How Can We Help? 5/24/13

Wanna get your DIY music promotions questions answered and promote your music?

Do you have questions about promoting your music or building a fanbase? Leave it in the comments and we promise to get back to you or even write a post featuring you that answers your question. If we think your question would benefit our readers we’ll post a YouTube video of your song on top of a post that answers your question. No matter what, you will get an answer this week as long as you leave an email address (so we can let you know when we answer your question) and a YouTube URL for your video.

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Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Bahjat

    How should a new act start?
    Releasing some free songs first? Releasing a single followed by an EP? Releasing a single followed by an album?

    And how should he promote it if he had like $1,000?

  • Fresh Eyes

    A quick question on promoting a release with limited resources- typically rehearsing and recording will leave us skint to the point of some band members struggling for food, and we struggle for time a bit as we all work full time as well.
    Thanks :)

  • GxVx

    I’m a HipHop producer/engineer that works mostly with local talent all around New Mexico. Recently I set up a account to try and sell some beats online. I used Google adwords for advertising and got tons of hits which led to tons of plays. the only problem, no one was buying any beats? I had some free beat DL’s at the beginning, that got downloaded a lot, but still no purchases? any thoughts on how to drive more purchases, rather than just wasting money on adwords?


      Hey GxVx,
      I haven’t seen many of my friends have success through these sites like SoundClick. Instead I would take your beats to people, find SoundCloud groups your beats would belong in. I would make a small, simple website and put a Creative Commons license on your beats and try to build a name bu getting them out as much as possible. Lastly, if you have the budget for Google Ads, I would make a site that shows how great the tracks are once people use your beats, then try to sell them more. My experience as a producer is people can’t hear the potential of beats, they want to hear other people sounded good using your beats and that will allow them to trust you that they would sound good using your beats too. Hope this helps.