10 FREE apps that can help your band!
We paraphrased the title of this post we are sharing, as we can’t guarantee success, but we can provide you with some suggestions for apps in this article to help you thrive!
Life is busy, and when you are a working band and trying to find time to record, you need a great team to help you make the most of your time. What if you don’t HAVE a team? No social media team? No PR person? What do you do? DIY – Do It Yourself.
Many artists have taken this approach for years – calling clubs for gigs, putting up gig posters, selling merch, but with the advent of some wonderful technology, bands can do MORE with less time and money at their disposal.
Here are 3 that we think stand out, but please follow the attached link for the complete list, as they are all pretty great apps:
- Bandcamp – Yeah, so just what DO you do with those wonderful tracks you’ve recorded/master at Number 9 once you’ve left the studios? Sure, there are many streaming portals, but how about one that pays more DIRECTLY to the artist, giving you more bang for your buck? Not only do they take the smallest percentage of sales from the artist to post their music, they also have cool tools like download codes, promo codes for specific events. PLUS they even offer a Pay What You Can for releases. Why not throw a single out there one day and see what people will pay!
- Big Cartel – Getting your music to market is just one piece of the puzzle, allowing your fans to promote both you AND their love of you is another crucial piece. Big Cartel allows you to create a branded swag/merch presence on the internet, as well as being able to embed it on your website, social media posts, etc. It’s also one of the least expensive providers out there for this service!
- Spotify Artist Insights – IF you choose to publish your stuff on Spotify, and we’re not heard to say yea/nay, but it IS another exposure channel, why not know who and where your stuff is being played! They have over 60 million users and 30 million songs, so there is a huge audience tuning in to hear high quality offerings. Apple Music and Google Play keep their user data private, so you have a snowball’s chance in you-know-where of figuring out who and where your tunes are being streamed. Spotify recently launched Spotify Artist Insights, a beta platform where artists can view play counts by day/month, compare metrics with other artists, see which playlists your songs are listed on, and identify your listeners by cities to help with tour planning. I mean, if you are getting crazy spins in Flin Flon Manitoba, and your band is from Thunder Bay, you *just* might want to consider checking out the possibility of doing a date there. Oh, and don’t forget to bring merch from Big Cartel and download codes from Bandcamp 🙂