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

Branding Butterscotch

The Basics of Branding for Musicians: Simplifying the Terms (Part 1 of 2)

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“Your music is the last thing that matters. Once they listen to your music, your music it the only thing that matters.” – Lisa Lepine (Music consultant)

It’s normal to think that your music is the most important asset you have as a musician. I mean, it is but it isn’t. Your music is only important if you can actually get people to listen to it, and it’s become increasingly harder to get someone to press play for the first time in this new digital world.

Many think being a musician means throwing some songs on some social media accounts and hope that something will magically catch on. Yeah, it’s not happening.

The fact is there’s just so much great talent out there competing for attention that it’s not easy for musicians to stand out of the clutter. With so many options for music and entertainment, people have to make judgments and decisions about what they may or may not like before actually hearing the music. Read More

Chance the Rapper in Sacramento

Was Chance the Rapper lucky? 7 Principles Indie Artists Can Apply From his Success

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Whether or not you are a fan of hip hop, I’m sure you’ve probably heard or seen the name Chance the Rapper before.

I had the chance to see Chance the Rapper live here in Sacramento recently on April 27, 2017. Although I can’t say I’m a huge fan as a big focus of his branding (Christianity) doesn’t resonate with me, he does make great music and a down-to-earth guy you want to root for.

Those who have read a few of my previous blogs know that I have referenced Chance a few times as the poster child for this paradigm shift that music should be freely accessible. Embracing this shift is a mindset and approach I believe will be critical to the future success of all musicians. Offering your music without a price tag and knowing that the days of records sales are dying so all musicians need to start adopting now. Read More

Live Performance Mistakes

13 Live Performance Mistakes Artists and Musicians Need to Avoid

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It’s no secret that one of the most important skills you can have as a musician is putting on a good show. The income stream from live performances can be a big one that will help you sustain a music career in the age of music streaming. It’s also an effective way to make a good impression and win over new fans who have not heard your music before.

But just because you make music, does not automatically mean you are a good performer. A good performance takes planning, practicing and rehearsing. Read More

Marketing for musicians

Simplifying the Concept of Marketing for Musicians

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Are you unclear about what marketing is and why you need it for your music?

Marketing, just like branding, is a fundamental component of business, so it’s vital that indie musicians do not dismiss marketing as something only big businesses or major artists need.

If you want to make a living as an artist or musician, you need to treat your music like a business. As with any type of business, you need to have a product or service to sell and customers to buy it. In this case, the product or service is your music, and marketing comes into play to help you find the right customers to buy your product. 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