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Band Pages

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Internet, Music Business
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Kind of going off of the blog I posted a few days ago, when I talked about Topspin. Today I will be doing the same sort of thing but going into a little bit more depth. We were given in class today, a list of band pages to look at and see which one/s we liked the best. The list was: Tunecore, Reverbnation, CDBaby, Topspin, Nimbit, Sonicbids, Bandcamp and I bet you can’t guess what one I picked… Ha TOPSPIN!

Again the link is TOPSPIN

The thing I like the most about it is, the simplicity of the layout and how easy it is to maneuver around and find things.

Everything is right there in plain view.

They make it really easy to set up an account,

They make it look really appealing as well.

Then when you get to the band pages, it’s almost like it’s a different website. Everything is really colorful and crazy but at the same time it’s still organized. The bands can completely customize their pages and make them unlike everyone else. This is what I think sets Topspin apart from others like Bandcamp.

I, (once I start working on my own material for djing) will be getting an account with Topspin for sure!

Thanks for reading guys!

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Digital Literacy:

  • The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information. 1
  • The ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers. 2
  • A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment… Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments. 
These three Bullet points are taken from the website: http://www.library.illinois.edu/diglit/definition.html Check it out for some more information!
So as the previous definitions went on about, Digital Literacy really means the ability to use the internet to it’s fullest. That’s really what it means when it’s all boiled down..
After looking around at some of the music websites ( Tunecore, Reverbnation, CDBaby, Topspin, Nimbit, Sonicbids, Bandcamp), I found that Topspin was my favorite.
My favorite thing about it is, at first it has this Facebook feel to it, but then once you click on an artist’s page, it’s like it has a Myspace feel where you can customize everything, and make things personal. I like that over the BandCamp. That one felt a little boring and kind of repetitive..
But that’s all I have for you today folks!
Post more later!
Have a great rest of your day!

The internet not only helped us “normal” people able to let our hard artistic work be heard. But with it being soo easy, everyone is going to be taking the opportunity to upload all their stuff so that other people can hear it as well. Finding music now days, is like trying to find that one certain thing in a grocery store that you’ve never been in before…  It’s hard to do… There are soo many options in there and even some foods you never even knew existed! It’s same with music on the internet now days, if not worse then the grocery store analogy. You just need to know where to look for things.

Just a thought of mine…

For all you math lovers out there, and even those of you that don’t really like math, I have found the new formula that is key, I say again, IS KEY to understanding the music business. If you are a musician that is looking at trying to “Make It Big” or at least trying to get known, y’all should know this very simple formula.

CWF + RTB = $$$$.

This means: Connect With Fans + Reason To Buy = Money.

Which means if you are a newer artist that wants to get more involved, get money, more fans, or anything else really, follow these steps.

(disclaimer…)

This is NOT guaranteed to make you famous. Sorry

But breaking the formula down, you NEED to establish a fan base. Keep it as personal as possible! You need people to listen/like your music enough to want to A.)listen to your music B.) buy things from you C.) see you at your shows. With this established you can then start to work on the next step in the formula.

The reasons for people to want to buy anything that you have to give.

Music isn’t just music anymore (at least when it comes to selling it…) It needs to go along with something that people can hold/use/see, aka pictures/ books/auto-graphs/ posters…etc

People also need options. Different choices with different values to them. Starting at free, then going up how ever much you are willing to give away/receive…

An example here:

Techdirt’s CwF + RtB

I hope this helps explain things!

Until next time… Bye!