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Video player comparison: Last.fm vs. YouTube

When you are marketing your music video, you want your video to play smoothly.

I did a video player comparison for Last.fm and YouTube using a video of my song “Do You Know What I Mean?“.

Click here for the video on Last.fm and here for the video on YouTube

The winner based on my viewing experience is the Last.fm video player!

Please share your thoughts. Also, feel free to recommend any alternate players in the comments section below if you think another video player works better.<img

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2010 in Music, Music marketing

 

Do You Know What I Mean?

Here is a video of one of my songs, “Do You Know What I Mean?” My band Eric Beverly and the Sunday Best performed this song live at La Zona Rosa – Clubside in Austin, Texas on January 21, 2010.

http://bit.ly/cEBRAq

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Music, Music marketing, Songwriting

 

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MySpace, Facebook, Twitter: Which is best for building your band fanbase?

MySpace
If you have a band, the expectation is that you have a MySpace page (here’s mine). I started that page in a fit of patriotic fervor on July 4, 2006. My band’s MySpace profile has had 4,395 views and I’ve got 76 friends. The MySpace site feels really static to me and my friend count has remained basically the same since everyone switched over to Facebook.

Facebook
I set up my band’s Facebook page (here it is) and became a “fan” of myself to launch the page among my Facebook friends on December 11, 2009. I’ve got 97 fans as of January 10, 2010. The growth in my fan base on Facebook has been really fast with about half of my friends becoming fans. I’ve also had some friends of friends add me too, which has been great.

I am not crazy about the tab set up in Facebook. I really like the way MySpace has the music player and comments on the same page. I think it encourages plays and interaction with a focus on plays. In Facebook, you have to choose whether the “Wall” or “MyBand” tab is the start page for visitors to your band page. For now, I have opted for the “Wall” because it feels more social. I will keep an eye on how many people actually play the music on MyBand and may switch it up in the future.

Twitter
I’ve also got a Twitter account for my band (here it is). As of January 10, 2010, I’ve got 177 “followers.” Twitter has been an incremental way to build fans, but probably 10 percent of my “followers” are spammers (and that’s after culling “followers” who were clearly spammers).

To me, Twitter feels like I am shouting out into the wilderness. For example, I tried to give away a free copy of my album on both Twitter and Facebook. The copy I offered on Facebook was snapped up in minutes. The Twitter album has yet to be claimed (as of this writing).

Which is best?
Based on my personal experience, Facebook is the better of the three for building a fanbase. I am experimenting with a variety of other sites and will write more about marketing in upcoming posts.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2010 in Music, Music marketing

 

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Looking for the right chord? Randomchord.com may help

From the site http://www.randomchord.com/:

“A useful resource for all musicians — improvisers can make sure they can play over any harmony; songwriters can find that elusive lost chord to complete their chord progression.

Each chord comes with its own looped backing track and an explanation of the scale choices that fit with it.

Choose a chord from the drop down menus and click ‘Go’, or click ‘Random’ to have a random chord generated for you.”

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2009 in Music, Songwriting

 

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I am playing at Googie’s in New York City – Come see me!

Gig alert: I am playing in New York City at Googie’s, located above the Living Room, on November 3rd at 9:30 p.m. http://www.livingroomny.com/googies. Please come out for my NYC debut. Please share with any friends that you have in NYC!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2009 in Music, Songwriting

 

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My new album–Songs in the Key of Divorce–is available for digital download


“Songs in the Key of Divorce” was recorded at home between 2004 and 2005 during my divorce process. The songs were written and recorded as first takes, with few exceptions. Now for the first time you can buy the album here!


This album goes well with a Jack and Coke. Please share it with anyone who’s been through a devastating breakup!

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2009 in Music, Songwriting

 

Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas talks songwriting

I got to open up for Matchbox 20 back in 1996 or so at the Electric Lounge in Austin, TX. All the guys in the band were really cool, very down to earth.

Here’s a YouTube video where Rob Thomas talks about his songwriting process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V2XOrrlASg

I can’t embed the video (it’s been disabled by request).

Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2009 in Music, Songwriting

 

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