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For this week's column, I followed up with some of the advice seekers from the last six months, to see what worked out for them, or what didn't:
Marc, who was feeling surly about his band having to use social media to promote their work, says that since he wrote in, his perspective has shifted: "Why not use it? Who really cares in the end? We are now on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud." Another moment of clarity came when his band was recording their new record with Bill Skibbe at his Key Club studios in Benton Harbor, MI. "[Bill] made a comment about lost hit tracks recorded at Key Club and it lead me to believe we owe it to him to promote this recording--so we hired a publicist. The publicist has done a great job of getting the word out with the album. We use the social media to reiterate her work and focus on making the music we want the way we always have and will."