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Wax is back – and the vinyl record revival is good news for indie artists

vinyl record on a turntableVinyl record sales are on pace for another 30% growth, and this vinyl revival can be a sales driver for independent artists. According to Dan Faughnder of Sledding With Tigers, “Once we announced that our first vinyl record was in the pipeline, we received enough pre-orders to break even on the pressing cost before we got them from the plant.” Read more.

RSD_Spotify_bannerRecord Store Day is almost upon us! The full list of releases has been published, and there are three categories: Record Store Day Exclusive Release, Record Store Day Limited Run, and “Record Store Day First” Release. We’ve created a Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for some crate digging. Read more.

Steve RennieIn this video, music manager Steve Rennie talks about finding your “true north,” which often means you have to pick yourself up when something fails and stay true to your musical vision. When you’re not in a place of success or showing signs of improvement, it can be tempting to think about your music and career in a different light. Read more.

The Golden LP recordPerhaps the most famous records in the universe are the two copies of the Golden Record aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts. The records feature musical selections and spoken greetings in fifty-five languages. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and how the record is to be played. Read more.

EDM fashionistasStudying the differences will help you know where to draw influences from and what your audience is looking for. Drum and Bass sounds completely different from Electro which is completely different than House and Dubstep and Techno. Each genre has a completely different feel and production aesthetic. Read more.

record store day collageRecord Store Day is on April 18th, and we’re joining in to help celebrate the enduring importance and coolness of the independent record store. Five Disc Makers employees share favorite albums and why vinyl records have a particular place in their hearts when it comes to their love of and relationship to music. Read more.

Dance partyAnyone can open GarageBand, drag a few drum and synth loops in, and create some something that resembles electronic dance music. But according to producer Francis Preve, there’s a world of difference between electronic music that is“constructed” and that which is created with expertise and inspiration. Read more.

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Gold recordEven in this age of information overload, falsehoods and myths about today’s music business are prevalent. Let’s make one thing clear: if you want to achieve your music career goals, you had better focus on the realities of the business of music. Here are five truths all musicians should understand if you want to get ahead. Read more.

Children's music done rightThe 2015 Grammy nominees give a lesson on how to create children’s music that treats kids with respect, doesn’t dumb down the music, and keeps things fun. We’ve got videos and a breakdown of some of this year’s nominees. Read more.

Writing tips for music marketingNot all musicians are good writers, so if any part of your marketing consists of creating content, improving your writing craft should be a priority. If writing isn’t your cup of tea, it can take you an entire day to produce a rough draft for a blog article. Here are eight writing tips to help you work faster without sacrificing quality. Read more.

Career killing execution mistakes musicians make

by Bobby Borg March 22, 2015

Mistakes Musicians MakeIn this post, we highlight five career killing execution mistakes musicians make when trying to get to the next level. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said, “The best-thought-out plans in the world are worthless if you can’t pull them off.” Read more.

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Don’t wait ’til the day after to get music instrument insurance

by Disc Makers March 19, 2015

Sister Sparrow & their music instrument insurance storySasha Brown of Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds had set an appointment to get music instrument insurance. Two days before the call, $11K worth of instruments were stolen out of the band’s van. Talk about bad timing. We talk about the break-in, theft, and almost having music instrument insurance in time. Read more.

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How to release a live album by accident

by Michael Gallant March 17, 2015

Dave Weckl mixing what would become a live albumAlbums often come to life after great amounts of planning, practice, budgeting, and coordination. On the other hand, sometimes great albums are made without the artists even realizing they’re doing it. We study Oz Noy and Scott Healy – two cases where an unintended live tracking session turned into a live album release Read more.

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MIDI FAQ for beginners

by Dan Gonzalez March 11, 2015

07 Hardware SynthesizerMIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is a language by which computers, virtual instruments, and hardware samplers/synthesizers can communicate. There are a lot of unfamiliar terms and concepts in the MIDI world, so let’s take a look at a few questions that I typically hear from first time users. Read more.

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Pros and cons of the Figure 8 mic pickup pattern

by Ken Theriot March 9, 2015

Figure 8 SettingMicrophones that pick up sound from the front and back are called bi-directional, or “Figure 8″ mics. So why would anyone want to use a figure 8 mic? Oh, there are several cool things you can do with these, including: 1) Recording two voices at the same time, 2) Recording a singing guitarist/instrumentalist, 3) Recording in stereo. Read more.

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