It's a fast-paced Internet-driven world out there, and knowing how to market yourself effectively is a key factor in how successful you will become. Themes and plugins on WordPress play a key part in how you interact with your fans, and in this post, we're going to cover the best that WordPress has to offer for musicians when it comes to themes.
Whether you're just starting out as a musician or are already in a band that already has a decent following, how you present yourself on the Internet can mean the difference between stardom and obscurity. You probably have an image that you hold near and dear, but what is the image that you want all of your soon to be adoring fans to fall in love with? What kind of music and lifestyle do you represent?
Let's check out some of the top WordPress music themes to get you up and rocking.
Music is food for the soul – a universal language that many people enjoy. If you seek to reach more souls with your music, you need a beautiful and powerful WordPress music theme such as Lush by power elite author Iron Templates.
Lush is a complete solution for everybody in the music industry from DJs to jazz masters, punk rockers and every other music professional you can think of. This beauty is packed to the brim with all the features you need to put a spotlight on your musical work.
With 8+ demos that you can import with a single click, Lush offers you plenty of style options to build the music website of your dreams. On top of that, this WordPress music theme comes bundled with the powerful WPBakery page builder, offering you absolute control over how your website looks and performs.
That's not the end of it, Lush ships with impressive photo albums, unlimited layouts, colors and fonts, a fully-featured audio player (think of lyrics, reviews, Youtube videos, etc.), discography, Slider Revolution, a child theme as well as a retina and responsive design meaning your music will look great on multiple devices.
Additionally, Lush is WooCommerce-ready, meaning you can start selling your music and event tickets as soon as you install the theme. That plus you get three menu styles, so you can serve your music content to your fans like a rockstar. On top of that, you get gigs manager and events countdown features that help you to stay on top of your music career.
While you dream of building a website that will shine a light on your music, the Soundboard WordPress music theme takes a different approach to market your work. This theme puts your fans first by putting all the information they would need right on the homepage.
Thanks to 5 custom widgets, you can easily display news, tour dates, newest album, latest videos, latest photos and even items from your shop. Besides, you can always plug in your own widgets into the homepage to create a fulfilling experience for your fans.
In the aesthetics department, Soundboard doesn't disappoint either. For starters, it ships with two pre-made skins i.e., light and dark, giving you a headstart as far as creating a beautiful website goes. In addition, you can easily customize the background to add some style. On top of that, the theme comes with 5 different page templates and 5 custom post types.
If you think that's all, you're wrong. The Soundboard music theme comes with 800+ Google Fonts and Font Awesome icons. Adding a discography, videos or image galleries is all a matter of point and click. Additionally, you get an image lightbox, so your fans can enjoy your concert photos without distractions.
The best part is Soundboard is quite easy to use. Beginners and developers alike will love this WordPress music theme thanks to flexible options that make the theme a breeze to work with. The theme is compatible with WooCommerce, Contact Form 7 and all major browsers.
3. Singl (Free)
From the designers over at Automattic comes Singl, a minimalist theme that enables you to create a powerful online presence. It has a striking black background and a grayscale color scheme which is bound to polarize opinion, so make sure that it reflects your brand! Other features include sticky posts, custom menus, header and background images, built in subscription form and social network integration.
You need a powerful WordPress theme to put your music in front of your audience. Built-in features such as an audio player, discography and beautiful galleries are a must. SEO-readiness and responsive design are two other vital factors to keep in mind, and so is ease of use.
If you're in the market for a WordPress music theme that embodies all these features and then some, you want nothing else but the MusicPress WordPress theme.
MusicPress is the perfect WordPress music theme for solo artists, DJs, bands, fan sites, entertainment magazines, record labels, and every other music-oriented use. Other notable features include 3 pre-made skins, a ready store, 3 homepage sliders, reviews, social sharing, custom shortcodes, unlimited widget areas, drop-down menus and much more.
5. Byblos (Free)
For an extremely clean and modern design this free WordPress theme will have you jumpin' and jivin' in no time! Perfect for musicians, Byblos by Smartcat is a full-width slider theme that looks great and is easily customizable. The masonry grid tiles are great if you have a lot of galleries or similar; they stop the page from getting too cluttered, which can dissuade people from exploring your site. Plus it includes features like vertical menu layout, inbuilt Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Font Awesome and Bootstrap, sidebar and footer widgets, CSS3 animations and customizable calls to action
6. Music Club
At number four we have Music Club, a one of a kind WordPress music theme that – somehow – reminds me of a game of cards and four-leaf clovers. Have you ever heard about the superstition of good luck associated with the latter?
By the way, in a 52-card deck, why don't they have a four-leaf clover as the symbol for the suit of clubs, instead of the three-leaf clover? For a game of chance, it could indicate some degree of good luck, don't you agree? But I digress.
If this is your lucky day, the Music Club WordPress theme is unlike any you've seen before, what with a list of features that will blow your mind.
Brought to you by web developer(s) extraordinaire and power elite author GoodLayers, Music Club is an ideal solution for club music fans, DJs, musicians, radio stations, and event planners just to mention a few.
While Music Club is easy to use, the theme ships with powerful tools for managing events and sharing your musical passion with the world.
Features you will love include a floating audio player that stays with the listener on any page of your site, a landing page template, Page Builder, sliders, beautiful music albums, an upcoming events feature that offers your fans full gig details and tickets, and I can go on and on.
With plenty of advanced theme options and flexible design, nothing is to stop you from building the WordPress music website of your dreams.
Say you want a one-pager (insert link) that comes with multi-page functionality. Who knows? Perhaps the plan is to add more pages in the future, even if all you need currently is a single-page website.
Whether you have such a specific need or fancy having both options at your disposal, you'll love the FWRD WordPress theme.
Hot straight out of the door, this banger will breathe life back to your music website. If you're starting out, on the other hand, FWRD makes for a solid foundation for your website.
With 5 ready-to-import demos and more coming soon, you're never short of professional-looking designs to raffle a few features (or even disrupt) the industry.
That's not all, this WordPress music theme comes with the popular WPBakery Page Builder, meaning you can create layouts out of this galaxy without breaking a sweat. Over 100 header design options come in handy if you're looking to build fantastic menus easily.
Other features include the Essential Grid, video and parallax backgrounds, hot links (great for a one-pager website), events & gigs manager, music albums, audio players, WooCommerce, translation-ready, unlimited layouts, colors & fonts, Slider Revolution, responsive & retina-ready design, a child theme and so on.
8. Blackoot (Free)
Blackoot Lite is a free WordPress theme designed with musicians and photographers in mind. This elegant and responsive WordPress theme can enable you to build a professional website in minutes. Features include widgetized areas, customizable background, automatic translation and fully responsive design
You also have the option to upgrade to the premium Blackoot Pro which has more features and support, such as the ability to create slideshows, Google Maps integration and lots more.
Building a successful career in the music industry is hard as it is. There are many moving parts, and one wrong move could bring your career to an untimely end. That's why you need a beautifully responsive and powerful WordPress theme that makes digital marketing easy.
Croma is one such WordPress music theme. It's the perfect multi-purpose theme for DJs, musicians, bands, record labels, producers and so on. The Croma WordPress music theme packs quite a punch in terms of features it just might be the last WordPress music theme you'll ever need.
I'm talking about features such as 9 ready-to-import demos, a site-wide AJAX audio player with continuous playback, music albums, seamless social media integration, multiple page templates, deep WooCommerce integration, events & gigs manager, 100% responsive design, hot links, flexible headers and much more.
You work so hard on your music, and you want to offer your fans only the best of experiences. For this reason, you don't make excuses; you create only the best music.
When it comes to your website, you shouldn't make excuses either. Endeavor to build the best site you possibly can. The first step to creating a WordPress music website you're extremely proud of is picking the right theme.
If you're tired of WordPress music themes that promise heaven but deliver hell, say a big hello to Epron by elite author Rascals.
Without sugar coating anything, Epron comes with all the features you need to create a simple yet powerful music website whether you're a beginner or an experienced professional.
Epron boasts of features such as the ultra-flexible Muttley Framework, a superb events manager, a revolutionary shortcode manager, beautiful headers, Slider Revolution, Scamp music player with Soundcloud support, WooCommerce-ready, responsive layout, smooth CSS3 transitions, unlimited colors, 380+ Google Fonts, Nivo Slider, 6 custom post types, 4 custom widgets and the list goes on and on.
With an appropriate name for a WordPress music theme, Decibel will help you to blast your musical content to the world like a rockstar. With this theme, the only thing that stands in your way is your imagination, not a lack of features.
I know choosing the perfect theme is challenging. For instance, who do you believe? What features do you even need to begin with? Are there pitfalls to avoid? And with a million and one themes, which do you choose when all have beautiful promotional materials?
Well, Decibel steers clear of feature bloat and focuses on your needs as a DJ, musician, band, record label or anybody related to the music industry.
The theme comes with features such as 100+ layouts, 12 ready-to-use homepage demos, discography, tour dates, 6 inner page templates, responsive design, WPBakery Page Builder, Slider Revolution and beautiful galleries just to touch the tip of the iceberg.
Perhaps you'd like something more subtle – just a simple and clean website design. But with some style, you know, nice backgrounds, beautiful animations, fresh modern design, and the works. If that sounds like you, JamSession is just the WordPress music theme you need.
JamSession is easy to configure and customize whether you're a beginner or expert. Other features you'll love include full-screen sliders, amazing video support, it's responsive baby, blog, events, discography, beautiful photo galleries and…
…With three ready-to-use demos, you can hit the ground running and customize along the way until you drop. Oh yeah, JamSession ships with the WPBakery Page builder, slider revolution, SoundCloud support, audio player, responsive design, multiple menu layouts, and WooCommerce support among other things.
Then you get the Lucille WordPress music theme, and you immediately realize that your search for the perfect WordPress music theme has come to an end. Why? Because SmartWPress – the developer – means business.
Great design coupled with powerful functionality makes this wordPress music theme an ideal solution for radio stations, record labels, musicians, bands, producers, etc.
Lucille ships with WPBakery Page builder, 5+ ready-to-import demos, Slider Revolution, seamless WooCommerce integration, responsive design, unlimited colors, theme customizer, multiple menu styles, 2 pre-made color skins, beautiful audio players, flexible backgrounds, custom post types for events, discography, galleries and so on.
14. Beat Heaven
From the maestros at ThemeFuse, Beat Heaven is a premium elegant and responsive premium theme designed for musicians and bands who want it all. In a world gone mobile, this theme rocks for fans on the go. This fun an funky theme has a great homepage music player, events support, and lots of other features that any music lover would want.
As soon as you land on the homepage you're welcomed with a bold layout, a homepage music player with multiple tracks, a timeline of upcoming events, and an album carousel. With this theme you could easily create your own music blog, a website for your band, a site promoting your recording company, or use it to manage the upcoming events for your venue. It's a great theme that is well suited to any website relating to music.
The theme of course includes all the pages you've grown to love that come with most ThemeFuse theme like the blog, a fantastic portfolio, useful gallery, about, and contact page. But specific to this theme you'll also find page templates for artist, albums, locations, events and more. Plus you can use the custom shortcodes to add extra elements and make these pages your own.
Beat Heaven takes the zooming and scrolling right out of the mix and leaves you with a smooth browsing experience on your tablet, smart phone or laptop. Premium features include the easy to use page templates & layouts, clean integrated HTML 5 Audio player, full music video support (plus widget), events module (with timeline display), latest albums carousel and more!
Music is a bold parallax music, band and events style premium WordPress theme created by Themify. This lovely theme is perfect for singers, bands, songwriters, event locations, managers and more. This theme really stands out thanks to site-wide jams, full-width parallax backgrounds, a custom sticky-footer music player, album & events support and more.
This theme has everything you need to start promoting yourself, your artists or your event location. First things first – the theme includes the fabulous Themify drag & drop page builder, so you can create unlimited layouts for whatever you might need. Music also includes custom post types to make adding your albums, upcoming events, photo galleries, video playlists and even your recent press releases easy peasy. Simply use the respective custom post type to add each type of news or media as if you were adding a blog post – it's that easy!
Other premium features include the easy to use Themify builder, albums custom post type, custom events module (for tours, concerts, etc), masonry & grid galleries support and a fully responsive design.
Sonik is a very complete music WordPress theme with all the functions needed to create unique music websites. With more than 12 custom post types, it is perfectly able to handle music releases, podcasts, artists, events, radio station channels, radio schedules and more. Its unique and responsive design goes beyond the usual WordPress possibilities, as not only incorporates the Visual Composer premium plugin, but it provides some powerful integrations called Gridstacks.
Gridstacks are exclusive components of the Sonik theme, which allows to create carousels, cover flows, sliders and more from every post type, with taxonomy filtering and design customizations.
Sonik is not just a music theme – it's more. In fact it is one of the only ones with such a variety of possible contents and layouts, which makes of this theme the most flexible and suitable for every music related website, from DJs and musicians to radio stations and labels. The powerful WooCommerce integration takes the game to the next level, in fact you can create the perfect music shop, adding tracks and albums to the shopping cart with a single click.
The featured music player, engaging and animated, offers a unique experience to the visitor, putting the accent on the most important feature for every musician. But all these functions are not meant to require special skills, in fact every element has a quick Visual Composer drag 'n drop integration, and with over 120 customizer settings you can craft the website on your brand with ease. 3 Font selectors, 12 color pickers, tons of other options, all with real time preview, is all you need to fit any music website.
17. Steve Cadey
Steve Cadey is a responsive premium WordPress theme specially designed for music and event sites. This theme can create the best impression at the first glance thanks to the trendy design, which not only not only meet the aesthetic standard but also fully meet the music industry's demand.
However, even excellent visual design is just a small part of your website's success. What you really need is prominent perks and features that assist you in the long term. That's the reason why Steve Cadey comes up with the all-in-one solution to your online music platform. To be more specific, it allows you to easily update news and music trend, introduce artists, embed videos and audio, and interact with your fan by blog.
Moreover,if you want to turn your love for music into a profitable business, Steve Cadey can give you a helping hand. Integrated with WooCommerce, it allow you to show events, sell albums, deliver tickets and other products with the least effort. Compatible with all mobile devices and web browsers, Steve Cadey promises to give you the same good quality no matter which device you are using.
IronBand is a bold music WordPress theme available on Themeforest. This rocking theme is a perfect fit for musicians, DJs, venues, and music bloggers. A great feature of IronBand is the focus on music. The theme includes an HTML5 audio player so visitors to your site can listen to sound clips, album teasers, or concert recordings (or upload your entire discography). You can also easily add YouTube videos to showcase live events or backstage footage.
The theme also includes some great pages to showcase yourself, your band or your artists. The filterable gallery page is perfect for adding images from events, concerts or behind the scenes action. And the blog is a great way to share news with your fans. Other theme features include color and font options, layered psd files, live Twitter feed and the awesome Revolution Slider.
19. Music & Band
Music is a band and musician WordPress theme by Organic Themes. This fully responsive theme is the perfect solution for anyone in the music industry. Music is full of customization options for the background, header, layout, slideshows, and more. Easy change the color and layout of the theme to suite the style ant tone of your band or music.
The theme also includes many band and musician specific features. There is a special tour dates page and widget. Another awesome feature is a playlist widget where you can include snippets of new songs or tour recording. The Music theme includes a discography page – which is a portfolio of your albums or recordings. All of these are awesome features that fans will swoon for.
The Music theme is WooCommerce ready. This is great if you want to sell band merchandise, music, or anything else.WooCommerce integration makes it easy to add and sell products.
Brooklyn is a premium WordPress theme created by Gorilla Themes, that has been designed for musicians, bands, artists, bloggers and the entertainment industry. The theme features a 3 minute install framework that will allow you to install the theme and start posting articles in no time. The main feature of this theme is the homepage slideshow module which comes together with an audio-video player embed module that will allow you to post your latest tracks and videos right on your homepage for your visitors to listen to or watch (with support for the iPhone, iPad and Android).
Setlist is a premium WordPress theme developed for artists and music websites. The theme features a very clean and modern dark design that comes in multiple colors and was designed specifically for the music industry niche.
Setlist is the perfect theme for the cutting edge band. It features a photo carousel slider for featured articles, an event calendar to schedule your shows and other events as well as an integrated videos page template to showcase your music videos.
One of my favorite things about Setlist is the calendar and upcoming events widget. Not only do they look super slick but they are perfect for keeping all your fans updated with your events to make sure they all show up for your next gig.
Pendulum is a Premium WordPress Theme unlike any other I have seen. Not only does it have a super clean, modern and professional design, but it also has some really amazing features I have never seeing elsewhere.
One of the coolest things about Pendulum is the custom music management functionality and portfolio. In fact, this theme was developed specially for people that love music, such as DJ's, producers, clubs, musicians, and virtually anyone else that loves music.
With Pendulum you can easily add music to your portfolio where your readers can easily browse through the various songs and play them right on the spot. And the music plays in style…the music portfolio is super modern and it has some really great jQuery animation effects.
Night Clubbing is a WordPress theme that was built/designed specifically with night clubs and music websites in mind. This theme comes with built-in audio and video players that are compatible with the more popular players on the market, such as mxpod.com, reverbnation.com, soundcloud.com and videos from YouTube.com, Vimeo.com, DailyMotion.com…etc. Simply paste your code with your playlist and the player will show up on your homepage!
Night Clubbing comes with a gorgeous homepage slideshow and event calendar that makes it easy to showcase your top pictures and easily add, edit and schedule events. Built-in is also an advertisement system that will allow you to easily add banners to your website, if you plan on making some extra cash from your website.
Social Network widgets are also integrated that will allow you to input your Facebook and twitter ID's and your stream and fan page likebox will appear on your sidebar. No need for any external widgets! Plus, this Night Club & Music theme comes in 7 different color styles that you can choose from – blue, red, black, green and purple. All of which come with a professional design, logo uploader and layout selector (right or left sidebar).
Wrapping Up (Is This The End?)
Hardly! I'd say this is just the beginning of a journey you are on to finely craft your vision of what your website will be. I've laid out some tools to help you begin the groundwork for sending out your message to the world, now it's up to you. You might also want to checkout our list of the best music WordPress plugins to find our how to add audio to your current theme, and transmit your sound waves across the time and space of the Internet for your fans to enjoy.
Remember to choose a theme that reflects your kind of music and style, whether that is reserved and sleek or something a bit louder. Assess the features carefully – will you benefit more from social media integration, or is having a grid style much more important to your look? The final mix is in your hands.
Over to you! Do you agree with our list of the best WordPress themes for musicians? Do you have any WordPress music themes you'd recommend?
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