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Audio Recording Tips

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How to Maintain Work-Life Balance for Songwriters and Musicians

How to Find Work Life Balance in the Music Industry

I recently wrote a post about how to stay motivated in the music business (you can check that out here), but I think that if you have a decent work-life balance, you can actually avoid burnout. Work-Life balance can be tough if music isn't your main source of work, or life. You'll need to shove music into either work or life, but we can help you find a strategy here! How a Musi[...]

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What to Do if No One Comes to Your Concert

How to Get People to Come to Your Concert

It’s every musician’s worst nightmare: You’ve spent MONTHS promoting this concert. All of your closest friends and family promised to be there. You even had 40 confirmed “yes” on your Facebook event! And yet, when the time came for everyone to show up…you played to three people. Casual barflies who would have been there anyway. Granted, they said they enjoyed your show, and yo[...]

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Are Music Promotion Companies Worth It?

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People occasionally contact me and ask the following question: "Someone Contacted Me to Promote My Music. Is it Legit?" Probably not, sorry to say. But, before you respond with a nasty email telling them to shove it, let’s look at the red and green flags to decide whether or not it might be legit. The last thing you want to do is tell someone off when they are actually a big deal[...]

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How to Stay Motivated in the Music Industry

Staying Motivated in Music

Whether you're a singer, songwriter, or someone behind-the-scenes (producer, engineer, etc) you'll definitely encounter struggles in the music industry. Not to be bleak, that's just how it is. There are struggles in every industry, but the music industry has its own unique struggles along with the likelihood that most of us won't make a full-time living from it. Many musicians do music pa[...]

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7 Tips to Get Featured in Music Magazines and Blogs

How to Get Your Music Featured in Magazines

Whether in print or online, music magazines are a big deal to the careers of many. The exposure to new fans and further opportunities are well worth the legwork you need to get into the magazines. I've been featured in quite a few myself and have even written for some, so I'm going to give you my best tips to getting featured in top music magazines! Contacting Music Magazines We[...]

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Why You Need a Major Label to Be a Successful Music Artist

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I see SO many music marketing "gurus" tell people that you can be successful without a label. While that can be true for a select few people, the reality is that you're unlikely to reach the level of success they claim without major label support. Today we're going to cover why a label is still necessary, but then we'll discuss what to do if you can't get a label or don't want one. You[...]

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Mixing & Mastering EDM Music: Deadmau5 MasterClass Review Part 6

Deadmau5 Mixing Tips

Welcome back to another MasterClass review! If you've missed any of the posts thus far, feel free to check them out here: Pt 1 - IntroPt 2 - Building a Home StudioPt 3 - SynthsPt 4 - Making BeatsPt 5 - Remixes We are now on Part 6, which is all about mixing and mastering. Mixing in and of itself is such a huge concept that it would take multiple MasterClasses to learn them all. Howe[...]

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How to Recover From a Failed Audition

How to Recover from a Failed Audition

Before we start, this isn’t going to be a post about how to convince the judges to accept you after you bombed. Unfortunately, there are so many factors that impact who gets accepted that you’re unlikely to change any minds at this stage. However, there are ways to be kind to yourself after a fail that will help you to rebound, recover and get ready for your next audition, where you[...]

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A Celebration of Duffy – A Singer Who Shaped My Career

A Recap of Duffy's Brief but Beautiful Music Career

I talk about Whitney Houston pretty often on this blog (ranking her songs, covering one, reviewing films) but today I want to pivot and talk about a singer who was only briefly in the spotlight. Her presence, however, made an enormous impact on me as a singer and as a person. I'm going to talk about her incredible album "Rockferry," give you some info on her life, and cover her song here[...]