Monthly Archives: April 2010

Musicians Should Blog

Blogging has become one the best ways for a person or brand to share their content and interests with the world. From corporate conglomerates, to local businesses, right down to musicians, blogs have been a great form of success for building a personal relationship with your fans/customers. Music Without Labels believes that it is extremely beneficial for musicians to blog about their music. Continue reading

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Myspace: Don’t Waste Your Time!

MusicWithoutLabels believes that any social networking platform, if used properly and maintained proficiently, can be used to effectively promote a brand, a band, a business, etc. Studies have shown social media platforms can increase brand recognition, promote constructive criticism, and create exposure. These platforms also allow the user to create an intimate, more personal connection with fans and new listeners. Facebook, at the moment, is creating the most buzz and will hold that crown for the immediate future. As with all technology, fads come, Twitter, and they go, Myspace.

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Google Exposes Government Data Requests

Yesterday, Google announced the launch of an app entitled, the Government Requests tool. It represents a global map with blow-up text boxes over each country providing the given country’s data and removal requests. All recorded data on the app dates from July 1 to December 31, 2009. There is also a list of the sites in which data had been removed, along with the amount of data. Some requests made have been from government agencies or often court ordered.

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Linkedin A New Class???

Linkedin has been an increasingly successful business network of over 65 million users, connecting them to exchange information, ideas, and potential business opportunities. This network allows users to connect with other professionals within three degrees of separation (a friends, friends, friend). This gives those who don’t know you the ability to see some of your posts, activity, or ask you questions.

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ReverbNation: The Ultimate Facebook App for Musicians

As a musician, Music Without Labels & Beat-Play recommend you utilize ReverbNation’s innovative “My Band” application for Facebook. Step up your promotional strategy and take your Fan Page to the next level, giving you and your fans more reasons to visit other than social feedback.

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Often Not Found Playlist #11

Another mash-up this week…Electronic, Indian Drums, even Blues/Soul, with a little extra Hard Rock twist. Awesome indie artists from all over the world. Click to Listen! Enjoy!

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Happy Record Store Day!

Today’s Record Store Day in the US. More than 700 independently owned record stores from all over the country are coming together to support the music, and they’re offering hundreds of awesome deals and prizes. If you get a chance, shoot over to your local record store today and catch some good deals on anything from vinyl to CDs, to posters.

Record Stores might not be around much longer. In fact, you may have seen your favorite one close already. Go out and support your local Record Shop and cash in on some deals as well!

More info – Search for Participating Stores in your Area

Happy Record Store Day!

Written by: Dante Cullari Founder & President Beat-Play, LLC

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Indie Artist Promotion Priority # 1: Reduce Clicks


It’s simple common sense..the more clicks it takes to get to your music, the harder it will be for people to hear it, and without people hearing it, there’s absolutely no chance at making a sale.

The biggest problem here really lies in the way that the internet is structured. The web is a very visual thing in it’s nature. Photos or Artwork can be posted up almost anywhere, and once seen, the damage has been done. With music this is not the case. People mostly have to rely on links to attract people to their music. There’s nothing to distinguish 1 link from any other link. There’s not even a special kind of link for music. It sounds weird, but the web is just not set up to handle music yet.

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The Top 12 Reasons Not to Sign to a Label

1. Loss of Rights – If you’re a new act, almost 95% of the time, if you want that big label contract, you have to sign over your publishing rights. This is a HUGE problem. Basically, anything you write, which by just the pen touching the paper, or finger touching the key, is automatically copyrighted, you are giving directly to the Label so they can go make more money off of it than you do. Now some people may make the argument that without the label you couldn’t make any money at all, but with the internet getting more and more sophisticated, this will get less and less true, which is already the case for some. ie: Lisa Lavie

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Music Production 101: How to Listen to Music


First of all, if you want to be a good musician, you have to be able to think like a good producer.

A producer sets the vision for the song, almost like the director of a movie. They are literally trying to produce the best possible sound they can, and they do that using several different skills.

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