5 vital podcasts for indie musicians

I’ve got a question for you (be honest): What have you done to move your music forward in the past seven days?

The truth is that having success with your music costs a lot of hard work. There are no quick fixes or magic bullets. But conversely there has never been a better time in history for the independent musician to flourish, both artistically and financially.

I couldn’t agree more with what Bobby Borg says in his book Music Marketing For the DIY Musician “Don’t rely on luck or the fantasy that you’re God’s gift to music and before long you’ll be miraculously discovered. Adopt a healthy attitude to work. It’s not a four-letter-word, it’s a necessity. The motto you should employ is DIY or die!”

To help you, I’ve listed some resources that you can use to turn your iPhone earbuds into your own private university. Alternatively, you could just watch TV and complain about how other people have all the luck…

DIY Musician Podcast by CD Baby

Entertaining, inspiring and practical, this podcast has been top of my listening list for over 5 years now. Host Kevin Breuner was signed to a record label with Smalltown Poets, and is now a big advocate of the DIY model for musicians. Great guests!


Break The Business

Ryan Kairalla is a lawyer specialising in Entertainment Law. He and his guests teach you how to avoid record contract hell, declare your own independence and forge a career in music on your own terms.


Bobby Owsinski’s Inner Circle

A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski has become one of the best selling authors in the music recording industry with 23 books that are now staples in audio recording, music and music business programs in colleges around the world, including “Music 4.1: A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age”.


Music Marketing Manifesto

Singer songwriter John Oszajca was once signed to Interscope, Universal, and Warner Brothers Records, and was said to have signed one of the largest new artist record deals of all time. Now he is a committed advocate of the DIY music model. His podcast doesn’t update very often but the back catalogue of content here is weighty, goes deep, and well worth mining.


Sodajerker On Songwriting

This Liverpool based songwriting team regularly interview some of the very best songwriters in the world about their craft. Here you’ll find Paul Simon, KT Tunstall, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Adam Duritz, and scores more, sharing rare insight into how they crafted their hit songs.