4 Reasons You Need A Team For Your Independent Release – Part 2

4 Reasons You Need A Team For Your Independent Release – Part 2

No man is an island.

Until recently, the only avenue for musicians to release and distribute music has been with the backing of a major label.

Today anyone with a bit of nous can self-release a record – only the mechanics of how to go about independently doing so tends to leave most musicians feeling lonelier than the ‘52-Hertz whale’ during mating season.

This is because many bands readily subscribe to one of the biggest myths the music industry has long-perpetuated …. that the process of self-releasing an album actually means going it alone.

The truth is that it is not possible to release an album under your own steam.

It takes an entire team.

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Be the Flame, Not the Moth! How to Make the A&Rs Come to You – Part 1

Be the Flame, Not the Moth! How to Make the A&Rs Come to You – Part 1

It’s not easy landing a record deal.

It’s labour-intensive, time-consuming and the results of your efforts are either hard-won or entirely fruitless.

Most record deals made with major labels or big indies are achieved because a band has established itself as a demonstrated and marketable brand.

The only real obstacle to your success, then, is convincing a label of your true value.

 

How to make the A&Rs pursue you

Start by inverting the way you regard the music industry.

First and foremost the industry is a business.  A little-known fact is that getting signed to a label is less about the luck-of-the-draw and more about what active steps you’re taking to minimise the way you’re perceived as a potential financial risk.

Establish yourself as an investment with the capacity to yield high returns and you will quickly experience a marked shift in the way labels see you.

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How to Win When Everyone Else is Failing on Facebook

How to Win When Everyone Else is Failing on Facebook

OK guys, so I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you. And since I want to leave you with a message of hope I’ll give you the bad new first:

Building your Facebook fan page is hard and it’s expensive.

Over the past 12 months, levels of user-page interaction have plummeted right through the floor. Not only are users generally less interested in what brands have to say (yes, ‘brands’ also includes you, dear musicians), they are less likely to see the posts and ads being published by these Pages.

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Baby Animals – A Jaden Social Case Study

Baby Animals – A Jaden Social Case Study

The Baby Animals is one of the most successful bands in the history of Australian rock music. After two hugely successful releases and big international tours in the early to mid 90′s, the band ran into record label problems and officially disbanded. Now lead singer and lead guitarist Suze DeMarchi & Dave Leslie have revived the name and are preparing to re-launch the band with their third studio release and nation-wide tour in 2013.

In mid-2012 we were first engaged by the band and their management (Billy Blue Music) to spearhead the Digital strategy and promotion for the Baby Animals comeback; a privilege and an opportunity the Jaden team were all ecstatic about. This case study will now take an in-depth look at the preliminary 3 month integrated campaign that we built for the Baby Animals – all the way from inception through to execution.
 
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