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Telling Your Story: How to Write an Effective Musician Biography

by | BandMix 101

An artist bio is a super important part of explaining who you are and what you’re about. Especially on your BandMix profile, other musicians will use your bio to understand you and see if you’re a good musical fit for them. Whether you’re an existing band looking to fill positions or a solo musician seeking new bandmates, your artist bio or ‘description’ needs to be up to scratch. 

When inputting your information into BandMix, we ask you to provide a description (a short bio about yourself), influences (some bands/artists/genres you feel have influenced you), and an equipment list. These additions to your profile will help paint a clearer picture of you as a musician and help fellow musos decide if they should connect with you. We’ve put together some tips on how to write a robust BandMix description to improve your profile; however, these ideas can apply to anyone (soloist, band, or otherwise) who wants a stand-out bio.

How To Write A Good Bio

  • Key information – Start by introducing yourself and mention any bands you’ve previously been in or what performance experience you have. You don’t need to go too far into the instruments or genres you play or where you’re from, as you can select these to show on your BandMix profile anyway. You should include any of your notable achievements or interesting facts, but keep it relevant.
  • Personality – Inject some personality into your description—aim to be different and eye-catching rather than a carbon copy of other musicians. Stand out from the crowd!
  • Be clear – Within the first sentence or two, be clear with what you want from your fellow musos. Are you looking to join a ukulele rock group, or do you want to meet a songwriting partner? By stating what you are seeking, site users can make up their minds quickly about whether you’re a good fit for each other.
  • Keep it short and sweet – Anyone looking at your profile won’t want to read an essay, so be concise and to the point. Try and stick to 100 words if you’re a soloist or 200 words if you’re an existing band, but if you can sum it up in less, go for it! Although there’s no character limit for the ‘description’ box on BandMix, you’ll need to keep it exciting and relevant otherwise;, readers will be yawning.
  • Editing and proofreading – You’ll be surprised how many musician bios have spelling or grammar mistakes, and it could be a turn-off for musos reading your profile. Take a few minutes to re-read what you’ve written, make sure it flows and be certain there aren’t any errors.
  • Keep it updated – You’ll want to keep your BandMix profile bio (and, in fact, any bio) up to date with your current information. Now and then, take a look at how you can improve it, and be sure to double-check your selections – have you joined a band in the past month and are now only available two nights a week?
  • Have fun with it – If you’re bored by your bio, other musicians reading your profile will most likely be bored too. Perhaps slip in an interesting fact about yourself (do you make music full-time, or are you a juggler?!) as this may spice it up and pique the interest of profile readers, as well as being a great talking point when you do connect.

To add a bio to your BandMix profile, simply login to your account and click ‘Profile’ on your dashboard. Then you’ll be able to add your description, influences, and equipment list in the ‘additional profile information’ section. Here you can also edit your other profile information – it’s wise to keep everything up to date, so your profile doesn’t go stale. If you need any pointers on your BandMix profile, we have an FAQ section and video that takes you through the process: 

If you’re writing a band bio for an EPK or press release, take a look at our EPK tips here: 

Good luck with writing your bio – and most of all, have fun!

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