Here are seven helpful tips on selling beats for music producers.
Tips for Selling Beats
1. Make Beat Making Videos
Some music producers may not want to get in front of a camera, but making videos and sharing knowledge can help you to get exposure. There are many people online who want to learn. These people can become fans and potential customers.
In an interview with Boon Doc, he shared posting videos on YouTube helped tremendously with getting exposure. “People are posting and discussing my videos all over the internet.” He also shared posting videos helped increase beats sales, finding new music artist to collaborate with, and big names like Ryan Leslie getting in contact with him.
YouTube music maker Ronald Jenkees has over 385,000 subscribers. So creating videos can help with getting exposure.
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2. Participate in Music Forums
I have been in many music forums where individual producers have built great names for themselves. They do this in a couple of ways like having great answers to people asking questions, sharing music making tips, giving feedback, and producing good music. Participating in forums also allows you to keep updated with what is going on with music, learn new techniques, and get feedback on your music.
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In forums, try to be helpful and build a good name for yourself.
3. Promote! Promote! Promote!
Put a web address in your email signature, forum signature, social profiles, and on blogs when you leave a comment in the URL section. This helps me a lot, I leave a comment on other music blogs, and I can see traffic coming from all kind of sites because of it.
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4. Give Away Free Beats
People love free things. Free is an excellent way to get someone’s attention.
Many music producers offer free beats in exchange for an email address. Once you get someone’s email address, you can market to them to try to get them to buy beats.
Also, as a web designer, I have worked on many free projects in the past which has opened the door to many paying projects.
5. Be Everywhere
Make your beats available everywhere. You don’t know where people may come across your music. Utilize sites like Airbit, BeatStars, Soundclick, Roc Battles, along with social sites. Make your music available online to listen to, and easy to buy. I recommend using all those sites to promote your website.
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6. Join Online Beat Battles
Websites like Roc Battles have sections for beat battles that allow music producers to show off their talents. Every win you gain more points and the more points you get the higher you will show on the producer charts and get more exposure.
I’m sure you have heard this before. It’s not what you know, it’s about who you know. You have to get your foot in the door, and meeting those right people can expose your music to the right person. So give your music to everyone, rappers, singers, managers, engineers, songwriters, musicians, etc. It’s a small world, you have no idea of who some people off the street may know.
When you’re out networking, please make sure you have the essentials like a business card handy with a name, current phone number, email address and a professional web address to stand out.
I know way too many music producers that are overly protective of their beats. If you plan on being a success in the music industry, those one or two beats should not be held on too like these are the beats that will determine your music success. Your skills of being able to continuously create good music is what will determine your success. Like Rsonist from the Heatmakerzs said in this video, your beats won’t be heard in your house. Get them into everyone’s hands that you can put them in because you don’t know where it will get you.
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