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How music instrument insurance helped Triple Colossal Studios weather a hurricane

by Andre Calilhanna June 9, 2014

Dylan's music instrument insurance storyI learned my lesson back in the ’90s. We were playing the East Coast for the first time. We had all our equipment in a trailer. We went to D.C. for one hour of sightseeing one afternoon, and when we got back, the van was gone. We had no insurance. Of course after that, somebody’s father said, “You idiots, why didn’t you have insurance? What’s more important than securing the tools of your trade?” Read More.

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Building your online presence

by Andre Calilhanna February 14, 2014

Michael ShoupWe had people come to us when we first opened business saying, “I’ve been told by my manager that I need a website, and it needs to have a tour page and a photos page, and all of this other kind of stuff.” While that’s all great, and I think all that information is good to have, I think people don’t think critically enough about their online music marketing. I know I didn’t when I was first starting out as an artist. Read more.

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Ask a songwriter: 5 questions for Five For Fighting’s John Ondrasik

by Andre Calilhanna January 28, 2014

Songwriting tips from John OndrasikFive For Fighting’s John Ondrasik exploded onto the music scene with the release of “Superman” in 2000. Having written thousands of songs in his youth, the public adoration of “Superman” stunned his mother – a way to actually make money songwriting and playing music! Ondrasik’s father was less surprised, recognizing he had dedicated 45,000 hours into honing his craft. Read more.

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Ask a songwriter: 5 questions for Byron Hill

by Andre Calilhanna January 21, 2014

Tips from hit songwriter Byron HillOriginally from North Carolina, Byron Hill has been a professional songwriter in Nashville since 1978, with his songs generating more than 700 recordings, 77 RIAA certified Gold and Platinum awards, 10 ASCAP awards, and 31 US and Canadian top-ten chart hits. Hits Byron has written for major artists include “Pickin’ Up Strangers” (Johnny Lee), “Fool Hearted Memory” (George Strait), “The Pages Of My Mind” (Ray Charles), and “Born Country” (Alabama). Read more.

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Ask a songwriter: 5 questions for Rachael Sage

by Andre Calilhanna January 10, 2014

Tips from songwriter Rachael SageA soulful vocalist and innovative keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and producer Rachael Sage has become one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, performing 150+ dates a year with her band The Sequins throughout the US, UK, Europe, and Asia. Sage’s own MPress Records released her 10th album, Haunted By You in 2012. Read more.

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Ask a songwriter: 5 questions for Kent Blazy

by Andre Calilhanna January 2, 2014

Songwriting tips from Kent BlazyGrowing up in Lexington, KY, Kent Blazy became musically inspired when he heard Roger McGuinn playing “Mr. Tambourine Man.” By the mid-70s, Kent was band leader, playing guitar and touring with Canadian legend Ian Tyson. A first place win in a national songwriting contest persuaded him to move to Nashville in 1980, and in 1987, Kent was introduced to Garth Brooks. The first song Garth and Kent penned together was “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which became their first #1 song. Read more.

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25 notable musicians who died in 2013

by Andre Calilhanna December 13, 2013

25 Lou ReedEchoes pays tribute to 25 of the music icons, music industry contributors, and legendary musicians who died in 2013, including Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, Patty Andrews, Reg Presley, Lou Reed, Cleotha Staples, Alvin Lee, Clive Burr, Bobbie Smith, Phil Ramone, Ray Manzarek, Cedric Brooks, Jeff Hanneman, Richie Havens, George Jones, Cordell “Boogie” Mosson, Marvin Junior, Allen Lanier, and Bobby Bland. Read more

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Vinyl record sales are on the rise

by Andre Calilhanna December 6, 2013

vinyl record sales are up in 2013 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

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Pay everyone but the musician

by Andre Calilhanna November 18, 2013

Whitey won't give away music for freeDIY 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.

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An independent musician needs to make CDs

by Andre Calilhanna October 22, 2013

playing music gigs in Canada Music streaming, MP3s, and digital downloads are in the race for most popular music delivery format, but the physical CD holds first place, especially in terms of revenue, music promotion, and branding for the independent musician. Even with all the benefits of online distribution, independent music artists are ordering more CDs than ever, and there are plenty of reasons why. Read more.

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Thom Yorke’s Music Streaming Rebellion

by Andre Calilhanna July 19, 2013

Music Streaming RebellionThom Yorke, the unmistakable voice and creative force behind Radiohead and Atoms For Peace, has made his disapproval of Spotify and it’s payment model clear by removing his non-Radiohead material from the music streaming service and tweeting about it. There’s been no mention of Radiohead removing its material from Spotify, but the move has sparked a torrent of commentary, support, solidarity, and criticism. Read more.

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Younger Music Fans Demand Constant Access

by Andre Calilhanna July 9, 2013

MTV report on young music fans MTV Research released a report that explains how Millennials expect “zero distance” from the artists they like, an effect reportedly caused by social media. Millennials crave “constant access” to artists, want the artist to act like a friend, and expect an artist to be constantly accessible via social media. But don’t expect to sell your music to this group. Only 28% of the people surveyed had bought music within the past month. Read more.

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Home Studio Recording Tips From a Pro Studio

by Andre Calilhanna March 22, 2013

HeadphonesEchoes talks with producer/engineer/studio owner Drew Raison for insights on how to make your home recordings sound better. Drew says, “When you’re working in a home studio, I recommend you keep it simple. Minimal equalization and minimal compression at the time of recording, because you can add that later. You can’t always undo, so try not to make unfortunate decisions at the time of recording. Read more.

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A Nashville Music Resource Everyone Can Benefit From

by Andre Calilhanna February 19, 2013

music-starts-hereMusicStartsHere.org is a website chock full of excellent content and more than 300 interview segments featuring music business insights from songwriters, publishers, artists, musicians, entertainment attorneys, performance rights organizations (PROs), and other music industry veterans. While the site focuses on the music scene in Nashville, the information included can benefit anyone looking to learn more about making a career in music. Read more.

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Ear Fatigue and Mixing Music – Know the Signs, Avoid Mistakes

by Andre Calilhanna February 1, 2013

FatigueEar fatigue is one of those ambiguous conditions that can occur while recording – and more likely during mix down – that you may not even recognize is happening until after the fact. You’re in the studio, you think you’ve nailed the mix, you’ve been adjusting things right and left, up and down, tweaking everything until it seems to sound just right. Then the next day, you pull up the mix and think, “What the heck were we doing?” Read more.

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