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Tools of The Trade | The Steve Freeman Podcast

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I get asked so often about the various services and gear I use for my business, so I thought it would be a good idea to do an episode on all the gear I use and some of the services that I use that help keep my business growing and moving forward

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The Rules of Artist Development

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You are trying to grow your brand, fanbase and career, I know it's hard, but it's almost impossible if you don't know the rules of the game. Learn the 5 Rules of Artist Development in this episode of The Steve Freeman Podcast.

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Music Distribution with ONErpm's Ken Madson | SFP S6:E18

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Your choice of music distribution companies is one of the most important decisions you can make as an artist, songwriter or distributor. In this episode, I visit with ONErpm General Manager, Ken Madson. We talk about the in's and out's of music distribution, the ONErpm platform and various services, Spotify playlist promotion, artist expectations, YouTube, what sets ONErpm apart from other companies and using ONErpm's vast array of professional artist services to capitalize on your next release. 

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Race, Religion & Real Talk with Charlie Hines | SFP S6:E7

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In the wake of the George Floyd murder by Minneapolis police officers, Charlie Hines visits the podcast to discuss race relations, religion and being "Too Black for My White Friends and Too White for My Black Friends".   

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The Hard Truth About Radio & Indie Artists

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Indie artists have ZERO chance of getting airplay on medium, large and major market stations and spending money with independent radio promoters to get airplay on small-market stations is a waste of time, effort and financial resources. In this episode, Former Program Director for iHeart Radio and Cumulus media, Kenny Wall, discusses with Steve why radio can't and won't play indie artists, no matter how good the songs are!

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How to Make Spotify Work For You!

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Spotify is an amazing tool for independent artists IF you are using it properly and taking advantage of the tools the platform gives you to maximize your exposure.

There are 3 KEYS TO MAKING SPOTIFY WORK FOR YOU:

  1. Set up your Spotify For Artists Page: https://artists.spotify.com/
  2. Treat Spotify like any other social media platform
  3. Submit your music through the Spotify For Artists portal to Spotify controlled and curated playlists.

Once you have all of these bases covered, then and only then should you reach out to curators of other playlists. Listen to this week's episode to find out how to properly find and reach out to the most influential Spotify playlist curators.

 

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Grammy Winning Producer & Hit Songwriter Joe West

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Meet the Grammy-winning producer and songwriter behind hits for Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Jimmy Wayne and many more as Joe West stops by for a visit on The Steve Freeman Podcast. 

We have a lengthy discussion about the state of the music industry, the future of songwriting, Joes Apprentice Academy for aspiring studio engineers, our love of filmmaking and the new documentary that Joe has written, produced and directed called Limb-itless: Adventure Songwriting. The documentary focuses on Joe meeting Gabe Adams and tells the story of them heading off into the canyons of Utah to find friendship and a song then fly back to Music City to turn their creation into a record, all while the true story is subliminally unfolding… With enough perseverance, passion and heart any goal is achievable!

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Is Songwriting Still A Profession?

 

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Is Songwriting Still A Profession? The music business has changed a lot over the years, but none of the changes have affected anyone more than the songwriters. As someone who has made an amazing living writing songs for the last 15 years, I had to address the elephant in the room. Yes, songwriting is still a viable profession, however, there are new rules to apply to your career in order to give yourself the opportunity to succeed as a songwriter. 

There used to be a great marriage between songwriters and artists, labels and publishers. Writers wrote the songs and artists sang them. This marriage was very profitable for many years, but like many marriages, the honeymoon is over, as is the union.

With sales declining, labels are now turning their artists into songwriters to capitalize on lost sales revenue that comes from physical and digital sales. The 360 deal is in full effect. When an artist signs a 360 deal, they are...

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How To Start A Podcast

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Fact, Podcasting is popular and getting so by the day. What was thought of as a niche way of communication has now become mainstream. 

CBS News recently did a poll and survey on the growth of podcasting. Their findings show that the audio platform is on the rise, especially with younger adults.

"Most Americans now listen to podcasts, and the percentage who do has risen considerably over just the past year. According to a new CBS News poll, two-thirds of Americans listen to podcasts at least once in a while, including 23% who do so a few times a week. 

By comparison, a year ago, a majority of Americans said they never listened to podcasts.

Podcast listening has increased in all age categories, but it has increased the most among younger adults. Now, 29% of Americans between the ages of 18-34 listen to podcasts at least a few times a week (up from 16% in December 2017).  A year ago, 47% of adults between 18 and 34 said they never listened to...

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