Does your record label or artist career need an imaginative kickstart?

Are you ready to kick things up a notch?


Q-Burns Abstract Message at Centro-Fly, New York City

I am unique in that I've worked professionally with many aspects of the music industry, on both the business and the creative sides. I have experience as a major label recording artist, a music publisher, a globally touring DJ, a record label manager, a music publicist, a record store owner, and a college radio music director. Over twenty-five years in the trenches have shaped my knowledge and outlook. I've not only experienced the radical evolution of the music industry, but I've been enthusiastic and immersed in these changes.

In one comprehensive session, I’ll show you the tools and tactics to market, promote, and pitch your music, and get paid by your super-fans. I’ll help you understand the different ways your music can generate income and how to build and optimize a lucrative catalog. I’ll analyze your websites and social media presence, and will make detailed recommendations for improving your online ability to attract new audiences.

Together we'll come up with surprising ideas, outside-of-the-box solutions, and creative strategies to raise awareness of your label or recording project.


Here’s How It Works:

  • Click the button to book a one-on-one consulting session.
  • I will contact you with a few interview questions. These will help me get to know you, see where you are in your recording career, and compile a list of your online sites and assets.
  • We’ll schedule a call. We can use Skype, Zoom, Hangouts, or a phone call.
  • Before our call, I will deliver an audit of your online profiles along with some preliminary ideas and recommendations based on our interview. We’ll go further in depth when we speak.
  • After our call I will send an expanded, customized report with additional recommendations for optimizing your label or artist career.
  • I'll follow up to check on your progress, and you'll receive an invite to our private message board where you can interact with our 8D community.

You’ll be inspired by the ideas and advice offered by our session, and I’m confident this is the rocket fuel that you need to launch your music higher than a Tesla space car.

Book a Session with 8D Industries

Testimonials →

DJ Three on 8D Industries
Michael’s understanding of how this business works beneath the surface is both invaluable and uncommon. Our dialogue always leads to forward thinking solutions.

           — DJ Three (Hallucienda)

Dday One (The Content Label) on 8D Industries
8D Industries provided excellent advice and analysis regarding our label’s online assets, delivering multiple actionable recommendations. This agency’s work is timely and valuable.

           — Dday One (The Content Label)

Frank Cueto (E1sbar / All Good Funk Alliance / Super Hi-Fi Recordings) on 8D Industries
Michael is extremely helpful and knowledgable about the ins-and-outs of this ever-changing music industry. He’s been an invaluable resource.

           — Frank Cueto (E1sbar)

Gavin Hardkiss (Hardkiss Music) on 8D Industries
Michael is equally knowledgeable about the US and foreign markets, and I can always trust his judgment, commitment, and follow-through on projects that we work on together.

           — Gavin Hardkiss (Hardkiss Music)

Derrick Daisey (Cold Busted) on 8D Industries
Michael always puts a lot of thought into the execution of any project. His knowledge and expertise in the industry continue to make him a great fit for our label.

           — Derrick Daisey (Cold Busted)

Toni Tennille (Captain & Tennille) on 8D Industries
The ideas that Michael comes up with are fresh and forward-looking and his advice has been invaluable to me. I cannot recommend him highly enough!

           — Toni Tennille (Captain & Tennille)


and I can help you:

  • Create imaginative and effective strategies
  • Locate new revenue streams for your content
  • Find solutions to operational problems
  • Organically expand your fanbase
  • Discover hidden opportunities
  • Approach obstacles with a new perspective
  • Spend more time being creative
  • I can be these things for you:

  • Label Management Mentor
  • Trusted Sounding Board
  • Savvy A&R Advisor
  • Media Licensing Guru
  • Social Media Sherpa
  • Sticky Situation Surveyor
  • Music Industry Navigator

  • About Michael Donaldson →

    Michael Donaldson of 8D Industries

    I am intimately invested in how artists and bands market themselves and grow their careers. And it’s no surprise; since my first job as a clerk in a mall music store I've managed record labels, worked in music publicity, launched a song licensing and publishing company, and spent over a decade touring the world as a major label recording artist.

    I’m probably best known in the music industry as Astralwerks/Virgin Records recording artist Q-Burns Abstract Message. Under this name, in the late ‘90s and throughout the ‘00s, I wrote and produced four acclaimed albums and self-managed my artist career through my long-running Eighth Dimension imprint.

    Eighth Dimension was founded in 1994 and quickly became one of the leading independent labels in the underground electronic music scene. The label released an eclectic and successful discography before branching out into event promotion, artist management, and music licensing.

    In the late 2000s, I split Eighth Dimension into two companies: 8DPromo, handling freelance release promotion and publicity for electronic dance labels; and 8DSync, representating songwriters and producers for publishing and media licensing.

    With my latest venture, 8D Industries, I draw upon my wide-ranging experience to advise artists and labels on how to optimize for growth and awareness.

    I'm also the first American touring artist to perform in Siberia. I'd be happy to tell you the story someday.


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