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urbandubz said:
Hi there,

Is there anyone here who has a music related T-shirt website/company??


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Jeremy
hi jeremy,
yes, we do work for a lot of music related and showbiz in general.

as for a website dedicated to such, i'm involved a little with a site that is aiming at making and selling showbiz t-shirt designs for 2007. Not for sure because of all the legalities involved but there is a good chance it may happen. :)
 

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Re: Music t-shirt people...

Hi,

The reason I ask, it that Im about to start up a company specialisng in dance / urban music shirts, and was would like to hear from people in this field. How do you find business? Is there big demand for these type of shirts?

My shirts will be a little more specialist, as im catering mainly for the UK / Europe dance clubbing / music community

Is there anyone elese on here doing a similar market? Would love to hear from you and any advice on marketing would be great too

All the best

Jeremy
 

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urbandubz said:
Hi,

The reason I ask, it that Im about to start up a company specialisng in dance / urban music shirts, and was would like to hear from people in this field. How do you find business? Is there big demand for these type of shirts?

Jeremy
yes, there is always demand for Music designs.
A few years ago Impulse did up some re-issues and new of all classics like KISS, DYLAN, OZZY, MADONNA, ALICE COOPER and the list goes on. Why the collection was deleted du-no.

I think the largest lack of Music designs are in the Hip-Hop, Afro-Amerian Icons, Bob Marley, Miles, Dizzy, Parker, Hendrix and the list goes on....

Of couse all other areas of music type and showbiz are NOT available too, but in demand.

I'm talking about Transfers and not pre-printed shirts. With Transfers they would allow consummers to customize the shirts. Like in the 70's when you made custom shirts with a Led Zepplin transfers for example.

There is a Big demand for such. The problem is that its a complicated process to put out these types of transfer design collections.

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Re: Music t-shirt people...

thanks Lucy, for your advice... So where do you think would be the best places to market my music tee's online? I know its quite a broad question, but any help would be great..

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Think like your ideal customer.

Where do they shop online? What search terms do they use? What blogs do they read? What magazines/newspapers/zines/clubs/message boards/communities/etc.

Then concentrate your advertising in those place :)
 

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urbandubz said:
thanks Lucy, for your advice... So where do you think would be the best places to market my music tee's online? I know its quite a broad question, but any help would be great..

:)
advice ? sorry about that. Im not a Music T-Shirt Advice Guru, believe me. :D


i just find that a lot artists/designers corner them selfs in designing for t-shirts, and doing all the work, like making the shirts, the website etc. Thats ok, but you would be surprised how many companys out there that actually manufacture and distribute T-Shirt designs, they are always looking for artists/designers. Sure they have their in house pro designers but they also sign up new designers every year to keep things fresh.

So, what im getting at is, you can also sell your designs or get someone that takes a liking to them that is in the position to sell your stuff to help you get off the ground. It does happen. Sorta like landing a record deal. :)

Selling t-shirts/brand on the web is extremely competetive, it takes time to build.

A good example is this site: http://www.and1.com/index2.php ..now one of my favorites. :D
 

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thanks....


so, do you think its a good idea to specialise in a certain genre of music, or is it more viable to be open ended with it??

I really believe we have something here.. Our Urban Dubz label started out as just an independent record label specialising in the UK Underground dance music scene, and has a little bit of a name for its self on that scence around UK & parts of Europe.

I decided to get involved in the clothing side of things, because of my business partner, who is a well respected designer, who has worked as head designer at Puma, Sergio Tacchini, and Umbro. We thought it would be great idea to set up venture into this, with my experience in the music industry, and my partners experince in the design and fashion industry.

Neither one of us, has ever been involves specifilly in the T-shirt industry, but it just looked as if it can be a great business venture.

The area we chose to aim for with the t-shirts, hasnt really been explored as far as we can see, so we decided to go for it.

The only other record label i can think of who became success worldwide with there music and clothing range, was Nervous Records NYC. I guess we're trying to go in that direction.

What do you think?
 

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What do you think?
Well, I think your concept is good. Undoubtably you and your partner's experience in the music and fashion industry will be a great asset for your business.

Unfortunately, my opinion of your strategy isn't going to help you much in determining if it is a viable business.

That's just how it is. If you just tell people your idea, and ask for their opinion, a lot of them will tell you how awesome it is. But if you show them your product and ask them to drop some cold hard cash on it, it's a different story. :)
 

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yeah, i agree..
having a great idea is one thing, but turning that great idea into "cold hard cash" is another.

Im just trying to find out by talking to good people such as yourself and others on here and eleswhere on the net, to find out how I can make this work out, and can it really work for us financially

And to look at different ways to market this. Are there places im missing that i need to look at etc..

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Unfortunately, my opinion of your strategy isn't going to help you much in determining if it is a viable business

That's just how it is. If you just tell people your idea, and ask for their opinion, a lot of them will tell you how awesome it is. But if you show them your product and ask them to drop some cold hard cash on it, it's a different story
I want that as my new forum signature :) Great advice!

I would stick with the dance / urban music shirts because that is what you are passionate about.
Another great bit of advice. Having passion about your design subject can make those challenging times seem less like work and more like fun. In the end, if you're getting paid to do what you LOVE doing, you're in heaven :)
 

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urbandubz said:
thanks....


so, do you think its a good idea to specialise in a certain genre of music, or is it more viable to be open ended with it??

I really believe we have something here.. Our Urban Dubz label started out as just an independent record label specialising in the UK Underground dance music scene, and has a little bit of a name for its self on that scence around UK & parts of Europe.

I decided to get involved in the clothing side of things, because of my business partner, who is a well respected designer, who has worked as head designer at Puma, Sergio Tacchini, and Umbro. We thought it would be great idea to set up venture into this, with my experience in the music industry, and my partners experince in the design and fashion industry.

Neither one of us, has ever been involves specifilly in the T-shirt industry, but it just looked as if it can be a great business venture.

The area we chose to aim for with the t-shirts, hasnt really been explored as far as we can see, so we decided to go for it.

The only other record label i can think of who became success worldwide with there music and clothing range, was Nervous Records NYC. I guess we're trying to go in that direction.

What do you think?
like I said, the Hip-Hop and Afro-American Icons of the past (Malcom X included and such) should be dominating the t-shirt market today with legit goods. But it's not.

Today i made a COLETRAIN shirt for a nice lady in the USA. Use some funky lettering because I do not have a John Coletrain transfer design to make the shirt.

Kids need to be able to walk into a t-shirt store and buy Hip-Hop and all Afro-American legents shirts. There is so much to learn from it and t-shirts are just a little reminder of what these peeps are about and how they have influence others thru their lyrical ways.

I say go for it. But remember to give some back to the kids and the street. Where it all begun. :)
 

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urbandubz said:
having a great idea is one thing, but turning that great idea into "cold hard cash" is another.;-)
this is where you will fail. When money greed comes into play.

You will have a better change to hit the big times and good will come your way when you are truly humble about what you preach and design.

There is no one who will support you knowing that you will be making money Off and gouging the artists you represent. Not in this Hood anyways.

here is a quote:
"On the music tip, my Pops was hustling uptown in Harlem back in the 50’s discovering doo-*** groups. My Uncle hung tough in Memphis in the 70’s with the Stax crew" .....nervnyc-site

that should tell you something. :D
 

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There is no one who will support you knowing that you will be making money Off and gouging the artists you represent. Not in this Hood anyways.
I think you may be talking about different things here. Nobody mentioned anything about "gouging artists". Everyone knows you make money off of t-shirt sales, so that's no big secret. You won't fail by wanting to make a profit.

Let's be clear that we're all talking about the same thing here.
 

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this is where you will fail. When money greed comes into play.

You will have a better change to hit the big times and good will come your way when you are truly humble about what you preach and design.
Not only do I think this attack is misplaced, I don't think it's even accurate.

Plenty of brands are selling based only on their arrogance (or self confidence if you prefer). The fashion industry is full of big egos, and sometimes that's a selling point.
 
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