Indiehitmaker.com at the International Music Conference 2014

by John Stringer 12. September 2014 04:52

If you're in Atlanta for the International Music Conference this weekend, be sure to catch IndieHitMaker founders John Stringer and Bram on the following panels

 

Bram's panel:

Music Live!

September 13th 10:30am - 11:30am

Even in a rebounding economy and a redefined music market, opportunities are endless for musicians to get their music in front of an audience. Not just any audience, but a live one. Sit in on this panel and learn why music festivals and touring have been flourishing more than ever. Our experts will explore the many opportunities and trends happening in the live music scene all over the nation and across the globe. Finally, learn the significance live shows have on the music industry as a whole.

 

 

John Stringer's panel:

On Your Own 2 Feet: Build Your Career ‘DIY’ Style

September 13th 11:45am - 12:45pm

There are more platforms than ever to help you get your music to a wide audience online, even on a DIY budget. But how can you leverage them to build a fanbase, earn some income, break through to industry tastemakers and still have enough money and time to create music? These panelists will help you navigate the limitless tools available online, and explain how to make the most of your digital self.

 

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Congratulations J. Metro! Shades of Grey on its third week on the Top Ten Hot Singles Chart!

by twhite 5. September 2014 16:43

IHM congratulates J. Metro for his third week on the charts!

 

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"Shades of Grey" has been gracing the charts for 8 weeks now and we wish J all the luck in this current run. Buy your copy on iTunes and check out the visual for the track below!

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J Metro's "Shades of Grey" Back on Billboard!

by twhite 25. August 2014 04:29

IHM salute's the continuing hard work of J. Metro, whose track "Shades of Grey" has re-entered the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart at #7

 

 

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The song originially charted back in January and we are happy to see it return. Pick up your copy on iTunes and help J. Metro #MakeItCount!

 

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by twhite 11. August 2014 21:35

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Mikey 360 and Hannibal Leq Achieving New Billboard Heights With Their "Upper Echelon EP!"

by twhite 8. August 2014 19:50

We here at indiehitmaker.com congratulate Mikey 360! He's been with us for a while and is no stranger to the charts, thanks in part to his reporting of his live sales. Recentley he teamed up with emcee Hannibal Leq for an EP titled "Upper Echelon Music"

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The EP has had a great start on the Billboard charts, debuting at #49 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums, #22 on Heatseekers Albums and #1 on Heatseekers- Mountain. You can show your support by picking it on iTunes and follow Mikey360 and Hannibal Leq on twitter for their latest updates.

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#FROMTHEROAD 3: BOP BOYZ

by twhite 23. July 2014 21:37

#fromtheroad is an interview series featuring IndieHitMaker artists. In this edition, we had the opportunity to talk briefly to Bonkers of Bop Boyz, who had great charting success a couple months ago with their single “Get F*cked Up” and their most recent album “We Created A Monster” has been able to stay on the charts for the past two weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers East North Chart (currently at No. 6 at the publishing of this article).  





  • How long did it take working as a group before you were able perform outside your of hometown and also to set up your first tour?


We only spent about 6 months as a group before we hit the road and started performing outside our city. We were getting on shows with bigger acts at first (locally) to build our base - then we started headlining.  IHM_BB_Heatseekers_EastCentral_BopBoyz_071214.jpg

 

  • Any advice for artists looking to do their first tour?


Any artist looking to go on their first tour I would say work on getting a budget together for about 5 months before hitting the road and put any spare money in an aside for tour. Once you have cities confirmed, find people in them cities thru social media and build relationships so they will come to the show. Be willing to lose more money then you make on some stops. When you get to the city have merchandise and be willing to give some away for free.  Live on a budget, meaning dollar menu, 40 dollar motels, and no wasting gas. RECORD EVERY SHOW AND TAKE PICS..  

 



  • Hip hop fans have an unfortunate stigma of quick to download, slow to buy. How did you build a fan base that buys your music?


How we built our fan base was a simple strategy: touring, having great customer service and giving away free stuff.  Customer service means talking to everyone (at the show) and answer every question whether it from a potential fan or on your social media site. Many acts don't stay up on this. Treat every person you encounter like they are gold, smile, give them a free cd, and take a pic. Anything to make them say you are a down to earth singer, group or whatever. To get your name seen everywhere, run campaigns online to advertise like facebook promo, SEO, twitter promo, etc.  When you give away enough free music you build respect to where they say “I’m a buy this.”

  • I've noticed in your social media, you guys have a decent sized Juggalo fan base. How did you tap in?


It's crazy 'cause couple of the first shows we did we bought into and it was with established indie artist who already had juggalo fan base. So while at the shows we collected emails, facebooks and numbers, then everyone kept saying "go to the Gathering" which is the juggalo music festival we went and we was adopted.  But we had to collect emails and numbers to get to that point to build a base.  I've seen so many artist's come to the show and not collect info on the people at the show that's no good. You can't let them people out the building without a email or number. Following up with your supporters is a must.  

 

 

  • Any projects or features coming up we should keep an ear out for?


Yes we have a mixtape coming out called "Meet Me At Wal-Mart" which will be free. It has some collabs with artists we've done shows with while on tour.  Then later in the year we will have a ep coming out not titled yet but it's gone be just over the price of a gallon of gas at maybe like 5 or 6 dollars.  The feature's for the ep will include people like Lil Wyte, Twisted Insane, and more.

  • What's the best way to keep up to date on the group?

You can stay in contact with us via:

 

Facebook- facebook.com/bopboyz.1 facebook.com/bopboyzu.s.a

Twitter- twitter.com/bopboyz_bmg twitter.com/bopboyz1

ReverbNation- reverbnation.com/bopboyz


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IHM Congratulates Bop Boyz! "We Created a Monster" is at No 6. on the Billboard Heatseeker- East North Central Chart!

by twhite 9. July 2014 09:51

Bop Boyz are back on the charts with their latest project "We Created A Monster". Originally debuting on the Billboard Heatseeker- East North Central chart at number 8, this week it has moved up the charts to no. 6

 

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(Issue Date 7/15/14)

 

You can preview and buy "We Created A Monster" on iTunes. Next week we'll have up an brief interview with Bonkers from the group and he'll share some advice on how to get a jump start on your career!

 

If you are a performing indie artist and you aren't reporting your live venue sales to Soundscan, get started today! We make industry credibility accessible so you can #MakeItCount! 

IHM Congratulates The Persevering Promise! "An Illusion in Shambles" Debuts at No. 8 on Billboard Heatseekers- Pacific!

by twhite 4. July 2014 21:24

While on the road with Van Warped Tour, post-hardcore band The Persevering Promise has had charting success! Their most recent album "An Illusion In Shambles" debuted at #8 on the on the Billboard Heatseekers- Pacific Chart! 

 

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(issue date 7/12/14)

 

Here's a lyrics video from their main single "Annabel Lee". 

 

 

 

If you want give An Illusion in Shambles a listen, it's available to stream and purchase on Bandcamp as well as on Amazon. Check out the Warped Tour website for dates and for band updates, check em out on Facebook and Twitter

 

If you are a performing indie artist and you aren't reporting your live venue sales to Soundscan, get started today! We make industry credibility accessible so you can #MakeItCount!

IHM Congratulates Dave Tolliver and Spectra Music Group! "Home Debuts at #4 on Billboard

by twhite 21. June 2014 00:42

We here at IHM congratulate Dave Tolliver for his recent charting success! His debut single "Home" has premiered on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart at #4!

 

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Dave aka "The Blaq Pavorotti" is one half of the multi-selling r&b duo "Men At Large" and "Home" is the lead single from his upcoming project The Green Jacket 

 

 

Stream it on Spotify and pick up your copy of "Home" via iTunes today!

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IHM #RoadTips Vol. 16: Bands & Artists Reaching New Heights with Collaboration

by twhite 13. June 2014 22:19

 

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Musicians love to collaborate with others when a song calls for something beyond their set-up. There are countless examples of bands and acts having a featured vocalist to add depth or perform a full duet as necessary, or call on an additional instrument that would complete a song. Collaborations are very common between big name stars, simply because record companies have vast resources to make collaboration deals that are perfect for the song happen fast.

Unsigned acts have not always had this luxury. They must rely on their own resources and their outer circles of friends and contacts to obtain the services of other musicians. The potential of a song is sometimes left unrealised due to restrictions in resources and additional talent. Thanks to the internet, musicians now have options and opportunities available to them that simply did not exist before.


The advancement of free communication and file-sharing technology has reached the point where musicians can upload a post a to forum website requesting the service of other musicians, then negotiate a collaboration with anyone, anywhere in the world. They can not only find a greater pool of talent, but also share recordings and settle fees without meeting face-to-face.  



The right collaboration can do wonders for increasing your fanbase


Such sites have opened up a new realm of possibilities for music collaborations. An indie rock band from Europe that require additional strings for a ballad can search for violinists, cellists, etc. that may be based in Asia. They can negotiate a collaboration deal, share their demo track, negotiate compensation and obtain quality recordings of their requested strings, without booking studio time or a local string group that may be much more expensive to hire.


The possibility of working with musicians elsewhere in the world has the added benefit of the song reaching a new audience. It would stand to reason that any featured musicians would promote their work to their own fans. Social media, SoundCloud and other media sharing sites allow international audiences to follow an unsigned act from anywhere in the world just as easily as any big-name artist.


Cost is a big factor for unsigned bands. However, the biggest benefit for them is the range of talent now on offer. Hiring musicians from elsewhere in the world may be more expensive than local talent, but musicians often do want to spend money on their craft. Access to the perfect vocalist to a song for an additional cost is an option many musicians would end up taking, even when operating on a budget. The chance to have the song sounding the best it can sound is often justifiable in order to be satisfied with a project.


Musician forums have also allowed unsigned musicians to be more ambitious with their early songwriting. Knowing there is a greater possibility of finding someone with the necessary range of talent to pull off a difficult riff or octave allows for a higher writing quality from lesser known musicians.


Bands can now put together a richer quality EP than they could 10 years ago. A greater depth of featured talent and richer songs also lead to a greater audience. Bands that can deliver a quality product not normally seen from unsigned acts have a greater chance of gaining a larger following and selling CD’s.


Collaborating with others doesn’t just mean having them feature on tracks. A healthy contact list is essential for musicians looking to play gigs, getting to know producers and promoters and gaining fans in new places.


Taking the time to get acquainted with musicians from other towns at a gig is well worth doing. Being close with out of town bands means they will keep their friends in mind when a support slot comes up at a gig. The “I’ll get you a gig in my hometown and you get me a gig in your hometown” arrangement can just be a way to get an extra gig, but they are a great source of potential experience and information.  Road gigs are great for expanding audiences and meeting new promoters.


It is impossible to know who will be at a given show at any given time, but sometimes circumstances happen that someone really likes this band from out of town and invites them back for more gigs they organise in the future.      


Playing further afield is also a great way to meet all sorts of people, not just audience members or someone in the promoting industry, but people with experience and good knowledge of the industry. Even the sound engineers at a club or dedicated music venue are often good sources of useful information. They have perhaps been working in their area for a considerable time and are aware of who’s who.


Information pertaining to a studio that may offer a promotion package along with recordings, or the name of a promoter who knows which gigs and venues are perfect for an acts style of music could be invaluable to anyone trying to break in to professional musicianship. Such information is certainly worth doing a few favours for other bands and giving away support time in a hometown gig.


Collaboration is essential for musicians starting out their careers. Not just recording collaborations to boost audiences, but simply working with other bands to improve contact lists. Knowing what is on offer and who to contact is what is needed to get off the ground. Even a band from a big city, with all the resources and venues on their doorstep still need to work with other musicians to get experience. Nothing major gets done without collaboration in music, and since the internet has made collaboration easier, there is now no excuse for musicians not to use it to get ahead.   

This article is written by Chris Taylor on behalf of Music Gateway - Providing the global online marketplace for the music industry.


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