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I Am Independent - For Independent Music Artists

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I Am Independent - For Independent Music Artists

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Stories, advice and discussions to resource, encourage and support Independent Music Artists

Latest Episodes

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 14 - Jake Isaac - Part 1

We've always said we learn the most from artists who have gone before and who are brave enough to share with us a transparent account of their experience with the music industry. In this honest conversation with successful singer songwriter, Jake Isaac, we learn so much about the dedication, commitment and hard work required to make it as an Independent artist, let alone talent. Jake is one of our favourite artists and our favourite people so it was fun to have this chat and it is packed with advice that we're sure will help you with your own journey. Enjoy. Follow us at @weareindependentartists Follow Jake at @iamjakeisaac

32 MIN5 d ago
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 14 - Jake Isaac - Part 1

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 13 - Making a great music video as an Independent Artist

Visuals and music videos are an integral part of marketing for any Independent Artist. Whereas they used to be a luxury, these days we'd say they are essential to tell the story of your art, deliver a compelling asset to accompany your music and as a marketing tool to discover new fans. Creating a music video can seem intimidating and expensive but it doesn't have to be. In this week's episode we give you a breakdown of the process from conception to delivery, some points and tips to keep in mind and some approaches we've found useful in our experience. As always we hope it's useful to you and do get in touch with any questions or topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes. Don't forget our next 4-week online bootcamp starts this week (2nd July 2020) and there is still time to register here Follow us on Instagram @weareindependentartists For more information and resources click here

40 MIN1 w ago
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 13 - Making a great music video as an Independent Artist

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 12 - Responding to Racism and the Black Lives Matter movement as an artist

As two women of colour who run I Am Independent we have felt the pain and also the hopefulness of recent events both personally and collectively. We have talked with each other a lot about our processing and our thoughts and feelings on the subject - so it felt only right to extend this conversation to the podcast. It feels like the whole world is finally waking up right now to the pain and struggle of Black people and there is much pain, revelation, learning and unlearning being undertaken. Many Black artists have experienced racism from within the music industry despite it undeniably benefiting from and profiting from Black Culture. As is our way, and arguably our role, as artists many will want to process and express what they are feeling, discovering and living through their art. But how do we do this appropriately? How can we sing songs of an experience we've not had? Should we even? How can we make sure we're not just adding to 'noise' or virtue signalling or being tokenistic? In this week's episode we share some of our thoughts on all this and more. Follow us on Instagram: @weareindependentartists Sign up for our next online bootcamp starting on 2nd July here

29 MIN2 w ago
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 12 - Responding to Racism and the Black Lives Matter movement as an artist

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 11 - Getting Radio Play

Getting radio play may not be the 'Holy Grail' it used to be but it is still an important part in progressing your career as an Independent artist and is quite the milestone when you do get your first radio play. In this week's episode we cover tips on how to get your first radio play, what to send to radio stations, tips for your first radio interview and whether its worth spending money on a radio plugger. As always we hope it's useful and do get in touch with any questions or topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes. Our next I Am Independent Bootcamp starts on Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 8pm BST. It's an online 4-week coursewhere you will learn everything you need to know to get your independent artist career off to the best start! For more details and to book, click here. Follow us on Instagram @weareindependentartists

32 MIN3 w ago
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 11 - Getting Radio Play

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 10 - Joshua Luke Smith

We love sharing Independent Artist's journeys with you. We think it's one of the most powerful and useful ways to learn, be inspired, be encouraged and pick up some valuable advice. All of that is true of our guest this week, Joshua Luke Smith. Joshua is a Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Rapper, Song writer, Producer and entrepreneur with a mandate to 'Speak into Chaos'. Joshua has been signed to a label and is now independent. He also runs an Independent label in the South West of England called Orphan No More. Joshua has so much wisdom for you in this episode and so much encouragement. One of our favourite points he makes is encouraging Independent artists to realise how important their work is and to distinguish your 'work' from your 'job'. Be inspired and enjoy! Follow us on instagram at:@weareindependentartists Follow Joshua on Instagram at: @joshualukesmith

59 MINJUN 8
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 10 - Joshua Luke Smith

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 9 - 5 Ways to Collaborate

To complete our '5 Ways' series we finish with 5 ways to collaborate. Collaboration has so many benefits. The journey of the independent artist can be a lonely one. Working with someone else brings new inspiration and ideas, new opportunity and new friends and co-workers. There are things we can't do during lockdown but reaching out to connect to collaborate is something we CAN do. We hope these tips give you some pointers of where to start. Follow us on instagram @weareindependentartists

12 MINJUN 1
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 9 - 5 Ways to Collaborate

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 8 - 5 Things to do in Lockdown

For some artists lockdown has been a frustrating and worrying time where its been difficult to know what to do and what to prioritise. For others it's created space to think and plan and create. Whichever camp you fall in, we offer 5 things you could do during lockdown in this episode. Please note these are not 5 things you 'must' or 'should' do, but simply 5 suggestions if you're stuck for ideas of how to use your time so it's contributing to your artistry. Enjoy! Follow us on instagram @weareindependentartists

17 MINMAY 25
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 8 - 5 Things to do in Lockdown

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 7 - 5 Ways to Network

If you're anything like us then you may find networking a bit cringey at times. However, it is an important part of being an independent music artist if you want to make useful contacts to work with and further your career. Networking doesn't have to be awkward as there are events and organisations designed to help you network more organically these days. Also, sometimes it's just a case of changing your perspective in order to do it more naturally. So whether you find it easy or hate it, this week we share with you 5 tips that might just help you to find people to collaborate and work with and who knows, they may even become new friends. Follow us on instagram @weareindependentartists

12 MINMAY 19
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 7 - 5 Ways to Network

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 6 - 5 ways to Tour

Continuing with our 'Five ways' series, this week we're covering touring. We get asked about touring a lot. Many independent artists seem to think touring is not an option if you're near the beginning of your journey or don't yet have a big following. However, ironically, touring is one of the key ways to develop your following, to hone your skills, to test out songs and to gain valuable experience. In fact, the benefits are endless and touring really is an essential part of actually being an artist. Yes, it can involve a lot of planning, a lot of travelling and a lot of money but... it doesn't have too. There are many ways to tour without breaking the bank and by starting small and manageable. We hope these 5 tips will at least get you thinking about what's possible. For more information on touring watch some of the videos on our YouTube Channel. Follow us on Instagram @weareindependentartists

15 MINMAY 4
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 6 - 5 ways to Tour

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 5 - 5 Ways to Build Your Following

Today on the podcast we launch a new mini series giving you some bite sized chunks of wisdom and tips to help you get the results you want as an Independent Artist. We begin with five ways to build your following. Of course we all know the ultimate aim is to have fans, not just followers. But building a following is how you start in order to invite your listeners on the journey with you to becoming a fan. We hope these tips are useful and we've kept it short so they're easy for you to remember. Don't forget we have our first online workshop starting on Thursday 23rd April. It's a 4-week course that will take you through finding your sound, knowing your why, music admin, marketing and PR and so much more. You can sign up here https://www.crowdcast.io/e/live-online-workshop-2/register

14 MINAPR 17
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 5 - 5 Ways to Build Your Following

Latest Episodes

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 14 - Jake Isaac - Part 1

We've always said we learn the most from artists who have gone before and who are brave enough to share with us a transparent account of their experience with the music industry. In this honest conversation with successful singer songwriter, Jake Isaac, we learn so much about the dedication, commitment and hard work required to make it as an Independent artist, let alone talent. Jake is one of our favourite artists and our favourite people so it was fun to have this chat and it is packed with advice that we're sure will help you with your own journey. Enjoy. Follow us at @weareindependentartists Follow Jake at @iamjakeisaac

32 MIN5 d ago
Comments
The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 14 - Jake Isaac - Part 1

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 13 - Making a great music video as an Independent Artist

Visuals and music videos are an integral part of marketing for any Independent Artist. Whereas they used to be a luxury, these days we'd say they are essential to tell the story of your art, deliver a compelling asset to accompany your music and as a marketing tool to discover new fans. Creating a music video can seem intimidating and expensive but it doesn't have to be. In this week's episode we give you a breakdown of the process from conception to delivery, some points and tips to keep in mind and some approaches we've found useful in our experience. As always we hope it's useful to you and do get in touch with any questions or topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes. Don't forget our next 4-week online bootcamp starts this week (2nd July 2020) and there is still time to register here Follow us on Instagram @weareindependentartists For more information and resources click here

40 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 13 - Making a great music video as an Independent Artist

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 12 - Responding to Racism and the Black Lives Matter movement as an artist

As two women of colour who run I Am Independent we have felt the pain and also the hopefulness of recent events both personally and collectively. We have talked with each other a lot about our processing and our thoughts and feelings on the subject - so it felt only right to extend this conversation to the podcast. It feels like the whole world is finally waking up right now to the pain and struggle of Black people and there is much pain, revelation, learning and unlearning being undertaken. Many Black artists have experienced racism from within the music industry despite it undeniably benefiting from and profiting from Black Culture. As is our way, and arguably our role, as artists many will want to process and express what they are feeling, discovering and living through their art. But how do we do this appropriately? How can we sing songs of an experience we've not had? Should we even? How can we make sure we're not just adding to 'noise' or virtue signalling or being tokenistic? In this week's episode we share some of our thoughts on all this and more. Follow us on Instagram: @weareindependentartists Sign up for our next online bootcamp starting on 2nd July here

29 MIN2 w ago
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 12 - Responding to Racism and the Black Lives Matter movement as an artist

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 11 - Getting Radio Play

Getting radio play may not be the 'Holy Grail' it used to be but it is still an important part in progressing your career as an Independent artist and is quite the milestone when you do get your first radio play. In this week's episode we cover tips on how to get your first radio play, what to send to radio stations, tips for your first radio interview and whether its worth spending money on a radio plugger. As always we hope it's useful and do get in touch with any questions or topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes. Our next I Am Independent Bootcamp starts on Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 8pm BST. It's an online 4-week coursewhere you will learn everything you need to know to get your independent artist career off to the best start! For more details and to book, click here. Follow us on Instagram @weareindependentartists

32 MIN3 w ago
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 11 - Getting Radio Play

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 10 - Joshua Luke Smith

We love sharing Independent Artist's journeys with you. We think it's one of the most powerful and useful ways to learn, be inspired, be encouraged and pick up some valuable advice. All of that is true of our guest this week, Joshua Luke Smith. Joshua is a Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Rapper, Song writer, Producer and entrepreneur with a mandate to 'Speak into Chaos'. Joshua has been signed to a label and is now independent. He also runs an Independent label in the South West of England called Orphan No More. Joshua has so much wisdom for you in this episode and so much encouragement. One of our favourite points he makes is encouraging Independent artists to realise how important their work is and to distinguish your 'work' from your 'job'. Be inspired and enjoy! Follow us on instagram at:@weareindependentartists Follow Joshua on Instagram at: @joshualukesmith

59 MINJUN 8
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 10 - Joshua Luke Smith

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 9 - 5 Ways to Collaborate

To complete our '5 Ways' series we finish with 5 ways to collaborate. Collaboration has so many benefits. The journey of the independent artist can be a lonely one. Working with someone else brings new inspiration and ideas, new opportunity and new friends and co-workers. There are things we can't do during lockdown but reaching out to connect to collaborate is something we CAN do. We hope these tips give you some pointers of where to start. Follow us on instagram @weareindependentartists

12 MINJUN 1
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 9 - 5 Ways to Collaborate

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 8 - 5 Things to do in Lockdown

For some artists lockdown has been a frustrating and worrying time where its been difficult to know what to do and what to prioritise. For others it's created space to think and plan and create. Whichever camp you fall in, we offer 5 things you could do during lockdown in this episode. Please note these are not 5 things you 'must' or 'should' do, but simply 5 suggestions if you're stuck for ideas of how to use your time so it's contributing to your artistry. Enjoy! Follow us on instagram @weareindependentartists

17 MINMAY 25
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 8 - 5 Things to do in Lockdown

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 7 - 5 Ways to Network

If you're anything like us then you may find networking a bit cringey at times. However, it is an important part of being an independent music artist if you want to make useful contacts to work with and further your career. Networking doesn't have to be awkward as there are events and organisations designed to help you network more organically these days. Also, sometimes it's just a case of changing your perspective in order to do it more naturally. So whether you find it easy or hate it, this week we share with you 5 tips that might just help you to find people to collaborate and work with and who knows, they may even become new friends. Follow us on instagram @weareindependentartists

12 MINMAY 19
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 7 - 5 Ways to Network

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 6 - 5 ways to Tour

Continuing with our 'Five ways' series, this week we're covering touring. We get asked about touring a lot. Many independent artists seem to think touring is not an option if you're near the beginning of your journey or don't yet have a big following. However, ironically, touring is one of the key ways to develop your following, to hone your skills, to test out songs and to gain valuable experience. In fact, the benefits are endless and touring really is an essential part of actually being an artist. Yes, it can involve a lot of planning, a lot of travelling and a lot of money but... it doesn't have too. There are many ways to tour without breaking the bank and by starting small and manageable. We hope these 5 tips will at least get you thinking about what's possible. For more information on touring watch some of the videos on our YouTube Channel. Follow us on Instagram @weareindependentartists

15 MINMAY 4
Comments
The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 6 - 5 ways to Tour

The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 5 - 5 Ways to Build Your Following

Today on the podcast we launch a new mini series giving you some bite sized chunks of wisdom and tips to help you get the results you want as an Independent Artist. We begin with five ways to build your following. Of course we all know the ultimate aim is to have fans, not just followers. But building a following is how you start in order to invite your listeners on the journey with you to becoming a fan. We hope these tips are useful and we've kept it short so they're easy for you to remember. Don't forget we have our first online workshop starting on Thursday 23rd April. It's a 4-week course that will take you through finding your sound, knowing your why, music admin, marketing and PR and so much more. You can sign up here https://www.crowdcast.io/e/live-online-workshop-2/register

14 MINAPR 17
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The I Am Independent Podcast - Series 2 - Episode 5 - 5 Ways to Build Your Following
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