One of the most important pages on your website is your bio page. Let's face it - although you may be great at composing melodies and lyrics, it’s hard to write about yourself! This is not an easy thing to do, but it’s a super important way to make your band look professional.
A great bio will create the first impression of you to many of your website visitors, so make it a good one. It will help convert your visitors into fans, as well as give bloggers and media a sense of who you are.
So what elements do you need to craft an effective musician bio?
1. Engaging introduction
Make a few notes on a piece of paper to begin. Jot down your name, and where you’re from. Add what you sound like, then your influences. This will help you shape a sentence or two as an introduction. Make it engaging, and concise.
Think about tone as well. Depending on your style of music, and your personality, you may want to inject some humor into your bio.
2. Background information
Include some relevant background information, including your musical history, but keep it short. You want to be sure to keep your visitors engaged - not lose them with lengthy paragraphs of text.
You’ll want to write your bio in the third person. This will make it quick to scan and understand, and will also help with your website’s search engine optimization (SEO). It also allows media, bloggers, and venues to simply copy and paste your bio if they need.
Artist: Redwood Son
3. Description of your music
Although most of your fans will know, a music blogger may not yet have a sense of your sound. Add a quick description of what your music is like.
It may be hard to fit your sound into a genre, but try to use a few words that people can use to place you.
Then, talk about what you’re currently up to with your music. Have you just gone into the studio? Released a single? Co-written a song with another artist?
Choose the most relevant, and recent things that you’ve done with your music, and add those to your bio.
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4. Career highlights and achievements
Think about everything you’ve accomplished with your music. Have you opened for a well-known band, or played a big festival? Have you charted on the radio or had success on streaming music platforms? Been nominated for an award?
Make a list of your achievements. Then pick two or three of the most impressive items, and include those in your band bio.
Don’t exaggerate or embellish - stick to the facts, and present them in a positive way.
Artist: Jason Tom
5. Media quotes
Throwing in a quote from a reviewer to help describe your sound, or your latest album, will lend some authority to your bio. It’s a nice way to show that others are talking professionally about your music.
If you don’t have one, that’s ok - just keep it in mind for the future.
6. Up to date information
Artist: Jon Hart
Sample musician bios
Still feeling stuck? A sample musician bio might go a bit like this:
Quick introduction. Mention your name, your style of music, and your influences.
Move on to some background. Mention how long you’ve been playing, the bands you’ve played with, and a notable accomplishment or two.
End with what you’re doing currently. This could be touring, recording, writing, or a mention of your latest album.
Your bio will differ if you’re a solo act, or writing for a band. Here are a few examples of each type to give you some inspiration:
Beatboxer Jason Tom also includes lots of information on his Biography page, separating text sections with color and imagery.
Covenhoven is another example of a sleek bio page with some great text that builds his story.
Elena & Los Fulanos have a great full band bio page with bilingual text for each band member, plus images in clean columns.
Acoustic troubadours The Original Waysiders provide a band bio, then break down each member’s musical style.
Canadian songwriting duo Twin Flames do something similar. They talk about their band at the top of the bio page, note their awards, then break things down for each member.
Artist: The Original Waysiders
Now that you’re all done writing your musician bio, check your spelling. Then check it again. Be sure there are no errors or typos!
With these tips, you’ll be able to create an effective musician bio that’s impressive and easy to read.
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