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Show notes for Episode #3:

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Also in this episode, I discuss the five things you must believe cultivate your DIY music attitude, including:
1. The business has been lying to you. Major label artists are not getting rich off of record sales. Radio is fake. Don’t belive the lies they’re propogating!

2. Giving up all your musical rights for a bad business deal is the worst thing you can do as a music business person. I walk through Steve Albini’s article where he shows how you can sell tons of records and be broke.

3. You do not need corporate sponsorship (or permission) to secure musical freedom. Ready, fire, aim!

4. The direct-to-fan model is the primary path to success. Work to find your own audience. Connect with them. Find out where they are, what they want…give it to them.

5. You can do more than you think is possible. Don’t fear the massive task list. Learn to delegate to your bandmates, friends, and fans.

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Show notes for Episode #2:

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In this episode, I present “Music Tools for the Indie Artist”, a topic that I recently presented to a local songwriting group.  Specifically, I present the tools and process I use to capture and preserve those moments of musical inspiration–no matter whether they strike while I’m in the car, working out, or sleeping.  I breakdown the process I use to capture both lyric and music inspired ideas.  You can’t choose when your muse delivers a moment of inspiration, and you need to be ready when it strikes.  I show you how I make sure never to lose a great idea.

In addition, I provide an overview of my controlled environments–that is, places where I can consciously sit down to create, develop, or record a song idea (for example, a writing space, a practice space, a recording space, etc.).  I provide an overview of the tools I find helpful and a description of how they all fit together in my songwriting process.

Note:  Make sure to check out the slides from this episode–several of them provide graphic descriptions of my process which makes it easier to understand.  You can download the slides here:

Slides for Music Tools for the Indie Artist (Right-click and choose Save target as… to download.)

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I’ve just finished mixing the theme song to my podcast!  I ran into all kinds of problems with my studio gear, but that always seems to happen when pumped and ready to record!  It’s one of the joys of having your own recording studio…

Anyway, I think the theme is perfect for the show.  Please check it out and let me know what you think:

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This theme song will be used as the introductory music that opens my Internet Musician Podcast.  I wanted it to feel indie, alternative, a little low-fi, and to have it sum up the spirit of the show.

Here are the lyrics:

The Internet Musician Theme

Can you see it in his eyes?
He’s gonna revolutionize
the internet
musician

D.I.Y. all the way or he’s gonna die
an internet musician

Oooh–told the record biz 2 kiss his ass!
His videos go viral fast!
Watch him post his music–
Driving traffic to it–
He’ll tell you how to do it
on The Internet Musician Podcast!

 

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P.S.  It’s just me in the studio, playing and recording myself on various instruments.  Enjoy!
P.P.S. If you like my sound, sign up for some FREE MUSIC at http://www.brianhartzog.net.

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