This article isÂ intended for musicians who are looking toÂ start aÂ new website. ItÂ also provides hints onÂ how design4music can help. Well, we are ready to build it for you but there's a bit more to this. Your input is required.
There's a popular saying "content is king". It means that your website is comprised of text articles, images, media files and then some design around that - not the other way around. No matter how cool is the visual shellÂ â€” itÂ gives nothing ifÂ visitors donâ€™t find useful, interesting, frequently updated, and just relevant information onÂ your web pages. Because, well itÂ was said, content is king!
Thus, preparing the content isÂ the best way toÂ start working onÂ aÂ new website. And this isÂ your task!
Letâ€™s talk about â€œcontentâ€ inÂ connection with aÂ website for aÂ musician. What isÂ required for creation ofÂ successful web pages?
The structure goes first. InÂ our case weÂ talk about simple list ofÂ all pages that musicians usually need. Typically these include:
There are aÂ lot ofÂ options what can beÂ shown onÂ your home page. ItÂ isÂ aÂ good idea toÂ choose from the following:
One thing weÂ donâ€™t recommendÂ â€” letâ€™s say â€œNoâ€ toÂ â€œwelcomeâ€ pages. These pages typically containing some dull graphics and the word â€œenterâ€ are yesterday ofÂ the Internet. People want toÂ get straight toÂ the point. Why not toÂ show some respect toÂ their expectations?
You need anÂ upÂ toÂ date, comprehensive biography article. design4music will also make aÂ pdf download and aÂ printable version ofÂ this text (useful for concert agents, journalists, etc)
Some info about each ofÂ your current and former bands isÂ essential. List ofÂ collaborations isÂ the easiest, ifÂ not the most accurate, way toÂ describe who you are. ItÂ isÂ aÂ proven â€œweaponâ€ designed toÂ widen your audience. Creation ofÂ such document might sound like aÂ huge work especially for musicians with long career inÂ music. WeÂ suggest that you started from aÂ chronological list ofÂ your groups. Then gradually build upÂ content adding bandâ€™s members and other relative information. This can beÂ done gradually.
Depending onÂ how much info you prepare about each ofÂ your artistic projects weÂ will choose optimal layout for publishing this information onÂ your website.
The band description should contain:
Additionally you can have:
*bandÂ â€” orÂ ensemble, group, project, collaborationÂ â€” weÂ talk about any lasting musical unit you have ever been aÂ part ofÂ that isÂ important for your career presentation.
Each recording typically contains the following information:
DoÂ you have any other recordings related info? For example some musicians add info about their unreleased recordings along with aÂ proposal toÂ release them.
This can beÂ aÂ separate page for all reviews/articles/interviews orÂ you can have them attached toÂ recordings. Various options here depend onÂ how many articles you are planning toÂ make available. Artists with long recording career might have hundreds ofÂ reviews. InÂ this case itÂ might beÂ aÂ good idea toÂ select aÂ limited number ofÂ them and put under aÂ title â€œSelected reviewsâ€.
Some good quality photos required for building aÂ photo album orÂ gallery. WeÂ can help with selecting photos and contact jazz photographers onÂ your behalf. WeÂ have established connections with some ofÂ the photographers who work inÂ NYC.
This isÂ the core soÂ toÂ speak. Bio article and some down loadable photos are important for local tour promoters. They use itÂ for producing concert posters, leaflets, etc, and toÂ advertise your concerts online.
Discography isÂ aÂ very popular page with music fans and records collectors. Similarly people interested inÂ your music might beÂ excited toÂ find your entire career documented asÂ aÂ list ofÂ ensembles youâ€™ve been aÂ part ofÂ with photos and reviews.
And ofÂ course there has toÂ beÂ aÂ direct way toÂ get inÂ touch with you and find your latest news, especially concert schedule.
Altogether this isÂ what weÂ call aÂ website for aÂ musician! Get your data together, keep your files organize and callÂ us toÂ bring itÂ all online inÂ aÂ nice, appealing shell.
Ideally, by the time you made a decision to order a new website or revamp your old one, you have:
Additionally provide the following info:
The above info is extremely helpful. It can speed up the whole affair a great deal!