Lauren Faith // BACKSTAGE:UK

Photography for Musicians – A chat with Backstage:UK’s CK Goldiing

November 13, 2014 // by Ross Barber

Having worked with Lucozade, Q-Magazine and Richer Sounds, we chat with CK Goldiing – founder and photographer of BACKSTAGE:UK, supplying official photography for emerging musicians across the UK. What should a musician be looking for when they’re thinking about hiring a photographer? What are the most important things to consider? Ask yourself, “Would I share a bag of crisps with this photographer?” Let’s assume you’ve done your research and found a photographer who’s style you love, and you’ve emailed them to say “hi”, if possible, I’d arrange a meeting to discuss a potential shoot. Why? Photography is an intimate experience – where you’re working closely with someone you might have only just met, so, In order to capture natural, authentic shots that represent… Read More »

Justyn Brodsky | Artist Reach

Talking Artist Development with Artist Reach’s Justyn Brodsky

October 17, 2014 // by Ross Barber

Regardless of what phase of your musical career you’re in, it’s important to know who you are as an artist. I caught up with Justyn Brodsky, CEO of Artist Reach to find out more about the artist development process, and to find out what tips he has for artists on the subject. Hey Justyn, thanks for taking the time to share your experience and thoughts with us! Let’s begin by talking about when in artist’s career they would need to invest in or start seriously considering artist development? Artist development happens on many levels and goes back as far as when you first picked up your instrument, formed your band, decided you wanted a career in music, or anything that started your journey in music altogether;… Read More »


Building Music Communities: Collaboration vs Competition

August 6, 2014 // by Ross Barber

The subject of music community is something that I’ve always been really interested in, and it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. I’m a firm believer that there is more strength in collaboration than competition. Yet online you can see bands fighting with one another in an attempt to belittle them, and make themselves seem bigger or more successful. In fact, it does the opposite. Unfortunately, this is a problem that I see discussed both on a local, national, and even international level. My question is: why do artists and bands feel that they are in direct competition with one another? A while ago, I posted the following Tweet, which got me thinking more about the subject. Feel free to RT it… Read More »

musician website mistakes

5 Simple Website Mistakes Musicians Make

June 29, 2014 // by Ross Barber

As both a designer and someone who loves music, I visit a lot of musician websites for various reasons. Sometimes it’s to check out what other designers are doing for musicians, and most of the time it’s just because I want to find out more about a band I’ve discovered via Twitter or Spotify. There are a lot of great band websites out there, but for every great one, there are are a few…well, less than great ones. Here are a few of the most common website mistakes I see bands and artists making, and how they can be avoided. 1. Auto play! I think this is probably #1 on almost all lists relating to website mistakes made by musicians yet some artists do still… Read More »

Music Podcasts

Music Marketing and Music Business Podcasts

June 15, 2014 // by Ross Barber

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. I find they make a great soundtrack to working, cooking, cleaning – you name it. There’s always opportunity and time to be learning, and if we can be entertained while doing it, then even better! I wanted to share some of my favourite music industry related podcasts with you in the hope that you’ll find some that you like, and hopefully pick up some great tips along the way.   The Rockstar Branding Podcast The Rockstar Branding Podcast is one of the first music marketing podcasts that I listened to. Headed up by Brian Thompson, Michael Brandvold and Greg Kihn. The podcast’s tagline is “turn your band into a world famous brand”… Read More »

Rigo Acensio

Killed The Fixtion on Growing a Fanbase Online

June 11, 2014 // by Ross Barber

The music scene online is a crowded place. There are so many bands and artists vying for our attention, and along with that there are plenty of music industry experts telling them how to use social media to attract and engage new fans. I wanted to speak with a band who I think are doing things right to find out what impact social media has had (and continues to have) on their career. Killed The Fixtion is a metal band based in Hillside/Newark, New Jersey. I’ve been following KTF online for the past couple of years and have always been impressed by the personal approach the band has taken to communicating with its fans. I spoke with Rigo Asencio about the relationship the band has developed with its audience and what… Read More »

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