We have entered into a brand-new world, a world where anyone and indeed everyone is now an artist. You even get brands setting up their own artists and we have witnessed the emergence of the AI artist, many of which have amassed thousands of followers on social media. But what does that mean for YOU? How can you run your own music business? How do you make money from your music?
In this overview, I want to point out a few things for you. Firstly, it is YOUR business, and you can run it anyway you like. Secondly, now is not the time to defer to experts, to build a “team” or to have an ever-expanding entourage of yes men. Stop thinking like the majors and start to think like lean mean independent machines. I would strongly recommend you download the app, Music Inc. We have mentioned it on here before but in a nutshell, Music Inc is a game where you create your own label, sign artists and then seek to make money whilst battling the scourge of piracy. It will teach you more about the industry than any course will. Independence means you jump in at the deep end and learn as you go along.
To run your own music business, we are going to recommend you do the following. Feel free to skip that which does not apply to you.
Set up your music business – This could be a company, sole proprietorship or partnership (if you’re a group) Please contact a local accountant who can give you proper advice regarding this.
Get a job – You need some regular income from which you can invest into your business.
Set up a fundraiser – You can use crowdfunding, host an event or contact friends and family.
Get a business loan – As long as you’re sensible, don’t over borrow and are in a position to repay any loans, this could be a vital way to inject some cash into your music business without giving away any equity.
Set up your own studio – You need your own studio set up which could be as easy as using your existing, laptop, tablet, desktop computer or day I say it, your phone.
Download the Music Inc app and play play play!
Sign an artist – initially this should be yourself. Sign yourself as a producer/artist and you’re ready to go!
In the next article, we are going to dive deep into setting up your own recording studio, using gear that we have used ourselves, and as such, we can prove how effective they are. It is important that you own the means of production. You need to have your own recording studio and with modern computer technology that means owning a decent, but not necessarily expensive, computer. Add a few external devices such as a microphone, headphones, audio interface and MIDI controller, plus all the cabling, and you’re ready to go.
In the mean time click here for more information about the Music Inc app. See you next time!
There are so many Internet experts who are willing to teach you how to record your music, what interface to buy, how to mix, how to EQ, 5 things you’re doing wrong, how to use Facebook ads to get 2.5m streams and so on. Most of these gurus have one thing in common! They all run bloody courses. Stuff the courses, I am done with courses. One thing these experts tell me is that they are more music marketers than artists or labels and as such they have a vested interest in keeping you learning, learning and constantly learning. Death by degrees as my former Pastor used to say.
Now that is all well and good but no one got time for that. What we want to do at www.myhotmusic.com is to show you how you can do all of the above, yourselves without signing up to any courses or forever be in our debt and why is that? Well it’s because our priority is making and releasing our music on our own label and in the spirit of punk we want you to get out there, get your laptop, start recording and then point you to the best services, in our opinion, to help you do the rest. Not only that we will always offer you an appropriate DIY alternative so you can get your hands dirty and do it yourselves. So stay tuned, subscribe to our newsletter so you can be first to know about our new articles and enjoy the ride because 2023 is your year to shine!
Out now the brand new single by Project:Sunday “Sunshine” (feat Kehinde A. It is a catchy 80s infused synth pop song with a message of hope and positivity in these dark times. Sunshine was written by Bob Messenger and Kehinde A and is the first single from an upcoming album release by Project:Sunday out in December commemorating 14 years of their writing partnership. Bob and Kehinde A met playing football in Eltham Australia and have become very good friends ever since. They also featured on a 2010 TV show My Pop Diary which was produced by Kehinde A. The momentum is building and Sunshine has garnered over 1m streams in user generated content on TikTok and Instagram. We urge you to listen, like and share the song on Spotify, Apple Music and any other music service that you use. Also please join the My Hot Music Newsletter for free as it’s our way of keeping you in the know and you’ll get the scoop on all our music releases, articles and music tips. We have lots of exciting things planned in the coming weeks and months.
From the 1st of October, you will not be able to share your music on Facebook. You could also have your band page deleted and banned. That’s according to an article by Loudwire published yesterday Sept 12, 2020. It goes on to say that “Facebook is taking steps to limit the ability of bands to promote videos that will “create a music listening experience for yourself or for others”. Understandably many musicians were angered by this and worried that their Facebook pages would be rendered useless. But the truth is that this is not the case. Facebook are targeting users who post unauthorised copyright content and in an interview with reknowned music magazine NME they moved quickly to clarify their intentions. The rules have also been in place for 2 years and are meant to “balance our commitment to supporting musical expression on our platforms with also ensuring we uphold our agreements with rights holders, which remains unchanged.” So relax everyone Facebook is not banning music nor are they going to delete band pages for sharing bands own music.
Music mentor and manager Damian Keyes has developed a 20 day strategy for promoting your single. The plan is free (you just need to give your email address) and is a comprehensive day by day plan which is as exciting as it is beneficial for bands and artists. We cannot recommend this highly enough. Watch the video and download the plan and use it to create stories for your social media pages and make sure you link back to your website. Damian Keyes founded the British Institute of Modern Music, now known as the BIMM Institute, when he was just 23! He has worked with artists like Eric Clapton, Alanis Morissette and Bob Dylan as a bass player and now runs a management company (DK Music Management) and other important music related businesses. For more information visit his site https://damiankeyes.com
Adrian Snell is an English musician who has produced over 23 albums. He has performed at St Paul’s Cathedral, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his career has spanned approximately 4 decades. He is one of our favourite CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) artists. He is classically trained and also a music therapist. The song “Requiem Aeternam” is from the album The Cry. It is a powerful prayer from the perspective of ‘suffering children’. The song features the Winchester Cathedral Choir and Natasha Gorlee. This is a powerful song and the choir and strings complement Adrian and Natasha in a beautiful and compelling manner. For more information please check out his website. https://www.adrian-snell.com
Today we have a plethora of live mixers, digital and analogue, from the affordable to the super expensive. You can get them from under $100 or if you wish you can spend over $100,000. The Behringer X32 was a game changer and has sold thousands upon thousands of units since its launch in 2012. The 18 channel digital mixer, the Behringer XR18 costs only $448.00 USD, plus the cost of an iPad or tablet to control it. In light of this we are fascinated by Make Your Own Sound’s series on building your own digital console system, using your own hardware (Computer, Audio Interface & controller) and software (they recommend RML Labs SAC). Martin gives us a set of detailed and clear tutorials and we recommend this as a must watch series. Learn how to mix and match your favourite hardware, optimise your PC and get to grips with the SAC software. For more information go to: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MakeYourOwnS… Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makeyourown… Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakeYourOwnSou1 e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Hawley’s song Darlin is one of those songs that instantly grabs your attention. Partially because of his warm soothing dulcet tones and also the beautiful guitar and bass lines that transports you from the hustle and bustle of modern life and into a world where nothing really matters for 3 mins. It appears on the album Lowedges released in 2003.
We love the channel Once Upon A Synth and especially love this series wheee he makes a song using just one synth. Now in this day and age we tend to feel that we really need lots of gear and lots of plugins in order to make a record. Truth is that you can use just one synth or one plugin and create all the sounds you need. This video revolves around an analogue synth which is a lot more remarkable. So make your song with what you have already. Also subscribe to his channel as well.