I’m speaking at Nova Scotia Music Week 2011!

Nova Scotia Music Week

Update: I had an excellent time at the conference, met lots of really awesome people and was so humbled to cross paths with a few existing readers and purchasers of my e-book! Thanks so much to the festival and anyone brave enough to attend my presentation, I had a blast. Time to take the puddle jumper back over to Portland, ME!

This weekend I’m heading up to Canada for the first time, and I couldn’t be more excited. Scott Long from NSMW asked me to do my own presentation and sit on a few panels at their conference this Saturday, November 5th 2011.

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It’s e-mails like this that make it all worth it.

Casual Hearts

It’s so nice to receive e-mail from my contact form that isn’t spam or self-promotional nonsense. It’s rare, but when it happens, it’s awesome, brings a smile across my face, and restores my faith in humanity.

Hello Chris,

My name is Chase. This is nothing but a thank you. I just read your How to get your music on blogs article via CD Baby and I think it’s awesome that you take the time to give advice to aspiring artists and bands. Sincere advice from a successful source seems to be the most helpful and it’s very hard to come by at least in my experiences so I always admire anyone willing to do it and I vow to do the same upon achieving success in the future. So thank you for sharing the knowledge. Best wishes and take care.

— Chase of Casual Hearts

You’re very welcome, Chase :)

Kickstarter Advice from Successful Indie Artists [GUEST POST]

escape directors kickstarter

When my alternative-pop band, Escape Directors, set out in early 2011 to use the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise money for our new EP, we spent a lot of time researching tips and suggestions from those who had successfully set out to accomplish the same goal. There are a few articles out there giving the basics, but I figured I would share experiences from our successful campaign now that we’ve been through the trenches. I sought out additional advice from a few other Kickstarter-successful artists — Idgy Dean and Case In Theory — to get a more in-depth view of how other indie artists made it happen as well.

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