This is a place for new bands to ask questions about the music industry and get feedback on their tracks, demos or debut releases with a strong emphasis on providing advice that is relevant to all bands. The articles will be posted on Noob Underground socials and all articles will be here. NSBM need not apply, I will check your socials for shit posting.

Again, specific questions are encouraged. If there’s something you want to know about music promotion, presentation, or aren’t sure what your next step is I can try my best to help. I’m not a music maker myself but if you want music advice there are guest contributors from bands who will assist me. So ask away!

Noob Advice: Getting The Most Out Of Bandcamp

Bandcamp is my favorite platform when researching for my articles and easily the best for underground metal of all subgenres and locations. It has many tools to provide bands and consumers. It saddens me however to see many bands not getting the full potential out of what it has to offer and not gaining any supporters. So this article aims to help bands improve their Bandcamp game, which will in turn improve their publicity and fanbase. Bandcamp is literally a promo pack, music platform, merch store and network hub in one. It’s incredible. It even has built in advertising campaigns and algorithms.

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Where, when and how to promote yourself.

This article should give you some idea of where to promote your music, the best times of the day to do so and how to best present your content according to the platform. It’s a lot of work but so is writing and recording an album, a lot of bands slack it when it comes to the final part of the process: promotion. I strongly recommend hiring PR because there’s affordable options that can essentially do all of this for you, or with you to increase its effectiveness and there’s also the added benefit of PR people generally being inside the industry with mailing lists that can get you coverage. Anyway, here’s what I can tell you to improve your game either way. Below is a quick overview of what’s to follow so keep scrolling.

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Noob Advice: The Coming Darkness (Symphonic Black) and Finding The Right Audience

We take a look at the debut release from The Coming Darkness and discuss the best avenue for your music and how to find your audience. Basically Bandcamp > Mainstream streaming services. Plenty of information for black metal projects starting out.

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