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Don’t limit your songwriting to 4/4 time

by Michael Gallant September 29, 2014

AllYouNeedIsLoveJust because 4/4 is an easy and popular time signature in which to write, it doesn’t mean it’s always the best choice for you and your music. Many highly successful songs have been written using time signatures that don’t strictly adhere to the standard one-and-TWO-and-three-and-FOUR-and vibe. Here are a handful of examples of music written in different time signatures — and tips on how playing with the meter of your own music can help you get it to the highest level. Read more.

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Owning the crowd: music performance tips from the “One Man Sideshow”

by Michael Gallant August 21, 2014

Owning the crowd - tips from David Darwin You might have great songs and finely-honed chops, but engaging an audience from the moment you walk on stage until the moment your last note fades is another skill entirely. Here are tips from David Darwin (AKA The One Man Sideshow) for indie artists on what to do before, between, and during songs to make your entire music performance as powerful as your individual songs might already be. Read more.

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Music workshops: how to choose, prep, and “work” music industry events

by Michael Gallant July 22, 2014

attending music workshops Music workshops can be outstanding resources when it comes to education, networking, and generating ideas. But how can you be sure the enticing-sounding workshop you’re being pitched is meat, rather than hype? How do you make the most of your time and elevate your career in the process? We’ve got tips from two industry veterans who know the world of workshops inside and out. Read more.

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Navigating the business end of the music business

by Michael Gallant June 24, 2014

music business adviceIt’s called the music business for a reason — yet for many indie artists, organizing and maintaining the business end of a music career can rank just above dental surgery when it comes to activities of choice. It doesn’t have to be that way. Following just a handful of straightforward suggestions will streamline your music business existence and help you avoid common financial pitfalls that can eat up precious hours and energy. Read More.

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How to find, land, and work a music publishing deal

by Michael Gallant May 20, 2014

How to land a music publishing dealFor an indie artist, there are tried and true ways to earn a few bucks: sell albums, downloads, concert tickets, and merchandise. Many independent artists may have heard the term “publishing deal” thrown around before, but the process of understanding, finding, solidifying, and earning money under the right sort of music publishing deal can be a mystifying one. Read More.

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Your elevator pitch should start a conversation

by Michael Gallant April 16, 2014

Artist branding and your elevator pitch While there’s no universal formula for creating an ideal musical elevator pitch, there are ways to help yourself communicate effectively in situations when you’re interacting with a potential new fan or industry contact. We’ve assembled tips from a trio of music industry professionals to help you spark productive conversations about your music — and avoid walking away with your foot in your mouth. Read more.

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Elevate your vocal performance: focus on rhythm and intention

by Michael Gallant April 9, 2014

singing tips to improve your vocal performance In a standout vocal performance, how and when you release a note is just as important as the way you attack it. On the keyboard, whether I’m playing jazz, rock, or anything else, I try to keep this idea in mind. Time after time, I’ve found that one of the best things I can to do to help a song lock in is to be mindful of both ends of every note I play. This is also true for a vocal performance. Read more.

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Help the soundman get you a great live music mix

by Michael Gallant March 20, 2014

Help the soundman An organized soundcheck can give band members and sound engineers the tools they need to craft an excellent live music mix, while a chaotic one can suck up valuable minutes – and good will. Some bands do sound checks like complete pros, others are just a mess with everybody onstage playing at the same time, nobody listening, and lots of noise and yelling. Read more.

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Writing, recording, and performing children’s music

by Michael Gallant February 18, 2014

Gasoi on writing children's musicWhen you’re set to start writing children’s music of your own, Gasoi recommends a little introspection. “Find that place within yourself that reminds you of your own childhood, that place of innocence, fun, and abandonment. Tap into happy memories from your own childhood, things that bring out that fun and exuberance. Regardless of the style of song, bring a joyful spirit to what you do.” Read more.

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Producing great hip hop vocals

by Michael Gallant January 22, 2014

Ken Lewis talks hip hop vocalsOne of the biggest mistakes I see in the studio is checking the mic with the artist behind it. It takes them out of the zone. I’ve seen engineers do it dozens of times and I see the look on the artist’s face when it’s happening. When the artist sets up behind the mic, he or she either has the mindset of being ready to give a great performance – or is scared to death and doesn’t need anything else throwing him or her off. Read more.

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How to write a killer artist bio

by Michael Gallant January 17, 2014

Samson MicAs creative musical artists, we’d like to believe our music speaks for itself, but a well-crafted artist bio is still a necessary part of your press kit and promotional efforts. In addition to giving the reader a glimpse into your musical career/journey/accomplishments to date, an engagingly written band bio can increase the chances of your music getting heard, whether you’re approaching music journalists for press coverage, creating an electronic press kit, or just trying to draw in new fans. Read more.

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Choosing the right recording software

by Michael Gallant December 17, 2013

Recording MicrophoneOf the many recording software options available, which is the right one to help you get the job done in your home studio? While there are many options that can move you from first riff to final track, it can be confusing choosing the right digital audio workstation (DAW) for your creative process and musical output. Here are some tips from seasoned music producers and recording musicians to help you along the way. Read more

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Gigging, touring, and performance contract tips

by Michael Gallant November 27, 2013

Performance contract adviceThe 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.

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Making magic when things go wrong on stage

by Michael Gallant November 14, 2013

Don't panic when things go wrong on stageRegardless 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.

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This is the Remix – Eight Tips on Reinventing Your Music

by Michael Gallant October 24, 2013

Justin Lassen“It’s a mistake to remix from a stereo master,” says expert remixer Justin Lassen. “If the track is already mastered and has its dynamics already defined, there’s only so much a remixer can do. If you are going to remix, import the stems from the original session, mute everything, bring in elements one at a time, and figure out a game plan as to how you’re going to tell the story of the remix. Read more.

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