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The Unstarving Musician

The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features interviews with indie music artists an industry pros who share their experience and expertise on songwriting, recording, touring, getting gigs, marketing, and much more. It’s all intended to help indie artists to more of what they love–make music.

May 9, 2019

Daniel Stidham, Raid the Quarry, Releasing a new album, Temporary Cemetary, Ghost Town

In this episode Daniel Stidham of Raid the Quarry discusses strategies for releasing a new album. His Raleigh North Carolina bansed band has just released their first full length album, Temporary Cemetery.

Episode Highlights

The episode begins with Daniel Stidham discussing the launch of Raid the Quarry’s new album Temporary Cemetery. Our conversation continues with his thoughts on:

  • Strategies for releasing a full album vs. an EP series, and balancing the advice of others
  • The story behind the track “Ghost Town”
  • The differences in promoting a second album compared to the first
  • How Raid the Quarry collaborate to create songs
  • Developing confidence in your own work, while being open to feedback
  • The business of making money as a band
  • Competing for listeners’ time and attention amidst changing music trends
  • Strategic planning for expanding their audience, both in-person and online

3 Key Takeaways

  • Everyone brings different skills to the table – harness those skills.
  • Have confidence in your work. Be open to feedback.
  • It’s okay to be a weekend warrior. Learn, develop and grow.

Tweetable Quotes

  • “I’m learning how to speak drum.” –Raid the Quarry guitarist Daniel Stidham
  • “Just because I can write a song, doesn’t mean that I have all the answers or that I couldn’t benefit from someone else’s style and input.” –Daniel Stidham
  • “More than anything it takes confidence. You’ve got to be able to put something forth that’s not fully formed and not be afraid of having it shot down.” –Daniel Stidham


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