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





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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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"



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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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



(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!


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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! 



(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


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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!




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



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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Congratulations to Vaughn Willis! "Who Are You?" Ft. Paris Toon and Mothers Favorite Child Debuts at No. 4 on The Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart!

by twhite 7. June 2014 00:04

We here at IHM want to congratulate Vaughn Willis for making it count as his latest single "Who are You?" has debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart (Issue Date 6/14/14)




The track also features music collective Mothers Favorite Child and IHM artist Paris Toon (who isn't a stranger to the charts). You can buy your copy of "Who Are You?" on CD Baby or iTunes and follow Vaughn on Facebook, Twitter and check out his website for more info. 

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IHM #RoadTips Vol. 15: Guest Blog Steve Palfreyman

by twhite 30. May 2014 01:51

Get Your Music Heard by More Fans, Industry & Media:

Introducing The 5 Step Twitter Acceleration System

This volume of #RoadTips was written by our friend Steve Palfreyman of StevePalfreyman.com.

Step 1

Create Your Goal Setting Strategy

We’re talking Twitter here; what I believe is the cheapest and most effective social media platform to grow your online fan base. Just look at the 42,000+ fans I’ve attracted to just 17 different Twitter accounts in short campaigns that typically lasted 1 - 3 months.

The first thing I want to be really clear with is that we’re not here today to discuss numbers. You should be interested in how to interest & excite your existing fan base as well as the ones that you will soon be growing.

Our first step to making a great Twitter Marketing Campaign is to identify your goals & understand the relevance of the channel.

Twitter is great for bands for two reasons.

Firstly, this platform contains an enormous amount of active users all over the world.

Secondly, you can connect with a new & relevant human being with just one click.

Let’s look at how you can quickly gain clarity on the what & why of Twitter.

Ask Yourself Right Now:

  What do I want to achieve online?

  What am I looking to get out of Twitter?

  How will I know I’ve achieved my short term goals?

The key is to ensure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time-Bound (SMART Goals). With focused & clear goals you will be setting yourself up to get what you want out of your online promotion; especially on Twitter.

By having an understanding of why you’re focusing on this platform you’ll be setting yourself up for the results that you’re looking for.

Action Step 1:

Understand why you’re on a particular social media channel, what you’re aiming to achieve on there and how you can get the most value from your time spent.

P.S. It may seem basic, but skip this step at your own peril.

Step 2

Create Your Content Strategy

Why should someone care about your music?

It’s not up to you to tell them why.

It’s up to you to show them why; by creating engaging content that your audience actually wants to see.

Take a moment now to look at a few of your favorite band’s Twitter profiles.

Not every band is harnessing the power of Twitter, but there are acts out there that create, connect & engage with their audience in a way that doesn’t simply inform, but grows a tribe of passionate fans.

Ask Yourself Right Now:

  Who is your audience?

  What do they want to see online?

  What would drive them to take an action?

  How can you create and deliver them content that will excite and entice?

Your goal should be to create enough engagement through your content that your fan wants to take an action, such as a retweet.

Once you’ve defined some new & exciting content for your audience you should look at how you can maintain consistency.

After all, what’s the point of spending a few days working on some brilliant studio video clips that showcase who you are as a band if your audience isn’t expecting it?

Even worse is if you excite them once but are unable to keep delivering.

Consistency is key online and the best thing you can do is not just to have a heap of great content but to look at what should be posted when for best results.

The simplest way to ensure your content is constant and spread evenly is to plan it out in a calendar. It can be as simple as handwritten or try a spreadsheet. Keep it simple and easy to add to.

Action Step 2

Create a content calendar and make sure you have one core content goal each week to work towards; ensure all your content works towards each weekly or end of month goal.

Step 3

Create Your Engagement Strategy

If we compare your online interaction to a live performance, your content is your overall live set & the engagement is your crowd banter.

Yep, that little part that seems so easy yet so elusive to perfect. I’d like to give you a few simple strategies you can do today to start engaging with your fan base more effectively.

Ask Yourself Right Now:

  What type of person is my ideal fan?

  What do they really want to see or hear?

  How can I make them feel a part of my journey?

The first step to creating an effective engagement strategy is to find your voice. I’m talking about more than just the way speak or what you talk about. Deeper than this are your values, beliefs and even your dreams.

The drive behind why you’re working towards building a career in music.

I want you to think about your journey as an artist and why you’re trying to share this with others.

Finding your voice isn’t easy, it’ll develop over time. If you’re a solo artist then your job is a little simpler because you know who you are. As a band it takes a little more time to gather a collective voice.

The important thing to remember is pick your tone and content to reflect the bigger picture of the artist you want to be.

Your band is a brand and your voice is what will communicate who you are, what you care about and most importantly, why other people should listen to you.

The next thing I want you to think about is to stop preaching & start enticing.

I see this as the me, me, me syndrome. We’ve been taught many bad habits over the years from awful marketing tactics. You’ve been so conditioned to preaching marketers that you instantly feel a little off when approached by a salesperson.

If all you’re posting about online is your next show or new single to buy, you’re becoming what you dislike. Sending automated messages or even numerous text messages to friends is the same thing.

Fundamentally you’re being clever - being ‘top of mind’ is a great goal to have as an artist.

It’s when it becomes in-genuine that you accidentally lump yourselves into the sleazy marketer category.

Sure, you might get an extra 5 or 10 people along to your show tonight. But how are they going to feel about your next gig? Not to mention the one after that.

Your job is to entice people through engagement; give them a reason to turn up. You’re a creative person, you can come up with new ways to make your next big thing enticing to people.

Remember this; if you have to push your friends into coming to a show, how do you think the industry and media are going to feel about coming along?

You would smell these tactics a mile away and so do they.

How often do you feel under appreciated by that friend who has insisted you come along to their gig only to be left out in the cold?

Finally, do not forget the power of Thank You. A simple yet highly effective way to make sure that your audience feels appreciated.

Action Step 3:

Brainstorm with your band reasons why you like to go to see live music. Think about some ways you can show your appreciation to your friends and fans. Other bands, fans, venue owners, everyone should feel like you care about them. If you can pull this off you’re on your way to not simply mastering a career in music but your experience in your entire life.

Step 4

Create Your Fan Building Strategy

You need a strategy to build your fans. Otherwise what’s the point?

Yes engaging with current fans is important now and into the future, but in order to sustain a career in music you need to be actively growing a fan base.

Content & engagement are the keys to maintaining your hype, but driving traffic to your website or social media profiles  is key.

Ask yourself right now:

  How can I can get my band in front of new, active & relevant fans right now?

  Where is my target audience spending their time?

  What will help them to travel to where I’m focusing my attention?

A fan building strategy isn’t a difficult thing to create either. A simple free offering is a great way to entice new fans and show that you’re ready to give not just take.

The great thing about Twitter is it’s the easiest way to get yourself in front of new and relevant people in an instant.

Following some new relevant users who are already fans of similar artists is a great place to start.

Engaging them in competitions, encouraging retweets with a particular hashtag relevant to your current promotions also helps.

The key thing to remember is you need to have something new and exclusive to offer them on whichever platform you’re helping them travel to.

Important note: buying followers, installing ‘bots’ that automate your twitter or anything else nasty and inhuman is a sure fire way to not only upset your current fans but destroy the effectiveness of your campaign.

Only ever define a strategy that is actively seeking out real, active and relevant users - you need the human touch. Only ever do what you would expect from your favorite artists.

On Twitter you can target people from particular areas, who are already engaging with likeminded people, brand & bands. Once you know who these people are and what they want you can define a way to entice them to travel to your page.

Action Step:

The simplest way to grow an audience on Twitter is by following and engaging with relevant active users each day. Choose some other Twitter accounts that would have your ideal fan base and start following users who seem appealing. Follow this up with genuine conversation and you’ll be sure to create new fans.

Step 5

Create Your Improvement Strategy

Remember in the first step we defined some goals? Having something to work towards is vital; however, completely useless if you have no way of knowing if you achieved them or not.

Aiming for a certain amount of growth each month is a good place to start but you also want to have a way to analyse more than that. The important things are measuring things like how engaged your users are and what sort of content performs well. You want to be able to know which competitions are getting you more traction and where in the world your most active fans are.

Ask Yourself Right Now:

  What are the biggest things I think I need to improve?

  How can I figure out what needs to change?

  How can I ensure that we keep track and consistently perform better?

Don’t worry, it’s a really simple thing to do. I’ll happily let you know right now that I’m not particularly tech savvy; I’m not doing any analysis that anybody else can’t learn to do - in fact all the people I work with, as well as my band members, all learn to run these simples analysis that I’m about to share with you.

Choosing the right tools is the first step. Social media is big business; not only are there thousands of platforms you’ve never even heard of, there are always too many tools to count to aid you in your channel conquest.

A great tool for scheduling content and maintaining consistency is Buffer. My favorite platform for managing every aspect of your social media campaigns is Sprout Social. Finally, ManageFlitter is incredibly useful for growing an audience and keeping your account as lean as possible.

Action Step 5:

Define a few key metrics to keep an eye on and look at how you can improve them. For example your number of followers isn’t as important as retweets. Find out what people like and keep giving it to them. If you can give them more of what you want you’ll be exposed to more new people organically and will grow your fan base over all.

Final Thoughts

There’s so much out there now about creating a social media strategy but I want to pull it all into three simple rules.

Your first job is to create what you love. Your second goal must be to find a way to give it to people in a way that aligns with what they want. Finally, connect these two together with the following aim: Build your relationships.

About Steve Palfreyman

Steve works with musicians and creative professionals who want to turn their passion into their career. Through tailored marketing strategies he helps them to grow their network & fan base so that they can become more attractive to industry & media, growing their career in what they love most.

If you’d like to contact Steve, you can reach out to him via Twitter and Facebook.


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