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

Music royalty basics

Music Royalties Simplified: An Income Source All Musicians Need to Know

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Understanding music royalties can be confusing, but very necessary for musicians who are new to the music business. I know I’m not the only one who struggled with this topic, so my goal was to put this together to help break it all down. I wanted to make it simple so that anyone who has no idea about the music business can easily understand… hopefully.

I’m by no means an expert, but this is more of an overview behind royalties through music publishing and master recordings as well as how to collect them. Read More

Music Copyright Basics

Music Copyright Basics: Do Musicians Really Need to Copyright Their Songs?

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When we start to get into laws and legality of things, that’s when it starts to get really tricky and complicated. It’s no different in the music business, so it’s important to at least understand the basics.

If you’re a newer musician, you need to know copyright laws for:

  • Protecting your music against infringement and plagiarism
  • Receiving royalties you are legally entitled to when your music is used
  • Not infringing or breaking the law in regards to other people’s music or intellectual property

Even if you’re not a new musician, you should be familiar with these music copyright fundamentals to save yourself from any potential headaches in the future.
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Why people aren't following you on Instagram

Instagram for Musicians: 10 Most Common Reasons Why People Aren’t Following You

By | Instagram, Social Media | No Comments

Having a strong Instagram presence, in my opinion, is very important for musicians. Despite being a visual platform, Instagram has all the functions, features, attention and even audience for music artists. The fact is, Instagram users spend more money on music, while also devoting more time listening to and supporting in general.

According to a Nielsen study commissioned by Instagram from 2016:

  • IG users spend 30% more time listening to music on a weekly basis in comparison to the general U.S. population, and they’re more likely to be listening to pop, hip-hop/rap and R&B.
  • Instagram users are 42% more likely to spend money on music during the year, in comparison to the general population’s annual music spending habits.
  • 90% of Instagram Users Stream Music, compared to 76% of the general population.

While it’s easy to get caught up in wanting more followers, I think it’s worth pointing out that there may be reasons why people may not follow you in the first place. Read More

Choosing the Independent Music Business Model That Works For You

By | Music Business, Music Distribution, Music Streaming, Strategy | No Comments

The music industry can be overwhelming. Just like running your own business (because that’s what it is!), there are a lot of things to think about and manage in your career. When you’re working solo and can’t afford to build a team yet, it helps to have some overview or plan on how you should go about making a living from your music.

As an independent artist, you have 3 general business models you can adopt to mold and build your music career around. As far as I know, these aren’t official models, but it should provide some clarity about which approach is best for you. 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