Are CDs dead?

When things are new, and people are making a name for themselves by making bold assertions that sound futuristic, doom-laden or revolutionary, sometimes they fall into the trap of talking nonsense. “CDs are dead!” is one example of this phenomenon. Think...

Can independent record stores survive?

I get asked this question quite a lot by two distinct groups of people. One is the retailers themselves. The other is the group of people passionate about independent music stores. The customers. And therein lies the answer to the question and the solution to the...

Do I really have to blog?

In most instances, the answer to this one is a firm YES. In fact, I’m struggling to think of an instance in which the online presence of a musician, band or music enterprise would not be enhanced by the addition of a blog. The most common counter-argument...

How do I even start?

So you’ve decided to ‘go online’. How do you manage such a process? You’ll need the following things: A piece of paper A pen A computer connected to the internet Some music A credit card or Paypal account with about £50/$100 on it And...

How can I sell my music online?

When I go and give lectures and seminars, this is by far the most frequently asked question by the musicians in the audience. There are variations on this theme, but essentially it boils down to this very simple question: now that there’s this internet thing,...

Should I be worried about piracy?

I would discourage worrying of any kind as a general principle. Worrying is a fear that something bad might happen — a negative emotional state with no external cause in reality. So on that basis, no — I wouldn’t worry about piracy. I’d also...