22nd February 2023
Music friends don’t miss the potential of an EPK
It is so easy to be short on time as a band or musical artist today. Keeping up with everything else other than an EPK. What I want to do with this article is explain what an EPK is. I would like to highlight the potential value it can bring you as a band or music artist.
Definition of an Electronic Press Kit
An Electronic Press Kit (EPK) is an online portfolio that contains promotional material and essential information about the band or music artist. It is usually used to promote the band or artist’s music, image and career. EPKs typically includes biographical information, audio and video recordings, press releases, photos, tour dates, contact information and reviews.
Benefits for New Musicians
The benefits for new musicians can often be understated . An elctronic press kit helps them become more visible and recognizable to industry professionals. This gives the band or music artist a platform to present their music and image in a professional and organized manner. Offering the assitance to save time when sending information to industry professionals. Giving an extra boost for new musicians to stand out from the crowd and be noticed.
Overview An EPK
So understand an elecronic press kit is a comprehensive digital portfolio of all the essential information . It usually includes biographical information, audio and video recordings, press releases, photos, tour dates, contact information and reviews. It acts as an online cv or resume for the band or music artist and gives industry professionals an overview of their work in one place.
The components vary depending on the musician’s needs but typically include:
-Photos (Headshots & Live Performance)
-Audio Recordings (Demos & Samples)
-Video Recordings (Live Performances & Music Videos)
-Tour Dates -Contact Information
Why Should New Musicians Utilize EPK’s?
Becacuse for new musicians it allows them to present their music and image in a professional manner. It helps increase their visibility and reach to industry professionals who may be interested in their music. It also provides time-saving benefits by having all the necessary promotional material available in one place so that sending out press kits to venues, labels, promoters etc becomes easier. Additionally, having an eye-catching design that stands out from other artists can help give new musicians the competitive edge they need to get noticed by industry professionals.
How to Create an Effective EPK
Creating a successful Electronic Press Kit requires assembling relevant content such as bio/press releases, audio recordings (demos & samples), video recordings (live performances & music videos) etc., designing a professional layout and presentation with appropriate branding elements like logos and colours that reflect your identity as well as selecting a reliable platform for hosting your kit so it can be easily accessed by industry professionals.
Select an Appropriate Platform for Hosting
There are a variety of EPK hosting platforms available for musicians to choose from such as Sonicbids, ReverbNation, MusicXray, and Bandzoogle. Each platform has its own unique features and benefits that can help musicians create an effective and professional looking EPK.
So in conclusion, having an EPK is essential for new musicians as it helps them become more visible and recognizable to industry professionals. An EPK gives the musician a platform to present their music and image in a professional and organized manner while also providing time-saving benefits. Additionally, having an eye-catching design that stands out from other artists can help give new musicians the competitive edge they need to get noticed by industry professionals.
28th October 2021
It has been a long time I have been interested in sound pack and presets from a commercial perspective, even though I hardly put much effort into taking any major steps. Using my developer skills I have tried to combine the concepts of labels that make sound packs and members who access them. Its has been a coding marathon but I think its a solid start to build on.
5th June 2015
There was a time buying something new would always guaranteed you had a higher grade technology and you could boast about the new features it has to offer. If I were to use the television for this example you can appreciate my point. If you had an old television its hard to compare it to a new one. This has been a conditional tradition for very long time, so I think in today’s kit buying culture it is no different from the eighties in this regard to buying new. So when it comes to Native Instruments Maschine I suspect the same thing to be happening. I purchased a Maschine Micro mark one when it first hit the streets in 2011. I have since upgraded the software to the latest versions when they have been released, so I have never missed out on any new features that have been upgraded or added. I have beat the life from my Maschine, so I do not have the physical feel or the fancy disco lights (my joke! 🙂 )of any of the Maschine mark 2 series. I do have the latest software which reinforces my point about buying an old Maschine as oppose to a new one . If money is no object then of course go out and get it. If you are on a strict budget like the majority of us this thought should be kept in mind.
In a time where every thing computer related like phones, Tablets , TVs etc., have all of their wonderful features hidden within menus. You have to consider the time spent seeking, scrolling and paging plus also your performance or production effort. It is so much easier to have dedicated buttons and dials. Its priceless in a performance scenario and a time saver in the studio. My suggestion here is to buy a second Maschine if you have one expressly for this purpose. Having two Maschines hooked up is an easy thing to do and there lots of tutorials on this. I remember seeing Jeremy Ellis mangling two Maschine Micros in Natives Instruments promotional video for it.
It is really nice to unbox a brand new Maschine, Im sure many of us have had this thought. Hold on to it as Native Instruments provide a good really system when it comes to licencing. It is not a problem for you to get one off Ebay and register yourself as the new owner. This could save planet by prolonging the life of a Maschine it stays off the electrical scrap heap. Its not the magic bullet to save the planet entirely but it can have a part in the solution.
Im sure i will be back with more reasons but this is enough to establish the point. Kewba
24th May 2015
It is very hard thing to say free today when we mention the likes of Native Instruments Maschine, as it has very strong place in the business of music production. I love to programme some of kewbas productions on this box as it has its own character that represents well, So when I see Maschine Expansions Im confident of what im in for being in the game of selling the cost is considered an investment. What if your you have no budget or you just want to play around with some sounds here is a list of some links that will let you dig deeper into Maschine without digging in your wallet. I firmly believe in separating the creativity and the business of creativity, as they require different disciplines.
first link was published by flux302 on his website a little while back. He has a nice Youtube tutorial for those who need the guide, and has a few different packs to offer so show him some love in 2015 for Free Mashcine Expansions nice 1 Flux 🙂
2 Conant Gardens
Created by the multi talented Amp Fiddler Conant Gardens Soul of Detroit is packed with sounds . A load of hiphop plus funk, jazz, afrobeat and deep house so you know what your in for, if you don’t know Amp you should check out his work here http://www.ampfiddler.com/ . This pack at the time of writing is available for sale at the Native Instruments website, Its is also available as a free download but you have to suffer a slow download as it is also on a file sharing website :(.
3 Drop Squad
The Drop Squad Massive Bass Invasion does what it says on the box. It is packed with a bunch of tailor made bass sounds , come with a load of Massive presets and additional special kits. This is another expansion available for sale at the Native Instruments website. It has been placed on a file sharing website so it a long download.
4 Raw Voltage
Raw Voltage Pure Analogue Power is targeted at the analogue enthusiast in a digital domain. The samples have all been taken from custom hardware so you can guarantee some originals. It comes packed with kits, instruments and patterns and is also available for sale at Native Instruments. This too has bee placed on a file sharing site so slow grind downloading but worth it.
5 Arcane Attic
Arcane Attic has a lot to bring to the table, regarding production. It prides its self on rugged field recordings. It really is a Swiss army knife for a producer with Maschine it has kits for every occasion. Its also ships with Massive and Drum Synth preset so out the box your ready to go. This is another expansion available for sale at the Native Instruments website and has been also shared.
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As we are in the world of copyright I would say these downloads links offer you a try before yo buy scenario. Please respect the copyright holders and enjoy