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.
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...
Ep 01: Misty Boyce - DIY Musician Stories
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...
#247: Dave Cool - Building a compelling artist website
Tuesday 04 February 2020
: Having your own pro website is even MORE important in an age where fan relationships are often owned by anyone but the artist. In this...
#246: Starting your music career from the beginning
Tuesday 14 January 2020
: First time releasing music? Returning to music after a hiatus? Where do you even start? With a plan — then you build the foundation. In...
#245: Merch sales and your music career
Monday 23 December 2019
: What kind of merch is selling in the streaming era? How do you experiment with t-shirts and other kinds of band merch without going broke?...
#244: How to monetize your Instagram
Saturday 14 December 2019
: With over 600 million users on Instagram every day, you need your IG game to be strong. In this session recorded at the 2019 DIY Musician...
#243: What record companies don't want you to know
Wednesday 27 November 2019
: "Everything about my music career will get better, easier, bigger, once I'm on a label." That's what musicians tell themselves, and in most...
#242: 5 things you need to know about mastering that have nothing to do with audio engineering
Friday 01 November 2019
: Music mastering can be the mysterious and stressful punctuation at the end of your creative recording process. Or it can bring out the best...
#241: Building a story into your marketing plan
Friday 11 October 2019
: Musicians are natural storytellers, but for some reason we don't apply that talent to our music marketing. The best music marketing...
#240: Target audiences - How to dominate in a niche market
Friday 27 September 2019
: The world’s most successful artists, brands, and companies have one thing in common: They understand their true fans. If you want to build...
#239: 7 things we just learned about pursuing a music career
Thursday 12 September 2019
: You can learn a thing or two (or seven) when you hang out with 1000+ DIY musicians for an entire weekend. In this episode, Kevin and Chris...
#238: DIY Musician Podcast Live – Crowdfunding is dead. What's next?
Wednesday 28 August 2019
: Once upon a time crowd funding (or fan funding) offered artists the illusion of musical streets paved with gold, all paid for by their...