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  •  The EvO:R-Pedia Musicians Tips Section

    Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used successfully so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip.

    This section was painstackingly put here by musicians, for musicians so that artists that followed can take this knowledge and use it's full power.

    It's not always who you know, sometimes you just have to read the road signs.
    Charlie Harrelson
    Founder of EvO:R

    Don't Wait For Someone Else to Make You Famous
    By Scotty Henderson

    Climbing the ladder to success in the music industry is a lot of work. It takes years of building networks, cultivating fans, practice, backbreaking work, and getting used to the word no. In the past, bands were just out of luck in getting their album distributed unless they could get signed by a record label. Getting signed by a record label took months or even years of work because of the intense competition in the music industry. Playing clubs and promoting your band can get you a lot of attention, but you can't expect to make a lot of money without selling your music. Your fans want to be able to listen to you any time, and booking shows every weekend is almost a full time job. Times have changed, though, in recent years due to the popularity if the internet. It is now easier than ever to get your cd distributed to your fans.

    In the music industry, you are the only one that is going to have a sense of urgency in making your product available to the masses. A&R Coordinators get hundreds of demo cds a week, and may not even listen to yours if they you don't have a band manager to hound them. Even if you do get signed with a record label, they are dealing with hundreds or even thousands of other bands and musicians, so you aren't going to be their first priority. Making money in the music industry is not about live performances in the beginning. You may make a little money from the club circuit, but chances are most of that will go to overhead costs like equipment, transportation, and practice space. Selling your music is the best way to get money from your hard work right away. Getting distribution was hard for a long time, until the internet came along. The internet is receiving a lot of criticism from the music industry because of illegal downloads, but the popularity of internet shopping could work in your favor. You don't have to be signed with a record label to record your music. It's not cheap, but you can purchase time in a recording studio to record quality, professional sounding albums. There is also new software that allows you to record from your own home. Home recording equipment is not optimal, though, so you may want to send your home recordings to a mastering technician to clean it up.

    Once you have recorded and printed quality albums, you can offer them for sale on your own website, or sales sites like EBay or Amazon. Promoting your album is easier than ever too. Not only can you offer your albums for sale at your shows, but you can spread your website there as well. Your loyal fans will spread the word of your music, and direct sales to your site. Social networking sites are good for attracting new fans too. A link on your social networking site to your sales page will let new fans hear what you are all about. Once your album starts selling well, you might want to consider hiring someone to handle your distribution more efficiently.

    You've chosen to make music your career. Many musicians don't make a lot of money, but it doesn't have to be that way. Distributing your own music is easy, and it promotes your band more effectively than you could possibly do through word of mouth. Don't wait for someone to discover you to start making money. Take your career in hand and start distributing your own music.

    You can get updates about the music industry and find "must-hear" titles in genres like oldies music at several online sites, but a few come more highly recommended. http://977music.com comes particularly well-recommended as a standout resource where you can stream old hits and discover new titles in genres like oldies, hip-hop, and country, for free.

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  • Charlie Harrelson- Founder of EvO:R and solo guitarist TL2
    A Message from the founder of EvO:R
    The Independent Music world has become so fragmented that anyone entering into this arena will be lost without having a chance of survival. What every independent musicians needs is information, understanding and a path that leads to success. Sure, you can buy a few books from authors that never played a note or loaded a single amp into a moving van. Pipe dreams are all over the Internet.

    At EvO:R we pride ourselves with sections dedicated to Independent Music News called (The EvO:R Street Journal), Musicians Success Stories and Tips called (EvO:R-pedia) and a Musicians Testimonial Section called (The Goods) dedicated to Internet based companies that deliver on their promises.

    All this news and information and we don't charge a single penny. We also respect your online privacy by refusing to track your browsing habits while on our website. We simply want to deliver the BEST news, information and success stories for the Independent Musician.

    Thank-you for visiting EvO:R and tell the world that we are out here..
    Charlie Harrelson
    Founder of EvO:R
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