Diy Musician Podcast



Making music and building a career is more accessible to musicians than ever before, but how do you actually get your music in the ears of real music fans? The DIY Musician Podcast features interviews with promoters, lawyers, publishers, bookers, and artists of all styles and backgrounds to bring you the all the latest in music promotion and marketing. Born out of their daily work with artists at CD Baby and their own musical pursuits, Kevin and Chris are leading the charge to educate and encourage artists while building community among fellow musicians.


  • #316: Musician's Guide to TikTok

    03/10/2022 Duração: 01h09min

    No matter what genre of music you make, TikTok is one of your biggest opportunities for finding fans and building an audience today. If you still feel like you're sitting on the sidelines while the rest of the music industry rushes headlong into TikTok, this is the episode for you — a broad overview of TikTok for musicians. Kevin and Chris describe what makes TikTok unique in the social media landscape, how the algorithm surfaces content, a few tricks for driving TikTok engagement, and much more. Plus listener feedback!

  • #315: 50 Promo Ideas in 50 Minutes

    23/09/2022 Duração: 01h16min

    One of our most frequently asked questions is “How can I promote my music?” In the era of limitless opportunities for music promotion on social media, through email and with new formats like short-form video, it can be difficult to know where to start.That’s why we compiled this list of 50 promo ideas and crammed it all into 50 minutes!

  • #314: Power Up Your Music Videos

    15/09/2022 Duração: 58min

    If you think you need to spend thousands of dollars shooting a professional looking music video just to get people to watch, think again! Short-form video platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels and trusty standbys like YouTube have made it easier than ever for indie artists to reach new fans with quick, affordable videos. In this live podcast recording from the 2022 DIY Musician Conference, Kevin and Chris explain how to make music videos without breaking your wallet or testing your patience. 

  • #313: 2022 DIY Musician Conference Recap & Highlights

    07/09/2022 Duração: 01h23min

    With hundreds of attendees both in person and virtual, dozens of presentations from industry insiders and countless jam sessions, mentoring workshops and after parties, the 2022 DIY Musician Conference was the biggest and best indie music event of the year! If you were there, you doubtless made some connections that will last the rest of your music career. If you weren’t, this Conference recap is the next best thing.Kevin and Chris discuss their five takeaways and highlights from the weekend in Austin. And they give us a preview of what’s next for the DIY Musician Conference.

  • #312: How to Promote Your Live Shows with Bandsintown

    19/08/2022 Duração: 01h24min

    Live music is officially back! If you’re an artist who plays live often, Bandsintown is an essential tool for listing and promoting your shows.From notifying fans about when you’ll be in their area, to recommendation algorithms to get your music in front of more listeners and a free email platform right in your account, Bandsintown offers artists plenty of ways to connect with fans new and old. Bandsintown Managing Partner Fabrice Sergent joins the podcast to discuss the platform. Learn about Bandsintown’s offerings for artists and fans, and how they’ve pivoted during and after the pandemic.

  • #311: Live Gigs: Thrive, Survive, or Die?

    08/08/2022 Duração: 01h28min

    Touring and playing live can be a great way to expand your audience, sell merch and interact with your existing fans. But there are also many things that can go wrong on the road. From vehicle troubles to poor sound systems to fatigue, we address all the issues artists face on tour, and how to handle them.

  • #310: Crafting Your Music’s Elevator Pitch

    02/08/2022 Duração: 55min

    Before anyone ever hears your music, they need to be convinced to listen. Maybe they’re getting a recommendation from a friend or they see a cool Instagram ad or blog review. Maybe it’s an eye-catching album cover.But sometimes it’s the description of the music that captures someone’s imagination. But you don’t have all day to sell someone on your music. So your description has to pack a punch.Learn how to come up with a compelling elevator pitch for your unique sound with the help of Chris Robley and special guest Cristina Cano.

  • #309: How Sync Licensing Can Launch Your Career

    26/07/2022 Duração: 01h11min

    With Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” seeing runaway success after their placement in Stranger Things, sync licensing is back in the news. While these are classic hits from veteran artists, independent musicians can also benefit from just one big sync placement.Learn how sync can change your music career and get expert advice from special guest CD Baby Manager of Sync Licensing Brett Byrd.

  • #308: Successfully Releasing an Album in a Singles World

    14/07/2022 Duração: 01h14min

    Even in the age of singles, there are many benefits to releasing an album. Learn why you should keep albums part of your release strategy, and how to successfully release an album.

  • #307: The 2022 DIY Musician Conference Preview

    07/07/2022 Duração: 01h27min

    With 60,000 new tracks released on Spotify every day, you need an advantage that will help your music rise above the noise and get noticed amidst that daily mountain of new music.You can’t leave it to luck. Your advantage will come from work, strategy, connections, and collaboration. And you can find all of that at the DIY Musician Conference.Learn how to prepare, what to bring, and most importantly: What to achieve when it’s all happening!

  • #306: 7 Ways to Feel More Confident About Your Music

    22/06/2022 Duração: 01h13min

    Most people in the world don’t know what it’s like to put themselves and their ideas out into the world. There’s a level of vulnerability involved in releasing your music for others to hear. These are your hopes and dreams, your thoughts and ideas and your creativity all on display. From the indie newcomer to the seasoned singer-songwriter with a dozen albums to their name, we all have moments of doubt in our music journey. That’s why we’ve outlined seven ways to feel more confident about your music.

  • #305: 5 Ways to Ruin Your Spotify Presence

    14/06/2022 Duração: 01h15min

    If your songs do well on Spotify, it means reach and revenue for your music. Sending the right signals to Spotify can lead to huge audience growth driven by personalized playlists like Discover Weekly and Release Radar.But sending the wrong signals to Spotify can ruin your presence on the platform, which means you’ll need to spend more time and effort to build back your standing. There are five major ways artists self-sabotage the work they’ve done on Spotify. We’ll outline each of them and offer some tips to build and maintain your presence on Spotify. 

  • #304: Music Marketing 101, Part 2

    02/06/2022 Duração: 01h12min

    Having a plan and using the right tools is essential to building an audience for your music.In the second part of our two-part series Music Marketing 101, you’ll learn how to market your music on streaming platforms, social media and more. Reach your fans where THEY are!

  • Music Marketing 101, Part 1

    25/05/2022 Duração: 01h17min

    Do you want music fans to hear your music, love it and stick with you for life? Of course! But that doesn’t happen automatically.It takes marketing to achieve this goal. And not just marketing, but GOOD marketing. Learn how to effectively market your music to grow your audience in part one of our two-part music marketing series.

  • #302: 31 Music Revenue Sources

    17/05/2022 Duração: 01h53s

    Are you looking to make more money from your music? Of course! We all are.The good news is there are more revenue streams for artists out there today than there have ever been. But most artists aren’t tapping into all of them. In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing ALL the revenue streams for your music. Because there are probably a few you’re missing.

  • #301: The RIGHT Way to Do a Cover Song

    11/05/2022 Duração: 55min

    Cover songs can be an amazing way for you to build an audience and reach new fans, but there are some right and wrong ways to do them. We’ll show you how to choose the best cover songs for different scenarios like live shows, studio recordings and social media. Tired of playing “Wagon Wheel” and “Don’t Stop Believing” over and over again? Or do you think covers are just for wedding bands? Learn how to do cover songs the right way so you build your audience and connect with existing fans, while still maintaining your artistic integrity.

  • #300: The Indie Revolution Continues!

    04/05/2022 Duração: 01h34min

    The DIY musician podcast has been going strong for 15 years, and this is our 300th episode! This episode is a celebration of the amazing independent artists that make up now-massive segments of the music industry. It's a celebration of all the people past and present here at CD Baby, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to level the playing field for all creators. And it's a celebration of perseverance, because there were so many times where it would have been easier to let the podcast fade away. In this episode, we'll discuss the podcast's origin stories, how the music industry has changed and how that change impacts the future.

  • #299: Adam Ezra - Making $200,000 From Your Artist Website

    20/04/2022 Duração: 01h15min

    Growing and maintaining a sustainable music career is always a hot topic, especially as opportunities around music monetization continue to evolve. While some artists express frustration regarding streaming payouts, there are many more dependable ways to earn revenue from your music.Independent roots rock artist Adam Ezra has been proactive in connecting with his dedicated fans. This connection has allowed him to generate over $200,000 right from his Bandzoogle website. In our interview, Ezra provides some tips for indie artists to achieve the same level of success.

  • #298: Promote Your Music with Videos That ACTUALLY Go Viral

    12/04/2022 Duração: 01h16min

    If you’re not promoting your music with short-form videos on platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels, you’re missing out on a major opportunity to grow your audience. And while everyone wants to go viral, actually achieving hit status on the social video platforms is difficult. That’s why we brought in experienced musician and viral content creator Gil Assayas to offer some expert advice on how to attract more viewers to your videos on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and more.

  • #297: How to Find Your First True Fans

    06/04/2022 Duração: 01h02min

    Whether you’re just starting out or it’s been a while since you’ve released new music, it’s important to find real, true fans. These are people who love your music for what it is, not because they know you personally. In this episode of the DIY Musician Podcast, you’ll learn how to find those first fans at live shows, online and in your local scene.

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