The Business

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Detour! the road to music success has changed+

I think there is a misconception about what bands see as the road to success in the modern industry, and...

Read More+ 3 years ago
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Napster documentary shows origins of today’s “piracy wars”+

Alex Winter's 'Downloaded' takes a look back at Napster and its effect on today's music biz.

Read More+ 3 years ago

Crowdfunding is for the lazy?+

Is crowdfunding a way for lazy bands to get money, or a way to get past lazy record labels?

Read More+ 4 years ago

Free downloads = More money?+

By focusing on the bigger revenue picture, bands can bring in more money by 'hooking' fans with free music.

Read More+ 4 years ago

SXSW: Is it worth it?+

We’ve already made our enthusiasm for SXSW well known, and will be departing SFO for Austin in 24 hours to...

Read More+ 4 years ago

‘Tis the season to make money!+

CD Baby’s DIY Musician blog has put up a string of posts showing how musicians can take advantage of holiday sales spikes, much like...

Read More+ 4 years ago
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All Shall Perish frontman says label suing downloaders is “absolute horseshit”+

We talked to All Shall Perish vocalist Eddie Hermida last week before they opened for the mighty Hatebreed. Eddie told...

Read More+ 4 years ago
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How to sell 1 million albums and still be broke+

By now, you’ve heard the RIAA talking point that “file-sharing hurts bands” even though artists in other genres are using...

Read More+ 4 years ago
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How to sell more merch+

We’ve long talked about how merch sales will make the most money for your band in the Internet Era. Not...

Read More+ 4 years ago
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Save yourself the money and STOP making CD’s!+

A new study by the ominously named Total Bankruptcy blog breaks down the current state of selling music. As any stroll through...

Read More+ 5 years ago

The Metalluminati at Bay Area Metal Fest+

This past weekend, we welcomed the bands of the Zombie Apocalypse Tour to Oakland for their final date at the Bay...

Read More+ 5 years ago
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The State of the Music Industry+

In four cartoon panels, the always-brilliant Oatmeal has summed up the problem and solution to the current music biz.  Normally, this would...

Read More+ 5 years ago
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How to turn your fans into SUPER fans+

We’ve talked about how a loyal fanbase can work wonders for your band, but most artists probably are thinking “So, how do...

Read More+ 5 years ago

FanCulture: Quality of fans vs. quantity+

In the Internet Age, it is essential for bands to talk to their fans. (the sophisticated douchey business term for this...

Read More+ 5 years ago
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PledgeMusic: Only for the squeamish?+

A few weeks ago, we talked about PledgeMusic as a great fan-funding alternative to Kickstarter for bands outside of the...

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Aborted frontman compares touring Europe vs. U.S.+

We talked to Sven de Caluwé of Belgian brutalists Aborted yesterday in San Francisco. Sven really elaborated on the differing aspects...

Read More+ 5 years ago
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Can’t use Kickstarter internationally? Then try PledgeMusic!+

We’ve professed our love for Kickstarter here before (and crowdsourcing funds for your band, in general) so you don’t have to rely...

Read More+ 5 years ago
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Jeff Loomis offers advice to young bands and “bedroom guitar players”+

We caught up with guitar god Jeff Loomis last night in San Francisco, before his band’s opening set for Periphery...

Read More+ 5 years ago
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Wasn’t tape-trading also “piracy?”+

Many people today condemn file-sharing as “piracy,” especially those who are deeper entrenched in the media cartel (obviously Lars, among others).  From...

Read More+ 5 years ago
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What’s wrong with the California metal scene?+

Falling to Pieces is a metal band  from Livermore, California that have been in the scene since 2004. Recently, our...

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Andy Dörner of Caliban says merch and touring pays the bills+

Recently, I caught up with Caliban frontman Andy Dörner and asked him about the differences between touring in Europe versus the U.S., their...

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LORD bassist Andy Dowling on the music biz (“the evolving industry”)+

LORD is one of Australia’s highest profile heavy melodic bands. Having toured both nationally and internationally with artists such as:...

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Havok reveal secret that saved them $1000’s on tour+

Last week, we went to see Denver thrashers Havok open for English Dogs in Oakland. Afterward, we had a quick...

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The Blueprint: Checklist for starting a band+

I get a lot of musicians asking me about what they should do next or what they are missing from...

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All Shall Perish guitarist discusses music biz, admits to piracy+

We tracked down All Shall Perish guitarist (and We Need Merch owner!) Ben Orum over the weekend to pick his brain...

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Warbringer frontman says “we are traveling t-shirt vendors”+

We caught up with Warbringer frontman John Kevill after their opening slot for Symphony X in San Francisco last weekend. John...

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The DIY Movement, Pt. 2: Embrace the business+

There is something that every artist needs to understand and fully submerge themselves in: You have to know the business of...

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Bill Ward and shady record contracts+

Drummer Bill Ward's refusal to a Black Sabbath reunion over an "unsignable contract" shows that ANYONE — even metal royalty...

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The Piracy Debate+

The piracy debate is definitely a polarizing argument in the music industry, even among the writers and staff of the...

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Are You Keeping Up with the Media Cycle?+

I know that we talk about the power of giving your music away for free, and it is truly a...

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