Make It As An Independent

Helping musicians maximize their potential by using online marketing tools, insights and strategies to increase music exposure and attract life-long fans.

MUSIC MARKETING FOR INDEPENDENT ARTISTS

With so much competition for attention out there, it’s harder for artists to stand out of the clutter. The aim of this site is to guide you through the online marketing space to improve your chances of making a living off music and continue making a positive impact in people’s lives.

My 4 Principles for Music Marketing Success

Online Foundation

Establish a solid home base (plan, website, email, social media) for your online presence so marketing efforts run smoothly

Branding

Grow your fan base effectively when you understand the importance of branding and how to appeal to your target market

Efficiency

Save time to focus on creating music by leveraging online tools and strategies to maximize your time and effort

Amplify

Get your message and story out to the right people, learn to increase online reach with the best online practices and strategies

Start Music Career

15 Essential Things You Need to Know to Start Your Music Career

By | Marketing Basics, Music Business | No Comments

Have you recently decided that you want to pursue a career in music as an artist but have no idea where to start?

In this blog, I cover all the major pieces and beginning steps you will need to think about to set a strong foundation for a music career as an independent artist.

Even if your end goal is to sign with a major music label, I think you still need to apply these steps. Just know that in the current climate of the music industry, thanks to the internet, you are no longer dependent on music labels to be successful, especially the majors. The approach that I advocate is a direct-to-fan relationship where you’re in full control of your career and your music. Read More

Gary Vee Music Artist

Who is Gary Vee and Why Music Artists Should Follow Him

By | Strategy | No Comments

There are two people that ultimately inspired me to start D4 Music Marketing. Gary Vaynerchuk (or Gary Vee) is one of them.

For those who don’t know, Gary Vaynerchuk is a successful American entrepreneur, marketing expert and online personality. When it comes to entrepreneurship and the current climate of attention, Gary’s rhetoric and outlook are spot on. As a music marketer, my core approach to my blog content and developing my personal brand is heavily influenced by Gary Vee. Although his marketing strategies and approach to business are not unique to him, Gary does an excellent job of communicating it in such a clear and practical way that I believe all artists should listen to what he has to say if they want a good chance at making it in the music business.

In a way, this post is a tribute to him and acknowledgement of his role in the creation of my blog, but also to convince artists like yourself why you should listen to what he says.
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Online Stalker

6 Ways Musicians Can Protect Themselves Online from Stalkers

By | Security | One Comment

You don’t have to be a celebrity to have stalkers. As an artist, especially if you’re a woman, putting yourself out there on stage or even behind the screen on social media, generates a lot of attention, making you a potential target of identity theft or a victim of stalking or harassment.

As you become more established as an independent artist, it’s very important for you to think about your safety and security. Stalking can happen to anyone and the tools available on the internet make it easier than ever for someone to find out personal information about you and track what you are doing. Even if you aren’t celebrity famous, someone who may not be the most mentally or emotionally stable might take an unhealthy interest in you. Read More

Apps for Musicians

31 Mobile Apps to Help Make Musician Life Easier and Productive

By | Apps | No Comments

As an artist, it may actually be easier to maximize productivity now when you’re not in front of your laptop or home computer. This is because the apps we have on our smartphones now allow us to get so much done on the go.

I put this list of apps together I felt would be very useful for musicians to manage their day-to-day tasks, create new content, and promote their music. My suggestions are based on apps I have use as well as some of the artists I work with. For this blog, I want to stay away from the painfully obviously ones like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Mailchimp. Read More

Working with David has definitely added the needed boost to my career. He has helped with every aspect of creating content for my social media pages, as well as website. His eye for photography and videography and work ethic are things you can’t teach, but only appreciate how much they enhance my brand. David is a team player and as reliable as they come!

ButterscotchOne Woman Symphony

" David has been utterly instrumental in growing our brand as Eko Zu. From web design, execution and updates to social media management, guidance and feedback, David's involvement with the project comes from the ground up. During shows, he helps shoot our Snapchat, Instagram stories, and Facebook Live feeds. He also shoots photo/video with his camera, and can manage a team when we're covering multiple social channels simultaneously. Outside of shows, he helps with our social media and online presence, especially from a web design standpoint. David is an amazing resource and addition to any musician's project, we love and highly recommend his work!"

Eko ZuZu'Ian (Producer)

"Working with D4 Music Marketing has been one of the best choices we've made to give our band's purpose and outreach a complete recharge. David really takes his time to understand who our band is, what we sound like and how we want to represent ourselves to the listeners. Then, he goes deep into understanding how we are doing with our current branding presentation, and works closely with us to curate different ways that can refine and boost its effectiveness. He's consistent and good with following up with us, which is great because sometimes I forget to follow up from having to wear so many hats in the band. On top of that, he has been great with negotiating a budget that will work well for a small independent band such as ourselves. I highly recommend him for any band that wants to maximize the reach of their music to the public."

AstraLogikMusic Duo

D4 Music Marketing has been an extremely supportive resource! As a jazz, soul, and R&B vocalist, I've had great success as a performer and a musician. However, I was continually challenged in managing and following through on brand development and marketing strategies. My main goal was to create a professional and attractive website. David was proactive in getting together to brainstorm, and he immediately took action to create a polished website. As edits have come up, David responds and makes updates almost immediately. I can rely on him to be in communication, and to support the establishment of my brand. David took initiative in coming out to shows to take photos, and get a better idea of my sound and artistry. I highly recommend David's services and expertise to support growth for musicians and creatives alike.

Amy DabalosJazz & Soul Vocalist