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May 17, 2008

Derek Sivers of CD Baby: Audio Interview

The conversation lasted a full hour and 25 minutes, and it was a good one. It was a rare chance to get into the mind of someone who has forever changed the independent music landscape.

We talked about how much the music business has evolved over the decade that CD Baby has been in existence (the site celebrated its 10-year anniversary in March). And we delved into how artists can stand out from the crowd with or without money, and why this continues to be an incredible era of opportunity for indie music acts.

The entire audio is free to download and share with as many people as you like. Our gift to you.

To download the file, place your cursor over the title below and right-click your mouse. Then select "save target as" or "save link as" to save it to your hard drive. Mac users: Control-click and select "Download link to disk." Note that the file is 20 megs.

Derek Sivers Interview (MP3 file, 20 megs)

You can also just listen online now, without downloading, using this streaming audio player:

This is the first in a series of free conference calls that preview the Indie Buzz Bootcamp music conference, which takes place June 20-22 in St. Louis, MO. Derek and several other speakers (including Ariel Hyatt, Tom Jackson, Nancy Moran, John Taglieri and yours truly) will be there all weekend.

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posted by Bob Baker @ 9:42 AM   3 comments


At May 17, 2008 12:24:00 PM, Anonymous Nik Payton said...

A huge thanks for this. I'm sure I am one of many who really appreciate the help and work you, Derek, Ariel etc give to us indie musicians. Not only with posts like this but with all aspects of the changing musical world. Again, thank you.

At May 18, 2008 5:30:00 PM, Anonymous Paul Tauterouff said...

Thanks for this Bob and thanks to Derek too. It's really great what you guys are doing to help indie musicians.

At Jun 4, 2008 2:02:00 AM, Blogger azumuth said...

Thanks heaps Bob, this post has been a real help for me and also an inspiration just when I needed it! Now I've got a lot of things to start working on, great stuff.


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