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Being In A Band

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Being in a Band is a podcast for savvy musicians who want to learn more about music business, marketing, strategy, mindset and all things, well, being in a band. Hosted by digital marketer, music journo and musician, Monica Strut, this show is designed to be a resource for bands to up-skill, empower themselves and take their music careers to the next level.
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Today I chat with Tony 'Jack the Bear' Mantz who is not only an esteemed mastering engineer based in Melbourne, Australia but also a master of life. He has been a mentor to musicians and up and coming producers for a number of years through his workshops, podcast, 'Mastering Music Mastering Life,' and social media and what this episode brings is a genuine chat about how to make it in music, cultivate relationships in the industry and most importantly, look after the most important relationship you'll have - the one with yourself.Connect with Tony via http://www.jackthebear.com.auFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram – @monicastrutCheck out my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/Musicians
Happy 1 year to the Being in a Band Podcast! Today we're counting down the 10 most listened to episodes the last 12 months!  Join me as I reflect on key takeaways and memories surrounding these recordings and guests and as I also take the opportunities to thank YOU for your listenership and support this past year.  I had guessed some of these episodes would be in the top 10, but others were a pleasant surprise!Links & Resources:Rock it Write (Jessie’s Band Bio Writing Service)Get the Spotify Playlist CheatsheetAndy Dowling of Lord’s Podcasts: Andy Social Podcast / Self Starter PodcastCheck out my free Facebook Group For more tips, come connect with me on Instagram – @monicastrut
In today's episode, I go through something that I teach in my online courses and membership which is the six steps to releasing new music! Many smaller bands are missing one or more of these steps and whilst step number six is optional in my opinion, it will give you added traction on your release! I hope this clarifies things for you and helps you plan your next single, EP or album!Don't forget to subscribe!PR Made Simple (use code ‘SHRED’ for 20% off)For more tips, come connect with me on Instagram – @monicastrutCheck out my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Have you ever reached out to the media to get featured and never hear back? As someone who has worked in media for 7 years, usually this is because a) You're not reaching out at the right time b) There is no real goal in mind as to why you're reaching out OR c) You've left off important information from your press release i.e. the email that you send with your pitch. I've done a few episodes on pitching so make sure you check out episodes 10 and 13 which are interviews with my friend Curtis who is a rock/metal publicist! Also episode 25 with Greg from Metal Injection! But I really wanted to break things down super simply and tell you EXACTLY what is involved in putting together a press release as well as flatten a few of the most common mistakes I see bands making when reaching out for media traction!Full show notes: bit.ly/BeinginaBand46PR Made Simple (use code ‘SHRED’ for 20% off)Check out the Daily Music Business Podcast here. For more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutCheck out my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
How do you define success? How do you know if a release (single/EP/album) has been 'successful?' This can be a really hard thing to assess as a small independent band which is exactly why I recorded this episode! Today we are talking about the four ways you can tell if your release has been a success!PR Made Simple (use code ‘SHRED’ for 20% off)For more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutCheck out my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Today I spoke with Katie Zaccardi who is a wellness & career coach for musicians. She’s also a musician herself, the host of The Out to Be Podcast which is focused around mental health & self-care in the music industry AND, qualified yoga instructor!Katie started her coaching business after her own struggles with anxiety disorder, which you read about here.In this episode we talk about how to avoid burnout, what to do if you find yourself comparing your band to other bands who are maybe further along than you, and our thoughts on the old stigma that musicians don’t make money.Follow Katie on IG: @katiezaccardiJoin the Being in a Band Membership!For more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutCheck out my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Today I'm letting you in on my top 10 secret weapon apps that I am always using and recommending to my clients and musician friends! Most of these I've been using for YEARS and they're still amazing, plus, all but one of them are completely FREE! For the full list of apps and links just head to monicastrut.com...not sponsored, mainly as I have an Aussie accent and didn't spell them all for you lol!Join the Being in a Band Membership!For more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutCheck out my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
This episode was prompted by my Facebook memories reminding me I finally visited LA as an adult two years ago!  When I was in high school myself and the girls I was in a band with put all our spare cash into a kitty to eventually move to LA after graduation. We weren't a very good band but we were so determined to succeed that we would have done anything - even live in our cars in the Sunset Strip!The memory of that determination is something I've often called upon when I've felt alone or like the whole 'music thing' is not for me.  I hope you enjoy this little insight into an important part of my journey and the power of community, especially if like me, you've often felt like an outsider.Join the Being in a Band Membership a membership for business-savvy musicians to gain knowledge on how to get their band to the next level and support each other in the process. We're better together.For more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Hey fam! Today's episode talks about productive things your band can do during isolation. There's a big focus around social media of course as I talk about ways to audit your socials (because you could be missing out on opportunities without even knowing it) and scheduling content. I also talk about online learning which is something I've been doing myself recently taking new courses, listening to heaps of podcasts, etc. Enjoy!Join the Being in a Band Membership!For more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Today I’m speaking to Coach Steven Cannatelli who is a band coach who helps bands up their performance skills for live shows and music videos.In this interview, Coach Cannatelli shares how he fell onto this super unique career path and he also gives a ton of advice and shares exercises you can do to give your band’s performance an edge!Connect with Coach on Instagram - @coachcannatelli_fadwww.futureartistdevelopment.comJoin the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
 Today, I get a chance to pick the brain of music journalist, owner of Ghost Cult Magazine and marketing and sales expert, Keith "Keefy" Chachkes. This interview is broken up into two parts. In part 2 we talk all about Facebook ads!Follow Keefy on Twitter: @GhostCultKeefyFollow Ghost Cult Mag: @GhostCultMagJoin the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Today, I get a chance to pick the brain of music journalist, owner of Ghost Cult Magazine and marketing and sales expert, Keith "Keefy" Chachkes. This interview is broken up into two parts. In part 1 we talk about the incredible career he's had as well as being brave enough as artists to ask people to support you!Follow Keefy on Twitter: @GhostCultKeefyFollow Ghost Cult Mag: @GhostCultMagJoin the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Many of us are working from home right now, self-isolating or have maybe even been unfortunately made redundant. Keeping a solid morning routine is essential in not only for productivity but mental health, as well as keeping some normalcy and structure in our days when everything else seems up in the air right now.  Here's what I do each morning to set up my days for success.Join the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
This one was inspired by Angie Lee who published an episode on her podcast stating 10 things she'd do if she had to start her business from scratch! I found it super interesting and helpful so decided to do my own version! What would you do differently if you had to start over again? Tweet me @monicastrut!Join the Being in a Band MembershipGet my PR Course here and use the code ‘SHRED’ to get 20% offFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
BOMBSHELL! The days where you can earn a full-time living from music alone, are LONG GONE. If you want to learn how to have the freedom and finances to work on your music career, you need to listen to this episode. Join the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Recently my band celebrated the 1 year anniversary of our most successful single to date (streaming-wise). So I thought I’d use the opportunity to talk about some of the marketing and branding strategies we used to promote the track that you can EASILY do too!This podcast was based on the blog post, Marketing Tips from 'Fear' - 1 Year On.Join the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
What does it take to be a full-time musician? Well, I decided to bring on former client, Digby Robinson, for the answer. In this episode, we touch upon everything from marketing and music business to gear and touring!  Digby tours in his cover-band Furnace and the Fundamentals but also has an original band, Big Red Fire Truck who are often packing out shows in their hometown. Join the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
This one was inspired by one of my listeners who has felt like they've been previously scammed by a 'PR company' who took their money but they didn't really see many results.  I am asked often how to find a good PR company and honestly, I think recommendations are the best way to find a PR company. But if you don't know anyone who's done PR before or had success with PR previously, here are some tips!Check out PR Made Simple here (Use code, 'SHRED' at checkout for 20% off)Don't forget to subscribe!Join the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Today I’m speaking with someone who has actually played a pivotal role in my own musical journey. David Owen Blackley is a filmmaker, music video director and founder of Her Name is Murder Productions. He's worked with bands such as Sepultura, The Cranberries, Norma Jean, Sworn In, Snot, Unearth, Story Of The Year, Thy Art Is Murder..not to mention my current and previous bands!During this interview, we go deep into what it means to be an artist and the beautiful synergy between sound and visuals. We also talk practically about how to even start planning for a video clip, the role of a director, and how to find your own visual style when you may not have ever done a video or many videos before.Full show notes at monicastrut.comJoin the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
Ooofftt! We haven't done an 'Ask me anything' episode since episode 3! Today I answer two questions from my community. 1) What's the deal with third-party video clip hosting channels on YouTube (like Dreambounce, Blank TV, etc.)? Do they actually get you more exposure or does the music industry see right through the numbers? 2) My opinion on bands feeling like they are competing with one another!Join the Being in a Band MembershipFor more tips, come connect with me on Instagram - @monicastrutJoin my free Facebook Group Music Marketing & Mindset for Heavy Bands/MusiciansIf your band wants to work with me directly, hit me up at contact@monicastrut.com! Or check out my consulting packages here.
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