You spend so much time writing verses and shoutin out your stuff online, but you’re finding it’s not enough. By the time someone starts to listen to your track on social media, they’re distracted by another cat video or political rant. You may be thinking, “How can I get people to focus on me and my music!?” The answer is in the question… focus.
You gotta give your fans a dedicated place where they can put their undivided attention on your music. The way to do that is with your own website.
The thought of building your own website may be daunting, but we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at the pages you need to create a well-rounded site that makes visitors wanna come back for more.
Your homepage is the most important page, as it sets the stage for the rest of your site. The homepage also gives a visitor their first impression of you, so you need to make it count.
French rapper, Skykher, gives us an example of a successful homepage. It all starts with a professional header image. This makes or breaks a website, so it’s always best to invest in professional photos.
Next he added a nice welcome message and mailing list signup form. A mailing list signup form is the best call-to-action you can have, as it encourages visitors to get on your mailing list. That way you can stay in touch with them often through newsletters and updates.
Other great features to add to your homepage are latest news, some music, and upcoming tour dates.
Your music may be awesome, but it’s only half the equation. The other half is you. Fans want to know who you are, where you came from, and what you’re about. Having a detailed ‘About’ page gives them a peek inside the life of a rap artist.
A good bio includes info about your past, present, and future. Multi-talented rapper Joshua Dudley shows us how it’s done with a fantastic biography page. He shares about his past accomplishments, what he’s up to now, and other projects he’s preparing to release in the future.
It’s always a great idea to add a few images to your bio page as well. It gets fans to start associating your face with your music and brand.
The next page on a perfect rap website is the Music page. When it comes down to it, this is what the fans want to hear. Let the music stand for itself by streaming your songs right from the page.
Take note from them music page of singer/rapper, Christou Dakeeng.
The page is nicely organized without a bunch of flash or clutter. He makes his music the focus with an added image for visual interest. He also offers a few free tracks as a way to encourage fans to buy some of his tracks.
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Next you’ll want to add a photos page to show off who you are as an entertainer. Take note of how it’s done by checking out Taylor Vanae’s photos page.
She fills the page with promo photos, fan photos, and performance photos. It’s a great idea to add a variety of images to spice up the page. Photos will allow your fans to associate your face with your music and brand. You can also add your Instagram feed to a photos page as well. Showing more candid shots will also let fans see a more personal side of you.
Fans love a good rap show, so make sure they can find you! Set up a dedicated events page with all your upcoming gigs.
Canadian hip-hop artist, Cogeta, has an awesome shows page.
Each event stands out on it’s own with an image, show description, and location. To make the page even better he’s added performance images to the right. This gives fans a taste of what they’ll get when coming to his show.
Another great option is to sell tickets on the page. You can do this on our Pro plan with our built-in ticket sales feature. Best of all, it’s commission-free!
An often forgotten page is the EPK, or electronic press kit. This is a stand-alone page that gives the visitor an at-a-glance view of you and your music.
Within our rapper website templates we provide preset pages to make EPK set up a breeze. Denver artist, The V0ice, displays this beautifully on her press kit page.
A successful press kit should include a short bio, hi-res images, a couple of songs, a video and a contact form. This gives industry professionals a way to quickly learn about you and your music. Remember, you only have a few seconds to grab their attention, so make it as easy as possible for them to get to know you.
The contact page is the final piece of a fulfilling puzzle. This is where fans, booking agents, and media professionals can get in touch with you. The contact page should be simple and free of clutter. Flawless Gretzky’s contact page is laid out nicely with the right features.
All you need is a contact form, your social media icons, and one more mailing list signup form. The contact page is the last page on your site, so you want to make it easy for visitors to reach out to you by email or through social media.
It’s now time to get your music out there with your very own rapper website design. With our built-in tools and features you’ll be able to get it up and running in no time.
If you want even more tips for designing your site, check out our free online guide How to make a website for your music.
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