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Make a career in music: seven rules to put you on track

Music Career RulesHave you ever been a starving musician? It’s no fun. Wondering where this month’s rent money is going to come from, scrounging up change in the sofa to put gas in your car, hoping that a string doesn’t break during the gig. No one goes from a little known performer to self-sufficient artist overnight. Here are seven rules to help you transition from someone with talent and a dream to someone with talent and a career in music. Read more.

home studio setupSo you want a killer home recording studio that can deliver great sounding tracks and not break the bank? Graham Cochrane lets you know exactly how to do that in this rundown of the five essential pieces of recording equipment you need in your home studio setup. Read more.

Rick Neuheisel InterviewPicking the right partners in the music business is a big-picture concept that cannot be understated. It influences every decision an artist makes regarding his or her career in music. Former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel talks about the qualities of a good coach – and artist manager. Read more.

music promotion mistakes to avoidAre you having trouble getting the word out about your products and services and getting to that next level of your music career? Are you making mistakes that are costing you time, money, and even your own fans? Whether it’s failing to present a consistent brand or not pushing sales, these music promotion mistakes can derail your music career. Read more.

Two favorite home studio microphonesMicrophones are among the most important things in a studio’s arsenal – but don’t get caught up in the “more money equals better quality” syndrome when purchasing a home studio microphone. Like a camera lens, there are microphones that are good for wide angles, others for narrow focus, and there are those that have a vintage feel to them. No mic/pattern combination works for everything. Read more.

Pauly Pop FilterThere’s always something your studio could use to improve work flow and functionality. Gibson’s Craig Anderton fell in love with these six home studio accessories this year. These goodies have stood out over the past year as essential for his studio, and they can contribute to any studio makeover or holiday wish list. Read more.

Content strategyBuilding a strong fan base online requires you to create and execute an effective content strategy. Most often, we focus on the idea of engagement, and while there is no doubt that this is a requirement of an effective content strategy, engagement should not be the only focus of your online music marketing and your efforts to achieve your music career goals. Read more.

online music marketing etiquetteWhile the Internet and new technologies propel online music marketing ever into the future, I’m amazed by how many of us have the etiquette of a caveperson. Seriously, I just got an anonymous link posted on my social networks with the blurb, “Yo, check my song out.” Two seconds later, I got a friend request from someone with no profile picture other than that creepy, default blank head. Read more.

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indie artist music branding LA-based band Sad Robot recently wowed the judges at Los Angeles Music Network’s LAMN Jam and walked away with the grand prize. Shortly afterward we caught up with them and gained some insight on their opinions on marketing and branding, performing and touring, and the importance of attending industry events. Read more.

mixing drums in the studio Mixing drums can be challenging at times, so we’ve put together some tips and tricks to get a clearer, more polished mix in your home studio. Find out the best ways to compress a kick drum, EQ your snares, treat your percussion, and more. Read more.

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

by Keith Hatschek November 20, 2014

vinyl record on a turntableVinyl record sales are on pace for another 30% growth from last year, 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 was in the pipeline, we received enough pre-orders to basically break even on the pressing cost before we even got our test pressings from the plant.” Read more.

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Getting the best from your live music recording

by Michael Gallant November 18, 2014

live recording-ThumbWhile a live album can be a great opportunity to show your fan base a fresh and exciting side of your music, it can also be a risky endeavor. When you only have one chance to get things right, how do you translate the power and beauty of your live show into ones and zeros — in a way that will delight fans and not blow up in your face? Read more.

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Five tips for recording vocals at home

by Dan Gonzalez November 14, 2014

Portable Vocal BoothRecording vocals in your home studio can be somewhat tricky, especially if the quality of your recording space doesn’t contend with a professional studio environment. However, there are plenty of solutions that can improve the quality of your vocal recordings. The room in which you record in will be as much a part of the recording as the singers voice. This can work in your favor and can also work against you. Read more.

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Improve your chances for a successful music career (without compromising your integrity)

by Bobby Borg November 13, 2014

Success in musicIf you don’t stand for something, you can fall for anything. Success starts with a vision – and a vision statement. A vision statement is a declaration of where you’d like your career to be in seven to ten years down the road. With this defined and in place, it’s far easier to map out the directions for how you’re going to get to your desired destination. Read more.

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Do you need a manager to succeed in music?

by Disc Makers November 11, 2014

Greg SavageDo music producers, artists, and bands need managers? Maybe, maybe not. It depends on where you are currently in your career. This question will come up sooner or later regardless of where you are. Before signing any contracts here are a few things to consider. Read more.

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