The Music Biz Weekly Ep #161 - How to Amplify Your Content Online with Jammer.fm


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In this week's episode we have a call with Robert Lugo from Jammer.fm.

It's a new service which I haven't used yet, so I went into this conversation a little blind, which I think helped me to ask many of the questions that you might have wondered yourself.

Jammer is a modern web platform that helps artists, filmmakers, and brands build, grow and monetize real fan relationships online.

Have you used Jammer yet? Let us know what you think of it.
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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #160 - Thinking About What Audiences Need Before They Want It


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This week we talk about the difference between creating something a fan "wants" and something they feel they "need", in regards to both artists, online tech companies in the music market, and products and brands too.

Our conversation keeps pointing back to the same thing; something that just looks good or "seems cool", isn't compelling enough to create a paying customer, a user or a rabid fan.

We talk about Spotify finally coming to Canada (six years later), about some of the rumours regarding Apple's upcoming iPhone 6, along with an update on the launch of my online brand, Zen Thinking.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this week's episode, leave us a comment!

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #87 - Six Words an Artist Should Never Say: "I Shouldn't Have to Do This!"


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Join myself, Michael Brandvold and Ron Young from the band Little Caesar for a weekly discussion on branding for musicians and artists.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #86 - Now that Distribution is Figured Out, Where's the Artist Development?


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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #85 - Is Creating Drama an Effective Way of Promoting Yourself?


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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #159 - We Discuss My Strategy on Launching My New Brand, Zen Thinking


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Zen Thinking - a new site from Brian Thompson
This week we talk about some of the online decisions I had to make before launching my new brand, Zen Thinking.

We discuss changing the name on your social media profiles (and whether or not you might need to), plus some of the other digital strategies involved in releasing a new website, including creating a new Facebook page, and the scheduling of all the pieces.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #158 - Signing with a Record Label vs. Staying Independent


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In this week's episode we discuss some of the differences an artist could expect when considering to work with a record label, versus staying independent and managing everything themselves.

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #157 - The Science Behind Being Found Online


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This week we talk about how an artist can help themselves to be found online easier by potential fans, using some very trusted and true tactics that everyone should know.

The idea for this episode came to mind when I stumbled upon one of Michael's digital footprints in the far corner of the web which had nothing to do about music marketing. Completely unrelated to what I was originally looking for, there he was, able to be potentially discovered by an altogether different niche.

This stuff works. Intrigued? Check out the episode and let us know what you think.

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Music Biz Weekly #156 - Refresh Your Creativity: Change Your Environment, Change Your Routine


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We took a couple of weeks off while I took a long-overdue holiday, so in this week's episode, after Michael and I catch up and share what we've each been up to, we discuss the roll that our environment plays in not only our work, but our mindsets too.

By changing your routines and settings, you can reintroduce dramatic inspiration to your creativity.

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #155 - Innovation vs. Evolution in the Music Industry


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In this week's episode we discuss the difference between innovation and evolution. The music industry has seen both, from format changes, to distribution methods shifting, to consumption patterns morphing, to new technology and apps arriving, to artists themselves growing and developing.

Evolution is predictable, Innovation is transformative.


So how do you move beyond evolution, and truly innovate?

We also talk about
Apple's recent $3 Billion purchase of Beats. What does it mean for the future of Apple and music itself? Is it going to spur true innovation, or just predictable evolution?

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #84 - Promoting By Not Promoting


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Join myself, Michael Brandvold and Ron Young from the band Little Caesar for a weekly discussion on branding for musicians and artists.

In this week's episode we talk about the importance of not over-promoting yourself, which in the process can often turning off existing and potential fans.

The best way to raise interest in your work is through creating an interesting, intriguing and valuable community, not by becoming a type of soulless, used car salesmen, always hustling for the next sale.

Attraction vs. Promotion.
Seduce your fans with curiosity and intrigue.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #154 - It's Not About the Tools You Use, It's About the Community You Create


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In this week's episode we bring attention to how easy it is to be sidelined by focussing on the wrong things with our creative careers.

We often distract ourselves by the tools we use, thinking they alone will shape and define our success. Yet in doing so, we fail to focus on what really matters, such as the honest connections and value we create, the emotions we stir up in others, or the issues we genuinely address and raise.

Whether it be our productivity, our creative output, or our business and marketing plans, if we forget the basics of why we're using the tools in the first place, we risk losing the translation of our heart and soul of ourselves to our audience in the process.

No social media tool will create a community for you, without your authentic self being intrinsically entwined with it.

No productivity tool, system, or hack will ever be able to do the work for you, unless you yourself remove all of your distractions, roll up your sleeves, and make time to do the work yourself.

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #153 - The Musician's Dilemma: Balancing Your Dream with Work, Family, Friends, Health & Sleep


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In this week's episode we talk about The Musicians's Dilemma: Balancing Your Dream with Work, Family, Friends, Health & Sleep, which is a slight riff on something we saw on Facebook, which was:

The entrepreneur's dilemma: Maintaining friendships, building a great company, spending time with family, staying fit and getting sleep. Pick 3.

What’s most important in your life? Can a person really have it all?

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #83 - What's the Benefit of Doing Benefits?


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Join myself, Michael Brandvold and Ron Young from the band Little Caesar for a weekly discussion on branding for musicians and artists.

In this week's episode we talk about charity and benefit gigs and the things artists should consider before making a decision to support one.

We hope you enjoy the show, leave us a comment with your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you.
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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #152 - When Trolls Attack! plus... Are You Leaning Forward with Your Career?


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In this week's episode we talk about a recent troll attack we've been targeted by, prompting us to share some helpful tactics in how to deal with online criticism and harassment from haters.

Also, in the second half of the episode we address the following question,

Is there a general sense of apathy plaguing the music business?

Lastly, we talk about the importance for indie artists to get back to the basics with both their career and their music marketing.

Are you leaning back, or leaning forward with where your career is going?
Listen to the episode to find out what we mean.

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #82 - Your Laundry, Your Vanity, and Your Ego

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Join myself, Michael Brandvold and Ron Young from the band Little Caesar for a weekly discussion on branding for musicians, creatives and artists.

In this week's episode we talk about some of avoidable behaviours which can sour the taste of a band's music, leaving nothing but negative energy in its wake.

Such things as publicly airing dirty laundry on band business, politics, personal matters, or celebrity vanity grievances, or when the ego speaks rather than the voice of reason.

All too often, petty situations like these appear on artist's social media feeds for the world to see, damaging their brand.

We hope you enjoy the show, leave us a comment with your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you.
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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #151 - How Posting a Photo to Facebook Can Cause an Ugly Copyright Battle


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This week we discuss some drama that recently unfolded online regarding a band, a photo, Facebook, the professional photographer who snapped it, the blog post that started the noise, and the Twitter post that made matters even worse.

Things got ugly, quick.

Thanks to the murky, confusing waters of legal copyright, both parties walked away with reputations tarnished.

This debate became a considerable controversy this week, with fans, photographers and music-makers quickly choosing sides and vehemently arguing against the other.

But, is this issue really so simple as someone's copyrights being violated? Or are there sensitive cultural dynamics involved which could change things?

Press play and hear our take on things.

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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*** Read the original blog post that started the controversy here: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Copyright Violation


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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #150 - Do The F**king Work!


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Wow, our 150th Episode!

This week we have an honest talk about the need to "just do the f**king work" in order to get to wherever it is you want to go.

We all fight resistance in our lives, whether it be in regard to practice, creativity, planning, writing, business strategy, implementing ideas, or even performing live.

But those who succeed, those who excel at their craft, are those who have pushed through the fear and did thousands of hours of hard, focussed work.

Join us today for a discussion on confronting your dreams, being honest with what you want, and committing to do the work.

If you'd like to read the poem I wrote which I recited in this episode, you can find it here:
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We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #81 - Taking Your Band to International Stages: The Cultural Differences


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On today's new episode of The Rock Star Branding Podcast I'm joined by my co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Ron Young for a talk about touring to different countries.

How does one prepare for new international audiences?

What are the cultural differences you need to consider when planning, promoting and playing your shows?

We hope you enjoy the show, leave us a comment with your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you.
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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #80 - What Do Fans Want More Than The Music Itself?


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Join myself, Michael Brandvold and our new co-host for 2014, Ron Young from the band Little Caesar.

In today's show we dig deep into the hearts and minds of music fans, searching for those untangible emotional elements that might connect a person to a certain artist more so than others.

Beyond the music itself, what makes an artist resonate with their fans, shaking them to the core of their being?

We hope you enjoy the show, leave us a comment with your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you.
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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #149 - How Passion And Purpose Should Guide Your Creativity

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This week we tossed aside the marketing, branding, business, and industry-speak to talk about something that resonates deeply with many musicians, trying to live a life filled with passion and purpose.

Being misaligned with these values can affect creativity, the quality of work, a person's tenacity and persistence to improve and get better, as well as one's endurance to sustain a lasting career as an artist and entrepreneur.

We'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #79 - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of Playing Hometown Shows


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Join myself, Michael Brandvold and our new co-host for 2014, Ron Young from the band Little Caesar.

In today's show we talk the hometown gig in Los Angeles that Ron played the night prior with his band Little Caesar, headlining at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.

We talk about the importance of advancing a show, backstage etiquette for support acts, tips on how to have an effective soundcheck, the ups and downs of playing locally on a regular basis, and the importance of building a scene in your hometown.

We hope you enjoy the show, leave us a comment with your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you.
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The Music Biz Weekly #148 - Use This One Simple Trick So Your Fans Never Forget You


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This week we share with you a simple trick to keep you from being forgotten by your fans, especially during slower down-times, or in between promotions, releases, or tour dates.

Not only do we reveal this trusty marketing strategy to you, but we also do some on-the-spot brainstorming and give you real-world examples for you and your band to try out.

Check out the podcast to find out what the trick is.

Have you tried this strategy for yourself? If so, how were your results? What types of things did you experiment with?

We'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #78 - Here's Why Branding Isn't a Bad Word


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Join myself, Michael Brandvold and our new co-host for 2014, Ron Young from the band Little Caesar.

In today's episode we talk about why bands and artists shouldn't fear the concept and task of branding.

In many musical and artistic circles, branding is often seen as an evil word that implies false authenticity or compromised values, in exchange for mass commercial appeal.

Being cognizant of your brand doesn't mean you're selling out.

We set the record straight on how having a solid understanding of your brand can not only keep your career on track, but your fans happy.

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The Music Biz Weekly #147 - Our Opinion on Opinions, Perspectives, Creativity and Criticism


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all-new today on The Music Biz Weekly Ep #147 with myself and Michael Brandvold: Our Opinion on Opinions, Perspectives, Creativity and Criticism.

this week we discuss the current state of music journalism and how it seems to be more concerned about lifestyles and fashion than actual music critique and expert reviews.

we dive into how social media has enabled everyone who has an opinion to have a voice, whether it be fans, haters or trolls alike.

and finally, we also talk about how perspectives and opinions on creativity and commerce can change, depending on where one's current life situation may be.

we'd love to hear from you, leave a comment below with your thoughts on today's episode.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #77 - Little Caesar, Pizza... or Rock n’ Roll?


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Join myself, Michael Brandvold and our new co-host for 2014, Ron Young from the band Little Caesar.

In today's episode we talk about the sometimes painful, head-scratching decisions that record executives make when given creative license with a band's branding and marketing strategies.

Ron shares some fantastic insight from his major label days that involve rock n' roll... and a pizza chain.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #146 - Some Things Never Change...


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On this week we have a discussion on a variety of different topics that all come back to the same overall theme, some things just never seem to change in the music industry.

We talk about yet another new music format being released (Pono), the music technology scene (specifically with online artist marketing tools and social music communities), artists and their addiction to spam, and boring music marketing strategies,

Some things just never change.

This is a call to all artists, managers, labels, coders and music industry entrepreneurs who might be listening: strive for creativity in all you do, innovate, break the mould of what's been done before, and step outside the box of boring mediocrity!

We'd love to hear your thoughts on today's conversation, leave us a comment below.

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Season 3 Debut Episode of The Rock Star Branding Podcast: Introducing Our New Co-Host, Ron Young, Musician & Industry Veteran


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We decided to switch it up each year on The Rock Star Branding Podcast by inviting a new co-host to join us. Welcome to our debut episode of 2014 and the first in our third season.

Join myself, Michael Brandvold and our new co-host for 2014, Ron Young from the band Little Caesar.

For those of you unfamiliar with Little Caesar, they were signed to a major label deal with DGC/Geffen Records in 1989 and had two big singles, "Chain of Fools" and "In Your Arms". Positioned as the next big thing, Little Caesar were managed by a team of industry bigwigs, including Jimmy Iovine, A&R by John Kalodner, and with Bob Rock producing their debut album.

Today we get intro some of Ron's back story as he tells us about the beginning days of his band getting signed to a major label deal.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #145 - A Career In Music: The Other 12 Step Program, with Bob D'Eith


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This week we're joined by artist advocate, musician, and entertainment attorney Bob D’Eith, Executive Director of Music BC, and author of the book, A Career In Music: The Other 12 Step Program.

After over two decades in the Canadian music business, Bob D'Eith has learned a lot about how independent artists have succeeded or failed. His book delves into the basic tools that every independent artist should have in today's complicated and ever changing music industry. More than ever before, artists are being expected to develop themselves. That means understanding many parts of the business both traditional and cutting edge.

More information on Bob’s various roles in the music industry can be found at
www.bcmusiclaw.com, www.mythosmusic.com, and www.musicbc.org.

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The Music Biz Weekly #144 - Here's Why Your Band Needs A Project Manager


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In this week's episode we talk about why bands need a point-person in charge of projects (and we don't mean the band's manager), so that all important events are well-planned, efficiently organized, professional, and effectively run.

Doing so will produce the positive results everyone hopes for.

Join our discussion on the concept of assigning internal Project Managers for each of a band's tasks and to-do's, as well as some tips and ideas to help it run smoothly, and a few app suggestions too.

What's worked well for you? We' love to hear your ideas, leave us a comment below.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #143 - What is Sound Design? Exploring Alternative Careers in Music


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In this week's episode we're joined by
Greg Savage from the website DIY Music Biz, to talk about alternative careers is the music and sound recording industries including licensing, selling beats and samples, audio production, sound design and product development.

Greg's work has led to exciting work with an impressive list of clients: Native Instruments, Guitar Center, Take 2, Fox, MTV, JoWood Games, and Arturia.

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The Music Biz Weekly #142 - Can Over-Planning Your Career Cripple Your Creativity?


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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Our conversation this week might at first seem to counter much of the marketing advice we share on this podcast, can over-planning can kill the spontaneity and creativity in your career?

Artists need to find the sweet spot in their artistic careers, that important middle ground where imagination and creativity intersects with smart business planning and marketing.

Too much of either can leave an artist flummoxed and frustrated, not being able to find and connect with their potential audience or niche.

Leave us a comment with your ideas, we'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode.

Do you have any tips for musicians to help find balance with their creativity and business?

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The Music Biz Weekly #141 - The Journey of a Rock n' Roll Craftsman, an Interview with Ron Young from Little Caesar


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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for a killer conversation with Ron Young, singer for the band Little Caesar.

For those of you unfamiliar with Little Caesar, they were signed to a major label deal with DGC/Geffen Records in 1989 and had two big singles, "Chain of Fools" and "In Your Arms".
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Positioned as the next big thing, Little Caesar were managed by a team of industry bigwigs, including Jimmy Iovine, A&R by John Kalodner, and with Bob Rock producing their debut album.

We talk with Ron about the craftsmanship of rock n' roll, living your life with passion, following your bliss, the state of the music industry (old & new), going from a major label signed act to being an independent band, and many other nuggets of creative wisdom.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #140 - Can You Have a Career in Music When You Don’t Live in the Big City?


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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

here's this week's new discussion on a commonly touched-on topic with independent artists....

Can You Have a Career in Music When You Don't Live in the Big City?

watch the full episode below (or listen to it on iTunes or Stitcher Radio), and then chime in with your opinion. there's so many different viewpoints on this one, we want to hear from you!

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #137 - Masterful Marketing Strategies: The Art of a Successful Album Release


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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week as we talk about the recent
surprise "visual album" release from Beyonce and what indie musicians can learn from the success of her chart-breaking digital strategy.

We also discuss a couple of other savvy marketing strategies that have resonated with the public, one from
Amazon Prime Air and another for the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

A smart release strategy creates the immediate desire to purchase, built from an insatiable appetite to cure a customer's curiosity. How can you do this with your music and products?

Are you giving your fans a reason to buy?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #490 - December 18, 2013 - Eliminate the Unnecessary

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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

6 ½ Ways to Buck the System, Walk Through Walls, and Earn Qualifications on Your Own Terms

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The DIY Daily Podcast #489 - December 17, 2013 - Choose to Be Optimistic, It Feels Better


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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Your job is to create
and

5 Tips to Help You Take Action to Overcome Your Fear

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The DIY Daily Podcast #488 - December 16, 2013 - What happens if you don't take any risks?


if you don't risk anything, you risk more.
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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Invisible Handrails: Why You Need to Take the Road Less Traveled
and

7 Traits Of Entrepreneurs Who Will Never Succeed

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The Featured Song of the Week is Pineapple, by BESTiE.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #487 - December 13, 2013 - We Have To Continually Be Jumping Off Cliffs


We Have To Continually Be Jumping Off Cliffs and Developing Our Wings On The Way Down.
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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Why I Write
and

We All Need Alone Time: Do You Allow Yourself to Recharge?

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The Featured Song of the Week is Shadowless, by Hannah Epperson.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #136 - Don't Panic! You Can Still Reach Fans on Facebook for Free


facebook: don't panic!
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week as we address the non-stop barrage of Facebook fear-mongering from many media "experts" that leaves musicians & marketers assuming the network has "stolen their fans", forcing users to pay to access them.

Don't worry folks, the sky isn't falling on Facebook, you can still reach your fans for free... if you post great content.

Enjoy the show!
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The DIY Daily Podcast #486 - December 12, 2013 - Procrastination is the Thief of Time


procratination is the thief of time
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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Change Your Insides with Your Outlook
and

Make space for your future to show up

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The Featured Song of the Week is Shadowless, by Hannah Epperson.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #485 - December 11, 2013 - Music in the Soul Can Be Heard by the Universe

Music In The Soul Can Be Heard By The Universe.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Your Personal Culture

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The Featured Song of the Week is Shadowless, by Hannah Epperson.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #75 - Musicians: Embrace and Develop Your Inner Online Mojo


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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for a discussion on embracing your inner online mojo.

Leverage the unstoppable powers of technology and the Internet.

Design a career for yourself, with unlimited potential.

Enjoy the show!
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The DIY Daily Podcast #484 - December 9, 2013 - Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do


dreams don't work unless you do.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Surprising Key to Self-discovery
and

The One Spiritual Lesson You Need to Know

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The Featured Song of the Week is Shadowless, by Hannah Epperson.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #483 - December 4, 2013 - Make Your Life Your Art

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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Managing Your Day
and

Fear Choice vs. Love Choice. Which will you choose?
and

Yes You Can Have Success — Here’s What It Really Looks Like

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The Featured Song of the Week is Breaking My Stride, by Melissa Endean.

Visit Melissa online at: www.melissaendean.ca.


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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #74 - Bad Internet Speeds, The Cloud, and Artist Fan Clubs


The Rock Star Branding Pdocast with Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn.
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**sorry for the crappy quality of today's new episode you guys. i wasn't at my home office and was suffering from a serious lack of bandwidth for this recording, which Skype desperately needs for decent video.

join us this week for a discussion on bad internet connections, hard drive failures, backing up your data to the cloud, new Spotify artist tools launched, and things to consider with artist fan clubs.

despite this episode's quality issues, i hope you enjoy the show! bt

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The DIY Daily Podcast #482 - December 3, 2013 - 12 Lies People Love to Tell You

your setback is the platform for your comeback
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

12 Lies People Love to Tell You

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The Featured Song of the Week is Breaking My Stride, by Melissa Endean.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #481 - December 2, 2013 - Don't Be Pushed By Your Problems, Be Led By Your Dreams


dont be pushed by your problems be led by your dreams
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Unfolding of Happiness
and

If Time Were Like Water

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The Featured Song of the Week is Breaking My Stride, by Melissa Endean.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #480 - November 29, 2013 - Sometimes You Just Gotta Let Go

sometimes you gotta let go.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

5 Reasons to be Less Materialistic
and

How To Find Your Center

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blackie, by Rykka.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #135 - Exploring Canada's Hard Rock History w/ Sean Kelly, Musician & Author


Sean Kelly - Guitarist - Nelly Furtado - Metal On Ice
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for a conversation with Sean Kelly, musician and author of a new Pledge Music crowdfunded book on the history of Canadian hard rock, Metal On Ice.

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Sean also currently tours as lead guitarist for Grammy Award--winning superstar Nelly Furtado and has performed with and written a number of songs for many multi-platinum acts, including Helix, Carole Pope, and Rough Trade, as well as former Guns N' Roses member Gilby Clarke, former Guess Who vocalist Carl Dixon, and many other notable stars. He also fronted the band Crash Kelly.

In the last few years, he has recorded three classical guitar albums that have won great acclaim and reached the classical music bestseller charts.

Sean is also a music business educator with Coalition Music in Toronto for their Artist as Entrepreneur program..

We'd love to hear from you!
Leave a comment below and share your thoughts on this episode.

Enjoy the show!
bt


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The DIY Daily Podcast #479 - November 28, 2012 - Step Into the Unknown


Brian Thompson, with Koda the Siberian Husky on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. November 2013. Photo by Jennifer Picard Photography.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

How stepping into the unknown opens ourselves to the full potential of what is possible

and

How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blackie, by Rykka.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #478 - November 27, 2013 - You Gotta Start Somewhere, Why Not Now?

you gotta start somehwere
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

When Life Feels Crazy: Questions for Cracking Up and Breaking Through

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blackie, by Rykka.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #73 - Why Do You Do What You Do?


why do you do what you do?
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for a few words on
passion, creativity, inspiration and living your purpose.

We keep this episode short, hoping the brevity of our words encourage some introspection regarding your own pursuits.

Enjoy the show... and leave us a comment with your thoughts!
bt

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The DIY Daily Podcast #477 - November 26, 2013 - We Are Our Choices


we are our choices
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Problem with Plans: What I Learned from Getting Laid Off
and

What to do when you DON’T KNOW what to do!

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blackie, by Rykka.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #476 - November 25, 2013 - You Are Exactly Where You Need to Be


you are exactly where you need to be
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Why You Should Always Focus on Today
and

Elegance
and

A Helpful Guide to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blackie, by Rykka.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #475 - November 22, 2013 - The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

cant nothing make your life work if you aint the architect
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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

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The Featured Song of the Week is Never Learned How to Dance, by Bodhi Jones.

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The Music Biz Weekly #134 - Does Rock n' Roll Need a Dresscode? Marketing Messages: It's Not What You Say It's How You Say It.


does rock n roll need a dresscode?
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for a conversation on Arcade Fire's announcement of a dress code for their upcoming tour, as announced in this blog post from Paste Magazine: http://buff.ly/1jr71AP.

We talk about marketing messages, the spirit of rock n' roll, pretentiousness, and having tact in marketing. At the heart of it for us is the art of rephrasing and reworking a message so it's more desirable to your intended audience.

What do you think? We'd love to hear your take on it. Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Enjoy the show!
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The DIY Daily Podcast #474 - November 21, 2013 - It's Not What You Look At That Matters, It's What You See


It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

a reflection on compassionate eating

and

The Voice of Intuition

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The Featured Song of the Week is Never Learned How to Dance, by Bodhi Jones.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #473 - November 20, 2013 - How Creativity Works, & How to Do It


always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Advanced Forms of Resistance
and

How Creativity Works, & How to Do It

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The Featured Song of the Week is Never Learned How to Dance, by Bodhi Jones.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #471 - November 15, 2013 - Do You Try And Turn Bathwater Into Wine?


do you try and turn bathwater into wine? - Brian Thompson
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from Brian Thompson here.


Today's the 2nd Birthday of
The DIY Daily Podcast!


two years of recording every single weekday... crazy.

thank you so much for listening everyone!


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Gut Check: We didn’t get into art to get rich. We did it to facilitate transcendental human creation.

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The Featured Song of the Week is Never Learned How to Dance, by Bodhi Jones.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #133 - Musicians Often Ask: Why Isn't My Band Being Taken Seriously?


Download The Music Biz Weekly on Apple iTunes:
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

This week we discuss a very common question that is asked by musicians all the time, Why Isn't My Band Being Taken Seriously?

Gulp. We answer the difficult question. And many won't like what we have to say.

It's a question that arises from being frustrated with the lack of opportunities an artist receives, to being resentful to "fans" for not supporting by them, to anger towards the industry, or even because of their disdain towards modern digital marketing.

Admittedly, there's a thousand different ways we could answer this open-ended question. What's true for one artist won't be true for the next. Everyone's situation is as unique as the person who asked it.

The ideas and answers we discuss are never easy, but they are steeped in reality. The music business is an incredibly tough one to be in.

If you want to be seen and heard, you need to stand above the crowd, be remarkable, and exceed expectations... in all areas.

Have a listen, chime in below with a comment, and enjoy the show!
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The DIY Daily Podcast #470 - November 14, 2013 - Action Expresses Priorities


action expresses priorities
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

A List of 10 Essential Don'ts
and

What's the 'big real' of what you're doing?
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The Featured Song of the Week is Never Learned How to Dance, by Bodhi Jones.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #469 - November 13, 2013 - Sometimes it's Better to React with No Reaction


sometimes it's better to react with no reaction.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

"Poof Goes the Middle Class"

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The Featured Song of the Week is Never Learned How to Dance, by Bodhi Jones.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #72 - How to Become the Go-To Guy

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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for a talk on how to become the go-to guy who industry people call when they're in a pinch and need an artist to fill a last-minute opportunity.

Enjoy the show!
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The DIY Daily Podcast #468 - November 12, 2013 - What You Focus On Expands


what you focus on expands
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

3 Reasons Daydreams Lead You To Greatness
and

The Perils of Plans: Why Creativity Requires Leaping into the Unknown

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The Featured Song of the Week is Never Learned How to Dance, by Bodhi Jones.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #467 - November 8, 2013 - Re-Examine all that you have been told.


re-examine all that youve been told
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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Creativity and Thinking Like A Teenager
and

There are Better Things to be than Rich
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The Featured Song of the Week is Tempered Hearts, by Willhorse.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #132 - Giving Birth to a New Project and the Importance of Collecting Digital Content


retro hippies with old camera
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

This week we discuss the need for artists to collect a wide variety of exclusive digital content to share with their fans to help promote their new projects. 

Whether it be an important upcoming show, a new video, a new single, EP, or album, or even a new line of merch, a successful marketing plan will revolve around a smart content strategy. And without a continual stream of fresh new digital content to work with, that plan will fall flat.

The birth of your new project won’t become a success with just one simple press release and a single status update on your Facebook page.

Fans need a reason to stay connected to what you’re doing, to feel like there a part of it, before they support you with a purchase.

Artists achieve this through developing and sharing
a steady flow of unique content to their websites and to each of their social streams. Artists need to create things like photos, glimpses of new artwork, blog posts, video updates, behind the scenes footage, Stage It performances, Google+ Hangouts, contests, and a thousand other possible digital items.

What do you do with all of this content?
Trickle it out, bit by bit. Tease your fans. Let their anticipation and excitement build.

Turn a one-day launch into an ongoing event that lasts months.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s episode, please leave us a comment below.

Enjoy the show!  
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The DIY Daily Podcast #466 - November 7, 2013 - Learn from everyone. Don't imitate anyone.


learn from everyone don't imitate anyone
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The absolute beauty and fullfilment in making something, your art... your business... Deliberately Small.
and

Developing Selfless Compassion
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The Featured Song of the Week is Tempered Hearts, by Willhorse.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #465 - November 6, 2013 - Clear Your Mind of Can't


clear your mind of cant
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Resistance and Self-Loathing
and

Evidence That You Are Well and Always Will Be
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The Featured Song of the Week is Tempered Hearts, by Willhorse.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #464 - November 4, 2013 - 9 Things You Need to Stop Caring About


Today's episode features a discussion on:

9 Things You Need to Stop Caring About

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The DIY Daily Podcast #463 - November 1, 2013 - How to Overcome Fear and Live Your Dreams

do not read the next sentence.
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from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Overcome Fear and Live Your Dreams

and

The Courage to Embrace Delight

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The Featured Song of the Week is Era's End, by Good For Grapes. Visit them online at: www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #131 - Do Your Fans See You as a Crybaby or a Hero? We Look at Steve Lukather and Amanda Palmer.


cry-baby-blog
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

This week the two of us have a conversation on how varied the reactions are from professional musicians on the new music business. Some accept it and embrace its new opportunities, while others resist it the are publicly angry about it.

Some artists are having incredible success with creative ideas in the digital space, while others
super-hero
complain and blame fans for choosing to listen to streams rather than sales.

We examine some of the different attitudes artists have and compare recent public comments from Steve Lukather (Toto) and Amanda Palmer.

We discuss digital royalties, content creation, and funding the arts with public grants.

There's no denying it, how an artist acts in the public space has a direct impact on how their fans perceive them.

Do your fans see you as a whiney crybaby, or as a hero?

Do you publicly air your dirty laundry, or roll up your sleeves and do the work?

Enjoy the show and share your thoughts on this episode in the comments below.
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The DIY Daily Podcast #462 - October 31, 2013 - I Can And I Will

i can and i will.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Why We Lie to Ourselves and How It Creates Tension


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The Featured Song of the Week is Era's End, by Good For Grapes. Visit them online at: www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #461 - October 30, 2013 - If You Don't Imagine, Nothing Ever Happens At All


if you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

I’m Wrong Almost All the Time


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The Featured Song of the Week is Era's End, by Good For Grapes. Visit them online at: www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #71 - Give Your Fans Something to Love About You


The Rock Star Branding Pdocast with Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn.
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for a discussion on why it's important to continually give your fans something to love about you.

We're not talking about your music, albums, videos, online presence or live shows. We mean going beyond that.
Providing something extra to your fans, something human and personal.

Give them a reason to talk about you by surprising them.

For some artists, the thing that endears them most to their fans may be that they continually stick around after every show until every fan gets a picture. Or perhaps it's that you refuse to sell t-shirts for anything more than $15 (screw the man, i'm a blue collar worker just like you!). Or maybe it's because you create really cool comics on the side and publish them for free every week through your newsletter.

Small gestures can have extraordinary results.

This is an episode dedicated to going above and beyond what's expected, giving that extra push to set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd, something that not only feels good inside, but that deeply resonates with your fans too.

I'd love to hear an example of something you've seen an artist do that highlights this idea. Leave a comment and share your story with us.

Enjoy the show.
bt

* the idea for this conversation came from a recent blog post from our former co-host, Steve Jones, read it here.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #460 - October 29, 2013 - All You Need Is Less

all you need is less
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

If You Completely Ignored Your Goals and Focused on This One Thing Would You Get Better Results?


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The Featured Song of the Week is Era's End, by Good For Grapes. Visit them online at: www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #459 - October 28, 2013 - Your Strongest Ally Is Yourself

you can be your own best friend or your own worst enemy. choose wisely.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

8 Things Extraordinary People Give to Others


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The Featured Song of the Week is Era's End, by Good For Grapes. Visit them online at: www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #458 - October 25, 2013 - The Art of Acceptance (gratitude changes everything)

gratitude changes everything
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Riding the Waves of Life, Love, and Creativity


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The Featured Song of the Week is Era's End, by Good For Grapes. Visit them online at: www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #130 - Over 10 Tips on How to Effectively Promote Your Shows

learn0ahowto0apromote0ayourshows-default

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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

This week we decided to press Record without having a pre-show discussion, we just went with the flow and let the tape roll. We quickly settled into the important and valuable discussion of smart and effective event promotion.

Live gigs are an important and vital aspect to an artist's livelihood.
They're a direct bloodline to potential new fans and essential to a growing music career.

A poorly attended event can be disappointing and demoralizing for everyone involved.

So if live shows are so important, why are many gigs tossed together without an effective marketing plan or promotional strategy?

Learn:
- how to create a checklist of essential event details
- going beyond the basics of event marketing
- the importance of brainstorming creative new ideas and social strategies
- how to prioritize items, assign tasks and set due dates for time sensitive items
- how to approach your own media campaign

Learn how smart and engaging ideas and a simple calendar can turn a mediocre event into a kickass and memorable show for everyone involved.

What's worked for you?
Is there something a local artist has done that blew you away?

We'd love to hear your success stories, share them with us in the comments below!
bt


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The DIY Daily Podcast #457 - October 23, 2013 - Being You and Not Seeking the Approval of Others

dont get sidetracked by people who are not on track
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Why Accepting Your Imperfections Is a Gift to the World
and

Art and Money

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The Featured Song of the Week is Era's End, by Good For Grapes. Visit them online at: www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #70 - How Can I Get Fans at a Show to LIKE My Facebook Page?


how to get facebook likes on your fan page
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the question comes to us from an artist who's about to play the biggest show of his life and is having troubles converting fans into Facebook Likes and into Downloads of his free album.

how do you get fans to interact with you online, following a performance?

press play and hear our suggestions!

enjoy the show.
bt


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The DIY Daily Podcast #456 - October 22, 2013 - 10 Risks You Need to Take Every Day


be a voice, not an echo.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Listen to Nature. Listen to yourself. Be free, be fearless.
and

10 Risks Happy People Take Every Day

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The Featured Song of the Week is Era's End, by Good For Grapes. Visit them online at: www.facebook.com/goodforgrapes.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #455 - October 18, 2013 - How to Chase Your Dreams and Reinvent Yourself

Greed Is An Ugly Catalyst For Art. - Brian Thompson 2013
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from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Chase Your Dreams and Reinvent Yourself
and

The Absence of Fear is Not Courage

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The Featured Song of the Week is Hellbound Intention, by Dougal Bain McLean. Visit him online at: http://dougalbainmclean.bandcamp.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #129 - The Art of Juggling a Full Time Job and a Professional Music Career


patrick decoste - guitarist
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for an interview with
guitarist Patrick DeCoste (http://www.patrickdecoste.com) for a discussion on the art of juggling a full time job and a professional music career.

Patrick is not only a
composer, performer and guitar teacher, but he's also a full time research assistant with a fulfilling job outside of the music industry.

Listen in as Patrick talks about
finding the balance between two seemingly conflicting worlds and pursuits, how he stays organized, and how he's become a time management ninja.

Enjoy the show!
bt

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The DIY Daily Podcast #454 - October 16, 2013 - See Your World With Endless Possibilities


we do not see things as they are we see things as we are
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Stop Assuming the Worst: Your Thoughts Shape Your Reality

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The Featured Song of the Week is Hellbound Intention, by Dougal Bain McLean. Visit him online at: http://dougalbainmclean.bandcamp.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #453 - October 15, 2013 - Listen to What Your Shadow Has to Say


we are infinitely more than our limitations or our afflictions.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

What Are You Hiding?

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The Featured Song of the Week is Hellbound Intention, by Dougal Bain McLean. Visit him online at: http://dougalbainmclean.bandcamp.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #452 - October 11, 2013 - How to Avoid Mediocrity in Art and Life

she turned her cant's into cans and her dreams into plans.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Three Ways to Avoid Mediocrity in Art and Work
and

6 helpful reminders for the overwhelmed person

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The Featured Song of the Week is Hellbound Intention, by Dougal Bain McLean. Visit him online at: http://dougalbainmclean.bandcamp.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly #128 - Pursuing Excellence: The Craft of Songwriting with Adam Mitchell


adam mitchell - songwriter
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for
an interview with award winning record producer and songwriter Adam Mitchell (http://www.songcoachonline.com).

Adam has had an extremely successful career as a songwriter, writing a wide selection of hits for a diverse cross section of artists from KISS to Anne Murray, Merle Haggard to Gordon Lightfoot, Chicago to Waylon Jennings.

Learn the basic underlying principles of all successful smash hits, regardless of genre.

Learn what you can do to set yourself apart from the crowd to be recognized as a songwriter the industry wants to work with.

Pursue excellence in the craft of songwriting.
Grab a pen and a pad of paper, press play, and enjoy the show!
bt


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The DIY Daily Podcast #451 - October 9, 2013 - Discipline, Creativity and Finding the Muse

discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

You, as the Muse Sees You
and

A Life of Lies

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The Featured Song of the Week is Hellbound Intention, by Dougal Bain McLean. Visit him online at: http://dougalbainmclean.bandcamp.com.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #69 - What Role Does Self-Confidence Play in a Band?


Self-Worth
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for a discussion on the role that self-confidence plays in an artist's success, on stage and off.

Where does it come from?

How is it developed?

What's at risk if it's compromised?  

Press play and join us in the discussion. Enjoy the show.
bt


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The DIY Daily Podcast #450 - October 8, 2013 - Expect Nothing and Appreciate Everything

expect nothing and appreciate everything
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

8 Chances Unhappy People Never Take


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The Featured Song of the Week is Hellbound Intention, by Dougal Bain McLean. Visit him online at: http://dougalbainmclean.bandcamp.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #127 - We Dig Into Twitter and Answer Your Questions


music biz questions from twitter
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for a discussion on the two following music biz questions/topic suggestions which recently came in from our listeners via Twitter.

1. Is it possible to run a music career without a credit card?

2. I feel like I'm aware of so much about the music biz that now... I don't even know where to begin. Help!

We love hearing from you, please send us a tweet or a leave a comment with your thoughts on this week's show... and send us your ideas for future topics too.

Enjoy the show!
bt


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The DIY Daily Podcast #449 - October 2, 2013 - Thinking Is The Enemy Of Creativity.

Don't Think! Thinking is the Enemy of Creativity.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

You Don’t Need to Know How to Do It. You Just Need to Start.
and

Creativity Tips From 5 World-Famous Artists

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The Featured Song of the Week is Resurrection Buzz, by Jana Pochop. Visit her online at: www.janapochop.com.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #68 - Publicity: A Steady Trickle or a Quick Downpour?


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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold  & co-host Greg Kihn this week for a discussion on the different approaches to music publicity and how the rate and frequency of being in the media can either benefit or detract from an artist's goals. 

We discuss a variety of real-world examples that you gotta' hear, swinging from one extreme to the other.

Regardless of where an artist's career is at, the concepts we discuss are scalable and be used to work for anyone at any level.

Is there an example of a noteworthy music PR campaign you'd like to share with us? Please leave a comment!

Enjoy the show.
bt

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The DIY Daily Podcast #448 - October 1, 2013 - The Importance Of Focus


a person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:


Influence. And the Importance of Focus.

and

Lies We Tell Ourselves To Be Liked

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The Featured Song of the Week is Resurrection Buzz, by Jana Pochop. Visit her online at: www.janapochop.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #447 - September 30, 2013

life is like riding a bicycle
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

What Makes Life Worth Living: Create Tiny Epic Moments


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The Featured Song of the Week is Resurrection Buzz, by Jana Pochop. Visit her online at: www.janapochop.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #446 - September 27, 2013


people only see what they are prepared to.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:


9 Thoughts You Need Out of Your Mind


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The Featured Song of the Week is Resurrection Buzz, by Jana Pochop. Visit her online at: www.janapochop.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep #126 - The Art of Juggling Business, Band & Label Life with Tim King from SOiL

Tim King - SOiL

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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for an interview with Tim King, Bassist for SOiL (
http://www.soiltheband.com) and Director of A&R for Pavement Music (http://www.pavementmusic.com), on the art of juggling business, band and label Life. 

Being a professional recording and touring musician also means you also need to be serious about the business side of your career as well
. In today's digitally-driven industry, artists and crew need to multi-task jobs, chores and duties more than ever before.

SOiL has been going strong ever since 1997, join us for a fantastic discussion with Tim King who's juggling a myriad of roles, all devoted to serving the cause of keeping the band in perpetual motion.

enjoy the show!
bt

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The DIY Daily Podcast #445 - September 26, 2013

can i feel your soul through your work?
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Can I Feel Your Soul Through Your Work?

and

Rebelling to Find Your True Self: Striving to Live Without Limitation

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The Featured Song of the Week is Resurrection Buzz, by Jana Pochop. Visit her online at: www.janapochop.com.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep #67 - Are You Afraid of Failure, or Looking Forward to Success?


Fear Of Failure
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join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for an entertaining discussion as we respond to a listener's suggested topic sent to us via Twitter, asking us: "
Are you afraid of failure, or looking forward to enjoying success?".

at its heart, this question zeroes in on where someone might be focussing their energies and where they're placing their intention and efforts.

press play and hear what the three of us have to say on this intriguing subject.

enjoy the show!
bt


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The DIY Daily Podcast #444 - September 25, 2013


behind every favourite song, there is an untold story.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals


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The Featured Song of the Week is Resurrection Buzz, by Jana Pochop. Visit her online at: www.janapochop.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #443 - September 24, 2013

above all, try something.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The First Step to Making a Difference: Get Out of Bed


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The Featured Song of the Week is Resurrection Buzz, by Jana Pochop. Visit her online at: www.janapochop.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly #125 - Improve Your Career By Being Authentic & Thankful


work hard and be nice to people.
Download The Music Biz Weekly on Apple iTunes:
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

join us this week for a discussion on a few different topics that all seem to circle back to
the benefits of being authentic, personable and grateful with both fans and industry.

this includes doing nice things without expectations, going above and beyond to recognize someone for who they are or what they've done, saying thank you to someone who never hears it, a handwritten note to someone special who may not know it.

when it comes down to it, if you treat someone as special... you will in turn be special to them.

the music industry is built on relationships. if you infect yout personal and business life with this simple and easy ethos, your career will benefit from it (and you'll be a hell of a lot happier too).

being nice is good business.
it gets you respect, which is always reciprocated.

can you remember a time when someone went out of their way to recognize you?

leave a comment and share your story with us.

enjoy the show!
bt


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The DIY Daily Podcast #442 - September 20, 2013

when-something-goes-wrong-in-your-life
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Make Art, Make Money, and Believe the Beard: What Jim Henson Teaches Us about Bridging Creative Integrity and Commercial Success


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The Featured Song of the Week is Hazelnut Moon, by Joel Willoughby. Visit him online at: www.joelwilloughby.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #441 - September 18, 2013


the-sound-of-rain-needs-no-translation
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Be Happy (based on research)


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The Featured Song of the Week is Hazelnut Moon, by Joel Willoughby. Visit him online at: www.joelwilloughby.com.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #66 - Momentum: Once You Lose It, It's a Fight to Get It Back


artistic momentum
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join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for an entertaining discussion on the topic of... Momentum.

momentum: bands need it, but it takes a lot of hard work to create.
and once you lose it, it's a fight to get it back.

a musician's career is full of ups and downs, but if you're persistent and take well-planned, consistent action you can create momentum to propel your career forward, regardless of the level you're at.

but if you sit back and allow yourself to drop off the radar, it's a struggle to get anywhere.

momentum is responsible for attracting attention to your band through increased word of mouth, media coverage, social media virality and new business opportunities.

momentum also allows you to blast through walls that might have otherwise obstructed you, even helping you bounce over bumps that might have previously halted you in your tracks.

how do YOU build momentum? leave a comment below and let us know!

enjoy the show.
bt

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The DIY Daily Podcast #440 - September 17, 2013


i am my problem, but also my solution.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Overcoming the Fear of Death


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The Featured Song of the Week is Hazelnut Moon, by Joel Willoughby. Visit him online at: www.joelwilloughby.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #439 - September 16, 2013


people throw rocks at things that shine
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

9 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happy


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The Featured Song of the Week is Hazelnut Moon, by Joel Willoughby. Visit him online at: www.joelwilloughby.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #438 - September 13, 2013


every flower must grow through dirt
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

10 Surprising Facts About How Our Brains Work


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The Featured Song of the Week is Numbers, by Guards of May. Visit him online at: www.guardsofmay.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly #124 - How To Get The Gigs You Want: An Interview with the Founder Of Sonicbids


panos panay - sonicbids founder
The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

this week we're joined by the f
ounder of Sonicbids, Panos Panay. we were lucky enough to catch up with Panos on the 13th Anniversary of him founding the company from his apartment in Newton, MA.

if you're not familiar with Sonicbids, it's an online platform to help artists connect with an audience in a meaningful way by means of engaging with promoters. they're essentially
a matchmaking site for bands to connect with music promoters from around the world.

believe it or not, they started five years before MySpace, and even before iTunes.

sonicbids
click play and join in our discussion as Panos shares with us how to get the gigs you want, how to stand out online from all the rest of the bands, in addition to how he's managed to keep his company relevant and current in an ever-changing and turbulent market.

follow Panos on Twitter @
sonicbidspanos

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The DIY Daily Podcast #437 - September 12, 2013


don't be so hard on yourself.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Be More Childlike: Life Can Be Beautiful If You Let It

and

Want To Make Better Stuff? Be A Better Person.
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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #65 - Do You Know Who Is Doing What With Your Band's Name?


who is using your name
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join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for a discussion on being aware of who is doing what with your band's name. we don't mean illegally or in terms of piracy or copyright infringement, what we're referring to is in terms of industry solicitations, pitches, networking, and marketing messages.

have you unknowingly given someone the rights to throw your name around wherever and whenever they feel like, in ways that might be unbecoming to your goals and brand?

do companies you've worked with in the past still have profile pages up on their websites?

if you've signed a deal, are you conversing on a regular basis with the other stakeholders to ensure that your key branding requirements are being taken into consideration?

we dive into these ideas and a few more in this episode.

press play and leave a comment with your thoughts on this podcast, we love hearing from you!

enjoy the show.
bt

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The DIY Daily Podcast #436 - September 11, 2013


do what you do and be who you are
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

8 Good Morning Questions that Create Happiness


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The DIY Daily Podcast #435 - September 10, 2013


Today's episode features a discussion on:

One Question That Could Change Your Life for the Better


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The DIY Daily Podcast #434 - August 29, 2013

a head full of fears has no space for dreams
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Life's No Good In Draft Mode

and

The "Chosen Ones" Choose Themselves

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The Featured Song of the Week is The More I Know, by The Austin Jones Band. Visit him online at: www.austinjonesmusic.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #433 - August 28, 2013


we become what we want to be by constantly
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Get Over Doubting Yourself All the Time

and

Stop Being Hard on Yourself: 5 Tips for Learning Life Lessons

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #64 - Is It OK To Make Demands Of Your Live Audience?


sleeping audience
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join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for an open discussion on whether or not it's a good idea for an artist to make demands of their live audience.

we've all seen footage of that asshole lead singer who points at someone in the audience and calls them out, yelling at them to stand up.

or how about when the bass player yells at that guy who's taking video with his phone?

it ever ok to do that? to single people out like that?

we talk about a variety of different scenarios where this can happen, and when we think it might be ok to do so. or not.

what do you think? when is enough enough? when do you think an incident merits a pause in the performance? is it ever worth it to distract an audience from the show, having them focus on something negative, rather than you?

leave a comment with your thoughts.
enjoy the show.
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The DIY Daily Podcast #432 - August 27, 2013

you create your own calm
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How To Make Positivity a Habit: 4 Simple Steps to a Happier Everyday Life

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The DIY Daily Podcast #431 - August 23, 2013

attempt what is not certain
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Three Internal Voices You Need to Silence In Order To Create

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #123 - An Introduction to Music Copyright with Attorney Ian Gibson


ian gibson - entertainment copyright attorney
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

This week, for the first time ever in the history of this podcast, I recorded an episode without my trusty co-host. Michael was flying through the sky on his way to his annual summer fishing trip in Northern Ontario during our scheduled recorded this week, so I had to soldier on without him. 

But rather than record a one-man, solo show, I was lucky to be joined by Ian Gibson (http://www.iangibson.com), a trademark, copyright and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles.

Ian approached me after hearing our recent episode (MBW Ep. #116) with Jeff Price, founder of Audiam, where we dipped our toes into the murky waters of copyright. Since this topic is Ian's area of expertise, it only made sense to invite him onto the show to take our conversation on copyright one step further.

Copyright is the fundamental core of the music business, so it's extremely important for every artist to have at least a cursory understanding of the basics involved. So if the concept of copyrights and trademarks are completely foreign to you, then I hope this discussion can at least break the ice for you.

Also, as a thank-you to our listeners….

Ian has put together a free PDF download for everyone called "How Copyright Law Gets Musicians Paid". If you visit http://iangibson.com/thornybleeder and join his mailing list you'll get instant access to the free download.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #430 - August 22, 2013


 keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Three Reasons You Need to Slow Down
and

Enjoy Your Alone Time: Be Happy Without Seeking Validation
and

25 Things That Were Totally Normal In 1999

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The DIY Daily Podcast #429 - August 21, 2013


the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

A Simple Guide to Better Focus and Concentration: Lessons From a Lion Tamer

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #63 - The Bullshit Episode (Three Co-Hosts Catching Up)


The Rock Star Branding Pdocast with Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn.
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for something we've decided to simply call, The Bullshit Episode. It's been over a month since we last chatted, so we thought it'd be fun to just roll with it and hit the Record button.

We always have some good laughs, so even though this might not be as informative as previous episodes, I hope you're at least entertained and crack a smile or two. Next week we get back on track with a great discussion on live performances and how artists interact with their audiences.

Until then... say Hello in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter!
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The DIY Daily Podcast #428 - August 20, 2013

 you were born an original.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Lost Art of Introspection: Why You Must Master Yourself

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The DIY Daily Podcast #427 - August 19, 2013

the cure for pain is in the pain.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Nothing Lasts Forever

and

7 Questions You Are Too Scared to Ask

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The DIY Daily Podcast #426 - August 16, 2013

if you can find a path without any obstacles it probably doesnt lead anywhere
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Discipline of Gratitude
and

What you understand when you’re ready to quit judging people.

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The Music Biz Weekly #122 - We Ask Blasko from Mercenary Management, How Does a Manager Select an Artist?


Blasko - The Music Biz Weekly
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

This week we have a discussion with Blasko, bassist for Ozzy Osbourne (formerly with Rob Zombie, Danzig, Prong and Cryptic Slaughter) and manager for Black Veil Brides, through his firm Mercenary Management

We have a killer talk Blasko covering everything from:

- artist development

- the importance of social media marketing for indie bands

- the need to be creative when you have no budget

- how managers discover artists

- what managers need to see before working with a band

enjoy the show and please us a comment with your questions or comments, we'll be sure to answer them either right here or in an upcoming episode.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #425 - August 15, 2013


sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

What if the things we consider inconveniences are the very tools used to help us grow?
and

How Leaning into Joy Can Save Your Life

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The DIY Daily Podcast #424 - August 14, 2013

we will not be defined by the words we say but the truh of our actions and the spirit of our deeds
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Why We Must Savor Every Moment

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The DIY Daily Podcast #423 - August 12, 2013

the-expert-in-anything-was-once-a-beginner
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Power of Poise: How to Stop Losing Your Cool

and

We Don't Care About What You Know, We Care About What You Do With What You Know

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The DIY Daily Podcast #422 - August 9, 2013

be fierce
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Stuff We Don’t Need:
5 Reasons Why It Doesn’t Lead to Happiness


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The Featured Song of the Week is Out Of Here, by Rory Sullivan. Visit him online at: www.rorysullivanmusic.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #421 - August 8, 2013

fate loves the fearless
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Fear of Being Found a Fraud
and

Stop Lying to Yourself

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The Featured Song of the Week is Out Of Here, by Rory Sullivan. Visit him online at: www.rorysullivanmusic.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #420 - August 7, 2013

happiness depends on ourselves
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

5 Rules for Life
and

One Lesson on Regret Most People Learn Too Late

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The Featured Song of the Week is Out Of Here, by Rory Sullivan. Visit him online at: www.rorysullivanmusic.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #419 - August 6, 2013


add some magic
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

It’s Not About “Productivity.” It’s About Living Purposefully.
and

What Is Abundance, Really?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #418 - August 2, 2013


don't be like the rest of them, darling.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

7 Language Hacks for More Confidence

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The Music Biz Weekly Podcast Ep. #121 - What's The Downside Of Always Asking Your Fans For Favours?


boy who cried wolf - by RakugakiBoy on DeviantArt
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join Brian and Michael for a discussion this week on the downsides of artists who continually ask their fans for favours.

Is this a case of… The Band Who Cried Wolf?

Press play and hear our
advice on how to protect yourself from being perceived this way and what you can do to have an attentive audience who will be willing to support you when you need it the most.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #417 - August 1, 2013


don't let your struggle become your identity.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Tempted to compare yourself to someone else online? Remember, none of us can live up to our online selves.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #416 - July 31, 2013

a hunch is creativity trying to tell you something
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

25 Excuses You Must Drop to Be Happy

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The DIY Daily Podcast #415 - July 30, 2013


nothing divides one so much as thought
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Value of Nothing

and

3 Lessons We Learn While Waiting

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The DIY Daily Podcast #414 - July 29, 2013

the name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Today Can Be the Day You Turn Things Around

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The DIY Daily Podcast #413 - July 26, 2013


let go of that which does not serve you
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

4 Ways to Quiet the Negative Voice Inside You

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The Featured Song of the Week is Steady At The Wheel, by Christopher Ford. Visit him online at: www.c-ford.net.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #120 - Jack Conte Discusses How to Monetize Your Online Content via Patreon


Patreon
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each
jack conte - pomplamoose - patreon founder
week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

First things first, we had some massive tech problems with Skype this week, so the quality of this episode is lacking considerably. Ugh. Sometimes technology just doesn't cooperate. So unfortunately, we have no video this week, coupled with a really shitty audio due to us having to connect with our guest via telephone.

Regardless... the show must go on.

Join us this week for
an interview with Jack Conte, who is not only one half of the YouTube sensation known as Pomplamoose, but who is also the founder of a killer new direct-to-fan tool for content creators called Patreon.

In this episode Jack also shares some secret YouTube Tips too!

Jack's new startup called
Patreon helps empower a new generation of content creators by letting their fans fund each piece of created content, as it's published, via a unique subscription model.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #412 - July 25, 2013

Refuse To Be Average
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Anatomy of Average
and

How to Step into Your Greatness

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The Featured Song of the Week is Steady At The Wheel, by Christopher Ford. Visit him online at: www.c-ford.net.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #411 - July 24, 2013


do i dare disturb the universe
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot. 1920
and

Do You Define Yourself and Your Life Negatively?

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #62 - When Do You Name the Album?


album crate
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for another fun yet informative discussion on what it takes for an artist to get noticed, reach their goals, and have a lasting career in the music industry.

In this week's episode we get into a discussion on naming your album, things an artist should consider before committing to one, and when to do it.

What do you think?

When recording a new album, should you:


a) have a name and a vision for the final product before you go into the studio.
or
b) have a blank slate and name your package of finished songs only after the recording process is complete.

Leave a comment with your vote!

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The DIY Daily Podcast #410 - July 23, 2013


if you've never lost your mind then you've never followed your heart.r
ead today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How Delusion Makes You More Productive
and

Put Your Ass In The Chair And CREATE – Despite EVERYTHING

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The DIY Daily Podcast #409 - July 22, 2013


get shit done
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

What Defines You?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #408 - July 19, 2013


and so… the adventure begins!
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Great Job, But... (would you call yourself a praiser or a criticizer?)

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The Featured Song of the Week is Ghost Stories, by Monks of Mellonwah. Visit them online at: www.monksofmellonwah.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #119 - The Practical Approach to Being a Full Time Independent Artist with Ari Herstand


Ari Herstand
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for an interview with artist and music business blogger, Ari Herstand.

Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based DIY musician who has played over 550 shows around the country. He has had songs featured on multiple TV shows and has opened for Ben Folds, Cake, Matt Nathanson, Joshua Radin, Ron Pope and others. His most recent album debuted at #11 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.

He's been a full-time musician for over 5 years and his site, the independent music business advice blog Ari's Take, is dedicated to how he's made it work, along with tips that he passes along from his 500+ shows.

Join us for a fantastic discussion and practical career advice with Ari...
an independent, self-managed, one-man full-time self-sustaining musician.


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The DIY Daily Podcast #407 - July 18, 2013

i can't do this but i'm doing it anyway.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Improve Your Life: 7 Reasons and 5 Ways to Be Mindful

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The DIY Daily Podcast #406 - July 17, 2013

give out what you most want to come back

read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

An Inspiring Graduation Speech
and
6 Things Happy People Never Do

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #61 - Do You Have the Patience Required?

time_to_grow


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Join myself (Brian Thompson), Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for another fun yet informative discussion on what it takes for an artist to get noticed, reach their goals, and have a lasting career in the music industry.

In this week's episode we talk about how
patience is required to create and establish a meaningful brand, including re-branding yourself as a solo artist, switching styles or genres, or even as you venture out on a new career path.

I also talk about
the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, and how properly understanding and aligning yourself with these will help you find the willpower, diligence, dedication and consistency that's needed to stand apart from the rest of the noise.

Near the end of this episode
I also share something I've never actually spoken about publicly before, which is a testament to my own commitment to patience and allowing time for a brand to grow.

Press play and I hope you enjoy this fun discussion we had.

Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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The DIY Daily Podcast #405 - July 16, 2013


 don't stress the could haves. if it should have, it would have.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How To Create Your Fantasy Life
and
Life is Not Perfect. Fortunately.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #404 - July 15, 2013


don't promise when you're happy. don't reply when you're angry and don't decide when you're sad.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

What is Beautiful?
and
Why Time Slows Down When We're Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

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The Featured Song of the Week is Ghost Stories, by Monks of Mellonwah. Visit them online at: www.monksofmellonwah.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #403 - July 12, 2013


life is so much easier when you just chill out
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life
and
Stop giving 100% to what you don't really want

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blind Man, by King Dylan. Visit him online at: www.kingdylan.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly #118 - How to Reward Your Fans For Promoting You Using Jamplify


Jamplify.
Download The Music Biz Weekly on Apple iTunes:
http://itunes.thornybleeder.com

The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Andy Pickens
Join us this week for an interview with Andy Pickens, CEO of Jamplify.

With Jamplify you can
turn your fanbase into a crazy, awesome marketing force. Bands and Brands, listen and learn how to set up a "Jampaign" to reward your fans for getting the word out about you.

The cool thing about Jamplify is that it's
a tool for you to use to promote whatever links you want... it's not another online profile you have to maintain or drive traffic to. You can enlist your fans to help promote anything, whether it be an iTunes link, a PledgeMusic campaign, a YouTube video, or the tour page on your website. 

So... What is Jamplify?

Existing fans are the most powerful marketing force for anyone seeking new fans. Recognition, engagement, and rewards are powerful incentives to motivate fans to spread the word. Jamplify is a promotional platform where artists and brands identify their key influencers and reward them for getting the word out. Each Promoter receives a unique referral link to promote a brand or artist's content, and Jamplify tracks the number of unique people that each Promoter drives to that content. The Top Promoters then are rewarded for driving the most referrals.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #402 - July 11, 2013


sucess seems to be largely a matter of hanging on when others have let go
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Invent Your Life's Meaning
and
One Question that Will Save You from Failure

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blind Man, by King Dylan. Visit him online at: www.kingdylan.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #401 - July 10, 2013


miracles happen
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Proving the skeptics wrong
and
Give Up Hope (it’s a good thing to do. really.)
and
The Difference Between a Fake Happy Future and a Real Happy Life

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blind Man, by King Dylan. Visit him online at: www.kingdylan.com.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #60 - The Show Must Go On! Dealing with Disasters.


the show must go on
Download The Rock Star Branding Podcast on Apple iTunes:
http://itunes.thornybleeder.com

Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for another fun yet informative discussion on what it takes for an artist to get noticed, reach their goals, and have a lasting career in the music industry.

In this week's episode we discuss an old showbiz cliche, the show must go on!

An artist who never misses a gig builds a solid and trustworthy reputation with fans, agents, and many other potential business partners too. Being known as a consistent and reliable artist, reaps its rewards. In fact, sometimes reliability might be the only reason that gets you a paying gig... because the promoter knows that you'll simply show up and fill a necessary slot in his schedule.

Greg shares a story of a recent gig where an airline disaster upset his entire travel schedule and jeopardized an important headline slot at a festival. Hear how Greg not only dealt with the unexpected "
force majeure", but how his years of experience and professionalism prepped him to deal with it with a calm and cool attitude.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #400 - July 9, 2013


discipline.

EPISODE #400

woohoo! this is yet another big milestone for me on this crazy solo podcasting journey i've sojourned on. i'm continually faced with shock and awe at the touching and heartfelt feedback i receive from you guys.

thank-you. big time. for real.

i hope you keep digging what i share with each morning. i'm ever so grateful for you accompanying me on this daily journey with my morning zen thoughts and pontifications on life, happiness and personal development.

many more happy listens to you,
bt

read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Roll the dice
and
What Can Self-Control Do For You? 10 New Studies Provide Surprising Answers

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The DIY Daily Podcast #399 - July 8, 2013


a certain darkness is needed to see the stars<
b>read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Carl Sagan on the Meaning of Life
and
Fight Back Against Anxiety: 4 Steps to a More Peaceful Life

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blind Man, by King Dylan. Visit him online at: www.kingdylan.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #398 - July 5, 2013


today i shall behave as if this is the day i will be remembered
b>read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Zen of Finding Your Muse: Patience

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #117 - Coming Clean on the Time Management Hurdles We Face Day-to-Day


time management
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for an open and honest discussion on the day-to-day hurdles we each face with time management.

We're no different from anyone else. It's hard to find time to simply get everything done. We struggle with staying active on our social media sites, keeping up with incoming email, finding time for content creation and writing, and all of our various work related tasks and jobs, maintaining personal obligations and having a social life… just like all other artists, creatives, business people and entrepreneurs.

Tune in as we share both our struggles and our tips on how to deal with it all.

What suggestions and tips do YOU have for time management? Leave a comment and share it with us!


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The DIY Daily Podcast #397 - July 4, 2013


listen, smile, agree. and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

11 Habits You Need to Give-Up to Be Happy

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The DIY Daily Podcast #396 - July 3, 2013


what worries you masters you
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The science of time perception: stop it slipping away by doing new things

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blind Man, by King Dylan. Visit him online at: www.kingdylan.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #395 - July 2, 2013


if you think adventure is dangerous try routine its lethal
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Overcome Negativity
and
What You Write About Doesn't Matter as Much as You Think

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The Featured Song of the Week is Blind Man, by King Dylan. Visit him online at: www.kingdylan.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #394 - June 28, 2013


don't let life kick you into an adult you don't want to become.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Thoreau on Why Not to Quote Thoreau
and
How Hard is it to Turn Pro?
and
Five Quotes to Make Your BS Detector Better

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Devil In Me, by Todd Kerns. Visit Todd online at: www.toddkerns.com.

BONUS:
Listen to this fun conversation I recent had with Todd on The Music Biz Weekly Podcast Ep. #90
.

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The Music Biz Weekly #116 - Understanding Your Copyrights With Jeff Price So You Don't Get Screwed


Jeff Price
Download The Music Biz Weekly on Apple iTunes:
http://itunes.thornybleeder.com

The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us and
special guest Jeff Price, founder of TuneCore and Audiam, for a discussion on how to maximize artist copyrights for monetization on YouTube
audiam

Do you want to get paid when your music is used on YouTube?

Do you want to make money when your song is covered on YouTube?

Where does the money come from?


Grab a pen and pad of paper, or your laptop or iPad, press play... and start taking some notes, 'cause J
eff drops some killer advanced copyright knowledge for all of us.

Do you know what the six exclusive copyrights are that drive the entire music business?
No?

Once you're finished listening to this podcast, you need to go to the following link to read and download this important document which Jeff wrote for Tunecore, detailing copyright in even greater detail:
http://ca.tunecore.com/guides/sixrights

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The DIY Daily Podcast #393 - June 27, 2013


do something today that your future self will thank you for.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

5 False Beliefs that Are Holding You Back

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Devil In Me, by Todd Kerns. Visit Todd online at: www.toddkerns.com.

BONUS:
Listen to this fun conversation I recent had with Todd on The Music Biz Weekly Podcast Ep. #90
.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #59 – Are You Servicing Your Audience?


service your audience
Download The Rock Star Branding Podcast on Apple iTunes:
http://itunes.thornybleeder.com

Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for another fun yet informative discussion on what it takes for an artist to get noticed, reach their goals, and have a lasting career in the music industry.

In this week's episode we discuss Bob Lefsetz's recent plea to musicians to end the hype, pay attention to their existing fans, and to no longer take them for granted.


"Forget about acquiring new people. If you service your audience they will get you new fans."
- Bob Lefsetz

This quote is from controversial music industry blogger Bob Lefsetz's animated chat and keynote interview with Pete Tong at IMS 2013 (the International Music Summit in Ibiza)

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The DIY Daily Podcast #392 - June 24, 2013


actually i can
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Drama at the cafe ... a tale of self expression.
and
Fuck Tony Robbins! Looking For Some Motivation? You Might Die Today.

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Devil In Me, by Todd Kerns. Visit Todd online at: www.toddkerns.com.

BONUS:
Listen to this fun conversation I recent had with Todd on The Music Biz Weekly Podcast Ep. #90
.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #391 - June 21, 2013


whatever you do, do it with love. you don't need to move mountains to make a difference.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Stop Waiting For Permission

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Devil In Me, by Todd Kerns. Visit Todd online at: www.toddkerns.com.

BONUS:
Listen to this fun conversation I recent had with Todd on The Music Biz Weekly Podcast Ep. #90
.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #115 - How to Find a Producer For Your First Recording


choosing a record producer
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join Brian and Michael for a discussion on a few questions that originated from a piece of listener mail in our email inbox:

1) Advice on how to find a producer that's right for your music? I can make descent demos at my home studio, but I desire to work with someone who really knows how to produce an excellent recording.

2) Advice on how many songs to invest in recording at first? One single to release online? Three to five, for a demo? Go ahead and do a full album?

3) What else should we think about before making the decision to invest all of this time, money and resources?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #390 - June 20, 2013


the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, no on fighting the old, but on building the new. - socrates
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to go from intention to realization
and
The Formula That Puts You in Control of Success

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Devil In Me, by Todd Kerns. Visit Todd online at: www.toddkerns.com.

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The CD Baby DIY Musician Podcast #124 with Special Guest Brian Thompson: Get Your Music Heart

cd baby diy musician podcast with brian thompson
hey hey, look who's the featured guest on this week's new CD Baby Podcast!

i'm usually the host and not too often a guest, so this one was a total hoot for me. hope you enjoy it. check it out at
this link.

CD Baby DIY Musician Podcast #124
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The DIY Daily Podcast #389 - June 19, 2013


a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Artistic Distance
and
Bitter or Better: The Two Types of Artists

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Devil In Me, by Todd Kerns. Visit Todd online at: www.toddkerns.com.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #58 - GRIT. Do you have it?


grit.
Download The Rock Star Branding Podcast on Apple iTunes:
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for another fun yet informative discussion on what it takes for an artist to get noticed, reach their goals, and have a lasting career in the music industry.

In this episode we talk about one of the essential traits for a successful musician, stick-to-it-iveness... otherwise known as grit.

Wikipedia defines Grit as the following:

Grit in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait, based on an individual's passion for a particular long-term goal or endstate coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve their respective objective. This perseverance of effort promotes the overcoming of obstacles or challenges that lie within a gritty individual's path to accomplishment and serves as a driving force in achievement realization.

Greg mentioned a famous quote in this episode which summarizes our discussion quite well:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.


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The DIY Daily Podcast #388 - June 18, 2013


roald dahl quote
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How Inviting the Unknown Helps Us Know Life More Richly

and
Saying Goodbye To Your “I” and Hello To Your Freedom

and
Discovering Perfect

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Devil In Me, by Todd Kerns. Visit Todd online at: www.toddkerns.com.


BONUS:
Listen to this fun conversation I recent had with Todd on The Music Biz Weekly Podcast Ep. #90
.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #387 - June 17, 2013


when you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

When Everything’s Going Wrong, Be Grateful
and
Angry is a habit
and
Discovering Perfect

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Devil In Me, by Todd Kerns. Visit Todd online at: www.toddkerns.com.


BONUS:
Listen to this fun conversation I recent had with Todd on The Music Biz Weekly Podcast Ep. #90
.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #386 - June 14, 2013


imagine with all your mind
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Being Mindful and Releasing Worries: 5 Tips for Living in the Present
a
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The Featured Song of the Week is The Game, by Bridgework. Visit Bridgework online at: www.bridgeworkmusic.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #114 - What Services Should Musicians Expect to Pay For? A Discussion with Mike McCready from Music Xray


mike mccready from music xray
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

This week we're joined by our special guest
Mike McCready, CEO and co-foudner of Music Xray, for a discussion on what services musicians should expect to pay for on their way to a sustainable career.

Mike recently
posted a video on his personal blog on this very topic. It was such a fantastic message we felt compelled to bring him onto for a repeat visit to share his thoughts further with us.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #385 - June 13, 2013


energy flows where intention goes
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Get Over People Always Judging You
and
Creative Bad Habits: Treading The Path of Least Resistance

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Game, by Bridgework. Visit Bridgework online at: www.bridgeworkmusic.com.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #57 - Waiting to Be Picked Isn't a Plan For Success


pick-yourself
Download The Rock Star Branding Podcast on Apple iTunes:
http://itunes.thornybleeder.com

Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for another fun yet informative discussion on what it takes for an artist to get noticed, reach their goals, and have a lasting career in the music industry.

In this episode we talk about something that's commonly spoken of in entrepreneurial and creative circles, from people like Seth Godin to James Altucher to even Bob Lefsetz, choosing yourself... rather than waiting for someone else to find and choose you.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #384 - June 12, 2013


i know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

From Restlessness to Acton: Enjoy Working Toward Your Dream
and
Let Go of Attachment: You Can Be Happy Even if Things Change

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Game, by Bridgework. Visit Bridgework online at: www.bridgeworkmusic.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #383 - June 11, 2013


impossible is just an opinion
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Conditioned Morality
and
3 Tips on Overcoming Learning Plateaus

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Game, by Bridgework. Visit Bridgework online at: www.bridgeworkmusic.com.

This podcast series airs every weekday in all of the usual spots. Find it right here on Thorny Bleeder or on The DIY Daily or subscribe to it on iTunesSoundcloudStitcher Radio, or Blackberry Podcasts.Click to Read More...

The DIY Daily Podcast #382 - June 7, 2013


by the way im wearing the smile you gave me
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Presence Over Productivity
and
What We Want Versus What We Need

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Game, by Bridgework. Visit Bridgework online at: www.bridgeworkmusic.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #113 - How to Build Your Audience with Forbes' Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer, Chris Voss


chris voss
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join Brian, Michael and
special guest Chris Voss (from The Chris Voss Show) for a discussion on how to capture attention and build your audience with social media.

Chris Voss was ranked by
Forbes as a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer and is President of Strategix One Consulting, sharing 20+ years experience as a serial entrepreneur of successful companies in business and marketing.

Voss is a content marketing and social media powerhouse, recognized not only by Forbes but also by CNN, Huffington Post and followed by over a 300,000 people on Twitter.

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This podcast series airs every Friday in all of the usual spots. Find it right here on Thorny Bleeder or on MichaelBrandvold.com, or you can also tune in or subscribe to it on iTunesSoundcloudStitcher Radio, or Blackberry Podcasts.
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The DIY Daily Podcast #381 - June 6, 2013


a bird does not sing because it has an answer
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Resistance Comes Second (Dreams Comes First)
and
The Measuring Stick of Success
and
The Power of Words: Transform Your Vocabulary, Transform Your Life.

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Game, by Bridgework. Visit Bridgework online at: www.bridgeworkmusic.com.

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #56 - Is Your Career Seasoned for the Grill of Success?

The Rock Star Branding Pdocast with Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn.

Download The Rock Star Branding Podcast on Apple iTunes:
http://itunes.thornybleeder.com


Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for another fun yet informative discussion on what it takes for an artist to get noticed, reach their goals, and have a lasting career in the music industry.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #380 - June 5, 2013


in the end we only regret the chances we didn't take.
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Does Being Present in the Moment Increase Your Luck Factor?
and
Slow Down: Join the Stillness Revolution for More Peace and Joy
and
Habits of a Truly Conscious Person

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Game, by Bridgework. Visit Bridgework online at: www.bridgeworkmusic.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #379 - June 4, 2013


what we see is an illusion. what we dont see is reality.
download a large wallpaper here

read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here.


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How Do You Create So Much? Show Up.
and
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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The Featured Song of the Week is The Game, by Bridgework. Visit Bridgework online at: www.bridgeworkmusic.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #378 - June 3, 2013


the universe always favours those who fight for what they want.
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Today's episode features a discussion on:

Some will always say you're wrong
and
How to Overcome Mean World Syndrome

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The DIY Daily Podcast #377 - May 31, 2013


don't feed the fears

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Why Do Anything?
and
Do You Feel Like a Fraud?

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The Featured Song of the Week is Heartbreaker, by The Fuzzy Bees. Visit The Fuzzy Bees online at: www.thefuzzybees.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #112 - Are We Making Music Discovery a Bigger Problem Than It Really Is?


shopping for vinyl
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for a discussion on how the music industry and technology companies seem obsessed with solving the "problem" of music discovery.

But, is this a problem that even exists with music fans and the general public? Or are people doing just fine with discovering new artists on their own?

Most music technology companies seem to be too immersed in parsing data and creating recommendation engines that they get tunnel vision and ignore the prime motive of what makes an app successful - it being fun, usable, entertaining… and fills a need where there's an existing hole.

Is the music industry trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #376 - May 30, 2013


make today ridiculously amazing
read today's new Poem of the Day
from Brian Thompson here


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Warning: EVERYONE Is a Threat To Your Business. Even Those You Trust Most.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #375 - May 29, 2013


the sky is not the limit

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee's Famous Metaphor
and
7 Things You Need to Stop Doing Every Day

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #55 - Branding vs. Marketing


branding vs marketing
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This week we discuss the differences between marketing and branding and why the two are commonly mistaken for being one in the same.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #374 - May 28, 2013


pain is fuel

Today's episode features a discussion on:

5 Steps to Get Unstuck
and
Are You Choosing to Be Average?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #373 - May 27, 2013


i think hell is something you carry around with you. not somewhere you go.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Saying Yes to Life
and
The Only Bad Decision Is Indecision
and
Is Optimism Hard-Wired? 6 Ways to See the Glass as Half Full

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The DIY Daily Podcast #372 - May 24, 2013


intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Become the Master of Your Own Mind
and
How to Let Go of Negative Thinking

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #111 - News Flash! Not Everyone You Meet Is An A&R Rep.


know who to pitch your music to, and when.
Join us this week for a spontaneous discussion on topics including: Knowing Who & When to Pitch Your Music To (not everyone you meet is an A&R rep), plus some Tips For Facebook Conversation Starters.

We also touch on some recent media news including the announcement of the
new XBox One and it's walled-garden approach to software and gaming, Yahoo's acquisition of Tumblr, and recording video via Google Hangouts vs. Skype.

And lastly… a huge congrats to Michael on his becoming-a-Daddy announcement news!

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The DIY Daily Podcast #371 - May 23, 2013


experience can't be learned

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Obstacle is the Path
and
Don't Forget the Past. Learn from It.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #370 - May 22, 2013


be stronger than your excuses

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Zen of Pink Floyd (or Why Messages Spread)

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The DIY Daily Podcast #369 - May 21, 2013


don't wait for the perfect moment. take the moment and make it perfect.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Seth Godin on Building a Daily Practice & Not Waiting for Moods
and
Good Writing vs. Talented Writing

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The Music Biz Weekly #110 - Google's Blandly Branded Music Service, Trolls, and Patrons of the Arts


Google Play Music All Access
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for two guys bullshitting about Google's blandly branded new music service, trolls & Internet haters, and patrons of the arts.

In this episode we discuss the following links and stories:

- Google Play Music All Access
- Geoff Tate watches fans rant about his new Queensryche album, Frequency Unknown.
-
This Is The Most Epic Brand Meltdown On Facebook Ever

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The DIY Daily Podcast #368 - May 16, 2013


some things are not important

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The scent of consciousness: a concept for noticing your energy
and
Don't Control Anger, Control Yourself
and
Listen Instead of Correcting Others: What We Gain and Give

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #54 - When Everyone Is an "Expert", How Do You Decipher What's Best?


The Power Of No
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host Greg Kihn this week for a discussion on how
everyone seems to be an expert when it comes to your career.

But, are they? From friends to family to industry peers, everyone has an opinion on how you should do things, what you should do next or who you should work with.

How do you decipher what's really best for you?

In this episode we explore a very liberating piece of wisdom for your career, The Power of No.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #367 - May 15, 2013


Let-go-or-be-dragged

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Releasing Resentment: Who You're Really Angry With and Why
and
We Are What We Do, Not What We Say

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The DIY Daily Podcast #366 - May 14, 2013


our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Accept Yourself as You Are, Even When Others Don't
and
How Motivation Works: Overcoming Inertia and Keeping Momentum

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The DIY Daily Podcast #365 - May 13, 2013


you are whoever you believe you are

Today's episode features a discussion on:

What It Takes: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose and Sometimes it Rains

and

9 Ways to Find Peace of Mind in Tough Times

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The DIY Daily Podcast #364 - May 10, 2013


you are whoever you believe you are
download a large version of this graphic here

Today's episode features a discussion on:

What To Do
When You Don't Know What to Do


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The Music Biz Weekly #109 - Has the RIAA Just Legitimized Music Streaming?

RIAA-Platinum-and-Gold-Program1

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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for a discussion on the
RIAA's announcement to include on-demand streaming plays towards Gold & Platinum digital award certifications.

Read the official news release here:
RIAA Adds Digital Streams To Historic Gold & Platinum Awards

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The DIY Daily Podcast #363 - May 9, 2013

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Find Peace Today: Stop Worrying About What You Might Lose
and
The Hunger for More: What We Really Want and Need

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #53 - Making an Appointment with Creativity


finger-painting
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host, 80's rockstar Greg Kihn for an all-new episode each Wednesday.

This week as we discuss how to find the motivation for creativity to flourish by scheduling times to do the work, rather than just waiting for inspiration to magically appear.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #362 - May 6, 2013


impossible isnt something that cant be done

Today's episode features a discussion on:

A Conversation About Being Busy Is Barely a Conversation at All

and

Stop Taking Life So Seriously

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The DIY Daily Podcast #361 - May 3, 2013


take a deep breath and enjoy your life

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Listening is giving the other person the experience of being heard.
and
In the End, We’ll Succeed

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The Music Biz Weekly #108 - Exploring Music Discovery with Twitter #Music and Other Apps


twitter-music-1
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for a discussion on the
new Twitter #Music app, an exploration of music discovery, and our own patterns of music consumption and the apps we use.

What music apps do you use and recommend everyone to try?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #360 - May 2, 2013


as soon as we wish to be happier we are no longer happy

Today's episode features a discussion on:

4 Potent Life Lessons From Benjamin Franklin
and
Stop Avoiding It - Why Conflict Is Good For You

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The DIY Daily Podcast #359 - May 1, 2013


live the full life of the mind, exhilirated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Seeing a Whole New World Through the Power of Words

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #52 - It's How People Perceive You


homeless-musician
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host, 80's rockstar Greg Kihn for an all-new episode each Wednesday.

This week we discuss a recent article from the Tunecore blog titled,
Don’t Tell People You Are Broke. We talk about how artists need to be conscious of what they say, understanding how some comments can hurt your goals.

Do potential fans want to hear you whining about how little money you have?
Or do fans want you
to inspire them?

Trying to shame fans into buy your album, "so you can eat dinner", isn't a good marketing tactic to connect with new fans and make a sale.

Your comments can have a lasting effect on a person's impression of you, no matter how harmless they were intended. What you say can make people choose to not support you.

Check out this short little episode and leave a comment with the crazy things you've seen bands publicly say online.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #358 - April 30, 2013


dont compare your chapter one to someone elses chapter twenty

Today's episode features a discussion on:

How To Be a Superhero

and

An excerpt from the Robert Greene Book, Mastery

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The DIY Daily Podcast #357 - April 29, 2013


every saint has a past and every sinner has a future

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Thoughts From an Airport: The Noise and Clamour For Attention
and
For Creators Of All Kinds The Connections Outweigh The Money
and
Getting picked (need to vs. want to)

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The DIY Daily Podcast #356 - April 26, 2013


train your mind to see the good in every situation

Today's episode features a discussion on:

7 Positive Things You Should Say Today

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The Music Biz Weekly #107 - What NOT To Do In Your Bio


cliche band bio
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join Brian and Michael this week for a discussion on
things musicians need to consider when writing their bio, including both things to do and things not to do.

We share tips of things to stay clear from, including some
cliche and overused words, as well as advice on what music industry insiders often look for when skimming a band's bio.

At the end of the podcast we give you some homework which involves sharing a comment wherever you might be listening to this. Join the discussion with us!

Don't forget to read an earlier blog post of mine which we discuss in this episode:
Danger! Do Not Use! Words To Avoid In Your Band Bio


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The DIY Daily Podcast #355 - April 25, 2013


we lose ourselves in the things we love
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of this graphic here


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Talent Is Overrated: The Myths of Talented People

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The DIY Daily Podcast #354 - April 24, 2013


not everyone can beome an artist but an artist can come from anywhere

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Why Chasing Success and Happiness Are Making You Unsuccessful and Miserable

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #51 - How to Recognize New Branding Opportunities for Your Band


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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host, 80's rockstar Greg Kihn for an all-new episode each Wednesday.

This week is about
recognizing new opportunities for your band. Some can help your career, many will harm it.

The only constant in life is change.

So to have a long career, you have to be willing to
embrace the idea of reinventing yourself and naturally evolving when it makes sense. This will require you to take advantage of new opportunities that cross your path and for you to explore.

In doing so,
trusting your gut instinct is crucial.
hello my name is opportunity

You must follow your feelings.

Ask yourself the following questions:
- does this go against what i stand for?
- does it betray my brand?
- does this speak to my passions?
- does this defy my sense of purpose?
- what can this lead to from here?

Should I go for this or not?

Press play and listen in as we discuss it.
Enjoy the episode and please join our discussion by leaving a comment with your thoughts.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #353 - April 23, 2013


i am always doing things i cant do

Today's episode features a discussion on:

You Don't Have to React
and
When Good Things Happen to Other People: How to Be Luckier

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The Music Biz Weekly #106 - Is Old School Record Release Hype Back?


Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join Brian and Michael for an engaging conversation on how it seems like the
pre-release anticipation and awareness for new records seems to be coming back for a few certain artists.

More and more artists and their labels are utilizing a
transmedia approach and content marketing to develop old school buzz for upcoming releases.

In this 45 min. episode we talk about the tactics being used to promote new albums from
Daft Punk, Black Sabbath and David Bowie. We also share some ideas and advice for independent and developing DIY artists on how to take advantage of the same types of strategies with their own music releases.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #352 - April 18, 2013


work to become not to aquire

Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Be the Best Version of You
and
do you suffer from personal energy leaks?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #351 - April 17, 2013


dont be so easily defined

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants To Be
and
8 Pitfalls on the Path to Success

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #50 - How to Stay Connected With Your Aging Audience


golden_girls
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host, 80's rockstar Greg Kihn as we discuss some things artists should consider in order to stay relevant to aging fans whose lives and tastes are changing.

Not only do we have lots of laughs recording these episodes for you, but we also share tons of tips and advice to help independent artists develop their own careers.

Press play, enjoy the episode and leave a comment with what your thoughts!

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The DIY Daily Podcast #350 - April 16, 2013


to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Don't Take Anything Personally
and
Louis C.K. On Patience

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The DIY Daily Podcast #349 - April 15, 2013


it is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.
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Today's episode features a discussion on:

When Life Knocks You Out
and
The Paradoxical Commandments

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The DIY Daily Podcast #348 - April 12, 2013


never stop dreaming

Today's episode features a discussion on:

A Guide to Practical Contentment

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The Music Biz Weekly #105 - Ageism in the Music Industry… and Some Other Shit Too (Facebook, Bandcamp)

old punk

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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join Brian and Michael for a grab bag talk on
recent changes and invite limitations on Facebook Events, the new music discovery featuresjust launched on Bandcamp, and a listener question regarding… 

Ageism In The Music Industry?
Can an old guy still find success with music?

And,
your homework for this episode?

share your music with our readers and listeners:

leave a comment below featuring the best track from your Bandcamp page.


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The DIY Daily Podcast #347 - April 11, 2013


If-you-light-a-lamp-for-somebody,-it-will-also-brighten-your-own-path

Today's episode features a discussion on:

7 Reasons Why You Might Be an Ask-hole
and
Active Listening - A Skill That Everyone Should Master
and
You Can Be Busy or Remarkable — But Not Both

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The DIY Daily Podcast #346 - April 10, 2013


walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet - Thich Nhat Hanh
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Today's episode features a discussion on:

Givers, Takers, and Matchers: The Surprising Social Science of Success

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #49 - Branding Essentials for Musicians on Day of Show

The Rock Star Branding Pdocast with Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn.
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold  & co-host, 80's rockstar Greg Kihn as we discuss some of the important branding elements an artist needs to be conscious of on a gig-day to ensure a successful and well attended event.

Not only do we have lots of laughs recording these episodes for you, but we also share tons of tips and advice to help independent  artists develop their own careers.

Press play, enjoy the episode and leave a comment with what your thoughts!

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The DIY Daily Podcast #345 - April 9, 2013


everything has beauty. but not everyone can see it. - confuscious

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Just Because Something Seems a Certain Way, Doesn't Mean It REALLY IS.
and
Wisdom of Ignorance: Knowing What You Don't Know
and
The Story So Far: Your Life Is How You Interpret It

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The DIY Daily Podcast #344 - April 8, 2013


don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Uniforms and Rituals, Costumes of Identity

and

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

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The DIY Daily Podcast #343 - April 5, 2013


somedays-my-waters

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Today's episode features a discussion on:

The 4 Fundamental Pillars of Emotional Intelligence

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The Music Biz Weekly #104 - How Fucked Up Can Music Licensing Really Be?


music licensing and copyright trolls
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us for a 40 min. discussion on…
the messy and confusing world of music licensing, copyright trolls and independent music promotion.

Read the Techdirt article that we reference here:
UK Music Licensing Agency Says You Can't Use Its Music In Your Podcast Without First Purchasing A License It Doesn't Even Offer 

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The DIY Daily Podcast #342 - April 4, 2013

how long should you try


Today's episode features a discussion on:

How TMZ Made Me a Better Person
and
How to Find Your Purpose

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The DIY Daily Podcast #341 - April 3, 2013


change starts within

Today's episode features a discussion on:

An Untitled Essay from Julien Smith
and
5 Lessons on Bringing Your Dream to Life

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #48 - Merch Lessons From a Rock Star


how to sell your merch
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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold  & co-host, 80's rockstar Greg Kihn as we reveal some merch lessons from a musician who's toured with some of the biggest bands in the world. 

Rock n' Roll is not just about the music, it's also a merch business... and to a large extent, a people business. Every fan counts. You need to leave a trail of fans behind you who love and remember you for many years to come.

What will your fans say about you in twenty years?

Create a friendly and open environment for sales to occur at your shows. Connect with people on a real and personable level, and create fans for life. If you're only motivated by money, sex and fame… you won't get far. That's an extremely hollow premise to build a business on and has no longevity in it.

Press play, enjoy the episode and leave a comment with your thoughts!


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The DIY Daily Podcast #340 - April 2, 2013

however many words you read however many you speak - buddha


Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Value of Love
and
10 Things You Think About Too Often

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The DIY Daily Podcast #339 - March 29, 2013


we-are-each-a-universe-unto-ourselves

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Today's episode features a discussion on:

30 Pieces of Advice From Music Entrepreneurs
and
A scientific guide to saying "NO": How to avoid temptation and distraction

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The Music Biz Weekly #103 - How To Sell Stuff In Your Social Media Stream Using Chirpify


Chirpify Social Commerce and Payments Platform
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us this week for a 40 min. discussion with
Rory Felton, head of music & entertainment business for Chirpify, the only in-stream Social Commerce platform.

Chirpify enables you to sell digital and physical items directly in-stream on Social Media. Consumers just reply with "buy" in the comments to make purchase. It's that easy.

See Chirpify in action in my personal donation experiment on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram or on my Chirpify page.

We hope you enjoy this episode and once again we left you with a little homework assignment at the very end of this episode. Share your creative ideas on how to use Chirpify with us in the comments below.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #338 - March 28, 2013

IMG_0346

Today's episode features a discussion on:

What to Learn from a 6 Year Old Who Has Autism
and
Be Yourself: No More, No Less

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The DIY Daily Podcast #337 - March 27, 2013


you think big you get big

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Live a Big Life: Shift from "Why Me?" to "Why?"

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast #47 - Adapting Your Brand For a Changing Industry

The Rock Star Branding Pdocast with Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn.

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Join Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold & co-host, 80's rockstar Greg Kihn as we talk about how MTV changed Kihn's brand and his approach to marketing music, and how that parallels the cultural shift into the digital age and social media.

Not only do we have tons of fun and lots of laughs recording these episodes for you, but there's also tons of tips and advice to help artists with their own careers.

Press play, enjoy the episode and leave a comment with what you though of it!

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The DIY Daily Podcast #336 - March 26, 2013


an incovenience is an adventure wrongly considered

Today's episode features a discussion on:

What is Positive Realism?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #335 - March 25, 2013


the world as we have created it is a process of our thinking

Today's episode features a discussion on:

How to Increase Your Odds of Finding a Miracle
and
8 Wake-Up Calls You Need to Receive

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The DIY Daily Podcast #334 - March 22, 2013


i can and i will

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Trade in Your Consumption, Live With Less
and
Oscar Wilde Offers Practical Advice for an Aspiring Writer
and
Change Happens Whether You Want It to or Not

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The Music Biz Weekly #102 - Here's Why Your Music Is Going Nowhere.


are you going nowhere fast?
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

join Brian Thompson & Michael Brandvold for a 40 min. talk on
why a talented band might feel as if they're spinning their wheels and not going nowhere.

the blog post that I referenced in this episode can be read here:


Do Something Today That Will Benefit Your Tomorrow:
30 Ideas That Cost Nothing.


at the end of this podcast we give you some homework, but you have to listen to the episode to find out what it is. once you you've completed your assignment, make sure you come back and leave a comment with your story eh?

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The DIY Daily Podcast #333 - March 21, 2013


Today's episode features a discussion on:

Henry Miller on the mystery of the universe and the meaning of life
and
Being a writer is not a natural life. Of course it's not natural working in a coal mine or a cubicle either.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #332 - March 20, 2013


find joy in the ordinary

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Are You (Subconsciously) Afraid of Success?
and
Are The People You're Connected To Keeping You From Success?
and
Throwing Your Caution To The Wind

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The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #46 - Branding Mistakes From An 80's Rock Star

The Rock Star Branding Pdocast with Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn.

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Join
Brian Thompson and Michael Brandvold from The Music Biz Weekly every Wednesday for a new episode of The Rock Star Branding Podcast. We have a new guest co-host for 2013 too, 80's Rockstar, Author and Radio DJ, Greg Kihn.

Join us for our second episode with Greg as we go digging for some dirt and dive into his past, revealing some of the branding and marketing mistakes Greg made along the way with his chart-topping career in rock n' roll.

Funny, intriguing and always entertaining... we hope you enjoy this episode and walk away with a some useful bits of advice to help you on your musical path.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #331 - March 19, 2013

there are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The fire within
and
When Your Beliefs Hold You Back: Release Them to Avoid Regret

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The DIY Daily Podcast #330 - March 18, 2013


the soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Do You Compare Yourself?
and
3 Ways to Deal with 3 Different Forms of Negativity in the World

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The DIY Daily Podcast #329 - March 15, 2013

done is better than perfect


Today's episode features a discussion on:

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #101 - Do Bands Need a Mission Statement? Black Sabbath Has One, Do You?


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The Music Biz Weekly
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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

Join us for a 30 min. discussion on how creating a mission statement for your band can help keep everyone on-track and aligned with your goals.

write a mission statement that means something. it’ll keep your entire team focused and give you direction when you most need it.

a mission statement isn't your actual goals, but it should power them.

mission statement
when writing your goals,
use concrete language and avoid ambiguity.

be clear and concise.


questions to ask yourself include:

- why do you do what you do?
- what makes you care?
- what sets you apart from all the rest?
- what are your values?
- what are your goals?

* for more information, check out this article I found on Fast Company on How to Write a Mission Statement That Doesn't Suck.


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The DIY Daily Podcast #328 - March 14, 2013


you will never influence the world by trying to be like it.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

Every Day Can Be A Starting Point:
Make a New Beginning



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NEW! The Rock Star Branding Podcast Ep. #45 - Introducing Our New Co-host, 80's Rockstar Greg Kihn


The Rock Star Branding Pdocast with Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn.
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The Rock Star Branding Podcast returns for an all-new season and our first new episode in 2013.

Join me and Michael Brandvold for the debut episode with our new guest co-host, 80's rockstar, author and radio DJ, Greg Kihn

Not familiar with who Greg Kihn is?
If you're a fan of 80's music, then you might be familiar with Greg from this classic MTV hit from 1985, Jeapordy:



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The DIY Daily Podcast #327 - March 13, 2013


if your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

How Competition Makes You Better: 4 Lessons from Picasso and Matisse
and
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others…(BE the ONE)

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The DIY Daily Podcast #326 - March 12, 2013


somedays you just have to create your own sunshine

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Greatest Gift We've Been Given Is Choice
and
Alexander Graham Bell on Success, Innovation, and Creativity

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The DIY Daily Podcast #325 - March 11, 2013


choose your own path

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Cracked Pot

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This week's Featured Song is "Sucker For Love", by The Bayones featuringBrian Ray and Oliver Leiber. Visit Brian Ray and The Bayonets online at: www.brianray.com.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #324 - March 8, 2013


if you want something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done.

Today's episode features a discussion on:

The Difference Between Self-Discipline and Self-Flaggelation
and
10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness

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This week's Featured Song is "Stand Your Ground", a collaboration from Redgy Blackout with T. Nile. Download this song for free from the Love and Bravery compilation at: www.peakperformanceproject.com.

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The Music Biz Weekly Ep. #100: Nic Adler of The Roxy on the Importance of Social Media in Booking Gigs


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The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold & Brian Thompson. Each week we interview movers and shakers in the music business and discuss music marketing techniques for the DIY independent musician.

This is our 100th Episode! Woohoo! First of all, thanks so much for all of your support and continued listens you guys, we totally appreciate it.

We figured there's no better time like our 100th Episode to roll out an update to our Podcast graphics, what do you think?

the roxy theatre on sunset
This week we have a great discussion with Nic Adler, owner of The Roxy, the legendary nightclub located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, one of America's most legendary and influential music venues.

We talk with Nic about how important of a role social media plays in booking bands into the club, including how their online engagement with fans on Facebook and Twitter can determine how much the club pays them. We also chat about some other tips for artists on how to land gigs and build a scene.

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The DIY Daily Podcast #323 - March 7, 2013