smaller. In this episode of the Bandhive Podcast, Adam Loellke of Pickwick Commons and Dynamic Tale…
 
Being a full time artist can be exhausting, demoralizing, and detrimental to your health. It’s something that no one ever wants to face, but most artists do at one point or another. Andy Wilson-Taylor made it through a dark time in his life and came out stronger, wiser, and with a brand new goal: turning an abandoned farmhouse in Southern France in…
 
Being a one-man-show can be difficult. Now throw in a band where you’re the only one running the business, and things get even more complicated. But, it’s not impossible – that’s exactly what Troy Millette is doing with his band, The Fire Below. Not only did the band play almost 200 shows in 2019, they played 50 live streams and socially distanced …
 
A lot of artists aren’t convinced that using Patreon is the right way to go. They think their fans won’t be willing to support them financially. But Patreon isn’t just a platform to earn money. It’s also a platform that lets you build a closer relationship with your fans and followers – it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Lords of the Trident …
 
Self-producing is a tricky minefield to navigate – if you don’t do it just right, your end result won’t be great. But, self-producing is also an avenue to becoming a full-time producer and making a living from creativity, which is exactly what Todd Barriage of Theatria is on the show to talk about. Not only does Todd self-produce Theatria’s music, …
 
How do you know if your music career is going in the right direction? Do you have a plan of action that outlines what you want to accomplish over the next few years? Are you constantly refining and tweaking that plan as time goes on? If not, then it's possible that your goals for your music career are either too vague or non-existent. Connor Frost …
 
For artists who want a more organic, raw sound for their commercial releases it can be difficult to find the right producer. Sometimes, that means self-producing is the right choice – though it all depends on the experience you have with self-recording and producing. Many incredibly famous albums by artists like Billie Eilish, Bruce Springsteen, an…
 
Many artists who play in a band think that being in a band is the way to make a name for themselves – and while that’s definitely one route you can take, it’s not the only way. Of course there’s the solo singer/songwriter path… But that isn’t what we’re talking about today. Today, Chad Kowal joins us to talk about his path from playing in a rock ba…
 
You’re a DIY musician who's tired of the major label system… We feel your pain. Or maybe you do want to get signed – in which case you should pay close attention. Brian Mazzaferri and his band I Fight Dragons have been on both sides of the major label fence, and they've seen firsthand how hard it is for artists to get their work out there without b…
 
Getting your music onto blogs isn’t as simple as writing an email that says “here’s my song, please review it.” Ultimately, that’s what your email will say… But that’s not what the words will be. To stand out from the crowd of all the desperate artists, mixed with professional publicists, you need to write an email that doesn’t waste time but does …
 
Going into the studio can be expensive and time consuming, but ultimately if you want the best release you can get it’s absolutely the best option. After all, you get what you pay for. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t save tons of time and money by being properly prepared for your studio time. How exactly can you do that, you ask? Simple: record go…
 
Copywriting is incredibly important to every business – yet it’s one of the most overlooked aspects for many small businesses, including bands. It’s possible that many people haven’t even heard the term “copy” before. Copy is just marketing text! You probably read some every day. This episode description is copy. Not all copy is created equal – goo…
 
Imagine you’re playing the biggest show of the year in your hometown – you feel great and the crowd is really into your set. Then, all of a sudden, the guitar drops out entirely. You rush to find the problem, but everything you do seems to be pointless. After a while, you realize that it was the simplest issue possible… But it’s too late, the vibe …
 
As a business owner, issuing refunds is never fun – it hurts the wallet, and can sting your ego as well. But offering a generous refund policy and great customer service is not only a good idea, it’s necessary for a successful business. Put yourself in your fans’ shoes: who would you rather buy from, a store with amazing customer service, or the st…
 
The music industry is full of people with varied backgrounds and experiences, and our guest this week is no exception. With 20 years of experience under his belt as an artist in a touring band, as the tour manager for an artist opening for KISS, and as a mixing engineer and educator, Mike Indovina has tons of knowledge to share. If you want to lear…
 
I was having a conversation with my friend Matt Bacon the other day, and it made me realize something: bands should not only be setting goals, but also telling their fans about some of those goals. Why? Because if fans are part of reaching your goal, they are part of your crew. Essentially that is how Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Patreon, etc. all work …
 
Spotify is demonized by artists and fans alike for their low per-stream payouts… Rightfully so, some would argue. We’ll be the first to admit that Spotify should pay more, but for that to happen there need to be a few strategic moves that the public has to accept before royalties can be increased. Additionally, Spotify’s numbers aren’t as bad as ma…
 
When you’re working on new music, you face a lot of choices that can vastly affect the popularity of your release. It all starts with your production team – the producer, engineers, and musicians who you’ll work with. The importance of picking the right team for your music cannot be understated. After all, if you’re playing hardcore punk, it probab…
 
If I asked you what you think the #1 mistake artists make when working on a new release, what would you say? I have the feeling that you wouldn’t say what I’m thinking of – and you might have done this very thing at one point. It can be truly make or break for a successful release, so listen now to find out how you can avoid this common mistake! Wh…
 
A few weeks ago, Steve Martin of Ascending Everest shared his insights as an artist using SubmitHub to get his songs shared by curators around the world… This week, SubmitHub founder Jason Grishkoff dives into how and why he launched SubmitHub back in 2015 – and the reason may surprise you. Over the years, Jason has turned a one-man operation into …
 
Artists: we know you’re busy and never have enough time to do any of the things you need to do. The good news is that there’s one time of year that’s great for getting things done. It’s the time of year where everyone bundles up, stays inside, and watches Netflix all night. Take a few of those hours spent watching your favorite show and spend that …
 
Over your music career, you’ll play hundreds or even thousands of venues. When you’re just starting out, any show will be tempting to pick up… But over time, you’ll find that your audience seems to react best in certain types of venues. No matter which venue type you end up gravitating towards, it’s good to have a solid understanding of the differe…
 
Want to increase your SubmitHub success? Get a FREE email course here: https://bandhive.rocks/submithub-guide/ SubmitHub is a wonderful tool to send your music to bloggers, Spotify and YouTube playlisters, social media influencers, and even record labels… But, when you’re sending your music to people who’ve never heard it before, there’s bound to b…
 
Gear Acquisition Syndrome, also known as “GAS” is a real issue for many musicians. Buying that one piece of gear will give you the tone you need, right? Unfortunately, often the gear isn’t the solution – but the time you spend searching for gear can be spent on something that will help you improve your tone. Listen now to learn how to get better so…
 
Touring bands were decimated in 2020 – and even though shows aren’t allowed right now (for good reason), we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, do you want to be the band who scrambles to put together a tour when shows are allowed and safe, or do you want to be the band who has all their plans in place and just needs to book…
 
2020 isn’t going to be on anyone’s list of favorite years. In ten years it might be “that year we don’t talk about”. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t see some good things happen in 2020. For example, live streams becoming more popular isn’t a bad thing – I remember watching “pro shot” livestreams in 2010 that had awful quality, now anyone can beat t…
 
Everything about rebranding is a hassle. You have to get new graphics, a new website, tell everyone about the change, etc. etc. – the list is literally endless. But even with all that hassle, rebranding can be a highly effective move if you aren’t being recognized using your current name. We’re rebranding to Bandhive so our name is easier to rememb…
 
Many musicians have figured out the secret sauce so they’re able to go on tour when they want to without quitting their job entirely. But some jobs are more flexible than others – if you can take 2 to 4 weeks off at a time, or work remotely during that time, that’s great! But if you can only get a long weekend here and there, it’ll be incredibly di…
 
“Quality over quantity” is a phrase we’ve all heard at one time or another. But what does it really mean? Hearing that saying over and over has caused people to give up on their dreams because not every song they write is great. But really what it means is that you should only release your best work – that doesn’t mean everything you create will be…
 
Setting goals is an important part of any artists’ path to a healthy career. But you can’t just say, “I want to be as famous as Green Day!” and expect it to happen. Your goals have to be realistic, measured, and clearly defined. So what can you do to set goals for yourself that actually make sense? Listen now to find out what our top tips are to ge…
 
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