The Best Blogs for Musicians and Bands – Resources for Independent Musicians

The music industry is constantly changing, and this can be overwhelming for independent musicians. You know there are things you should be doing, sites you should be on, and things you need to know, but where do you start?

Here is a selection (in no particular order) of some best online resources for musicians and bands looking to boost their career with killer advice, tips, tricks and more. This is a compilation of the blogs that we at CD Baby and HostBaby check on a daily basis.

I highly recommend using Google Reader or a similar RSS reader to subscribe to these blogs so that you can keep up to date with all these awesome resources in a one-stop, easy-to-digest format. If you haven't used Google Reader before, it's super easy to use. You have no excuse!

(I've included the RSS feed for each blog so it's easy for you to subscribe).

 

The DIY Musician Blog

http://diymusician.cdbaby.com

RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/DIYMusicianBlog

The DIY Musician Blog publishes daily articles and tutorials for independent musicians. Topics include artist and industry interviews, music business news and insider tips and tricks for getting ahead of the game.

Music Think Tank

http://www.musicthinktank.com/

RSS: http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/rss.xml

Music Think Tank hosts a large community of experienced bloggers and writers from around the world. You'll find many interesting and helpful discussions on music technology, the music business and much more.

Hypebot

http://www.hypebot.com

RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/typepad/DqMf

Hypebot is a prolific blog that posts many times a day, covering music industry news with an editorial slant. You'll find many articles covering the corporate side in the music industry: from Apple and Amazon to ASCAP and Warner Music.

Echoes

http://blog.discmakers.com/

RSS http://feeds2.feedburner.com/discmakersblog

Lots of great info for musicians who are in the song writing, recording, mixing or mastering stages of music production. 

Digital Music News

http://digitalmusicnews.com

http://feeds.feedburner.com/digitalmusicnews

Not the prettiest blog on the planet but still one of the most trusted music business resources online. Digital Music News reports on the latest headlines in the world of digital music.

Musformation

http://musformation.com

RSS  http://feeds2.feedburner.com/musformation/EquX

Musinformation is an awesome resource if you like your music news in video format. Browse through hundreds of articles, videos,  interviews and more.

The DIY Musician Podcast

http://cdbabypodcast.com

RSS http://feeds2.feedburner.com/cdbabydiymusicpodcast

If you'd rather listen to your musician news on your iPod, smart phone or computer, the DIY Musician Podcast is an awesome resource you're going to love. It's a mix of roundtable discussions and musician and industry interviews.

Mic Control

http://miccontrol.com/

RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/miccontrol-blog

A blog that both helps musicians and introduces music fans to new music. A great all-around music resource.

Musician Wages

http://www.musicianwages.com/

RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MusicianWages

This blog is awesome resource for those working or looking to work as a musician. It takes a very real hard-knock approach to what it takes and how you get there.

The Tight Mix Blog

http://tightmixblog.com

RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/tightmixblog

Tight Mix Blog writes for both the musician and the music fan. Articles feature digital music marketing tips, promotion strategies, industry news and music reviews.

We All Make Music

http://weallmakemusic.com

RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/weallmakemusic

New Rockstar Philosophy

http://www.newrockstarphilosophy.com

RSS http://www.newrockstarphilosophy.com/feed/

Great insights into the rapidly changing industry from the musicians perspective.

Passive Promotion

http://passivepromotion.com/

RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/passivepromotion

Passive Promotion promotes "'set it and forget it' methods of music promotion, along with a few tips on mixing, brought to you by a mastering engineer and recording artist."

Ariel Publicity

http://arielpublicity.com/category/blog/

RSS: http://arielpublicity.com/category/blog/feed/

A n excellent resource with practical solutions and “how-to” posts to help you advance your music career.

Music Industry Report

http://musicindustryreport.org/

RSS: http://s51641.gridserver.com/?feed=rss2

The name says it all: reports on current events in the music industry.

Independent Rockstar

http://independentrockstar.com/

RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/independentrocksta

From their site: "We are a team of musicians, experts and industry pros who aim to help musicians grow and evolve. We’re here to teach, learn, experiment with some ideas and have some fun. Participation is strongly encouraged!"

Digital Audio Insider

http://digitalaudioinsider.blogspot.com

RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/DigitalAudioInsider

Seth Godin

Renowned author and marketing philosopher, Seth offers inspiration and thought exercises not just for musicians but for all businesses looking to "think outside the box."

http://sethgodin.typepad.com

RSS http://feeds.feedburner.com/DigitalAudioInsider

 

What are your favorite blogs and resources for music business news and tips? Leave them in the comments below.

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