**MODS: I spent about 10 minutes trying to figure out which forum this would be most appropriate in, and this is where I decided on. Every so often I see people dropping by the forums asking how they can "blow up" their friends' bands or family members' bands, but no one ever gives concrete advice in regards to the MUSIC industry. Black Hat SEO only goes so far. As someone who works (read: day job) in the industry for a label, and as an independent music marketer for various indie bands, I'd like to make an official thread where people can come and ask questions about what the "next step" in their music career should be, or how to even get started. We can share tips/tricks, or you can pick my brain about how I get bands going. No guarantee I'll always respond right away, but I'll be around for sure.