Don’t let your drum solo be the only time you’re in the spotlight. Highlight your skills by creating your own drummer website!
Great music is about timing, and without the steady work of a great drummer a live show can go downhill fast. Many up and coming musicians are also looking to better themselves through lessons. Having a website allows you to get gigs and paying clients.
You might see the value, but don’t have any idea how to build a website. There’s no need to worry, we’re here to guide you. Let’s take a look at what a successful drummer website looks like.
The first step is always designing a great Homepage. This will be the most challenging part, not because it’s difficult, but because you want to put your best content up front. The Homepage needs to grab your visitor's attention (like when you juggle your drumsticks!) and keep them wanting more.
The most important element is your header image. This can make or break a website. If you use grainy or blurry pictures, it makes a bad impression of you and your music. The best thing you can do is invest in professional photos. It’s definitely worth it because you can use these photos for your website and across social media as well.
Australian drummer, Ryan Blunden, has an awesome hair flip pic as his main image.
This brings his site to life and lets visitors know he’s really into his craft. His homepage also includes a short welcome message and sponsor links.
Your homepage should also include a mailing list signup form, upcoming events and a video.
As a drummer your skillset allows you to market yourself to bands, as a solo performer or an instructor. Before anyone will hire you though they need to know more about you.
A great bio is written in third person and includes some variety. Mike Reed is a multi-talented musician who knows how to write an engaging bio.
You should include information about your past, present, and future. Think about adding how you got started, accomplishments, album releases, tours and your upcoming goals
Your fans love a powerful drum performance so give ‘em what they want. Dedicate a page on your website to let them know where they can find you.
Take a look at Luke Pammenton’s ‘Live’ page. He provides a detailed events list plus some great performance shots on the page.
Another great benefit to a shows page is the option to share events on social media. Getting the word out about your gigs can gain you some new fans as well.
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The next page in your drummer website design should be a media page. This is where you would add things like music, photos, and videos.
Eatsleepdrums displays a nice layout with lots of variety.
Video is a great addition to a website as it ranks higher in search results than plain text. You can embed videos to your site with ease from YouTube or Vimeo with our built in Video feature.
Adding music is a breeze also. You can add it using our built-in Music feature or embed a music widget from an external site as well. The choice is yours!
Adding a Store page opens up more money making opportunities. You can sell recorded music from your band, backing tracks and drum loops.
Grammy award winning drummer, Mike Meadows, sells his own solo recordings on his site. He’s also thought of another creative idea - to sell artwork along with each track or album as well.
Anything you can add to a store page is extra income to support your career. You can even sell physical merch like drumsticks, drum keys and earplugs.
Offering lessons on your website is another great option to make additional income. In fact, it’s such a great idea professional drummer, JJ Jones, created a whole website dedicated to it.
She’s set up the site in a way that makes it easy to teach clients through Google hangout, Facetime, or Skype. Using the Store feature, JJ sells online appointments as well as package deals.
Through different pages like ‘how it works’ and ‘testimonials’ she puts prospective clients at ease about the online process.
The last page on your website will be the Contact page. This page is important so fans and industry pros can get in touch with you. There are three things you’ll want to have on this page. A custom form, social media icons, and mailing list signup form.
Ric “Rocc” Roccapriore is a talented musician and drummer who has many credits to his name. He’s worked with Engelbert Humperdinck, Jason Mraz, and many others.
He makes it easy to get in touch with him and adds an image to make the page a bit more welcoming. By keeping the page uncluttered, contact is the focus of the page.
If you follow framework above you can easily set up a pro website of your own. The drummer website templates are there, you just have to customize it to your style and you’re all set! For more inspiration you can check out our sample musician sites and our blog for other outstanding website templates.
If you need a bit more guidance, check out our free online guide How to make a website for your music.
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