They’re scattered around our homes and offices and stuffed into the dashboards of our cars; they contain the soundtracks of our lives and for many up and coming bands, they’re a vital promotional tool. We’re talking about CD cases: slimline CD cases, double CD jewel cases and even triple CD cases.
A key promotional tool for new bands
Decades ago, bands could spend weeks getting demo discs pressed. Nowadays, you can be in the studio in the morning and have a CD cased and ready for distribution by lunchtime. And unlike the cumbersome media from the past, CDs are easy to carry and distribute. Whether it’s Simon Cowell or a local radio DJ, there’s really no excuse for not getting your music into the hands of someone who can help shape your future success.
Give your music away in slimline CD cases
For new bands, giving away demos is a vital part of self-promotion. Stylish plastic cases, lined with nicely printed sleeve notes, mean your demo can look as good as CDs by U2, The Arctic Monkeys or Lady Gaga. First impressions are everything and decision makers are often as interested in how bands present themselves as the sound of their music. When you give music demos away, make sure you give yourself the best possible chance to impress.
Use new and established technology to promote your music
The media available to new bands and solo artists changes constantly. MP3 downloads and social networking sites may be today’s media of choice, but don’t forget the role of the trusty CD. People like to have something they can handle and read, something they can slip into the home CD player or listen to in the car.
How to attractively package your music
Whether you do everything yourself or get professional help will depend on your skills and circumstances. With modern inkjet and laser printers and disc printing software it’s easy to produce a great looking, and great sounding, demo CD yourself. Buy a few blank discs and slimline jewel cases online, research a list of contacts and get those tunes out there. Why not also promote yourself using CD Calendar Cases.
Where to get your slim CD cases
Whether you want a few cases or hundreds, your first step is to Google ‘blank CD cases’, ‘plastic CD cases’ or ‘ slimline CD cases ‘ to find an online supplier. Look for a business with a great range, competitive prices, fast delivery and helpful customer support. The best businesses even offer CD production and distribution services. Then the hard work really begins as you keep gigging, promote yourself hard and hope for the break that will send you into the charts.
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In keeping with the effort to constantly improve the annual Night in the Country Music Festival and to provide additional entertainment for concert-goers and opportunities for vendors, NIC officials are announcing the addition of a talented country band scheduled to play for 1 ½-hours “outside the arena” (in the vendor area) prior to the concert each night. Documentry of mullingar town band 1978″country Brass” part 1
I can think of lots of songs, but never write them done. I am going to start. I think I sing well, and others have complimentetd me on my singing. I don’t have any idea of where to start, and am I too old to start? I’m 28.
You’re not too old at all.
The main thing is to just keep trying.
If you like to come up with original songs, you need to write them down. If you don’t know how to write music, I would suggest either taking classes in music theory, or studying it in your local library or on the internet. It’s important to keep a record of creating your music, because if you want to record it, you’ll need records for copyright purposes.
If you’ve never taken voice lessons, then I would start there. You may have a great natural voice, but even the best voice can benefit from a little professional advice. Your local college or university may have community classes available, or they can give you a list of private instructors.
After you’ve worked on technique, then you just need to get out there and sing.
In the country music genre, depending on your area, there is a network of smaller performance venues, called oprys where amateurs can see and be seen. It’s a good place to start getting experience in front of an audience.
Otherwise, I’d start with local festivals, bars, private parties, and other venues where you’ll be seen by a lot of people, who will tell their friends about you, and help you gain popularity through word of mouth.
If you’re not ready for the big time, then try your hand at karaoke, until you become comfortable with performing in front of crowds.
When it comes to marketing yourself as a musician, you can go two directions. You can either try for a big recording label, or you can work as an independent artist.
As an independent artist, you have to work harder to get exposure, but you keep a larger percentage of your profits. Sites like CDBaby and MySpace allow you to market your work directly to your listeners.
Once you get a couple of sucessful independent releases under your belt, then it’s easier to go to a record executive and have them take you seriously. However, I know a lot of musicians who are making a living without having to bow to corporate pressure.
If you’re hardcore serious about becoming a “star” then you might consider moving to someplace like Nashville or Austin, Tx, because that’s where people tend to get discovered.
Do not try to rely on some lightning-in-a-bottle reality show. Hard work is going to get you there far more quickly than a 10000 to 1 chance.
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