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How to podcast for musicians

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What is podcasting?

Podcasts are episodic series of digital audio files which users can subscribe to much like you subscribe to blogs. In fact often podcasts are distributed through a blog. You can either instruct your reader to download new podcasts whenever they become available or manually choose which podcasts you want to download by clicking a link to the audio file. These files can then be listened to on your computer or you can transfer them to your portable player (Ipod, smartphone or Iphone) to listen to later.

Why musicians should podcast? 

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The music industry is getting tougher and music CDs don’t sell as much as they used to or won’t sell without some prior promotion. Musicians may struggle not only to promote their music but also to make profits from it. Of course, one of the ways to generate revenue is to organise concert tours. But how can musicians spread the word about their music?

You’ll all heard that online promoting is a great way to reach your audience but how can you make them want to listen to you more or buy from you? Where can you start?

In our digital area, it’s not only important to share your music on your social media accounts, naming Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Youtube but how can you get people to pay a fee to access to your music?

Don’t overdo with putting all your videos or soundtracks on Youtube or Soundcloud! Indeed, short teasers should be enough to attract your audience! Instead, what about investing time into podcasting? But how can you generate both interest and revenue from it?

Here are few ways you can do so as an independent artist:

http://www.feedforall.com/musicians-should-podcast.htm

But why podcasting can be a better format than other online promotional formats? 

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Podcasting allows you to have a more intimate relationship with your audience and can easily mimic or replace radio broadcasting. Podcasts are Portable On Demand media, that is to say that they are portable and accessible on-demand for your listeners or watchers. Your podcasts can be subscribed to, paid for to access them and downloaded through various programs and devices.

However, do bear in mind that there are limitations you need to be aware of when podcasting!

Indeed, you will need to remember not to copyright any other artists’ work. For that, you may learn a bit the basic copyrights legal requirements to follow:

https://create.blubrry.com/manual/about-podcasting/legal-issues/

Now want to get started with podcasting?

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Remember to be correctly equipped!

Here are few must-haves to get you started:

This guide will help you get started with basics if you are new to podcasting and are on a low budget!

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/How-to-Podcast-The-Podcast-Host.pdf

 

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But keep in mind that you will need to work on few marketing techniques in order to increase the visibility of your podcasts! The audacity team is giving you here few tips on this:

https://theaudacitytopodcast.com/does-seo-really-matter-in-podcasting-tap179/

Finally, do you want to follow musicians’ DIY podcast?

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Look no further! CD Baby has compiled for you a list of different pod-casters giving you tips on how to use podcasts to promote your music and generate revenue from it!

http://cdbabypodcast.com/

Let me know if you have further questions? I’ll be happy to look for the answers for you!

 

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Fundraising gigs’campaign for abortion rights (IE)

For those who do not live in Ireland, you may not know that still up to today abortion isn’t allowed under most circumstances. Women are discouraged to abort regardless of circumstances and must travel to UK or other EU countries if they want to abort.

The gigs took place last Friday 10th March 2017 at Sin é pub, Dublin 1 and were organised by Bitches Brew & F-Festival celebrating women in the arts:

http://www.ffestival.net/about-us/

The purpose of this night was to fund raise for the Repeal movement and bring awareness of the Irish law in terms of women’s abortion rights 🔥👍. To get a better understanding of what this law entails and follow the campaign on social media, check these leaflets 👇

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reasons to fight for women's abortion rights and repeal the eight amendment

If you are living in Ireland or are Irish living abroad, sign up for this petition requesting the law to be reviewed and giving women the rights to abort if they choose to 👊:

https://www.artistsrepealthe8th.com/sign

The event gathered four bands, mostly girls’ bands playing various music styles such as pop, blues, roots folk, rock, hard rock. I arrived a little late for the event and also left early, so I only recorded two bands but I will share with you some videos of the other two bands I missed. Bear in mind that the venue is very narrow in width, so I wasn’t always able to film from the best angle. Apologies for this ! For the YouTube videos I made, I have indicated underneath the respective bands’ Facebook fan pages if you’d like to follow them.

Which one you like most and why? Are you going to like any of their Facebook fan page(s)?

I will start to share with you a snippet I shared on my Instagram account:

And now full songs recorded or found on YouTube:

These are two Youtube videos I found of the other bands I have missed:

 

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Music Without Borders – live concerts (2016)

First of all, before I start talking about the event I attended and sharing with you videos, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas ⛄️❄️!

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The charity event in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) took place on Friday 23rd December 2016 at the beautiful and cozy Workman’s Club pub in Dublin (Ireland) 🔥. There was a fun and warm filled atmosphere to it and the live concerts were very good!

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If you’d like to know more about the event itself, check their event page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/653950094771897/ 

You will find Facebook and Periscope live videos on my fan page:

https://www.facebook.com/Fundraising.Music/?fref=ts

The music was varied. It started off with what I would call ‘ambiant music’ with Daniel McDermott playing at the keyboard and using other pre-recorded instrumental pieces. It continued on with a brand new Irish hip hop duet called ‘God Creative and Crimes Against’ and finished off with a folk and pop music band led by Conor O’Mally. Entry tickets and Conor O’Meally music CDs purchased by the audience went into the fundraising initiative for the charitable organisation.

Now, I’m sure you are dying to watch the Youtube videos, right 😜😉?! Here you go!

Did you enjoy these? Have you been to the event and want to share your own videos and pictures? If so, add them in the ‘Comment’ box below!

 

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How to become a technically good singer

How to become a technically good singer

As I usually like discovering new music, dance styles and techniques in video formats, I came across some really interesting videos about vocal techniques and how to use your voice effectively to sing better, while sparing your voice.

So, for those who aren’t familiar with vocal techniques and notes, I’d recommend you to start reading this article in wikipedia. This will give you a better understanding of what will be talked about later on in this blog post.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_range

As you may know, some singers are able to sing higher notes or even have a whistle register, yet they may use improper vocal techniques resulting in voice damages over time. This, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t good singers any longer, but that they can’t hit the same notes they used to. With better practice they may recover part of their register, though. Here are few examples of singers who damaged their voice :

Now let’s move to what are considered good or bad techniques. A bad technique can be summarised by a lack of singing warming-up and over-pushing some of the notes. Good singers using good techniques usually follow healthy lifestyles and have a dedicated vocal coach to train their voices for performances or studio recordings. Here, in this video, Céline Dion talks about vocal warming-up and compare it to the way dancers warm-up their bodies before performances:

Now, here is a video that shows you what is bad or good technique. If you aren’t willing to listen to their sales pitch (lol), fast-forward to 1.09 minute:

A little bit more of technicalities of voice placement and tone/timber:

Now let’s move to the actual lessons! Ready? These are obviously basics to start with but you’ll find more videos like this from this gentleman if you subscribe to his YouTube channel:

Finally, for a bit of fun, you may want to check what kind of vocal range and abilities famous singers have on this website:

http://www.divadevotee.com/2011/04/jessie-j-vocal-profile-range-by-request.html

Do you have other tips to share with us?

 

 

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Want to watch a spooky circus project show?

Dublin Circus Project is a non profit organisation working to bring the circus arts to life in Dublin. They are based at Bannow Business Centre on Bannow Road, Cabra and keep expanding and buying new equipment. For this, they organise regular fundraising kickstart projects and perform live for you!

I attended their event on Saturday 31st October 2015 at Back Loft Gallery, St Augustine Street, Dublin 8.

For more information about the event and the circus centre, check out these links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/304036816386575/

https://www.facebook.com/dublincircusproject/info/?tab=overview

http://dublincircusproject.com/dublin-circus-centre/

Enjoy the pictures and video snippets below and apologises for the quality, flash wasn’t allowed to be used during the performance!

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