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How to Promote Your Music Online

How to Promote Your Music Online

If you are a musician, you need to find the best ways to promote your music and get it out there to the masses. These days, if you are not taking advantage of the Internet, you are not reaching nearly as large of an audience as you could. The Internet has changed the music industry forever, and in many cases, for the better. Musicians, singers, songwriters, etc. get better and more exposure, and are able to reach out to much larger audiences. But, you need to know how to use the Internet to your advantage. Here are some tips that will help.

  • Get On YouTube – You really should have your own YouTube channel. This is how a lot of unknowns become known, and you could get discovered. Just look at Arnel Pineda. He had some YouTube videos posted. The next thing he knew, he was contacted by Neil Schon, and now he is the lead singer for Journey. You could be the next such success story.
  • Use Apple Music/iTunes – This is considered to be the default service for Apple products, and it is one of the best for hosting music online. In fact, it has the largest online music library anywhere in the world. This is where people are discovering new music, and you can get your music discovered here as well.
  • Use Wix Music – You need to have a great music website, and Wix Music is the tool you need to create it. This tool is an all-in-one online marketing solution, and it provides you with all of the tools you will need in order to promote, sell, and distribute music on the Internet. Sell your music with no commissions, right from your own website. It is easy to make sales and earn money from your music when you are using Wix Music.
  • Promote Shows – There are sites you can use to promote your upcoming gigs so everyone will know when and where you are performing. Two of our favorite sites are Bandsintown and Songkick. These sites can be connected to your Wix Music site, so information such as new tour dates, ticket purchasing, etc. can be updated automatically without having to do any extra work.

Tools You Need to Start Using Now

There are loads of online tools that you can use to start promoting your music online now. In fact, if you aren’t using these tools, you aren’t getting the most out of the Internet for your music. For instance, if you want to bid on bookings, Sonicbids is a great site that lets you create an EPK and send it to promoters in order to get new gigs. Other tools you should be using include:

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1. Bandsintown

This tool will integrate with Facebook so you can build a standalone community for your music. Others who list the same influences as yourself will receive recommendations to check out your music.

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2. Songkick

This is a tool that is much like Bandsintown. Even though it is pretty much the same, it never hurts to promote on as may sites as possible. Upload your upcoming gigs to both sites, and get more chances to get noticed.

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3. Topspin

You need to stream your music, but you also need to email fans to let them know about new music, events, etc. You can do both with Topspin. This is a complete music store that will have all of your music and merchandise (wearable clothing magnets, shirts, photos, etc.) for sale.

4. Social Media

These days, artists need to take advantage of social media for promoting their music online. Sites you should be using include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, so you can send out information, photos, and videos.

Featured photo credit: JD Weiher via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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