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Music Apps for Facebook Fan Page (part 1)

These days, there are SO many options for putting your music on a Facebook “fan” page, it is hard to know which one is best. And I’ll tell you that I haven’t figured it out yet. So that means I will probably try all of them, or at least quite a few. Here is a current and partial list of ways to fashion a Facebook music page: Reverbnation, RootMusic, CDBaby, BandCamp, FanBridge/DamnTheRadio, OneSheet, SoundCloud and more…

Why do I want a Facebook page for my music? I would like to make it easy for people to listen to my tracks and buy them.

I have been told that RootMusic is way cool since it gives you a lot of formatting options, especially if you go with a paid plan. The only catch is that you have to put your tracks up on SoundCloud. That would be okay if you could easily buy tracks directly from SoundCloud, but you can’t. Instead, you can link a “buy” button to some other commerce service. Now things are starting to get complicated.

One artist has their “buy” button linked to their BandCamp page. Well, if that’s the case, why not just put the BandCamp page on Facebook? So I decided to try that out for starters while I sort out the rest. And for the first time, I actually have a track for sale on BandCamp. It’s an alternate take of a song called “Waiting” with some forest noises that I produced using a wonderful plug-in called Speakerphone. (Now I’m getting geeky, aren’t I?)

Here is a link (click on the picture) to my Bandcamp Facebook page:

And here is the handy Bandcamp widget:

I can put that just about anywhere, along with its Buy and Share links.

And here is the link to my SoundCloud page (again click on the picture) which also includes the song with a buy button which will take you to the Bandcamp page:

And here is that nice picture of a forest that I got off of stock.xchng. The picture is by Jorge Barco who is a designer in the UK. Click on the picture to get to his site.

Hey, and if you found this information useful in your own endeavors, buy a download of my song. It’s only 50 cents, or name your price if you so choose. Cheers!

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I Still Want You to Know About My New CD

The title of this blog post says it all. My latest CD “Passage” is available from a variety of outlets–links below. Here is a video of the first few minutes of my cover of “Whom Have I But You?” by David Ruis. I have always loved this song and have performed it many times. Early on, I added my own hook to the “B” section which later became the basis for the “Distant Shore” theme on my CD. I also added an instrumental bridge.

I just love the way this recording turned out. What you’re missing from this edit is an additional three minutes of us jamming on the Em, D/F#, G progression that then transitions into the following piece. The jams at the end of a lot these songs is where a lot of  music magic takes place.

Playing on this song are: Scott A. Burnett/acoustic guitar, Brian Thiessen/electric guitar, Darcy White/bass, Calum Rees/drums, Erika Kobewka/violin. I played the Yamaha C7 grand piano up in Vancouver, and then re-recorded the piano for the first part of the song here at Avondale, playing my Fandrich & Sons piano. I did all of the pre-production sequencing using Ableton Live and then brought it into ProTools along with the session tracks for post-production. Erika recorded her violin from her home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tom Hall mixed it.

“Passage” can be found at any of the following links:

  • My Website kellycarpentermusic.com – both physical CD and downloads
  • CDBaby – both physical CD and downloads
  • iTunes – downloads
  • Amazon – both available, although they want a lot for a physical CD
I was browsing around Amazon looking at what they have for my stuff and I found it quite amusing about their various retail partners. I will have to do a blog post about it.

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What’s next?

Wow! I feel like a chapter has ended. I have been working on my new CD for almost a year. And now it’s finished!! I got the delivery a couple of days ago. I’m looking at the boxes. It looks wonderful (the CD’s, not the boxes). It sounds wonderful. I am SO proud. It is available now on my Bandzoogle website here, will be available on CDBaby in a few weeks, and then eventually on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, etc. You can read more about the rollout in my monthly newsletter.

So, what’s next? I am putting a band together and am planning a few release parties in the Seattle area for September. I have to figure out how to market this thing. I won a free 3-month PR campaign through CyberPR. I need all the help I can get. Word of mouth is a wonderful thing.

In addition to hustling my product, I am now working on a CD with my good friend Scott Burnett. This is just the two of us and will be produced solely in my home studio, so it will be done much quicker. More about this in the days and weeks to come…

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Bruce Babad

Last evening I had the great joy of playing for the birthday/graduation birthday party for a very special person, Heather.  She turned 21 and graduated from high school. Her parents invited me to provide music for the event and told me some old friends of theirs would be coming up from California, and oh by the way they are musical and it would be fun if we could do some music together. Well, it turned out to be none other than my old friend Bruce Babad and his wife Jan and sons Miles and Julian. Talk about small world! I have played and recorded with Bruce on multiple projects over the last 20 years.

Bruce is an incredible sax and woodwind player. I am at a loss to come up with the right adjectives for his talent. His playing is so lyrical and fluid. The ultimate in taste. Although we have been on a couple of recording projects over the last 10 years, we haven’t actually been in the studio at the same time, so it has been quite a while since we were together in real time. Ultimate joy! He gave me a copy of his Paul Desmond tribute album, recorded live at the A-Frame in L.A. You must check it out!!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brucebabad


The Babad family and I leading a sing-a-long of “Lean On Me”

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Why DIY Is Facing a Darwin Moment… – from Digital Music News

Reblogging this from Digital Music News. Wow! I haven’t heard of most of these, but I feel under internal pressure (constantly) to check them out whenever I hear about them for the first time. Too crazy!! There are more that aren’t mentioned that I’m looking into: RootMusic (recommended by Ariel and CyberPR), DamnTheRadio (acquired by the folks at FanBridge), and some others that I can’t quite remember. No wonder! Read on…

Why DIY Is Facing a Darwin Moment…

If you’re a musician, you have an interesting issue: too many DIY, direct-to-fan options. The space is just totally overloaded with tools, direct-to-fan platforms, and analytics options… it’s like a supermarket with too many aisles! But can this wildly overcrowded, overlapping marketplace last for long?  Or is the DIY sector headed towards a grim, Darwin moment?

Here are just thirty companies competing in this space.  Some are highly differentiated, most are not.  And, we have a feeling we could easily double this tally.

  

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