The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians

The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians

By Craig Kelley
Weekly 5 minute program with Craig from GigFaster.com.

Some things you will learn:
+ How to outshine other bands, musicians and artists
+ How to rise to the top of your music genre
+ How to get big gigs and attention
+ How to create the best musician/artist/band that you can be
+ Where and how to submit to record labels
+ How to correct the big mistakes you're making when submitting to record labels, press and venues.

Ultimately, it's about making you the best "you" you can be so that you can succeed in music and life.

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[49] Simple Email Subject Line For Booking Gigs
Today we’re going to dig into a simple email subject line for booking gigs. Sending emails to venues to book gigs was the clear winner last year and it is the preferred means of being contacted by almost all booking agents. Often times the subject line is the last thing artists think about when contacting clubs or music blogs. It’s just a required field on the form. But when you’re contacting venues to book gigs, the subject of the email is critical. It needs to get the booking agents attention. Otherwise your message will be overlooked, instantly deleted or could possibly be sent to the SPAM folder. https://blog.gigfaster.com/simple-email-subject-line-for-booking-gigs/ ############################## GigFaster University - https://www.gigfasteruniversity.com The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
08:21
January 16, 2020
[48] Book Gigs Using Follow Up Emails
In the last podcast I shared what we learned in 2019. It was more of a confirmation that email is the way to book gigs. Today we’re going to dig into the key ingredient to making email work for booking gigs. It’s important that you approach sending emails the right way when contacting venues for gigs. We’re not going to talk about the proper “content” for your subject line today. Instead we’re going to focus on the strategy of the follow up email for booking gigs. Article:  https://blog.gigfaster.com/book-gigs-using-follow-up-emails/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
07:06
January 9, 2020
[47] How To Book Gigs In 2020
Hindsight is 2020. If you are like me, you learned a lot in 2019. Let’s look at 2 clear lessons learned. Article:  https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-book-gigs-in-2020/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
08:27
January 2, 2020
[46] 5 Things You Need To Do Before The New Year
The new year is quickly approaching. Now is the time to get your act in gear. It’s time to get your musical goals and products in line so you can kill it in January and beyond. A new year always offers hope, a new page, a new opportunity for success and change. The truth is, you don’t have to wait for a change in the year to start. The people who have abs on the beach didn’t get them with New Year’s resolutions. They got them by working hard all winter long. The same applies to music. Article:  https://blog.gigfaster.com/5-things-you-need-to-do-before-the-new-year/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
09:49
December 24, 2019
[45] The Secret To Getting Anything You Want
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get anything you wanted? Anything your heart desires at the snap of your fingers. Yes, that would be a dream come true for most. We all know that that dream is just that… a dream. Or is it? Have you ever known someone that just seemed to get anything they wanted? Article:  https://blog.gigfaster.com/the-secret-to-getting-anything-you-want/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
10:12
December 17, 2019
[44] Music CRMs – What You Need To Know
Today we’re going to look at Music CRMs. What they are, why you’re falling behind if you’re not using one and why you need one. A Music CRM doesn’t need to be an expensive monthly bill or complicated. Article:  https://blog.gigfaster.com/music-crms-what-you-need-to-know/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
10:55
December 10, 2019
[43] How To Be Your Own Music Publicist
Learning how to be your own music publicist is not hard. In fact, by the time you hire a music publicist you should be well aware what they do and what to expect from them. Before you learn how to be a music publicist yourself, first you need to understand exactly what is involved. Article:  https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-be-your-own-music-publicist/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
14:15
December 3, 2019
[42] What To Say To Venues To Book Gigs
So many bands and artists have no idea what to say to venues to book gigs. They might be diligent about contacting the venues but they use the wrong words and never book gigs. Often times, bands will write a book when they really only need to say 2 sentences. The more you write in an email to the venue the greater your chance of not getting a response or even read. Venue booking agents are swamped and receive a lot of email requests. When you send an email using our simple formula your email will be a breath of fresh air and you may even get a response. Article:  https://blog.gigfaster.com/what-to-say-to-venues-to-book-gigs/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
09:30
November 28, 2019
[41] 3 Things To Do Before Every Gig
Today you will learn 3 things to do before every gig. While they may not be rocket science they are forgotten and ignored more often than not. So many times we get so excited about our show all we do is practice and prepare for it. That’s good but you can’t forget that the point of your show, to play for an audience. Additionally, your audience is your customer base. They’ll be the ones bringing the cash to buy drinks and anything else you got. These 3 things will make your gig much more enjoyable and profitable. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/3-things-to-do-before-every-gig/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
07:52
November 25, 2019
[40] How To Find Gigs As An Opening Act
Learning how to find gigs as an opening act is the start of booking headlining shows. Often times an opening slot will give you the exposure to booking a paid gig. Finding opening acts shows is really not that hard. They usually aren’t advertised but occasionally they might be. The best way to go about getting opening act gigs is simply by asking. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-find-gigs-as-an-opening-act/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
05:55
November 21, 2019
[39] Best Way to Contact Venues For Gigs
The best way to contact venues for gigs has changed over the years. In the past, you had a couple of choices. You could call or just show up at the club and try to connect with the booking agent. I did both, a LOT! The first time you called always ended up being the “get good info” call. You’d almost never get the person who books gigs and it was almost always at the wrong time. So, you’d leave a message, get the name of the person who books the gigs and the best time to call them back. Then you’d call back again and again… and again. It was a nightmare. Believe me. I lived it and booked hundreds of gigs doing it. If you think booking agents don’t work their tails off trying to book you gigs then you need to do it yourself for a while. Luckily almost all venues prefer that you contact them through email now. It takes about the same amount of time as a quick phone call and you have to follow the same procedure. Instead of a cold call, you’re sending a cold email to someone that doesn’t know you or particularly care to receive an email from you. Follow these 3 tips to contact venues for gigs. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/best-way-to-contact-venues-for-gigs/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
08:23
November 18, 2019
[38] Best Way To Land Your First Gig
The best way to land your first gig is not hard. There are 5 easy steps you can take. It’s actually easy. You just have to be persistent and never give up. If you want to book your first gig then follow these simple steps below. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/best-way-to-land-your-first-gig/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
08:43
November 14, 2019
[37] How to Increase Your Gig Pay by 100%
Everybody wants paid but how can you increase what you get paid to play at your booked gigs? There are some simple things that you can do now that will likely increase what you’re paid. First off, we have to be real. Most people think they deserve to be paid waaaay more than they’re worth. We see Taylor Swift made a whopping $90 MILLION on her 2018 tour and think, well, we need to get paid too! The problem is, we’re not at the top of the heap. We’re hustling and grinding it out but we’re not the 1%. So, let’s look at some practical ways to increase your gig pay. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-increase-your-gig-pay-by-100/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
09:22
November 11, 2019
[36] The Best Email Sequence For Booking Gigs
If you want the best email sequence for booking gigs then you came to the right place. I’ve booking big gigs using email and know it works. Some people may argue that email is not the route to go to book gigs but they’re wrong. The problem is they do it all wrong. If you’re going to book gigs using emails then you need to make sure you do it right. If you haphazardly send emails to booking agents and just hope it will work then you may be doing more harm than good. There are certain rules that if you don’t follow you’ll lose all chances of getting booked at the venue. The bottom line is you need to be booking gigs using email but you have to approach it with the right strategy. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/the-best-email-sequence-for-booking-gigs/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
13:04
November 7, 2019
[35] Why You’ll Never Book Gigs
When is the last time you tried to book gigs? How often do you try per week? Do you follow up? Are you pushy? Are you even worthy of a gig? Many musicians wonder why they never book gigs but the truth is it’s fairly obvious, at least to the person that needs bands for their club. Venues, clubs, theaters, coffee shops, yadda, yadda, yadda, need new acts. They are constantly on the lookout for fresh new talent and established bands that can fill their need. The opportunity is there but you may be going about getting the gig all wrong. Let’s look at 3 things that keep most bands from getting gigs and how to fix it. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/why-youll-never-book-gigs/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
10:43
November 4, 2019
[34] Best Ways To Make Money In Music
The best way to make money in music is different for each person. It depends on what you like and what you enjoy doing. You want to make money in music for the long haul so it needs to be something you love doing. Making money is one thing but if you don’t like what you’re doing to make it then it won’t last. That’s a recipe for disaster and one thing will happen, you’ll quit. You need to consider what you really love doing. Let’s look at a few ways you can start making money in music. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/best-ways-to-make-money-in-music/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
12:37
October 31, 2019
[33] How To Make Band Practice Awesome
Today we’re going to look into how to make band practice awesome. Sounds like a challenge. Band practices are the necessary evil we endure to get to the live show. Live performances reveal how much or how little a band practiced. You almost always need to practice more than you think. You may get your set right 100% of the time at practice but inevitably during a live gig something will happen. If you’re practiced enough your muscles and the words will come naturally without much thought. Distractions will happen so you need to be prepared. Let’s look at 5 ways to make your band practice awesome so that you can have your best show ever. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-make-band-practice-awesome/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
09:58
October 28, 2019
[32] How To Book Gigs Today
Let’s look into how to book gigs today. If you’re a musician then chances are you will perform at some point. I hope so! If not you’ll be missing out on the awesome feeling of sharing your talent with others. Performing live is such a rush. Especially when you play well and the crowd is engaged. Great performances don’t just happen. It takes time and a lot of practice to master performance. The more practiced you are the more you can enjoy performing. Imagine giving a speech. Someone hands you the words on a paper and you have to read them for the first time. Not fun. You’ll be so focused on reading the words that you won’t be able to enjoy any bit of it. Now imagine giving the same speech 100 times. You walk up to the mic and you don’t need notes. You’re not nervous. You know exactly what to say and how to express yourself so that the message is received perfectly. Relating it to music – No wrong notes, no missed chords and no fumbled lyrics. That’s when you experience the true joy of performing. It takes practice and many booked gigs to get there. You need gigs. Small and big ones. Free and paid ones. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-book-gigs-today/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
15:06
October 24, 2019
[31] Do This To Fix Your Music Bio
If you think you don’t need to fix your music bio then you’re wrong. The music biography better known as an EPK or electronic press kit is your resume for booking gigs, promoting your music and getting recognition. With the thousands of artists that use GigFaster I see a LOT of artist bios. Some are good but most are terrible. Take no offense. We’ll chalk it up as just not knowing what venues, music bloggers and record labels are really looking for. Although you should adjust your bio depending on who will be reading it, there are key ingredients that will fix your music bio across the board. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/do-this-to-fix-your-music-bio/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
08:15
October 21, 2019
[30] How To Promote Your Music On Instagram
Today we’re going to look into how to promote your music on Instagram. People love instagram so if you ignore it you are missing out on a lot of potential fans. First things first, if you want to promote your music on Instagram you need to grab an Instagram account. Your name or handle should be something that everyone will remember. It doesn’t have to be exact but your fans will be searching so make it easy for them. Instagram was bought by Facebook just a few years ago for 1 Billion dollars. I include that so that you know the value of promoting your music on Instagram. It’s worth so much because, like Facebook, people spend hours on it. In other words, you need to be promoting your music to Instagram. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-promote-your-music-on-instagram-3-ways/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
09:01
October 17, 2019
[29] How To Get Signed To A Record Label
If you want to get signed to a record label you have to be willing to work hard. Major and independent record labels are businesses. They need to make money. They want to buy smaller businesses. Like it or not, you and your band is a small business. If you’re not making money then record labels are less likely to sign you. To get signed to a record label you have to act like you already are. Record labels want to see that you already know the ropes. They want to see that you have experience touring, performing, producing records (CDs, tracks, albums) and that you’re in it for the long haul. Making it in music and getting signed to a label deal is an investment. Both from you and the record label. You will have to sacrifice time, money and a normal social life. Forget about hanging with friends every weekend. You have work to do. To get signed requires full dedication and commitment. Most do not have these qualities. Most people quit after very little effort. If you don’t quit you will soar past your competition. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-get-signed-to-a-record-label-5-steps/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
15:53
October 14, 2019
[28] How To Market Your Music
Market your music for free with these simple tips. There are tons of ways to spread the word about your music at no cost. The question is, how bad do you want it. How bad do you want to succeed in music? Here are 4 ways to market your music. You should be thinking of new ways to promote your music every day. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-market-your-music/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
11:28
October 10, 2019
[27] Do This In The First 30 Seconds of Your Song
Writing a song is an art so there are no rules or are there? If you want to write a great song there are definitely things you can do to make your song stick out and be better overall. Attention spans are at an all-time low. The average attention span is just 8 seconds according to a study by Microsoft. It’d decreased by 4 seconds in the last 20 years. Doesn’t sound like much but it matters. Eight seconds is a lot shorter than 30 seconds so to build a song that keeps the listener’s attention is a high task. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/do-this-in-the-first-30-seconds-of-your-song/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
11:56
October 7, 2019
[26] How To Promote Your Music
How do you promote your band? Do you rely on everyone else? Or, do you do it all yourself? If you’re not promoting your band then you need to start. Today we’re going to dive into why you should promote your band yourself. You have a few things to consider when you promote your band. The first is if you’re going to invest or pay someone else to do it. Paying someone to promote your band will save you time but it will also cost you. Not only will paying someone cost you money but there are several other things that you may miss out on. When you promote your band yourself you will invest your time but save money and you’ll learn a lot. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-promote-your-band/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
12:13
October 3, 2019
[25] Is It Time To Quit Doing Music
Is it time to quit doing music? Have you asked yourself this question? I know I have. It may be time to face the music – no pun intended. Music is a magical thing. You play and create music and it makes you feel good. It feels good to perform your songs for others and there is no other rush like rocking out for a crowd of fans. But there is the other side of it. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/is-it-time-to-quit-doing-music/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
19:19
September 30, 2019
[24] How To Write Great Song Lyrics
Writing great song lyrics is an art that takes time to master. Many songwriters make the same song writing mistakes over and over again. So, let’s dive into 5 tips for writing great song lyrics. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-write-great-song-lyrics/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
12:52
September 26, 2019
[23] How to Make Money With Your Music On YouTube
If you want to monetize your music on YouTube then good! There are a few things you can do to start making money with your music on YouTube. Let me start by saying that I have personal experience making money on YouTube both with content creation and with the use of my music in videos. The income is totally passive. You create it once and you’re done. You don’t have to do anything else. Of course, making more content will always help your cause! Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-monetize-your-music-on-youtube/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
14:46
September 23, 2019
[22] Should a Band From an LLC (limited liability corp)
Should you or your band form an LLC (limited liability corporation)? Good question. First off, disclaimer, I am not an attorney and this information is for entertainment purposes only. Use it as you will but I’m not advising anything. For legal counsel find a good music attorney. So, knowing I’m not a lawyer, I wanted to share some information that may help you determine if you need to form an LLC or not. First off, if you’re just getting started then it’s probably not necessary. You can spare the expense and use your money for more important things. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/should-a-band-from-an-llc-limited-liability-corp/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
11:38
September 19, 2019
[21] How Music Publishing Companies Work
Learning how music publishing companies work is absolutely essential if you want to make money in music. Failing to learn about music publishing could cost you a career’s worth of royalties. Music publishing companies handle a lot of the jobs that you as an indie artist should be doing yourself right now. Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-music-publishing-companies-work/1 ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
15:24
September 16, 2019
[20] 5 Keys of a Successful Music Producer
The term Music Producer is becoming somewhat of a buzz word today. Today we will dive into what a music producer is and why you need, at least in part, to be one yourself. Music producers seem to be everywhere. Last night I just wanted an episode of Songland. Four hopeful songwriters came into the studio and presented their songs. Only 3 of the writers were selected to work with music producers. After just a short writing session with each producer each song took on an entirely different tone. Some were like night and day. Each song went from a good base to becoming a potential hit. Lyrics were rewritten to be more consistent. To more clearly tell the true story of the song. The music was fixed dynamically so that it fit the message of the song. For the most part, the music was scaled down quite a bit. Simplified. Think Apple and the iPhone. Used to be one button but now, even the button is gone. Precise and to the point. Just like the new versions of the songs. The message was clear and the music matched. Not only did it match but interest and quality never was sacrificed. On the contrary, it was enhanced. Sometimes it’s just easier with a list of things to consider when writing your songs. Here’s a list of things you should take on not only as a songwriter but also as a music producer. Accompanying Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/why-you-need-to-be-to-be-a-music-producer/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
11:19
September 12, 2019
[19] How To Create A Killer Electronic Press Kit (EPK)
If you have a band you need an electronic press kit also known as an EPK. An EPK is a summary of your band. You can think of it as your band’s resume. When an employer gets a resume the will judge the book by the cover. It’s the same way when venues, record labels and music blogs look at your EPK. Your electronic press kit (EPK) needs to stick out. It needs to be short and sweet. It needs to highlight the very best you have to offer. No fluff. Accompanying Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-create-a-killer-electronic-press-kit-epk/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
10:34
September 9, 2019
[18] Top 10 Tips For Pro Songwriting
Songwriting is an art and it takes time to develop. But that doesn’t mean that your first song can’t be hit. You just never know. There are several things you can do to improve your songs. While all songs and musical tastes are subjective and personal, this list will give you some food for thought. Accompanying article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/amateur-to-pro-songwriting-10-tips/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
15:27
September 5, 2019
[17] Integrity – What It Is and Why You Need It
In our modern age, integrity is becoming a thing of the past. The sad thing is that most people don’t even know what integrity is or why you need it. Integrity is absolutely essential if you plan on being successful. The truth is, if you don’t have integrity and you’re lucky enough to find some success, it’s just a matter of time before all of your hard work is undone and comes crashing down. Accompanying article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/integrity-what-it-is-why-you-need-it/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
11:50
September 2, 2019
[16] Is Music Your Goal Or Just a Hobby?
Is music your passion? Is it all you dream about? Is it what you want to do with the rest of your life? Your dream “job”? Or is it just a hobby? A lot of people will say music is their passion. They want to be a rock or rap star but in reality it’s just a hobby. In this article and podcast I’m going to dig into the question, “Is music your goal or just a hobby?”. The fact of the matter is, unbeknownst to most, music is just a hobby for them. They think they are the “real deal” but they invest little time and little or no money into it. Do you think you have the best product in the world? Do you think you have the best song anyone has ever heard? Think you’re the next big Drake or Justin Bieber? Are you a “sure thing” and perfect investment for a record label? A lot of people are waiting for someone to bang their door down with a record contract. They just want, want, want. Most will write 1 song and think they’re a rock or pop or rap star and that everyone should treat them like that. That is wrong on so many levels. Accompanying Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/is-music-your-goal-or-just-a-hobby/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
10:57
August 29, 2019
[15] How To Find The Right Band Members
Finding the right band members can be a serious challenge. A lot goes into forming the perfect combination of players. On top of playing skills there are some other major things you really need to look into when searching for band members for your dream team. The right band members will make or break you. It will determine if you waste your time for a bit or have something that can last and develop into something serious. Here are some things to consider when finding the right band members for your band. Accompanying Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/finding-the-right-band-members/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
11:40
August 26, 2019
[14] Uniqueness – The Art of Being Yourself
The world is oversaturated with clones. Uniqueness is a rare thing. Most people try to be like everyone else. Most musicians try to emulate their favorite artists. While we can learn from our mentors we need to focus on the uniqueness we have to offer. Want to stick out from the crowd… in a good way? Focus on your strengths and individual uniqueness. Accompanying Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/uniqueness-be-yourself/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
17:26
August 22, 2019
[13] Do This Before Every Show
Booked a show? Congratulations! Now, don’t waste the opportunity. Make sure you make the most of every show you book. Booking gigs is hard work. It’s not physical work but it takes a lot of time and effort. You have to follow up with each venue or you won’t be booked. Look at each show you book as a gift. Someone trusts you enough to pay you to entertain in their house. That’s an honor. So, with each gig you book make sure you take full advantage of it by doing these 6 things. Accompanying Article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/what-to-do-before-every-show/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
13:53
August 19, 2019
[12] Best Ways To Market Your Music
The best ways to market your music is debatable but there are definitely several things you can do to improve your chances of reaching the largest audience. Let’s dive into 3 things you can do now to increase the odds of your music marketing success. This list is obviously brief intentionally. In keeping with our last podcast episode, The Art of Focus, I’ve narrowed the best ways to market your music down to 3 things you need to focus on. Accompanying article:  https://blog.gigfaster.com/best-ways-to-market-your-music/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
12:35
August 15, 2019
[11] The Art of Focusing
To succeed at anything you need to focus. It literally is an art. It’s something you can learn to do. If you’re like me, a bit ADD, the art of focusing is super important. Let’s look at what you can do to maintain laser focus in a world of chaos. Accompanying article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/the-art-of-focusing/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
20:02
August 12, 2019
[10] Is Booking Free Gigs Worth it?
So you want to book gigs for free? That is, book gigs that are free for the audience and venue. Gigs that don’t pay you any money. There are pros and cons when you book gigs for free. In this article and podcast learn when you should say yes or no to a free gig. Accompanying article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/book-gigs-free-worth-it/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
24:25
August 8, 2019
[9] How To Book Gigs In 3 Easy Steps
Book gigs in 3 easy steps. These steps are very easy. Anyone can do this. It’s easy work but it can be very tedious. These are the same 3 steps I used to book major gigs with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gary Hoey, Joan Jett, Fuel and many others. Be forewarned, it takes persistence. It’s easy to book gigs if you’re persistent. Again, the work is easy but you can’t quit. Accompanying article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-book-gigs-in-3-easy-steps/ How I booked my gig with KWS: https://blog.gigfaster.com/howto-book-gigs/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
20:47
August 5, 2019
[8] The Gift Of Time
The Gift of Time. We all take it for granted yet we're only given so much. Rich or poor we're all given the same amount each day. 24 hours. What you choose to do with this precious commodity will affect your future. Every day is a gift. Do you feel like you don’t have enough time in a day? Overwhelmed with your schedule? Are you performing to your full potential? Maybe you make excuses that your time is limited. Do you have an extra 5 minutes?  Accompanying article: https://blog.gigfaster.com/the-gift-of-time/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
09:37
August 1, 2019
[7] How Often Should I Be Performing Per Month? The Magic Number.
How often should I be performing every month? Is there a magic number? Does it really matter? Do I even need to perform on a regular basis at all?In this podcast we dig into find that magic number of how often you should perform. Accompanying Blog Post: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-often-should-i-be-performing-per-month-the-magic-number/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
08:54
July 29, 2019
[6] The 80/20 Rule For Musicians
The 80/20 rule (originally known as the Pareto principle) is the law of vital few. It’s the principle of factor sparsity. In laymen’s terms, you get 80% of your results from 20% of your efforts. In this podcast you will learn how to put the 80/20 rule for musicians to use in your music career.  Ready to take your music to the next level using only 20% of your time? Accompanying Blog Post: https://blog.gigfaster.com/the-80-20-rule-for-musicians/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
07:28
July 25, 2019
[5] How To Separate Yourself From The Rest Of The Pack
If you want to attract attention you need to separate yourself from the thousands and thousands of others artists and bands. In this podcast I share 2 simple things you can do now to make sure you are on the right track. The biggest bands and artists in history have one thing in common. They are all unique. Not one of them sounds like another artist. Their sound and look is different and a style of their own. Think of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses or Nirvana. Yes, they had some great music but it was different. It was fresh The music was part of the package but not all of it. Accompanying Blog Post: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-separate-yourself-from-the-rest-of-the-pack/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
03:38
July 22, 2019
[4] The Secret To Getting Signed To A Major Label
The secret to getting signed to a major label is really not that complicated. Actually, it’s pretty simple but that doesn’t make getting a record deal easy. Keep in mind that a record label is a business – a music business. When a major label signs you they are buying you – a music business. You need to be making money before they’ll buy your company (your act). In this Podcast, we’ll cover some things that will help make your band or act marketable and attract record label attention. Accompanying Blog Post: https://blog.gigfaster.com/the-secret-to-getting-signed-to-a-major-label-podcast/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
14:04
July 18, 2019
[3] Look Pro In 3 Easy Steps
Three things you can do now to look more professional in the music business. If you’re looking for a label or even press like music bloggers and reviewers to review your music online you’re going to have to look the part. We all talk about “don’t judge a book by the cover” but you know what we all do it. We see see a girl walking down the street and if she’s not pretty then you don’t even give her time of day. When she’s pretty she turns your eye and yeah she might not be very attractive underneath all that but you’re judging a book by the cover. You look at a cover of a CD or a book and it gets your attention or not. The same thing goes with your entire package to make yourself look more professional… or not. Accompanying Blog Post: https://blog.gigfaster.com/how-to-look-pro-in-3-easy-steps-podcast/ ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
10:38
July 15, 2019
[2] How To Be A Great Songwriter
What is the secret to becoming a great songwriter? What does the wealthiest woman in music have to say about songwriting? How about the Grammy award winning legend, Leonard Cohen? ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
06:12
July 11, 2019
[1] 3-2-1 Takeoff! Welcome to The 5 Minute Podcast For Musicians
Learn about your host, Craig Kelley, the founder of GigFaster.com.  Craig has toured internationally and supported Grammy nominated artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gary Hoey, Joan Jett, Fuel, Rick Derringer and many others.While not performing or recording, he helps musicians get more gigs at GigFaster.com and runs his YouTube channel GuitarLava (https://youtube.com/GuitarLava). Kelley's recent release, Not So Blue, is an explosion of high energy blues guitar and solid songwriting sure to make it a classic for blues fans, guitar fans and lovers of great music. Not So Blue marks his 7th album. In addition to GigFaster.com, he also contributes as a blogger for CDBaby and DiscMakers. ############################## The 5 Minutes Podcast For Musicians is produced by Craig Kelley, founder of GigFaster.com. GigFaster helps musicians and bands book gigs, promote their music and submit to independent record labels. ##############################
05:42
July 8, 2019