The Simple Guide To Setting Up A Sucessful Band Myspace

It seems like every day more and more bands are using Myspace as the main form of getting themselves heard.

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It seems like every day more and more bands are using Myspace as the main form of getting themselves heard. So I figured that I would make an in-depth guide on how to set up a successful site.

The Setup

Well, if you haven't figured out how to set up a music profile instead of a personal one, first go to www.myspace.com. (obviously...) Then, instead of signing in/signing up like you normally would, click on the Music link near the top of the page. To the far right of the maroon bar on the top, there is a link for Artist Signup. Fill out all of the information, (I recommend that you use a real email) and then it's time to design your page. Now is when you're going to want to upload a few pictures, create a layout, and upload a couple of songs, if you have any recorded. If you don't have any material yet, don't worry, but it's better if you do.

The Layout

The site I used to design my layout was www.glitter-graphics.com. (I know it sounds fruity as hell, but trust me, here.) Also, you can search around and make your own layout, if you don't feel like settling with a pre-made one. Try to choose something that fits your style, too. Like if you're in a country band, a rural or patriotic theme would probably be best. If you play ambient music, possibly a picture of a nebula.(Email me if you'd like some good ones, heylookitssean(at)yahoo(dot)com.) or something abstract. If you are in a punk band, perhaps a city wall with graffiti. I could go on with these forever, it really just comes down to whatever you think suits your band best, really.

The Pictures

There's not really a lot to say here, but I'll try to get a paragraph out of it, anyway. You'll probably want to get a picture of each individual band member doing their own thing, along with a few full band shots. Now, if you're in a High School band, you may encounter the same problem I did around a year ago, in which out keyboard player's mother feared the terrible, terrible, dark, sinister things that would happen to her poor, innocent son. For the record, he turned out just fine. But, anyway, the didn't want his full name or picture on the site, so it was time to get creative. We came up with a "stage name" for him, in this case, Warren Peace, and made his picture the yellow Teletubby, holding a guitar. In the full band shoot, we took the Teletubby's face and stretched it over his. Professional? No. Kinda funny/a clever way to solve our problem? Totally. Also, back on topic of pictures, you will probably want your display (default) image to be something fairly artistic. (If anyone needs a logo, there's a thread in the Promote Your Band forum.) Now is when you may want to add a few close friends, but no one else just yet. If you don't have any material to add, don't worry, just don't go around sending friend requests to random people just yet, since they'll have nothing to judge you by. Before you have songs, you can probably post a link to your profile in your signature on a forum such as MF, UG, etc., but don't send requests to other people yet, since they won't actually have any music to listen to.

The Tunes

Well, if you're having trouble finding an affordable way to record your music and aren't a sound quality Nazi, Audacity is probably your best bet. (www.audacity.sourceforge.net) Basically, all you need is your instruments, a cable, and an adaptor to convert a 1/4 size input to 1/8. (aka one of (aka one of these.)) They run for $3-$5 at your local electronics store. One downside to Audacity, however, is that you can only record one instrument at a time. This takes away the sense of unison between the band, bet hey, it's free. Also, to export your finished project, you'll need the Lame Mp3 Encoder. Don't worry, it's also free, just can prove to be a bitch to find. Anyway, once you've recorded and exported your song, simply go to the Edit Profile link on your Myspace, choose the Manage Songs option, and upload it. There is a maximum of four, but a little-known trick is that if you add Bodog Entertainment to your friends list, your limit is now changed to five songs, but you must sacrifice the ability to have listeners download them. However, if you feel as though your songs absolutely must be available to download, you can just set up a DMusic account and link to it via your Myspace.

Finding Friends

Alright, now that you've chosen a layout, uploaded pictures, have music, etc., it's time to add friends. You can't just assume that people will just happen to stumble upon your music, because, although that does happen sometimes, this occasion is very rare. If you want to be heard, you Must send out requests everywhere. Add your favorite bands and leave comments on their pages, other fans of theirs may decide to give you a listen, and may just like what they hear! Also, if many of your fans tend to like a certain band, even if you don't like them I still recommend an add/comment. For example, My Chemical Romance is on my friends list, and although I'm not particularly a fan of them, many people who have enjoyed my music are, and this has gotten me a few more friends.

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    demonofthenight
    How many myspace bands actually make it big though? I'm pretty sure all the bands you hear about (and that people say are good) send demo tapes into the local music producers.
    Zinnie
    my band (www.myspace.com/deadcreationinc) used Ableton Live, which is a line in recording device, and we got some nice ass recordings out of it. Only problem we had was that we couldnt put a drum set in my friends room where his computer was =P Also, if you want a real music site to put your band to, try www.ursession.com, its really good, people add you like crazy, music is kinda spread around the site, and they have a thing taht if you get 50,000 unique votes, you get a major record deal. all that for a free site, i dont think its halfbad xD good article, more like common sense however
    Wolftone08
    I use audacity as well, and I basically use it to make quick, 10-minute (production time) recordings so people can get an idea of what we're working on. I won't record the whole song or even the drum tracks. Then when we get enough songs for a demo, we'll get them professionally recorded and replace the old songs.
    troykeenan
    the arctic monkeys put in loads of effort and it payed off. myspace does not make you famous. its just a way for people to sample your band. you will have to gig to give the full experience
    BlueRumRed
    I find that its sensible i mean i tell people im in band and they immediatly ask do you have a myspace? and if your wondering we dont yet simply becos we dont have any recorded songs yet and i believe audacity is decent software for recording and i believe you can record all instruments at once just will record as one track not seperatly oh well good column!
    richard-g3
    whats wrong with havin a band myspace? i agree its not the best way to get your band noticed but it can get you extra fans. plus most bands have them
    punk2k6
    i thought it was a decent article. myspace is the thing forbands i think... it is another way of promoting yourseves if thats what you want to do so why not? i have a band(www.myspace.com/theacousticphase) ... recordings were done on audacity, not by me but a mate cos i dont know how to use it(they were really average recordings but iv heard some other bands who have them sounding great) .. but would like to...can anyone give me some info?
    to_the_grave
    Firstly, on the subject of copyrights, YOU ALREADY OWN IT. If you (or your band) are the composers/writers, then you own that piece of work. Trademarks cost money, copyrights do not. Secondly, dont make bad recordings and put them on myspace. There are thousands of bands on there, why would anyone listen to badly recorded bands? You'd be better off making a demo in your rehearsal room on a mini-disc or mp3 player with audio-recording capability than a bad computer line-in one. At least then people going to your page can hear your "raw energy" or something... By all means make a myspace, just consider your competing against a lot of others for your potential fans time. (Note: the Arctic Monkeys did get heaps of hits on myspace, because they gigged their asses off locally and told everyone to go on). - Matt
    eckmann88
    Dutch_Apples wrote: You seriously need to work on your editing skills. I have a feel you just wrote this with no re-writing at all. How was this article in-depth? Also I would seriously consider NOT taking advice from anyone who recommends Audacity and a 1/8th adapter.
    I simply recommended Audacity if you don't want to spend money on a studio. And knowing that many Ug'ers are in bands just for fun, not with a serious plan, this would be the most sensible method, for them.
    dougydtxranger wrote: should i get my songs copyrighted before i put them onto myspace?
    Meh, I don't think it's worth it. It costs a good bit of money to get the songs copyrighted. If you like, you can burn them on a CD and mail the CD to yourself, I believe that has some copywriting power.
    jaggerbush320 wrote: I've been thinking about making a band myspace, only we haven't named ourselves. How do we go about making a band name when every suggested name is shot down by other band members?
    Don't worry, eventually you'll come up with something. Just don't stress yourself too hard.
    GeorgeWFletcher
    Most bands have stage names. Also the arctic monkeys were an internet band first and they got big. Even though they suck
    pigmaggots
    demonofthenight wrote: How many myspace bands actually make it big though? I'm pretty sure all the bands you hear about (and that people say are good) send demo tapes into the local music producers.
    Na, not necissarily. Myspace is the next big thing, seriously. On a whole...this 'guide' is pretty much common sense. I don't condone adding bands you like and filling their pages up with "check my band out" comments, thats not really cool.
    jaggerbush320
    I've been thinking about making a band myspace, only we haven't named ourselves. How do we go about making a band name when every suggested name is shot down by other band members?
    Dutch_Apples
    You seriously need to work on your editing skills. I have a feel you just wrote this with no re-writing at all. How was this article in-depth? Also I would seriously consider NOT taking advice from anyone who recommends Audacity and a 1/8th adapter.
    illyria
    how do you import friends from facebook to myspace. i don't have a hotmail account(my messenger accout is on the mail adres given by my internet provider)