BearTrack Recording

BearTrack Recording We guide our clients through the wilderness of their music careers. Feeling lost sucks. Feeling lost and lonely is worse. We walk with our clients as they pursue their dreams and craft their most meaningful works.
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Operating as usual

Got massive school projects today for my capstone class and I’m gonna start listening through the @coldplay discography ...
10/20/2020

Got massive school projects today for my capstone class and I’m gonna start listening through the @coldplay discography for it. What’s your favorite Coldplay album? .
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#singersongwriter #artistdevelopment #sidehustle #music #indiemusic #indiepop #indiefolk #indierock #coldplay #musicmarketing

When it’s working, it’s working. 2 artists, almost 500 real fans in a couple weeks. We don’t do scammy ad campaigns to g...
10/10/2020

When it’s working, it’s working. 2 artists, almost 500 real fans in a couple weeks.

We don’t do scammy ad campaigns to get likes/follows for $0.25. It’s grinding. It’s consistency. It’s hard work. But when the artist keeps pushing we have this.

So proud of @sarah.stephens.music and our other artists who’ve kept pushing.

#keephustling #keepgrinding #keepgoing #musician #singersongwriter #indiemusic #indieartist #indiepop #indierock #musicmarketing #artistdevelopment #ClientWins

Started a re-launch a couple weeks ago with an artist and he’s killing it now! It’s always such a great feeling when we ...
10/09/2020

Started a re-launch a couple weeks ago with an artist and he’s killing it now!

It’s always such a great feeling when we work the plan and the plan works for us.

What’s the key? Consistency. Whatever you do on a daily basis is what’ll help you grow, or...

Keep hustling!
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#music #singersongwriter #indiemusic #indiemusician #indierock #indiepop #folkmusic #folkartist #bluegrassmusic #songwriter #artistdevelopment #musicmarketing

10/02/2020

Finally hooked up the record player and did a test run with @therocketboys Certain Circles. So glad to have this back up and running again .
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#recordcollection #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinylvibes #certaincircles #indierock #indiepop #singersongwriter

Votes are in! Thanks for helping us decide how to finish our new studio space. Construction starts this fall and we can ...
09/30/2020

Votes are in! Thanks for helping us decide how to finish our new studio space. Construction starts this fall and we can wait to have artists come in 2021! .
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#recordingstudio #singersongwriter #indierock #indiemusic #folkmusic #americanamusic #artistdevelopment #artistcoaching #consulting #marketingformusicians #musicmarketing

One of our favorite things about our new spot (besides the sounds we’re getting) is the awesome view! If you wanna take ...
09/29/2020

One of our favorite things about our new spot (besides the sounds we’re getting) is the awesome view! If you wanna take a little road trip, or weekend retreat to do some recording we’re booking for 2021. .
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#singersongwriter #indierock #indiepop #indiemusic #artistdevelopment #recordingstudio #coffeebreak

One of the newer partnerships we’ve taken on is with Asbury UMC in Birmingham. We’re helping their modern worship servic...
09/22/2020

One of the newer partnerships we’ve taken on is with Asbury UMC in Birmingham. We’re helping their modern worship service get back up with a virtual experience. It’s been great getting back into video as well as live recording. There are many opportunities from this season of the world if you take time to look for them. .
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#covidopportunities #modernworship #liverecording #newopportunities #worshipleader #onlineservice #onlinechurch

Proud coach moments: we started with @sarah.stephens.music as a new project launch in April and she’s put in an incredib...
09/17/2020

Proud coach moments: we started with @sarah.stephens.music as a new project launch in April and she’s put in an incredible amount of work. She met her 6-month target a month early and has built a community of 500 people who actually have a relationship with her and her music. She’s gotten radio play (one of her super-fans runs a radio show) and has some merch sales coming in all before having super professional recordings out. She put in the right work and she’s making awesome progress. We’re super proud of her and wanted to shout out! .
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#clientwins #letsgo #crushingit #music #singersongwriter #artistdevelopment #indiemusic #coaching #musicmarketing

So I’ve been quiet lately because my wife and I moved. BUT, check out the future home of BearTrack Recording! We’re star...
09/14/2020

So I’ve been quiet lately because my wife and I moved. BUT, check out the future home of BearTrack Recording! We’re starting to book sessions for 2021. So, if you’ve got some songs to work on, whether in Birmingham or remotely, let us know and we can start getting your plan together. Let’s go!
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#newstudio #studiovibes #recordingstudio #beartrackrecording #indiemusic #singersongwriter #artistdevelopment

1 year ago today I got fired, and what my wife & I did after led to the best year of my life. (Long post!)⠀So what did I...
08/05/2020

1 year ago today I got fired, and what my wife & I did after led to the best year of my life. (Long post!)

So what did I do that made last year the best ever?

1️⃣ I bet on myself

First thing I did was invest our savings (minus our security fund) in a business coaching program. I put the work in. I worked SO for 6 months without closing a sale, but I knew it was a matter of time. I knew I was going the right way. I signed on for another year before closing a deal.

Then, it all started to click and I closed $7k my first month.

COVID hit: I changed my offer. Business grew. I now coach artists from all over the world.

2️⃣ I changed how I approached jobs

I spent 14 years working for churches and non-profits and had been struggling to get that last one to work. It also didn’t help my boss really didn’t like me.

After getting fired it didn’t take long before my friends in churches were excited I was suddenly available - maybe a day. I kinda liked being available, but knew things needed to be different.

A friend wanted me to join their staff team, but I knew it wasn’t going to be a 100% fit. I really wanted to work with him though, so I flipped the conversation.

I said “here’s what I’d be open to...”

I put all my cards on the table and told him exactly what I’d be interested in and what I wouldn’t.

Well, they went for it.

Last month that same church wanted to expand my role, and I did that again.

I’m now working part-time doing exactly what I’d want to do to help them.

✅I’m living into my strengths.
✅I’m working for myself and growing my business.
✅I finally feel I’m doing the right work.
✅My mental health has been the best it’s been in forever.
✅My marriage feels more solid.
✅We’re more financially stable than ever.

All because I got fired 🔥

You can do it too! If you need a coach to get there, hit me up and we can see if we’re a fit to grow your business and/or your fan base.

Make this next year the best you’ve ever had!



#musicbusiness #musicmarketing #musicmanagement #indieartist #musicindustry #unsignedartist #music #artistdevelopment #artistmanagement #indiemusic #producer #musician #singersongwriter #coaching #consultant

07/23/2020

So you’re an artist who wants to be taken seriously.

Would people know that based on your profile and posts?

BearTrack Recording's cover photo
07/21/2020

BearTrack Recording's cover photo

07/15/2020
Sarah Stephens Music

CLIENT WINS

This is easily the best part of doing what we do! When our artists put in the work, the results follow.

Our primary plan with Sarah Stephens Music wasn’t to get on radio, but one of the side effects of an effective organic growth strategy is that you’ll get the right connection with the right kind of person. Her track was #19 of 70 songs in the mid-year review.

We’re so proud of Sarah, her hard & consistent work, and are grateful to be a part of her story!

Well, folks! I'm still listening to markskinradio.com, but I wanted to let you know that my title track off my recently released EP - Birmingham placed #19 on the mid-year countdown on The Grey Eagle Radio Show hosted by the great Jon Sexauer!

It’s true - your real fans want, and even NEED you to make money through your music. If your favorite artist had to quit...
07/06/2020

It’s true - your real fans want, and even NEED you to make money through your music. If your favorite artist had to quit music due to finances you’d be crushed. Well, no matter how long you’ve been at it, you’re someone’s favorite. Love your fans and don’t abuse them, but create ways for them to financially back your music. They’d much rather continually support you then have constant Kickstarters and crowdfunding campaigns as bailouts. Too many of those just proves you don’t know how to handle their investment.
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#musicbusiness #indiemusic #indieartist #singersongwriter #musicmarketing #artistdevelopment

07/03/2020

We're back today with FAQ Friday: What do I do to get fans to engage?
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It's easy and difficult - you've gotta give your fans what THEY want. This starts with EMPATHY.
That means you have to actually KNOW who your fans are and what they want. This takes time, research, and conversations.
BUT you can also get some of that info from what you've put out before.
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IG posts with behind-the-scenes blowing up? Do more of that!
Posts about your kids getting no engagement? STOP IT!
Posts about your family doing great? DO MORE!
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Creating a rabid fan base is all about loving your fans and giving them access. People will vote with their feet, clicks, follows, listens, and $$.

If what you're doing isn't getting the result you need - STOP IT and try something else.

But you don't have to do it alone. Work with a coach, a manager, a mentor, other artists. We can go so much farther together, and it's worth the investment to get out of whatever hold you've happened to fall into.

Love you guys - keep hustling! If you have questions, shoot them over and we're glad to resource you. The world's a better place when songwriters who have something important to say can get their music heard.

06/18/2020

So much noise - an avg. of 40k songs released on Spotify DAILY

How are you writing something important we all need to hear?

06/10/2020
An Artist's Greatest Gift - PERSPECTIVE

The greatest thing an artist has to give the world is a new perspective. Especially right now, we need some songs showing things in a new way.

How are you offering a new perspective?

06/05/2020
Important Announcement

We love you. We’re for you. We’re with you.

Black Lives Matter

If you have a song supporting the movement, we want to be a part of it. More details in the video.

Love you all!

- Jeremiah

It’s so crazy that 10 years ago today my old band released this album. It’s the album that got me into producing music. ...
06/04/2020

It’s so crazy that 10 years ago today my old band released this album. It’s the album that got me into producing music. In some ways the world is so different from 2010 and in some (unfortunate) ways it’s the same. Hoping the next 10 are looking up! .
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#musicproduction #indierock #indieband

We’re gonna take tomorrow off in solidarity, and would encourage you to do the same. We’ll be back with some content for...
06/02/2020

We’re gonna take tomorrow off in solidarity, and would encourage you to do the same.

We’ll be back with some content for you guys on Wednesday to hopefully help you continue to grow your music career.

If you need someone to talk to, we’re glad to listen.

We love you. We stand with you. You’re not alone. Your voice matters to us. Your life matters to us.

#blacklivesmatter

FAQ:  Why do you do free strategy calls - is that just some sales trick?  Are free calls ACTUALLY free?If you ever want ...
05/29/2020

FAQ: Why do you do free strategy calls - is that just some sales trick? Are free calls ACTUALLY free?

If you ever want to talk to our clients, they can really let you know if it’s a sales trick or not. If it’s a “trick” we’d probably be rolling in more cash haha

So why DO we do free strategy calls?

Because we genuinely believe everyone wins when artists win.

People need hope. People need to know they’re not alone. Music can give so much to people.

So if an artist is making great music and not getting heard, then that’s a problem we want to fix even if we never make anything.

We believe we need more important songs and voices right now and I want to help.

Besides, we only work with artists we’d actually pay money to see or listen to - we really have to believe in an artist to work as closely with them as we do.

But even if an artist never works with us, artists who are writing important music NEED to be heard.

Do we sometimes get clients through calls like this? Yes.
Is it WHY we want to help artists? No.

It’s like what we say to artists all the time - love your fans and they’ll love you back.

We want artists to win - period.

Comment or DM us your question and we'll add it to our list.

05/27/2020

We're NOTHING without our fans.
Remember that. Remind them.

Love your fans 1st and they'll love you back!

05/26/2020
How We Sell Without "Selling"

So much of our branding work with clients is getting to know their stories. When our artists realize how their stories can connect with potential fans, then we're ready to start building relationships at scale.

Here's a bit of our call with Gabby Neeley Music.

If you're interested in diving into your brand and how you can create some intentional systems to grow your fan base, hit us up. Even if we don't work together in a coaching relationship we want to help.

Everyone wins when artists get to make more music that matters.

FAQ Friday: "How do I learn to write great songs?"We get this a lot from songwriters who are starting out, or feel stuck...
05/22/2020

FAQ Friday: "How do I learn to write great songs?"

We get this a lot from songwriters who are starting out, or feel stuck. The answer?

Write a bunch of crappy songs first.

It's not a fun answer at all. But songwriting is a muscle that needs exercise.

Ed Sheeran says it's like turning on a dirty tap (video in the comments) - dirty water's gonna flow out for a while but then clean water will start to flow.

The more you write, the more you'll get better songs to come out. The more you study great songwriters, the more you'll be able to write great songs.

There's no shortcut to writing great songs - we just have to write the bad songs first.

Schedule time every day to write something, even if it's no good, and even if it's only 15 minutes. Get in the practice of writing and it'll create an environment for the good songs to flow.

05/21/2020
BearFace

Love and gratitude for your fans can go such a long way toward building a great community. Never forget where you came from and who got you to where you are now.

Artists are nothing without fans. Love them well.

Just feeling grateful today. We wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for you - our fans.

So we’re working on some new music, and it’s taking a while, but we just wanted to say how much we deeply appreciate and love all of you guys.

Here’s one of our favorite BearFace Choir moments from our cover of “Laurel Wreath” by Bear's Den.

If you have cover requests, DM us and we’ll see what we can do 😊. Love you guys! .

#love #indiemusic #harmonies #singersongwriter

Trying something new - FAQ Friday.  We get a lot of questions we answer privately, but we're gonna start sharing some he...
05/15/2020

Trying something new - FAQ Friday. We get a lot of questions we answer privately, but we're gonna start sharing some here. Here's #1:

FAQ: I want other people to like my music, but I really don’t want to feel like I need to make music I don’t like. How do I get people to like my music without “selling out?”

Answer: The same way Coca-Cola gets in front of people who drink Coke - POSITIONING.

Coke spends a lot of $$ buying end-caps in grocery stores. They’re not trying to get Pepsi drinkers to switch. They’re getting Coke drinkers to buy without walking down the aisle.

The first rule of positioning your music is to KNOW YOUR LISTENERS.

You don’t need to change someone’s mind - you need to get in front of people who are already set up to dig your music.

Buy the end-cap!

That way it’s a win-win every time!

(Comment or DM us a question you have about growing your music career and we might add it to our FAQ’s)

We're so proud of our Artist Development clients and their progress!If you're feeling stuck with your music career, we'r...
05/12/2020

We're so proud of our Artist Development clients and their progress!

If you're feeling stuck with your music career, we're offering 10 FREE strategy calls this month.

Being stuck is the most expensive thing for our careers. We miss out on opportunities by not having fan communities built around our music.

Here are some highlights from our clients:
Ice Station Zebra - 3 months in - Page likes from 890 to 1,151 with a devoted fan group of 119
Joshua Koch Music - 5 weeks in - Page likes from 286 to 682
J Patrick Reed - 5 weeks in - Videos with 1400, 2100, 2800, even 8400 views!
Sarah Stephens Music - 4 weeks in - Page likes from 0 to 240, thousands of live video views
Sumair Arif - 5 weeks in - 258,900 video views on TikTok

To request a call, just click the link below to fill out our quick info form. It'll give us some info on your career so we can dive in as quickly as possible on our call.

Again, 100% free - no sales pitch, no strings attached - just free help. Everyone wins when artists who make meaningful music get to have the careers they've dreamed of.

Love you guys - keep making music that matters! Here's the link:

https://share.hsforms.com/10tf4R3o3TyqEqlFQs3xMYw48qwd

We’re so excited to be working with Gabby Neeley Music in our artist development program. She’s a killer pop artist and ...
05/11/2020

We’re so excited to be working with Gabby Neeley Music in our artist development program. She’s a killer pop artist and songwriter and we can’t wait to see how successful she’s gonna be. Also check out her newest single, “Refuge" (link in comments). Watch out for her!

#artistdevelopment #indieartist #marketingformusicians #pop #popartist

05/05/2020
Expenses vs Investments

How you think about money has so much impact on your career. And I get it - as someone who's had tons of past failure in music. It can be tough to get out there again.

That's why I do what I do.

I feel like it's my job to help people avoid what I did in the past. BUT getting your mindset toward investment is one of the keys to my clients' success.

Keep writing songs that matter and need to be sung!

04/30/2020
More vs. Optimized

Sometimes the solution isn't MORE - it's OPTIMIZE.

We're so proud of the work Joshua Koch Music has been doing, and this only really works with an artist who's going to put the work in.

That's what made this an easy fix.

So when you're discouraged and feel like you're spinning your wheels, take a step back and see if it's the wrong work, not enough, or just the right work in the wrong places. And every now and then we need someone to help us see that.

Keep making music that matters!

One of our clients shared this and she’s 100% right! This is how super-fans are made. How much MORE does it cost to send...
04/28/2020

One of our clients shared this and she’s 100% right! This is how super-fans are made. How much MORE does it cost to send an album out before it’s official release date? $0. How much value has it created? Tons. Love your fans first and the rest will take care of itself. .
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#loveyourfans #artistdevelopment #coaching #indiemusic #singersongwriter

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WHAT WE DO

We guide our clients through the wilderness of their music careers.

Feeling lost sucks.

Feeling lost and lonely is worse.

We walk with our clients as they pursue their dreams and craft their most meaningful works.

WHY WE EXIST

We love partnering with talented, career-motivated artists and bands - it’s why we do what we do. We use the word “partner” because that’s exactly how we see it - we take care of our clients’ needs as if they were our own. And we choose to work with artists we’d pay to see live, so our artists end up getting a team of super-fans for life. It’s a win-win, and we love it.

Every single client is different, so we treat each project uniquely.

For some clients, we partner to craft the song from the ground up and all the way to release - co-writing, song production, session musicians, mixing, mastering, release strategy, graphic design, video, etc.

Some partner with us for just one piece of the puzzle.

Some artists may choose to come to our studio in Birmingham, Alabama while some may choose to work with us remotely. Some may even prefer we work with them in a studio near them.

There’s no one-size project, so we don’t have a one-size-fits-all method.

Wherever you are in your journey,and whatever your needs are, our team is ready to help.

START YOUR JOURNEY WITH US

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