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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 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 waitlist for the Being in a Band Membership (monicastrut.ck.page/membership2)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 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 waitlist for the Being in a Band Membership (monicastrut.ck.page/membership2)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.
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 waitlist for the Being in a Band Membership (monicastrut.ck.page/membership2)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.
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 waitlist for 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 waitlist for 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 waitlist for 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 waitlist for 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 waitlist for 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 waitlist for 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 waitlist for 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 chatting to local band manager Jaz Yates! Jaz manages several local bands, runs her own business and also works a part-time day job! In this episode, we talk about what she's looking for when bringing bands onto her roster, how to get on someone's radar and how she juggles her busy weeks whilst still making time for her own mental health and mindset.Full show notes at monicastrut.com!Join the waitlist for 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.
Mental health is a very important topic within the music industry right now. I’m glad more and more people are talking about it. Attitudes are certainly different nowadays than they were a few years ago.The latest podcast episode is a personal one for me. I also share some tips I recommend for musicians to take care of their own wellbeing and mindset.They are: 1) Morning Pages, 2) Gratitude, 3) Exercise, 4) Forgiveness, 5) Celebration list! Full show notes at monicastrut.com.Let me know if you find it helpful by DM-ing me on my socials!If you want to work with me in a life-coaching capacity, struggling to manage your day job, the band and being creative or feeling less motivated these days when it comes to music, hit me up. Follow my socials - @monicastrut for more music industry tips!Join the waitlist for 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.
I cannot hide my excitement to bring you this interview with one of my favourite bands and favourite examples to use when talking about branding & release strategy! In this episode, I'm chatting to Courtney LaPlante and Mike Stringer from metal band, Spiritbox.  Of course, we talk all about their branding and release strategy (and how they achieved epic results on a budget), but we also touch on songwriting, working with a producer and more!  Follow Spiritbox on Facebook - facebook.com/SpiritboxofficialFull show notes at monicastrut.com!Join the waitlist for 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.
In this episode, I talk about the dangers of signing to the first label that approaches you.  Both my current and previous bands have been approached by labels, some more legitimate than others.  Although so far we have not moved ahead with a relationship with any label, for a moment in some instances, it was very tempting!If you like this episode please subscribe!Join the waitlist for 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 to do and not do when pitching for press coverage of your band with Greg Kennelty of Metal Injection! We talk about how to pitch, the information you need to include, when and how to follow up, how to forge relationships within the music industry and more!  Full show notes at monicastrut.com.Don't forget to subscribe!Join the waitlist for 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 rant about professionalism and being self-reliant in the music industry. Don't forget to subscribe lol!Join the waitlist for 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 happens when all your dreams come true?  Lindsay and I talk about manifestation and the fact that every single item on her vision board has happened. We also talk about the power of the stage name and get an update on her solo album release which she did on her own label.This episode was recorded end of last year, 3 weeks after her debut solo record, Martyr, dropped.Don't forget to subscribe and share this pod with your bandmates!Join the waitlist for 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.
Planning the year ahead as a band is so important. Not only does it give you milestones to look forward to, but ensures everyone is on the same page and held accountable so your band moves forward at the rate you want it to!In this episode, I break down the easiest method for planning your band's year ahead to make sure you are working effectively towards the goals you want to achieve!Project management tool I'm using: app.asana.comJoin the waitlist for 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.Please subscribe yo! 
Does your band want a manager? Then this episode is for you! Today, I speak with Rob Blasko. Not only is he a successful bassist playing with none other than Ozzy Osbourne, Danzig, Rob Zombie and more, but also a successful band manager of the likes of Zakk Wylde and Black Veil Brides to name a few!We chat about what he's looking for when bringing on new artists, how bands know when they need a manager, what to do when you have more than one manager interested in you and what to expect when you get one!Banderator - banderator.comShow Notes - bit.ly/BeinginaBand19Don't forget to subscribe! xJoin the waitlist for 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.
So, your band has just scored your first big support slot! Here are 10 ways you can capitalise on the opportunity, so you can ensure you get plenty more!Don't forget to subscribe to the pod so you don't miss an upload!Join the waitlist for 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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