DIY Musician Podcast
Making music has never been easier, but building a music career today is altogether different. Finding the right audience for your music takes an entrepreneurial mindset, a lot of hard work, and a willingness to experiment. The DIY Musician Podcast features interviews with artists of all styles and backgrounds who’ve found a unique but authentic pathway to success, as well as in-depth discussions with music publicists, promoters, lawyers, publishers, talent buyers, and more. This podcast is geared towards independent musicians who want to build a sustainable music career without giving up (too much) financial or creative control. Hosts Kevin and Chris work with hundreds of thousands of artists at CD Baby, and are actively releasing and promoting their own music too; they're part of the same community they’re helping to educate and encourage with each new episode.
#267: Cheryl B. Engelhardt - Organizing your fans to reach a goal
Tuesday 17 November 2020
: Whether you're launching a new album, promoting a livestream, or trying to shoot for something bigger like a Grammy nomination, getting your...
#266: Preparing for the 2020 holiday release season
Friday 30 October 2020
: Releasing music before the end of 2020? Listen to this episode, where Kevin and Chris talk about distribution deadlines, holiday music...
#265: How artists make money from sync licensing
Thursday 08 October 2020
: Sync licensing has grown into a huge opportunity for indie musicians to gain listeners and earn money. That's increasingly true for...
#264: Live-streaming on Facebook (Musicians, DON’T panic!!!)
Saturday 26 September 2020
: The internet exploded with news that Facebook was no longer going to allow artists to livestream on the platform. Fortunately, that...
#263: How to deal with failure and rejection
Thursday 10 September 2020
: Let’s get real for a sec: Musicians are well acquainted with rejection and failure. But we don’t want to admit it, do we? In this...
DIY Musician Stories Ep 05: Birds of Chicago
Tuesday 01 September 2020
: Birds of Chicago are a husband and wife folk/soul duo based in Nashville, TN. In this episode of the DIY Musician Stories podcast, Alli and...
#262: Getting attention with online advertising
Wednesday 26 August 2020
: Few people are going to notice your music simply because you've made it. You have to do something ELSE to get attention, and online...
#261: What musicians need to know about Instagram Reels
Friday 21 August 2020
: Musicians, it's time to get Reel. Instagram Reels — Instagram's answer to TikTok — is now available, and your music can be there too! In...
DIY Musician Stories Ep 04: Maya de Vitry
Wednesday 12 August 2020
: Maya de Vitry is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. In this episode Maya tells us about releasing her beautiful album How To...
#260: Creating videos for 2020 and beyond
Wednesday 12 August 2020
: When it comes to creating videos to promote music, most artists and labels are still operating under that old paradigm of one “Official”...
DIY Musician Stories Ep 03: Mary Gauthier
Wednesday 29 July 2020
: Mary Gauthier is a Grammy-nominated folk singer-songwriter who has struck a balance between her own artistry and penning songs for singers...
DIY Musician Stories Ep 02: Amythyst Kiah
Monday 27 July 2020
: Singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah is a solo artist, and can be heard alongside Layla McCalla, Allison Russell and Rhiannon Giddens in the...
#259: 10 Strategies for releasing a single in 2020
Monday 27 July 2020
: It’s time to rethink the way you release singles. Standalone tracks are no longer SOLELY tied to larger album promo efforts. In this...
DIY Musician Stories Ep 01: Misty Boyce
Tuesday 14 July 2020
: Misty Boyce is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is part of Sara Bareilles and Lord Huron’s band, and has an...
#258: Taking your live-stream to the next level!
Wednesday 10 June 2020
: With so many artists turning to live-streaming, it’s time to ensure you stand out from the rest and take yours to the next level. In this...
#257: Live-stream success pt 2 - Henry Invisible
Tuesday 26 May 2020
: On this episode of the podcast, Kevin chats with Henry Invisible to discuss how he’s using live-streaming to make his music go further and...
#256: Live-stream success pt 1 - Dawn Beyer
Sunday 17 May 2020
: Like many artists, Dawn set her sights on Nashville in order to pursue her musical dreams. When things hit rock bottom, she randomly notice...
#255: The truth about live-streaming!
Thursday 30 April 2020
: Is your social feed crowded with seemingly every musician on the planet "going live" at once? How many of those livestreams feel like...
#254: Important news you might have missed
Tuesday 14 April 2020
: You might have missed some important music industry news during the COVID-19 pandemic. Let's catch you up! In this episode, Kevin and Chris...
#253: What's the difference between This and That?
Wednesday 01 April 2020
: There are seven things that many musicians get mixed up — publishers and PROs, cover songs and Public Domain tunes, UPCs and ISRCs, etc....
#252: What to do when your tour gets canceled
Thursday 19 March 2020
: What do you do when a gig or tour is cancelled? Touring musicians are facing a time of uncertainty and financial sacrifice as the...
#251: 7 tips for pitching your music
Friday 28 February 2020
: Whether you want a gig, playlist placement, or press opportunity, you're going to need to sell someone on your music — and that means...
#250: Social media marketing hacks
Monday 24 February 2020
: Promoting your music on social media can eat up a lot of your time. Sadly, most artists waste that precious time using social media in ways...
#249: Evolving with the music business
Wednesday 12 February 2020
: The music business is constantly evolving. Streaming dominates. Markets are truly global. The way people promote & monetize music shifts...
#248: TikTok 101 for musicians
Friday 07 February 2020
: TikTok has more than half a billion active users, it's the most downloaded app in the world, and the entire platform runs on music! Now that...