You’ve put in a lot of work into creating beautiful arrangements or epic soundtracks. Hour upon hour you’ve meticulously placed each note perfectly for each project. Designing music may come easy to you, but what happens when you’re unsure about designing a website for your music? That’s where we can help!
Here at Bandzoogle we proudly host the websites for thousands of composers, songwriters and producers. We provide all the tools you need to build a music composer website and we’re here to help.
A good place to start is to check out some music composer website designs for inspiration. Let’s take a look!
The first step is to choose a design from our many music composer website templates. This will give you an outline of where to place your content. The most important element for your homepage is a great header image.
The homepage is your visitor’s first impression of you and your music. If you have a poorly lit or blurry image it can make you look unprofessional. Use a medium to large hi-resolution image to make the website stand out.
Another option is to get a little artistic like Emmy- award winning Canadian composer, Hummie Mann.
He still uses his own image for branding recognition, but as a painting it’s a more unique aesthetic.
If you want your website to be even more distinctive, consider using a video header.
Polish composer Krzysztof A. Janczak delights us with a cool moon timelapse at the top of his website. The movement of the shadow is hypnotic and pairs well with some of his concert works. These small touches make fans want to linger longer on your page.
When designing your website, you want to lay it out in a way that’s clean and organized. This will help visitors navigate your content without feeling overwhelmed with too much information.
Using similar colors will keep the website pleasing to the eye. The key is to stick to three or four complimentary colors for your website design. One way to accent certain features is by using styled sections. Award-winning New Age Composer, Tony Chen, gives us a great example on his homepage.
With styled sections you can add a solid color background to highlight a feature or different groups of features. You can even add images behind features with varied opacity and scrolling effects.
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Your biography page is a great way for fans and clients to understand the composer’s journey. A successful bio includes three sections. Where you started, where you are now, and where you’re going from here. It will also include any awards or accomplishments along the way.
To get a glimpse of how it should look we can check out the Biography page for Golden Globe nominated composer Brian Byrne.
Notice how he’s included an image and video in the right sidebar. This adds more personality to the page so visitors can see the man behind the music. If you have a page that’s text heavy, adding images in between every few paragraphs helps break up the monotony.
Visitors want to know about you, but ultimately they come for the music. Make sure you design your website so that your compositions are easy to find.
A simple way to accomplish this is by using sub-pages. For this setup you’ll create a main menu page called Compositions, then create individual pages for each composition. You can see a good example on the website of Frank Moon, composer and multi instrumentalist based in the UK.
Clicking on a sub-page title will direct the visitor to a page with more details about that particular composition. Each composition is valuable so it will have the space it deserves for all the pertinent information about it.
Another way to display music is by using interesting graphics. Composer and visual artist, Tanner Porter, has a fantastic looking website.
Using sketched icons on a colorful background makes it fun to navigate each song. This is one of our favorite sites because all the design elements (e.g. colors, layout, typography) work well together.
In addition to current projects, you may have previous placements you’d like to show off. Take a cue from the Film Music page of TV/Film composer, Edmond Redd.
He’s broken up the page into different categories making it easy for visitors to see what he’s worked on. Adding samples of previous work shows your experience and skill in various projects.
You can also display your discography on a videos page as well. This is what Los Angeles composer Lin Hseih did to show off her impressive film and television placements. Having large streaming videos of your work on popular shows instills confidence in potential clients. They’ll know that others have trusted you with important projects and you can get the job done.
In this post we focus on composers, but if you need more inspiration we have many more examples. Take a look at our sample band sites page as well as in our blog in the featured websites section. If you need a bit more guidance check out our free online guide How to make a website for your music. With so many design options you can create a website that is as original as each of your compositions!
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