Tuesday, February 2

Selling Beats 101: Top 7 Tips

1. Make Beat Making Videos
Some people may not want to get in front of the camera, but this can really help with exposure. There are many people online that want to learn. These people become fans and follow you and can possibly become buyers of your music.

2. Participate in Forums
I have been in many music forums where certain producers have built great names for themselves. This can be done in a few ways: having great answers toquestions, sharing music making tips, giving good feedback, and producing good music. Participating in forums also allows you to keep update with what is going on with music, learn new techniques, and get feedback on your music.

3. Promote! Promote! Promote!
Put a web address in you email signature, forum signature, and on blogs when you leave a comment in the URL section.

4. Give Away Free Beats
This can be good depending on the situation. Maybe you give away 2 to 3 decent beats in a forum, and this can help bring people to your site to possibly buy some higher quality beats.

5. Put Beats Online for the World
Make your beats available everywhere you can. You don’t now where people may come across your music. Make sure when people say they want to hear beats you have them available to hear, or you may miss out on that sell.

6. Join Online Beat Battles
Web sites like Roc Battles have sections for beat battles that allow people to show off their talents. Every win you gain more points, and the more points you get the higher you will show on the producer charts and get more exposure. (Example of a Beat Battle)

7. Go Out and Network
I’m sure you have heard this before. It’s not what you know, it’s about who you know. You have to get your foot in the door, and meeting those right people can expose your music to the right person. So give your music to everyone, rappers, singers, managers, engineers, song writers, musicians, etc. It’s a small world and you have no idea of who some people off the street may know.

When you’re out networking, please make sure you have the essentials like a business card handy with a name, current phone number, email address and a personalized web address to stand out. idOmusic is the perfect place to network.

I know way too many producers that are very protective their beats. I personally feel if you plan on being a success in the music industry, those one or two beats shouldn’t be held on to like these are the beats that will determine you music making future. Your skills of being able to continuously create hot tracks is what will determine your success. Get them into everyone’s hands that you can put them in because you don’t know where it will get you.

What's your take... leave your comments below.


  1. Yo these are some great tips. I just posted about producers needing to handle their business on TheBeatBusiness.com

    To add onto tip # 1 "Promote!" - Pitch your beats directly to artists whenever you can. Todays unknown "wierdo" rapper could be tomorrows Kid Cuddi so invest in those relationships when you can.

    I post artists email address on TheBeatBusiness.com for people to get there beats heard without dealing with label middle men.

    Great Post!


  2. Great little article with some top tips. I would also recommend that a good Beat maker is required and give away some free beats just to get your name out there!


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