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EP 9 - Takers Leavers

Takers Leavers
#SurvivingTheMusicIndustry #MusicIndustry #MusicPodcast

Takers Leavers is:
David Baqi on Vocals/Guitars
Rob McDonald on Drums
Karem Idrees on Bass
Robby Friend on Guitar

We Talk About:
- Having A Band Agreement
- Changing Their Lineup via Band Agreement
- Family Supporting Your Decisions
- Family Not Understanding Your Decisions
- Having A Friend Manager Your Band
- Band Meetings
- Booking Shows
- Touring
- Projecting Your Year As A Band
- Pay to Play and Presale
- Having A Drive To Succeed
- Ignoring Genre
- Social Media
- Having A Studio In Your Lockout
- Artist Development
- Not So Into Patreon
- Hiring Graphic Designers
- Their Jobs in Corporate America, Walking People's Dogs, Bar tending, & T shirt Printers
- Being Able To Take Constructive Criticism
- Networking
- Take Things Seriously
- Anthony Green Reddit AMA made them see artists are just real people

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2GeatV2
Bandcamp: https://takersleavers.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takersleavers/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/takersleavers
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/TakersLeavers
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/takersleavers
Tumblr: http://takersleavers.tumblr.com/

EP "Break & Bloom" available now.
http://fanlink.to/BAB

 

Manager - johann@ambiguosmusic.com
Band Email - takersleavers@gmail.com

........SHOUT OUTS!!!!!!

- The Montell Jordans https://www.facebook.com/themontelljordans/

- Gigantis
https://www.facebook.com/GigantisMusic/

- Adam Sisco San Diego Recording
https://www.facebook.com/adam.sisco.39

- Gene from Differences
https://www.facebook.com/differencesca/
https://twitter.com/differences_ca
https://www.instagram.com/differencesca/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn3DcgMyPxvBpWDY16P8CJA

- Arson Choir
https://www.facebook.com/TheArsonChoir
https://www.instagram.com/thearsonchoir
https://twitter.com/TheArsonChoir

- Barriers
http://www.barriersband.com/
https://spoti.fi/2WXCaXF
https://www.facebook.com/BARRIERSofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBhu5qTcTFNtX2SifVTvgyA
https://www.instagram.com/barriers_official/

- Desertion
https://spoti.fi/2UJZTgu
https://www.facebook.com/desertionhc/
https://www.instagram.com/desertionhc/
https://twitter.com/desertionhc

- Assuming We Survive
http://assumingwesurvive.com/
https://spoti.fi/2IneasV
https://www.facebook.com/AWSband/
https://www.instagram.com/assumingwesurvive
https://twitter.com/awsmusic

Havok Faction
https://www.facebook.com/havocfaction/
https://spoti.fi/2VDJhUQ

- Eric Rivers from Barriers does graphic design for them
https://www.facebook.com/eric.rivers.75
https://www.facebook.com/kingsroadmerch
https://kingsroadmerch.com/

- Elk Grove (Recent Tour with Takers Leavers)
https://spoti.fi/2IgJvyn
https://www.facebook.com/elkgrovetheband/
https://twitter.com/elkgrovetheband
https://www.instagram.com/elkgrovetheband/

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EP 8 - Magnolia Park

Finally getting a few new podcasts up! This week is Magnolia Park:

Joshua Roberts - Vocals
Dylan Turner - Bass/Vocals
Cobus Ellis - Drums/Vocals
Tristan Torres - Guitar
Jack Stock - Guitar

We talk about

- Spotify Playlists Submission
- Instagram Algorithms
- Facebook Ads
- Spotify Ads
- Taking Advantage of Tags
- Splitting Up Chores
- Learning audio engineering to help with production ideas
- The good and bad of presales/pay to play
- Orlando Florida Music Scene

Youtube Podcast Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO6sGn7sOBk

Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/y4zyxovj

Website: https://magnoliaparkband.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/magnoliaparkfl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MagnoliaParkFL

YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/yycl7jkh

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Magnoliaparkfl

 

SHOUT OUTS!

Makari

Mount Kintsugi

Andy Karpovck at The Audio Compound

Evan Draper at Psylo Digital

Grieve

DeadLand

I Met A Yeti

Of Autumn

Meet Me At The Alter

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#SpotifyPlaylists #Podcast #MusicIndustryTips

EP 7 - Crash Overcast

Video Podcast: https://youtu.be/7ypFHa6AxdE

This week has been crazy and since winter NAMM is coming up it's about to get crazier! If you follow my Instagram I'll be posting some fun and crazy things I find there. Make sure you check out our Spotify playlists and if you'd like to be considered for it, follow the playlist in the description and send me an email at abandslifepodcast@gmail.com. But without further ado, Crash Overcast.

We go over: Backlogging evergreen content, working Instagram, becoming suggested, building buzz quickly, dealing with pay to play, helping other bands out, establishing relationships and paying things forward.

Crash Overcast is:
Jeff Schroeder - Vocals/Guitar
JDH - Bass
Alex Kurnow - Drums

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2CP31wL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crashovercast/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/crashovercast
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/crashovercast
Bandcamp: http://crashovercast.bandcamp.com
YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/ybrgsrb9

New Spotify Playlists for A Band's Life!
Podcast Bands: https://spoti.fi/2D03rS9
Pop Punk, Emo, Indie: https://spoti.fi/2Rm02G7
 

Send us more bands!
abandslifepodcast@gmail.com

Shout out to: The Allright, Third Ally, Noise Brigade, the So Cal Pop Punk Coalition.

The Allright
https://www.facebook.com/theallrightofficial/

Third Ally
https://www.facebook.com/ThirdAlly/

Noise Brigade
https://www.facebook.com/AKNoiseBrigade/

The Socal Pop Punk Coalition
https://www.facebook.com/groups/socalpoppunk/

EP 6 - Heart Like War

There's a youtube version with live video as well!

 

Hey everyone, welcome back from the Christmas break! This week we have the band Heart Like War from Los Angeles! Now they've recently gone through a big lineup change as well as a booked a tour in Japan! Overseas stuff for a band like this is unheard of! So do us a favor and SUBSCRIBE! Below is their socials as well as a couple new Spotify Playlists that I started this week! Subscribe to the channel, the playlist, and send me a track of yours for consideration to be on the playlist!

Heart Like War:
http://heartlikewar.com

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2skYpt8
Facebook: facebook.com/heartlikewar
Instagram: instagram.com/heartlikewar/
Youtube: youtube.com/user/heartlikewar
Twitter: twitter.com/heartlikewar

New Spotify Playlists!
Podcast Bands: https://spoti.fi/2D03rS9
Pop Punk Playlist: https://spoti.fi/2Rm02G7
Indie Rock Playlist: https://spoti.fi/2M5PXHu

Send us more bands!
abandslifepodcast@gmail.com

 

 

Ep 5 - Goldview

We're 5 podcasts strong!! After a few bands fell through this few weeks I managed to get the band Goldview from San Jose, California. They're a pop punk band who are influenced by Man Overboard, blink-182, New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, Senses Fail, The Story So Far, and even Taylor Swift! We talk about being a relatively new band, booking shows, social media and pay to play. #musicindustry #musicmarketing #poppunk

Goldview's:

Btw, growing up as a pop punk kid, I'd love to have some pop punk bands on. If you know a band that you think is doing a good job via social media, gigging, work-life balance, etc. please send them to my email and I'll try to get them on the podcast next! Below is the itunes & rss feed for just the audio podcast too:
abandslifepodcat@gmail.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-bands-life/id1436146607
https://abandslife.podbean.com/feed.xml

 

Also watch:

Ep 4 - Perfect Score
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOkJ7AtzjLY

Ep 3 - RKVC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyBEafkh3nE

Ep 2 - Prey Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty-YRgRlhTE

Ep 1 - Werewolves at Hour 30 (WAH30)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbq087hFPB4

Ep 4 - Perfect Score

A Band's Life - Episode #4 - Perfect Score
From Sacramento, California Pop punk band Perfect Score talks about surviving the music industry there. They talk about how being consistent and showing up on time to your shows pays off with more opportunities. They also talk about their interactions with the Pay to Play going on in bars and venues. As well as their relationships and what ways they can do better on social media. #musicindustry #musicmarketing #poppunk

Spotify

Facebook

YouTube

Instagram

Btw, growing up as a pop punk kid, I'd love to have some pop punk bands on. If you know a band that you think is doing a good job via social media, gigging, work-life balance, etc. please send them to my email and I'll try to get them on the podcast next! Below is the itunes & rss feed for just the audio podcast too:
abandslifepodcat@gmail.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-bands-life/id1436146607
https://abandslife.podbean.com/feed.xml

We also talk about:
The music industry
Recording
Pressing CDs
The lack of band money
Surviving the music industry
Touring
Bad Band attitudes
Spotify
Distrokid
Pay 2 Play

Also watch:
Ep 3 - RKVC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyBEafkh3nE

Ep 2 - Prey Drive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty-YRgRlhTE

Ep 1 - Werewolves at Hour 30 (WAH30)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbq087hFPB4

Ep 3 - RKVC

This week I interviewed RKVC and while they're not a 4 piece rock band, they are 100% living in the music industry. In fact they don't have day jobs. They work really hard to pull it off and seem to have a great grasp on social media. So this one's going overtime because they drop so much information that I want you to hear. Don't forget to subscribe on Intunes, sticher, youtube, facebook!

But please subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Youtube, Facebook and all those good things!

Let me know what you like or what you don't like about this podcast!

RKVC talks about their successful Youtube channel, sponsorships, Pandora, Patreon, having video managers and a publisher.

They also talk about:

  • Moving to a big city like LA to pursue their music career
  • Youtube & the Youtube Space
  • Sponsorships
  • Pandora
  • Patreon (#Patreon)
  • Publishers
  • Video Managers
  • Video Editing
  • CD Baby vs Tunecore vs Distrokid
  • Putting yourself in uncomfortable situations
  • Songwriting
  • Stalkers
  • The Music Modernization Act (#MusicModernizationAct)
  • Snakt
  • Twitch
  • Mixer

#RKVC socials: 
Youtube
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter
Website

Ep 2 - Prey Drive

This is "A Band's Life". A podcast where bands share how they're currently navigating the music industry. We'll find out what works and what doesn't. Whether it's gigs, social media, side jobs, relationships, and more!

This last week I was introduced to a band called Prey Drive. They're a relatively new band in the UK who's on an indie label called Krod Records, but what really caught my eye was that they were doing really well on Spotify. Before we get into the interview don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on itunes, stitcher or your favorite podcast app. We also have a video version on youtube. But, without further ado, here's Prey Drive:

Also, I asked Thibaut from Krod records how they submit their artists for playlists. He said that:

"the main thing is not necessarily targeting the big playlists on Spotify : a majority of time we target the smaller Spotify playlists. If we're submitting a punk rock band for example (we always check the punk rock related playlists on Spotify but also the playlists that are linked in some way to punk rock music like the pop/punk playlists/ skateboarding/extreme sports playlists. The main thing is to do a research on smaller playlists and if the music is really good, you will probably have some kind of response/feedback."

 

So take what he says and apply it to many different aspects of your marketing strategy. It's not internet voodoo, It's being inventive, thinking outside the box and finding new unpaved roads to get your music or content out there. It's why I think having regular band meetings to discuss business and marketing ideas help a band be a bit more productive when it comes to marketing your music. I know, marketing is a bad work in the music scene, oldschool flyers were marketing too, it's just how we get to the people we think might like our music. Give us a like, share, subscribe, comment! If you know bands that you think are surviving the industry, send em our way! Maybe we can get em on!

abandslifepodcast@gmail.com

Joshua Smith

JoshuaSmithRecording.com

 

Ep 1 - Werewolves At Hour 30

This is the first episode of "A Band's Life". A podcast where bands share how they're currently navigating the music industry. We'll find out what works and what doesn't. Whether it's gigs, social media, side jobs, relationships, and more! This episode features Chicago's Werewolves At Hour 30.

If you know a band who you think does this all well, send me an email so we can have them on the show!

 

abandslifepodcast@gmail.com

 

Joshua Smith
JoshuaSmithRecording.com