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Chris Bauer

Shortcuts to Music Career Success

Share Those who say that there are no shortcuts to success either lack career know-how or are simply lying. Of course there is a shortcut to everything and that includes your music career. Instead of focusing on talent alone, think of how you can achieve big leaps in your career so that it won’t take [...]

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6 April 2014

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

Productivity Hacks for the Full-Time Musician

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Share Aside from talent, hard work is what separates successful musicians from those who are still waddling at the bottom. Sure there are many reasons why some musicians are taking too long to achieve their goals (some of them are totally out of their control), but with hard work, talent and smart thinking, success will [...]

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6 March 2014

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

Musicians’ comebacks when asked to play for free

ShareWhether you’re a seasoned musician or a new one trying to jumpstart a career, I’m pretty sure you are very familiar of “offers” from bar owners, filmmakers, friends…err, just about anybody  to let you play music for free venue, free drinks, exposure and everything else except monetary compensation. They believe that’s the way things should [...]

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8 November 2013

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

9 Creative CD/ DVD Book Designs

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ShareIf you’re a musician, filmmaker,photographer or an author, you may want to release something a little more special than the regular CD or DVD. Put your beautiful pictures, lovely poems, behind the scenes photos, quotes and whatnot into a hardbound book and attach your CD/DVD to it. It will be the Limited Edition release everyone [...]

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2 November 2013

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

15 Examples of Really Attractive Album Designs That Use Clear CD Cases

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ShareSo…maybe everyone’s releasing their albums in cool Flash Drives or Dropcards. If they release in CD format at all, they’d most likely be housed in sleek Digipaks and Custom Boxes. There’s no way jewel cases can be cool in 2013, right? Wrong! Want proof? Well just check out these totally hip CD packaging using clear [...]

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16 October 2013

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

Famous Musicians and their Gimmicks

Share Whether you like it or not, gimmicks play a big part in the music industry. We’ve said over and over that a career in music requires more than talent- it requires good branding (which could include the gimmicks), winning traits and 10,000 other things. A gimmick is a strategic stunt or look that makes people pay [...]

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14 October 2013

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

15 CD Box Sets That Look Good on the Shelf

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ShareIn this age of streaming and downloading, albums have to be really special before people (even avid fans) consider making a purchase. It would be a waste of time and resources if you’re just planning to release your CD in a plain-looking case. Not only would you miss the chance to totally amuse your fans, [...]

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8 October 2013

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

CD Manufacturing: How to determine the number of CDs you need

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ShareNo musician wants to make 5,000 CDs only to let half of it sit in the basement to gather dust. We don’t want to waste money by overestimating the number of CDs we make. Here are some questions to guide you in coming up with a good estimate: How many pre-ordered your album? If you [...]

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6 August 2013

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

Eleven Elegant Black & White Record Sleeves

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ShareBlack and white record sleeves, digipaks and CD inserts are not only more affordable than colored ones, they also look more sophisticated if the design and execution are done right. Here are eleven elegant B&W CD artwork and record sleeves that can make you inspired faster that you can say “I love colors.” Sideways, Sometimes- [...]

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3 August 2013

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

Minimalist CD/DVD Packaging That Pack a Punch

ShareEinstein once said that everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. I don’t know if he’s talking about design, but then again he said EVERYTHING, right? Well, here are CD/DVD packaging with minimalist designs that are anything but boring. If you want an elegant, clean CD/DVD case that really gets attention [...]

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16 July 2013

Chris Bauer Chris Bauer

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