Here’s a 2013 music trend that doesn’t involve viral videos, flying dresses, or wrecking balls: vinyl is making a comeback. That’s right, we called it a comeback. In the first six months of 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan, vinyl record sales were up 33.5%. Read more
If you’re an independent artist, you’re probably already functioning as your own label. Keep making music and take advantage of the resources you have. Research blogs and reach out to the ones that post music you like that also matches your sound. Follow up. Build and keep relationships with bookers, bloggers, whoever seems to care about what you’re doing. Try to build a network of support around your music. Read more.
There’s no secret formula for how to make a living in the music business, and some of the advice in this post flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Like, “be worth someone’s time, give up a percentage of your publishing.” Yes, I’m telling you to go out there and give up a percentage of your rights. You do want people to help you make money right? Make it interesting for them. Read more
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The talented designers in our Design Studio created twelve original works of art (one for each month) that feature some of our favorite songs. Each month we will post a new design, in six common desktop sizes, so you can use them as your desktop wallpaper. December’s wallpaper features “Pantomime Horse” by The London Suede. Click here to get yours!
The great drummer Art Blakey once said, “If you’re not appearing, you’re disappearing.” That’s the bottom line. The way the music business is structured, the live end is all-important to most artists. The talent buyers at venues are in the business of booking talent. Ideally, artists go through dedicated booking agents. That is the goal then, to ultimately attract a booking agent to represent you. Read more.
Equalization is one of the most powerful tools an audio engineer can get their hands on. Unfortunately, some beginners and home studio users habitually reach for it without understanding what it can do to a mix. To avoid a gain staging dilemma, apply subtractive equalization to your mix. Instead of boosting your favorite signals, try limiting yourself to cutting. We can call this concept “carving.” Read more.
Record Store Day, a celebration of the enduring importance and coolness of the independent record store, is held on the third Saturday of April every year. RSD also works throughout the year to do special promotions and help create releases to bring awareness and focus to its membership of nearly 1,000 indie record stores, and Black Friday is a big day for the group. Read more.
DIY artist Whitey lashed out at and is making headlines for his recent spat with Betty, a London-based TV production company that “makes modern and high quality popular formats and factual television series” (i.e. reality TV). Betty wanted to use his song “Stay On The Outside,” claimed budget restrictions, and asked him to give away music for free. This was too much for Whitey, and he calls for a “public discussion.” Read more.
Regardless of how many times you’ve rehearsed, unexpected events can strike and go wrong on stage. Whether it’s equipment blowing up, power going out, your drummer suddenly having an incapacitating allergy attack, or some overly drunk fan trying to “help” you sing that final chorus at the mic, snafus happen to even the biggest artists at the classiest venues. So what can be done to deal? Read more.