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DIY, but don’t do it alone

DIY success in musicThe DIY concept has been evangelized, refuted, and defended as the way to achieve success in music. No matter what your opinion is regarding the do-it-yourself ethos, there is one thing that should be universally accepted: do-it-yourself doesn’t mean you are a one person machine. Read more.

Becoming a great musician takes practiceBecoming a great musician isn’t easy, but avoiding these mistakes will increase your odds for success. Follow this advice and you’ll improve as a musician. First, as Malcolm Gladwell eloquently states in his book The Outliers, anyone wanting to be good at their craft must put in their 10,000 hours of practice. Read more.

How to sing R&BWhile great R&B vocals may seem to come straight from the soul, there are numerous stylistic elements that go into creating that warm, edgy, or just plain uplifting magic. Just ask Alvin Fields, who has credits with Kanye West, Drake, Dionne Warwick, Rihanna, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and many more. Read more.

audio mastering for vinyl If the music program is sibilant overall, the audio can be cut at a lower amplitude, which can help with the distortion caused by the high frequency information. The result, though, is a vinyl record that’s at a lower level, and the surface noise will be more prominent – not to mention, it’s not going to be comparable to other vinyl albums. Read more.

Digital Hygrometer Just how serious a risk are extreme climate conditions to your instrument’s well being? Bob Taylor, co-founder and president of Taylor Guitars, stated that, “At one time, probably 70% of the repairs performed in our service center could have been avoided if the guitar had not been exposed to humidity extremes.” Read more.

Dr. Rotella talks success in the music businessIf you are looking to do something great in the music biz – or in anything in life – you’ll need to have your head screwed on straight. Steve Rennie, AKA The Renman, consistently talks about how you can prepare yourself for success in the music business, and it all starts with having the right attitude. Read more.

Definitions and music business terminologyWith every industry comes a set of terms that is specific to that field; the music business is no different. Check out this quick list of compiled definitions and music business terminology so you can learn to speak the language of the music industry. Read more.

band rehearsalMost bands, when they rehearse, even for a big show, will rehearse for a couple of days, run through the songs to make sure they’re “tight,” work out the musical parts, and then go out onstage and hope something good will happen. They have no idea what they’re trying to accomplish. Read more.

More tales from the worst gigsIn “Tales of the worst music gigs ever,” we shared a handful of on-the-gig horror stories and lessons learned from them. While those stories were all wrenching in their own rights, here is one from New York bassist Dmitry Ishenko that stands in a category of its own. Read more.

Finding the right band nameNaming your band is an important consideration in the endeavor of building your brand. If you’re just forming your new act, it’s not too early to recognize that your name is what will typically be stamped on all of your products as well as your websites, business cards, bass drum heads, and cases. Read more.

Vinyl-1200x628_fbVinyl records are back – of course, they never really went away, but how exactly do they work? We take a look at the history of vinyl and explain the science behind the sound of vinyl records. From mastering to manufacturing, we’ve gather insights on exactly how vinyl records work. Read more.

Top 10 CD Baby Albums: January 2015

by Disc Makers February 2, 2015

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The Super Bowl halftime show is the weirdest gig on earth

by Andre Calilhanna January 30, 2015

Justin and Janet during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004It’s worth marveling at the scope of the production. The mechanics of constructing a stage, setting up the sound system, flooding the field with an audience, carrying out a performance, and breaking down – all in 20-minutes – is pretty fantastic. But the question is, “Why exactly do we need a concert in the middle of a football game?” Read more.

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Get exclusive deals and discounts from Backstage

by Disc Makers January 28, 2015

Backstage music gear dealsBackstage is a new program from Disc Makers that offers exclusive deals on music gear and provides member-only access to discounts on services such as gig booking and post-production mastering, plus plenty of other special offers created for the independent musician. Read more.

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Tales of the worst music gigs ever

by Michael Gallant January 22, 2015

Tales of the worst music gigsEvery musician has stories of the best gig ever, that performances where the music, the crowd, and the stars aligned. Then there’s those other times when nothing goes right. Gear explodes, drunks attack, people vanish… But even the worst gigs can be valuable learning experiences. Read more.

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How to develop short, mid, and long-term music career goals

by Keith Hatschek January 20, 2015

Smart music career goalsDreams are not goals. A goal must be written down and have a date by which you intend to complete it. For example, pitching your original songs to four music supervisors within the next 30 days is an attainable goal, since you have complete control over whether or not you can achieve this goal. Read more.

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