Get your career online….
It still amazes me how many musicians that have a cd, do not have a website, Facebook or MySpace page, and aren’t digitally distributing their music online via iTunes & and other various outlets.
What once was a process solely for computer experts, is now accessible by anyone with any amount of computer prowess.
Now, with the advances of social media, your personal website, performance schedule, cd releases, and everything pertaining to your musical scene, can be distributed across many different sites with a click of a button.
See the buttons on the upper right of this page…go ahead take a look. Those are social media buttons that allow me to publish this blog to various different sites. Go ahead and click away – share it. Life is good.
Not only can you communicate with your listeners, it allows the artist to place themselves in markets that normally wouldn’t be accessible.
I have an account with Reverbnation, a social networking site for musicians. I opened a free account, uploaded my mp3′s, added my biography, and added a photo.
I watched it for about a month, and checked were my music was most being listened to. I am from the US, and assumed it would be here. Wrong.
My music was getting played heavily in, and get this, a few Arab countries, Taiwan, and Italy. After one month, I had found a market on the other side of the globe.
Cd Baby will distribute your cd’s and digital music for a small cost – a small blog about Cd Baby is here
Facebook is THE social media to be on. Get in contact with other artists – even the biggest stars have a Facebook
Although not as popular as Facebook, MySpace is still pretty powerful as a way of connecting with listeners and artists.
Reverbnation – Social networking for musicians. Plus, they provide great tools to market and promote with widgets that can be placed on your Facebook & MySpace pages.
Twitter – This is like text messaging for the web. Allowing only a 160 character limit to your message, people “Tweet” straight to the point. Also, people have the ability to “follow” your tweets – deliver news about new releases, performances, whatever….real time notification.
These are just a few valuable tools to get your career as a musician online and on the right track. After all, all we really want to do is play.
Vincent Zorn is a professional recording artist/flamenco guitarist that makes a living performing at restaurants and private events in Santa Barbara, California.
To learn more about Vincent and his music, please visit his website at: http://www.vincentzorn.com