Band Website Extreme Makeover: World Premiere at SXSW!

We’re headed down to Austin, TX next week for the biggest music conference and festival in the world: SXSW. But it won’t be all parties and great BBQ, although there will of course be plenty of that. We’re really excited to be hosting not 1, but *2* sessions at the conference this year.

They say everything is bigger in Texas. So one panel wasn’t enough!

Both sessions will be moderated by Bandzoogle CEO David Dufresne, and he will be joined by our Director of Artist Relations Dave Cool, as well as Brian Felsen (President, AdRev), Chandler Coyle (Co Founder, Music Geek Services), and Ari Herstand (Musician, Blogger at Ari's Take/Digital Music News).

Here are the panel details, including how you can participate:

Band Website Extreme Makeover Part 1: Demolition Derby

Wednesday, March 18
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Artist Central in Ballroom E (Austin Convention Center)

Live critiques of band websites! In this interactive session, bands submit their websites for review, then each site's design, organization, content and functionality will be assessed. How does the website fit with the band's overall online strategy? How successfully does it achieve their goals? Reviews will be ruthless and diplomacy left aside, but everyone in attendance will learn how to improve their websites. Plus, one winner will be chosen to have their website redesigned and used for part 2 of this session on how to build an effective band website!

If you’d like to have your site reviewed by the panel, we're welcoming early website submissions through dcool[at], subject line: Band Website Extreme Makeover.

Band Website Extreme Makeover Part 2: How to Build a Stunning Website Yourself

Saturday, March 21
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Artist Central in Ballroom E (Austin Convention Center)

Using a website chosen during part 1 of this session, our experts will explain how they gave it a fresh redesign and rebuilt it according to best practices. This panel will show musicians how to create an effective website that will impress new visitors, keep fans engaged, get people signed up to their mailing list, and shopping from their online store. The panel will discuss how a band’s website should be organized, what content needs to be included, how it should be designed, and what mistakes to avoid.

Are you a Bandzoogle member attending SXSW?

While in Austin, we’ll be looking to meet Bandzoogle members. If you’ll be performing at SXSW or any side-events, or simply attending the conference, please let us know! Leave a comment below, Tweet to us, or post the details to our Facebook page. Or you can email Dave Cool directly at dcool[at]

Also be sure to follow us on Instagram to see what we’re up to while in Austin! (ok it will be lots of music & BBQ)


What's Goin' on Binghamton
Posted by What's Goin' on Binghamton on Mar 10 2015 8:18 PM
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Mar 11 2015 7:27 AM
It is indeed awesome!
Microtonal Blog
Posted by Microtonal Blog on Mar 19 2015 11:57 AM
This is awesome! I really hope that someone puts up a YouTube video of these panels...a lot of great experts here, and it makes me wish I was at SxSW.
Dave Cool
Posted by Dave Cool on Mar 26 2015 11:49 AM
Microtonal Blog: We don't have video, but we did do a comprehensive recap of the panels, check it out: