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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

News You Can Use Week of 10/14

In our weekly series, goes through the dregs to bring you the best in DIY focused news, tips, and advice on the topics of touring, marketing, promoting, social media, PR, & more.

1. Setting Limits in the Studio

Unfortunately, we all don’t have the luxury of spending as much time in a professional studio as we’d like. It’s very pricey to record your songs with some of the best sound engineers, so any method of time efficiency should help. Creating limits for your band will prevent your guitarist from wasting an hour on 20 takes for that guitar solo. Give these five tips a read, then go into the studio and save time and money! 

2. iTunes and Amazon Now Introducing “Pre-Sale”

With this new addition, Amazon and iTunes now allows your fans to pre-order a digital download of your next hit single, a month before its official release! This may not seem as exciting to every bandmate, except for the one who does all of the social media marketing. Now you can build some hype around the release of your music, AND you can provide your fans with a call to action, instantly! 

3. Words of Wisdom from Bandcamp CEO

A few years ago, Ethan Diamond co-founded the music streaming and selling service, *Bandcamp, simply with the musicians in mind. After being able to pay out about $3 million monthly to artists, it’s safe to say that Diamond has a great understanding of what it takes to build a Startup. During a speech at the XOXO Festival, he describes his thoughts on the music industry and his plans for the future. Check out the video here!

4. How to Play a Successful Virtual Show

Online resources can begin to seem a bit overwhelming, even to the everyday iPhone users. However, once you grasp an understanding of the tech world, things begin to clear up. Musicians can even use this knowledge to their advantage. Many musicians now have the opportunity to play virtual shows by streaming a live feed of their set, allowing people to tune in from anywhere. These tips focus on how to make your virtual shows as efficient as possible.

5. How to Fit your Pictures on Instagram

We’re all aware that Instagram’s default sizing is simply a square. However, some photos are not meant to be a square. For example, if your band is posting a flyer about your next show and the flyer is a rectangle (as it probably should be), you don’t have to crop off the address, date and time because it doesn’t seem to fit on Instagram. This may seem like a no-brainer to some, but downloading apps like Squaready can fix these cropping issues for you. It reformats the size of the picture, allowing all of it to fit. 

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