Musician Bio Example and How to write a musician bio

How to write a musician bio

Musician bio example and How to write a musician bio

How to Write a Musician Bio, When to Use a Short and Long One, What Each Consists of, and How to Use it as an EPK!

There are two important questions to answer in a short bio. These questions will give people what they need to know about you as well as entice them to find out more. The two questions are as follows;

  1. What do you want your fans to feel after hearing your music?
  2. What is the force that drove you to music?

This post was updated 9/14/2016 to reflect changes in the music industry.

Here’s a news flash, no one really wants to read a whole page about you. Most won’t really care about your upbringing, where you went to high school, or how you got into music. There is a time and a place for that type of information and the time or place is not when you are trying to gain new fans. As an upcoming artist you have two seconds to make that potential fan want to find out more about you. So how do I do that you ask? Well, you don’t do it with 5 paragraphs. You do it through images, videos, and by answering two questions about yourself when you have too. In this post we give you musician bio example, and hope to define how to write a musician bio, how to write a short and long one, when and where to use each, plus how to leverage it is an EPK.

When and Where to Use a Short Bio

Short bio’s are used when fans are just finding you. For example, the bios of your social media profiles. These are good places for a short bio because a good percentage of the people going on to your profile will be new potential fans, plus you only have a couple of sentences to entice them to research more about you.

Another example of where to use a short bio would be on the home page of your website. It is key to have a short bio here for a few reasons.

  1. You don’t want to bore people right off the bat with a bunch of text about you. Chances are they will get off your page before even checking out your music and watching your videos.
  2. You want to give your “new” fans a taste of what they can expect from you as an artist
  3. You don’t want to give too much about you away because you want them to explore your page / music / videos / products.

Questions to Answer in a Short Bio

There are two important questions to answer in a short bio. These questions will give people what they need to know about you as well as entice them to find out more. The two questions are as follows;

  1. What do you want your fans to feel after hearing your music?
  2. What is the force that drove you to music?

Here’s an example of what CiKxHEi’s short bio look like on the front page of their website CiKxHEi.com   (musicain bio example)

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The first sentence answers what drove CiKxHEi to create music. The second sentence answers what people should feel when listening to their music. It is as simple as that. The read more button will bring fans to the longer bio if they decide they want to know more.

When and Where to Use a “Long” Bio

Long bios are probably the type you are more familiar with. This type of bio would be ideal for 2 types of people

  1. Existing fans who fully support you and want to know as much about you as possible
  2. People in the press looking for information about you for their next article or media of some type.

I always think it’s a good idea to have your long bio on a separate, dedicated page of your website that way if people really want to find out more they can, but if they don’t want to they don’t have too. It is also nice to have a separate page because you can use it as a type of EPK for press. To do this here is what your page will need to contain

  1. A long bio
  2. Professional, up to date, photos of you that the press can download for use in their articles
  3. Quotes from influencers in the industry (perhaps about your newest song or what you are promoting at the time)
  4. The links to all of your social accounts
  5. Your contact information.

If you opt to double your about page as a press page I would suggest putting a little paragraph at the top that says something along the lines of “if you are a writer please feel free to use all of the content on this page to help write your article, photos included.” This way press won’t try to contact you, or your PR person to get rights to use the photos on your site. Also leave numbers 3, 4, and 5 out in your long bio since you will have it in your page .

Here is an example of CiKxHEi’s about page http://www.cikxhei.com/about/ They decided to make their about page sort of like a step by step as to where they are today and create a separate page for press which can be found here http://www.cikxhei.com/press/

What to Include in a Long Bio

  1. Your logo
  2. Your stage name
  3. Member names and what they do
  4. Describe your music. What feelings does it evoke?
  5. Links to your music: Website (to the music page), ReverbNation, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, etc.
  6. Where you are from
  7. Quotes from press
  8. Amount of plays, followers, likes, subscribers and video views you have on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
  9. The two questions from before; what do you want your fans to feel after hearing your music and what is the force that drove you to music?
  10. Contact information
  11. Number of shows or tours you have done
  12. If you sold large quantities of song downloads or EPs, mention it
  13. Mention any radio play
  14. What larger bands you have opened for. Keep it as brief and to the point as possible.

So there you have it. Musician bio example, How to write a musician bio, when to use a short and long bio and what each consists of. Plus a bonus tip on how to double your about page as an EPK for the media. Thank us later.

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