So you’re looking into unsigned and indie music, but you’re not sure how to start. Look no further, as we present the beginner’s guide to this practice.

Music is everywhere and a lot of it sounds alike. Most everything on the radio is formulaic which is great for the masses but not terribly interesting. If you’re like most people who search for different sounds and excitement in music, you need look no further than unsigned and indie music. It’s usually unsigned and indie music where you’re able to hear bands who are trying to stand

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Royalties in this digital age can be a big problem for unsigned and indie musicians. Many of the services that stream music have faced criticism over recent years. One of the more popular names mentioned is Spotify which has been said to pay a very little amount to bands, with indie bands often suffering the most given their lack of financial support.

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Finding success in the music industry takes talent, dedication and often luck.  You have to be willing to work hard and make connections with other people.  Sometimes it means you have to be willing to sing or write songs for less money than you would like as you make your way towards success.  As a college student, it may even mean taking online classes, becoming a part-time student or even halting your education to dedicate more time to your music career.  There are a few tips for artists who are unsigned or working in the indie music industry.

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If you enjoy discovering new music that isn’t found on the main roads of pop commercialism, whether that be unsigned and indie or signed but underrated and ignored by major labels you might enjoy Easter Teeth.  This band is one of the most talented indie rock bands in California today consisting of loud creative rock with a strong groove and some vintage Motown funk/soul thrown in for good measure.

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When a musician wants to use a DVD replication service it’s important that they know what it means.  Replicated discs are made by having data put into the surface of the disc, which is usually referred to as burning a disc.  The data is embedded into the disc by burning extremely small holes in the dye layer of a DVD designed for recording.  This is what is used for major commercial musical releases but also for unsigned and indie music releases.

Prior to beginning the replication process a client’s master is closely examined for any signs of data corruption.  A glass master with all the important data from the client’s master is then created.  The replication process starts when a glass master, that is free of flaws, is used to create a stamper.  This stamper is then inserted into an injection molding machine.

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At the recent World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced that it is entering the music streaming space with iTunes Radio.  Though it already has a lucrative business with iTunes, it is a natural move as Apple will be targeting casual listeners who are likely to stream through its mobile devices.  It is also suspected that the service will be implemented in a way as to drive sales on iTunes.

What the announcement also happens to signal, however, is a disruption in the internet radio industry, one that has reignited the debate over artist royalties.  With another prominent tech player in the mix, the subject is even gaining the attention of world-famous music artists.

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With so many music streaming options sprouting up online, unsigned and indie music artists might find themselves bewildered about where and how to gain an online streaming presence.

According to a new article from the LA Times, “lean-back listening,” as Slacker CEO Jim Cady describes it, might be the next hip business model for music streaming.  Many listeners, as Cady explained, are weary of the streaming sites that require constant customization.  In this fast-moving age, many fans don’t have the time to create their own playlists.  They simply want to click Play and go about their business.

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Streaming your music online has one clear advantage that no indie band should ignore: international exposure, especially in Japan.  Yes we said Japan.

Apparently, even the politicians in Washington D.C. want your music to flourish beyond our borders.  The latest U.S. government export is not automobiles, computer chips or food products.  It is indie rock.  According to a recent story that is spreading rapidly across news outlets, U.S. government officials organized trade trips to Asia and Brazil for the executives of twelve independent record labels.  The labels found significant demand for their products, and they immediately made plans to expand their presence in those countries.

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According to a recent report from NME, Billboard has reconfigured its chart system to track internet radio and any form of streaming media — even YouTube.  You read that right.  Even if you release albums in the unsigned and indie music scene, Billboard will be watching how many views your song receives on YouTube.  This, of course, assumes that you are selling CDs in a way that puts your music in Billboard’s tracking database.  Your CD should have a Universal Product Code (UPC), and both the CD and the UPC should be registered with Soundscan.  Once you are on Billboard’s radar, their tracking system will be watching how your music performs online.

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Is the “indie” spirit directly translatable to business? We traditionally think of business as stuffy, rigid, top-down and concerned with continuity over innovation. However, due to technological changes, shifts in attitudes and crowdfunding, some experts are noticing a relatively new kind of entrepreneurship that has been dubbed “indie capitalism.”

Bruce Nussbaum, author of Creative Intelligence, has discussed the phenomenon in this work as well as in Wired and Businessweek. To summarize the notion in a single principle, he states.

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