Independent Artists: What is Your Version of Success?

November 19, 2018 | DIY Artists

As independent artists, you’re in danger of constantly comparing yourself with artists on major labels with millions of dollars behind them, funding professional studios, marketing budgets, radio placements, promotion on Spotify playlists and plenty more initiatives. You are not in […]

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Dubset Helps Bring Groundbreaking Live Mixtape to the Wider World of Streaming

November 16, 2018 | Streaming

Three icons of hip hop on stage, rapping over beats assembled by a mixtape master. All live, all in one take. J.PERIOD, one of the key forces behind the Billboard #1 album, The Hamilton Mixtape, gathered three legends, Rakim, Black Thought, […]

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Interview With Kenyetta Evans, Founder of Online Distribution Platform PeekSound

November 15, 2018 | Interviews

PeekSound is an online platform which helps independent artists and labels sell their music on iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Vevo and other such digital platforms. Artists create songs which generate dozens of royalties when they’re sold, streamed or performed live. PeekSound not […]

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Interview With Logan Honeycutt, Founder of Artist Development Platform Artists at Scale

November 12, 2018 | Interviews

Artists at Scale is an all in one platform for artist development and growth. The company focuses on developing and empowering independent artists to become entrepreneurs. With a toolkit providing resources such as education, mentors, community, databases and more, Artists at […]

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Interview With Simo Haier, CEO of Visual Media Company Larimar Media

November 9, 2018 | Interviews

Larimar Media is an Atlanta-based media company founded in 2017. Specialising in visual media such as photography, videography, and graphic design, the company provides live media coverage, brand development, and more for their clients. Uptown Plug had the opportunity to speak […]

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Boomplay and Universal Music Group Announce Landmark Distribution Partnership in Africa

November 9, 2018 | Music Distribution

Boomplay, Africa’s leading music streaming and download service and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment today announced the signing of a landmark licensing agreement covering multiple markets within Africa. UMG is the first major music company […]

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Interview With Music Producer, Rapper, Author & Mentor Curtiss King

October 31, 2018 | Interviews

Curtiss King is a producer, rapper, author and mentor to thousands of aspiring artists and producers through his YouTube channel – Curtiss King TV. With production credits for artists such as such as Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, E-40, and MURS, as well as companies […]

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How to Apply Lean Startup Methodologies to Your Independent Music Career

October 28, 2018 | DIY Artists

With the rise of digital platforms, streaming services, easy access to music production tools, music business knowledge and global connectivity, independent artists have more power now than ever to create music they love, build a fanbase around the world and […]

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Interview With Dae Bogan, CEO of Music Rights Administration Platform TuneRegistry

October 26, 2018 | Interviews

Dae Bogan is a music rights executive, serial entrepreneur and educator with over a decade of experience in the music industry. He is the founder and CEO of TuneRegistry, which develops music rights administration software and solutions for small and […]

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CD Baby Becomes First Digital Distributor to Give Creators Affordable Tools to Create Simple Copyright Ownership Agreements

October 23, 2018 | Music Distribution

CD Baby, the largest digital distributor of independent music and administrator of publishing rights in the world, has partnered with Cosynd, the first affordable legal services platform made specifically for creators, to allow CD Baby’s members to document ownership of […]

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NYC Producer Ras Beats Talks Classic NYC Sound, Collaborating With Legends, Evolving Style & More

October 22, 2018 | Interviews

Ras Beats is a NYC-based hip hop artist and producer. With a sound that is deeply rooted in classic NY hip hop and at the same time new and distinctly his own, Ras Beats has worked with artists such as […]

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Interview With Graphic Artist, Designer & Illustrator James E. Walker

October 17, 2018 | Interviews

James E. Walker is a graphic artist, designer, and illustrator from Houston, Texas. For the last 7 years, James has worked as an independent artist and designer that specializes in brand identity and layout design. Uptown Plug had the opportunity […]

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Interview With Ryan Marter, Graphic Designer at Arctic Wolf Design

October 12, 2018 | Interviews

Arctic Wolf Design is a graphic design company providing services for bands, artists and businesses in the music industry. With a goal of offering professional, yet affordable designs to music professionals, Arctic Wolf Design supplies logos, t-shirts, posters, merchandise, album artwork […]

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5 Signs You’re Becoming a Successful Independent Artist

October 8, 2018 | DIY Artists

For any independent artist out, one of the biggest challenges that you likely need to overcome is knowing if you are on the right track to achieving success in your career. Success, after all, is quite relative. Some people would […]

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Interview With Taishi Fukuyama, COO of Songwriting AI Platform Amadeus Code

October 4, 2018 | Interviews

Taishi Fukuyama has a diverse career in music and tech, from consulting the business and strategy of various industry leading technology companies, including: Launching the first Music Hack Day in Asia in Tokyo 2014. Becoming the first Red Bull Soundclash […]

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Interview With Garrison Snell, CEO of Streaming Promotions Company Crosshair Music

September 28, 2018 | Interviews

Garrison Snell is the 25 year old CEO of streaming promotions company Crosshair Music. After graduating from Belmont University in 2015, Garrison launched his marketing agency Gyrosity Projects, followed by the creation of Crosshair Music. Gyrosity Projects was recently acquired by Stadiumred […]

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Interview With Trapital Founder & Author Dan Runcie

September 24, 2018 | Interviews

The business side of hip-hop is often overlooked. Traditional media outlets often scratch the surface when assessing hip-hop. Trapital digs deeper. Each story breaks downs and identifies the strategic moves and principles that shape the culture. Uptown Plug had the […]

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Graphic Designer Earica Parrish Talks Importance of Artwork, Branding & More

September 21, 2018 | Interviews

Earica Parrish is a writer, editor, and graphic designer from Washington, D.C. As a growing professional in the media industry, she has worked with brands like Nubian Hueman Boutique, Men’s Health Magazine, and Prestige Magazine Hong Kong. Uptown Plug had the […]

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Producer The Kid Talks Production Influences, Collaborating with Artists & More

September 18, 2018 | Interviews

The Kid is a beatmaker from Boston, MA. With over 130 beats for lease or purchase, The Kid is always creating beats with his Ableton Live 9, Native Instruments, a Rolan FA-06 Keyboard, and a microKorg synthesizer. Uptown Plug had the […]

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Interview With Steffen Franz, President of Independent Distribution Collective

September 17, 2018 | Interviews

In the music business for almost 35 years, including many years as a technical director and production manager for dozens of nightclubs and venues in New York, Maui, HI, and San Francisco, CA. Many years as an independent artist, DJ, […]

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Interview With Vice Souletric, Founder of Graphic Design Company Vice Cold Graphics

September 14, 2018 | Interviews

Ohio-based MC and producer Vice Souletric has worked with the likes of artists such as Talib Kweli, Pete Rock, Nottz, Skyzoo, Guilty Simpson and many more. In addition to his rapping and production skills, Vice is also the owner of […]

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Interview with Vanessa Ferrer, CEO of Online Merch Platform Merch Cat

September 10, 2018 | Interviews

Vanessa Ferrer has been a successful businesswoman for over 15 years in finance and artist management. After managing several touring clients and consulting with high-profile industry professionals, Ferrer used her multi-faceted background to develop and launch Merch Cat, a musician-friendly […]

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Interview with Patrice K. Cokley, Owner of Management Firm, The Bassline Group

September 10, 2018 | Interviews

Patrice K. Cokley is the brand and marketing consultant, and owner of the talent development & management firm, The Bassline Group. Holding both a BS and MBA in Marketing, Patrice took the entrepreneurial route to kickoff her career by serving […]

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Building the Right Team for Your Music Career: Hiring a Publicist

September 7, 2018 | Publicity

Music has always been a powerful tool that connects people and brings them together. However, there’s a lot more to the music making process than just going to the studio and recording a good album. In fact, your music can […]

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Why Independent Artists Need to Embrace Music Streaming Services

September 5, 2018 | Streaming

Streaming might have started off as a controversial phenomena in the music industry- with artists like Taylor Swift taking up an issue with the low royalties offered to artists, but it has swiftly and quickly become one of the biggest […]

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Interview with Carolina Castilla, CEO of Live Music Platform Massive Act

September 4, 2018 | Interviews

Carolina Castilla has been a music business entrepreneur for 16 years working in the music industry as a manager, tour manager, PR and event producer helping bands from Latin America, the US, and Europe. Previously she served as tour and […]

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Interview with Remi Jourdan, CEO of Digital Music Platform Tunetrax

September 3, 2018 | Interviews

Originally from Paris, France where he managed venues, Rémi Jourdan relocated to Los Angeles in 1997 to fully pursue his passion for both technology and music. With extensive experience working with emerging artists, labels as well as operating concert venues and […]

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Why is Audio Mixing And Mastering Important?

August 29, 2018 | Mixing & Mastering

Anyone can appreciate good music and listen to it on repeat. However, not everyone is aware of the painstaking efforts that go behind making a song or album. The process of creating a song ready for distribution has more to […]

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Hiring a Booking Agent for Independent Artists

August 26, 2018 | Touring

Organising tours and booking gigs is an essential part of being a musician and especially as an independent artist. While there’s a lot of opportunity to release your music digitally and leaving it at that with the advent of streaming […]

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Understanding Music Distribution For Independent Artists

August 24, 2018 | Music Distribution

Whether you’re an established artist who has a slew of Grammy nominations under their belt, or an industry newbie who is just deciding to put music out – fact is, you’ll need to distribute your music in the most efficient […]

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A Guide to Booking Your First Live Gig for Independent Artists

August 20, 2018 | Touring

Booking your first gig is always an exciting as well as intimidating step that has to be taken carefully, and with all the right considerations. If you’re an independent artist who is about to book their first gig, there’s a […]

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How to Create Great YouTube Videos as an Independent Artist

August 14, 2018 | Video Production

If you’re an independent artist trying break out and develop your own fanbase, creating and posting videos on YouTube is an excellent platform to get started. As the popularity of this platform continues to grow exponentially, there has been a […]

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5 Things Managers Should Consider When Signing an Artist

August 13, 2018 | Management

This article was written by Patrice K. Cokley A couple of weeks ago, I shared “5 Things Independent Artists Need to Consider When Hiring a Manager” for those artist who are starting out and feel that having representation would take […]

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Album Release Checklist for Independent Artists

August 8, 2018 | Music Promotion

With the big release now in sight, it’s only natural that you feel excited. The drama, the desire and the excitement of releasing a new album is the kind of experience that is pretty hard to escape, right? It’s for […]

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Engaging Your Audience on Spotify

July 17, 2018 | Streaming

For most artists, one of the most common problems that you might come across stems from audience engagement. Most people hear that term and think of it as some kind of whacky marketing gimmick. While it can be, for an […]

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Effective Music Promotion via Facebook Ads

July 17, 2018 | Digital Marketing

When it comes to promoting yourself as an independent hip hop artist, you likely know that social media is very useful. However, social media has to be managed in the right way; it needs you to really push on with […]

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Simple Email Marketing Tactics for Music Promotion

July 17, 2018 | Digital Marketing

As an independent artist, a common problem that you will likely come across upon your travels is the ability to market yourself. Musician marketing is very hard to get right, especially when you don’t have a massive marketing company sitting […]

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