Morning Pages…

Pen-And-pad

Gather your thoughts, put them on paper and create.

Have you ever had that feeling of frustration when you couldn’t come up with anything new? I had been struggling with my attempts at coming up with some new visual styles in the past few days. So I had been getting down on myself for a while before trying something new.

I had never heard of “Morning Pages” before today. So, wanting to try anything that would get the creative juices flowing again I wrote my first three pages. These were nothing groundbreaking, thoughts and affirmations that I felt at the time. Nothing was off limits, and nothing was stupid or lame. What I wrote didn’t matter. What was most important was the act of writing.

This helped my mind get into the “Mode”, if you will. After writing these pages I felt okay, and had cleared my head of all self-doubt. Before I knew it I was working on a new project, and had formed an idea in my head.

So I recommend that you try writing a few pages when you have time in the morning. This was something that I am happy to have found, and I plan on trying this every morning for the rest of the week. I will plan on posting the final products here for everyone to check out.

Until next time, keep up the good work and stay inspired.

.Inviere

Advertisements

3 Reasons to blog your music!

how-blogging-worksSo in this day and age everyone has a blog (Yes, even your grandmother!). It could be in the form of a Facebook profile or Page, Twitter or here on WordPress. Everyone is creating content, and everyone is placing it online. I want to go over the importance of creating and managing a blog to share and promote your music! Let’s get to it!

I’m sure you all know what a blog is, but if not here’s a very…very short description. A blog is an online journal composed of articles called “Posts”. These posts include text and media like photos, video’s, and music tracks from around the web.

There are TONS of ways to create a blog, but I will not be going over how to create one. I want to focus on some of the main reasons I blog and why they can help you develop a bigger following as well.

Develops a larger fan base…

When you create content on a regular basis, you give your fans or followers more chances to learn about you. When you make a post about your latest tour, you show them what they missed if they didn’t make it to your show. When you post a video performance of your new single, it gives them something that they won’t find anywhere else. Once they see they you post exclusive content to your blog, they’re going to want to visit more often!

Your followers can keep up to date on Twitter, they can see your coolest moments via Instagram. They can go behind the scenes by reading your blog! Your Blog (and social media in general) gives them insight into your work on the stage and off. By reading your blog, you want your fans to develop a closer relationship with you and your work. This is great in marketing and promotion, but it’s cool to know that you have people that enjoy what you are creating.

*Quick tip: If you post content primarily on Social media, make sure to ALWAYS link back to your blog site. Think of your Social media posts as the appetizer and your blog post as the main course!

Expands your reach..

Creating content on a regular basis increases opportunities for your fans to discover your work. This also generates opportunities for your content to come up in search engines. As your followers come back to your blog, the chances of them using a search engine to find your blog increases.

This is good because search engines are always looking for new content to categorize. Search engines discover which websites are growing and how active they are. The more active your blog is, the higher your search ranking. Everything that you post can be another opportunity for a fan to discover your content via search engines.

Broadcast your own news…

If you take away anything from what I posted today I hope that it is this. With a blog you can announce your own news, your own way. You can tell your own personal story as you play shows, or write your songs. At the very least, a blog lets you share concert dates, a few photos from the road, ect. Share all your music related events when creating content for your blog.

But you want more than a list of tour dates, you want to share the cool moments that make creating music so awesome. This is your time to let your music life shine. The more open you are, the more your fans are going to want to get to know you.

That’s it! Those are my top three reasons I blog, and why you should to. It has helped me with sharing my music and has given me a platform to share my work with you! I hope these tips help you, and help encourage you to start writing about your own musical path. If you have any more tips on blogging, or have questions about starting a new blog, make sure to leave a comment below!

Thanks again!

.Invere

Discount on GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION!!

So, I have released my last two projects on all the major streaming platforms and online stores. I have also released music in physical form on CD’s, DVD’s and even a few USB drives! But times do change, and as artists we need to keep ahead of the game. I want to share with you a special offer from the amazing people at DistroKid! If you want to save some of your hard earned cash, and want a fast and easy way to get your music out there…KEEP reading!

distrokid logo

DistroKid is the easiest way for musicians to get music into iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and more.

I like to consider myself a “go-getter”. Someone that has the will and the capability to get things done. You should think of yourself as the same! So when I wanted to release my music on all the platforms my favorite artists were on, I hit the ground running! I did my homework and I looked around. I did what you all should be doing, looking for the best way to achieve your goals!

During the time I was doing my research, I came across tons of different Aggregators. That’s a big’o fancy word for the middle man between you and the majors like Spotify and iTunes. These companies help you submit your music to all the major platforms. Some platforms only accept submissions via Aggregators (iTunes, Spotify, Tidal and so on). So you would need to be in contact with these Aggregators to even THINK of submitting your music.

While I was looking into all these different options, I did what you all do as well, shop around. These sites are different, and many have different features than the rest. I narrowed it down along the way, but I continue to use different Aggregators. Each for different features and perks. You should do your own research and as always, find what is best for you!

Distrokid Main page

Become official when you sign up and upload you music!

Now, let’s get to the good stuff!

So let’s get real for a second. I know what you’re thinking, “Why would Inviere want to help all-of-a-sudden?” Well a little disclosure on my part. I have used DistroKid for the past year now. I have looked over all the fine print, and have tried my best to get a good understanding of this company. Over the past year I have not had any major issues with them, and they seem to be solid. So, for me to put this much into something, should prove that this is not a scheme. DistroKid has many features that are great for up and coming musicians. I’ll get into that later on, but one of these features is the referral program.

What is the Referral program? Well when a major company wants to expand its customer base. They give incentives to their users, that share their service. This is like other services and games where you invite your friends to sign up in return for perks. But this is no game, and this is not for entertainment! This is to help give you (the artist) a chance to get your music where you want it. This is a chance to move your career further, and a chance to step up to another level. Do I get something out of this? Sure. Is it something major, no. What is it exactly? It’s a chance for me to earn extra income, while getting the word out about a product that has helped me.

Still interested?

Well the best way for me to get this link to you is through my mailing list. Once you sign up for my email list, you will get updates on how to manage your music, and TONS of more stuff. If starting your musical journey is important to you, and you want to get your music out there, let me help you do this!

The link below is to sign up for my mailing list. Once you sign up, confirm your email address, and once confirmed I will send you the link to sign up for Distrokid. This will be the link you will use to sign up for Distrokid. Once you have created your account, you will receive a 7% discount on your subscription. I know your email is valuable information and I will guard it with my life! But when you sign up, it will be TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Distro-Kid-sign-up-lol
Click this image to get your discount!!!

Once you’re signed up, you will need to select your subscription. Below you can see what the different subscriptions offer. Which on you select is up to you, and the discount will apply to all of them. Once you have selected your subscription, you’re set! All you will need to do will be to check out and upload your music!

Distrokid Plans

Multiple Plans available for artists of all levels!

I will work on some exclusive e-books that will go over how to plan your releases, and how to upload your music. These are only available for the people that signup for the email list. This content will not be available anywhere else!

Thanks for sticking with me to the end of the post, and if you came this far I hope you sign up for the mailing list and take advantage of this offer!

Make sure to comment this post if you have any questions regarding this program or if you have any issues once you’re signed up!

.Inviere

 

Making Time…

Do you ever feel like you’re running out of time? That every moment, is slipping away while you do all the little things throughout your day? I hate that feeling! It is always easier to sit down at the couch, flip on the tube, as your precious time ticks away. But, we are not here to do the easy stuff. We are here to work on our dreams, and get shit done! In this edition, I want to go over what I do when time seems to be slipping away from me, and what to do when productivity dips. Lets get it!

e1fa7957295c52676864eded73f25ae0

What do you find yourself making time for?

Tip #1 – Just get started!

Sometimes the hardest part of anything, is getting started. Have you ever noticed that once you make the decision to start something, the entire process gets a little easier? That the entire process starts to fall into place, and you start knocking out whatever it was that needed to be done. This is one if the biggest realizations that I had when it came to my work. I noticed that once I actually started working on something I was able to focus and get more done.

So the next time you have trouble getting with a project, just get started! The pieces will fall into place once you start working. Your mind is a powerful tool, and sometimes it works against us. So become a master of this tool, and don’t let your mind play you for a fool!

Tip #2 – Stay Consistent

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your empire! It’s great to have one project completed, but don’t kick your feet up quite yet! The next project, the next blog post, or recording session is just around the corner. Now with the average American’s attention span dropping to a whopping 8 seconds (the goldfish has 9 seconds) we have an extremely limited window to reach our audience. So staying constant is more than a must, it’s a make-or-break virtue you must embody.

To overcome this, I like to picture a crowded bar where everyone is trying to get the attention of the bartender. In this example, the bartender is your audience. So instead of going up to the bar, patiently waiting for your turn, and eventually getting looked over, let’s make sure that bartender knows you’re there! I do this by making blog posts that resonate with my readers, I post video’s on my many Instagram profiles dropping some knowledge. I create content that would help me stand out in the crowded room. A major part of this is staying consistent and always working. The more content you create, the more your audience has to consume. This is like going up to the bartender, cracking a joke and making a big order, THEN coming back for more. This way the bartender (audience) remembers you, and wants to keep an eye out for your next offering.

Tip #3 – Think about the money/Time you’re wasting!

Now this one is the one that gets me moving almost 100 percent of the time. I want you to think about your money, specifically the money you invested in your work. Think about that $35 a month software subscription. Think about that $800 camcorder that is collecting dust in the corner of your studio. Now if this hasn’t gotten you up off the couch, I think this next one will get you up. Think about the people that believe in you. Think about your friends and family that you LET DOWN when you don’t create content!

I believe that wasting someone’s hope and losing their trust is the absolute worst thing you could possibly do. Especially in a business where you depend on people to listen to your music, read your blog, or watch your videos. So if you have the money to throw away, I want you to realize that people are not so disposable. So please, don’t let your supporters down! Keep working so they can be more proud of the things that you do, keep them supporting you! Show them that you are worth supporting, and make them proud to say that they believed in you from the start.

Conclusion

So, there are a lot of things out there that can distract you from accomplishing your goals. It is up to you whether you let it stop you or if you’re going to make time for your projects. You can tell a lot about a person from what they invest their time into. Do you want to be known for wasting time and never accomplishing anything you started? Or do you want to be the person that absolutely kills it at everything they start? The choice is yours. Be well my friends.

.Inviere