As a musician, you should be putting your time into writing and creating music. In this digital world, having a website to share that content far and wide is a reality for most artists. Bandzoogle was created as a do-it-yourself sitebuilder to help all musicians make a music website that would shine a spotlight on their craft.
Our goal is to help artists with a quick and easy website design, meant to promote your albums and shows with a professional vibe.
So how do you design a music website to best match your brand? Here are some examples, found in the thousands of music websites on our platform. They hit the mark in all areas, from being creative to professional, with lots of organized content and music.
Engaging header image
Artist: Jamie Drake
When someone visits your website you only have a few seconds to make a big impression. The quickest way to grab their attention is with a noteworthy header image.
You will use imagery throughout your website design to convey your sound and a sense of who you are as a musician. Get a few professional photos taken with this in mind - and then feel free to get creative as Jamie Drake has done. Her greyscale image, set off with whimsical flowers, is the perfect nod to her indie folk vocal style. Her name, using an eye-catching logo, is easy to read against the main image, and exudes a funky vibe with the outlined text.
Another example of a main image that sets the tone for the entire website’s design comes from folk-pop duo Fox and Bones. They use an unusual color combination in their header, and carry that vintage feel throughout their website. With a quick look at their header image, you get the sense that they make beautiful, thoughtful music, and this gets you clicking on that music to hear it.
Artist: Fox and Bones
To add some motion and interest to your website design, try a video in the header area. People love the look of a live video, or you can use a staged one. Choose a clip that shows you off with your instrument, or just speaks to your style of songwriting.
Coco Love Alcorn’s music website includes a great example of a video header. She uses animation, taken from her lyric video, to spell out the name of her new album. It’s a simple yet effective concept to hook people, and get them listening to the music.
Artist: Coco Love Alcorn
In addition to an engaging image, an effective tool to use in music website design is a call-to-action. To create one, use text and a button to prompt your website visitors to take a specified action.
With a music website, it could be to listen to your latest single, new album, or watch a recent video. Update your call-to-action text regularly, depending on what you are trying to accomplish.
DJ Athenz places a call-to-action over her header image, including a button to listen to her new album. You can direct people to listen on your website, and link to your music page, to get visitors exploring your content.
A call-to-action should sit nicely over your image, blending in yet also standing out, and Athenz does this well by using text that is bold, easy to read, and consistent. You can fill in the button or leave it as an outline depending on the look you are going for.
After looking at engaging header images, the menu is also an important aspect for any music website design. To be sure your website is easy to navigate, create a clear navigation. The Moonfruits website is a prime example of a band using a bilingual menu effectively. They have English pages on one side, and corresponding French pages on the other side.
Each page is tucked away in an easy to find dropdown list. Then they also use the menu as a tool to draw attention to their current crowdfunding campaign.
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Content area sections
In addition to being trendy in website design, styled sections are a great way to customize your content. You might think that putting your music, photos, and video into blocks would create a boxy feel - but sections are a great way to let your creativity loose.
Add different colors or background images to separate out your features, and then mix and match colors to let your personality shine through. Create two or three section styles, each with their own color combinations, and then re-use those throughout your design for a coordinated look.
Drawing from black and grey tones, singer-songwriter Piper Cole adds subtle textures to all of her section backgrounds, giving her website a polished look. Her content flows down the page, with each section standing out. In addition to a crisp white font, her sections also are marked clearly with titles to further organize the page. Using a playful font in the sections offers a look into what her music will sound like.
Artist: Piper Cole
Indie-pop band Attaboy uses sections to full advantage as well. They’ve taken a music website template and created a compelling design with black and white sections. Keeping things simple but clear, each section is marked clearly and accessed by clicking the menu, which jumps down the page to the proper area. Giving their content full-width treatment also gives their website a modern look.
Creative page layouts
When working within a website template, it’s important to put your stamp on the content area with an interesting layout. Different columns or combinations of imagery and text will go a long way in telling your story on your pages.
To go along with their flowing music, folk band The Lifers uses soft imagery and clean whitespace to convey their message. With a three-column layout plus images and text sitting under a title, their website visitors are given clear options to watch and listen.
Each image goes along with their color palette, and you get the sense that they are probably organized, and easy to work with. They’ve clearly invested time and attention to detail into their website design, so you would expect that they treat their music, and audiences, with that same care.
Artist: The Lifers
An important part of any musician’s website is the press kit. Paying attention to the layout of the EPK page will result in getting booked at more shows. Plus, having your content easy to grab will make things easier for a festival, venue, or music blogger. Whether you use a built-in EPK template, or add all of your media content and then organize it, use columns to lay things out.
Blues-rock guitarist Marcela Campos has created a great example of an EPK for a musician. She starts off with a header image that clearly describes her style of music. Then the content area is simple, with whitespace around all of the content.
Marcela uses a quote front and center to describe her music. She follows that by separating her press kit details, using a title for each. Using a mix of text, imagery and media (think music and video) is the perfect way to create a press kit that’s interesting but also offers the content in a way that’s quick to scan.
Her design uses simple colors that match her header image, and the fonts are clean and easy to read. This results in a balanced page that’s fun to look at and listen to.
Artist: Marcela Campos
Fonts to suit your style
Choosing fonts for your band website might seem like a simple task, but there’s lots to consider. You’ll need the text to be easy to read. You’ll want to emphasize some content with titles, bigger or bold text. You’ll also want to choose fonts that tie together your entire music website, while still reflecting you as an artist.
Ian Fisher has chosen a funky font and used it throughout his website text. The type itself tells a story of a rambling songwriter, inspired by the 70s, with music that’s lively yet delicate. Since he has used a dark grey background to coordinate with his recent album’s colors, all of his text is white, which is great for legibility.
Artist: Ian Fisher
Another nice example of music website design using fonts to tell a story is Jeremiah Tall’s site. He selected a font that pairs wells with his earthly colors and artwork. The hand drawn font offers a look into Jeremiah’s overall vibe - an Americana artist with a flowing, robust sound. Using a dark brown font color on a cream background provides good contrast, while still staying within the website’s overall color palette.
Artist: Jeremiah Tall
Minimal design and whitespace
A trend in website design today is using lots of whitespace. This works for many reasons, and can be a great way to let your content breathe. White is so clean and simple - using it as a major color on your website will allow you to be creative with your other color and font choices.
Keyboardist and producer Anomalie has created a stunning, simple website, which goes hand in hand with his energy driven synth project. His music is easy to listen to and his merch is easy to locate and buy.
He makes use of a very minimal design. No header image, just a logo front and center. Every image on his website is high-quality, with crisp lines. Little details like that make his website as a whole look polished and professional.
Another nice example of less being more comes from songstress Kora Feder. Her main image is grayscale, set neatly under her name and menu. Her background is white, and all of her text is black. It produces a clean look - a website that’s eye-catching, and easy to navigate.
Just because she is using black and white doesn’t mean her website is cookie cutter or boring. It’s the opposite, and makes you want to look further into her content. Grayscale imagery in the background sections set off her album art, and really tie together her entire look.
Artist: Kora Feder
When choosing the colors for your website design, you can look to your main image or your album art for inspiration. Using a website template doesn’t limit you to a preset palette; the sky's the limit when it comes to customizing the look and feel through color.
A great example of music website design done right is Mary Prankster’s colorful home on the web. She uses pops of bright yellow and pink to frame her main image. Then she pulls in red for an unexpected complementary color that really works to set off her name. Hot pink is carried through her website, from the buttons to a few standout sections, and gives her content a lively feel.
Artist: Mary Prankster
Single page designs are popular for musicians who need a simple yet concise website. Keeping everything on one page allows you to showcase one main idea.
Country music duo Johnny and Heidi have created a great example of a one-page music website. Both well-known respectively, they’ve put together a simple website for their new collaborative project as it gets off the ground.
Click a menu item and you’ll jump down the page to read their bio, listen to their music, or contact them for show bookings. With a few professional images, full-width content area, and smooth transitions down the page, their website is modern and effective.
Artist: Johnny and Heidi
One of the best things about using a music website template for your design is that you can change it up whenever you want. Releasing a new album? Select a new look to go with it. Planning a big tour? Change the look and feel of your website to go along with your posters and merch.
Even if you feel like you just need something new to promote - change up your website design and give your fans a fresh look into your music. Your content will stay intact, or you can move sections and features around to mix things up. Then share your shiny new look with your fans, getting more people listening to your music again, and signing up to your mailing list.
If you need more inspiration to build your own music website, check out some of our most popular website templates for musicians. With so many design options, you can have your own website looking great in no time.
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