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Michael Gallant

Placing your music in video games: advice from Halo composer Tom Salta

by Michael Gallant September 30, 2015

Music in Video GamesWhen it comes to licensing music, most indie artists shoot for the holy trinity of film, TV, and commercials — but an entirely different market for licensing music has blown wide open: video games. Armed with the right knowledge, high-quality tracks, persistence, and a little luck, indie artists can begin to tap into this market. Read more.

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Creative strategies to raise money for your indie album release

by Michael Gallant August 31, 2015

indie album release CMYou’ve got your songs, arrangements, musicians, and studio all set and ready to go; plans for CDs and publicity aren’t far behind. The question? How to pay for it all. Here are case studies, tips, and strategies from musicians on gathering the funds to make their own dreams of an indie album release a reality. Read more.


Home grown crowdfunding tips

by Michael Gallant August 21, 2015

crowdfunding tipsThere are numerous ways to approach crowdfunding – including home-grown methods that don’t rely exclusively on the websites that facilitate the process. Singer/songwriter Linda Chorney has been creatively financing and her own album projects for decades. I interviewed her to get some of her personal crowdfunding tips on the matter. Read more.

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Modify the drums (and more) when a venue pulls the plug

by Michael Gallant August 4, 2015

unplugged live music performanceLast week, Echoes published an article about my unexpectedly unplugged and unamplified live music performance at an outdoor festival. The entire band had to make adjustments to accommodate the requirements of the gig – and drummer Rob Mitzner, in particular, relied on a setup he’s customized just for such circumstances. Read more.

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Gigging without electricity – how we made it through the show in the park

by Michael Gallant July 27, 2015

gigging without electricityI had thought that, even though the gig was outdoors, we would have no problem plugging in amps and instruments. Many parks have outlets tucked away inside lamp posts and maintenance buildings, accessible for public events. As we moved closer to the date, we discovered the city would not in fact turn on the juice. Read more.


More thoughts on delivering great rock vocals

by Michael Gallant June 25, 2015

great rock vocalsRock singers are the rebel children of the musical family, and they sound like it. They do everything “wrong,” i.e., scream and use the voice in ways that are, traditionally, used in other places, like the battlefield or the bedroom. But there’s a lot more to rock ’n’ roll than whether or not you have grit in your voice. Read more.


How to deliver great rock vocals — and stay healthy doing it

by Michael Gallant June 17, 2015

Singing tips for great rock vocalsMatt Kramer made his name as the lead singer for the band Saigon Kick. The son of an opera singer, he’s an expert educator and vocal coach as well, and teaches at his Miami-area studio Kramer Voice Company. Here are some singing tips and strategies for great rock vocals from the master. Read more.

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Got an unconventional gig? Use unconventional promotion.

by Michael Gallant May 4, 2015

promoting unconventional music venuesUnconventional venues require additional promo on your end and you should see it more as an active partnership with the venue. Rather than expecting the venue to promote you to their followers or patrons and pack the house for you, you generally will need to anticipate some involvement when it comes to spreading the word. Read more.


How to find and play unconventional music venues

by Michael Gallant April 28, 2015

unconventional music venuesWhen jazz pianist Vijay Iyer scheduled the New York City release show for his 2015 album Break Stuff, he didn’t choose a standard venue. Iyer’s concert was staged in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Iyer isn’t the first artist to eschew traditional clubs and concert halls in favor of more unique performing grounds. Read more.


EDM: the fashionable end of the music spectrum

by Michael Gallant April 7, 2015

EDM fashionistasStudying the differences will help you know where to draw influences from and what your audience is looking for. Drum and Bass sounds completely different from Electro which is completely different than House and Dubstep and Techno. Each genre has a completely different feel and production aesthetic. Read more.


Twelve EDM production tips for producing massive and original dance music

by Michael Gallant April 1, 2015

Dance partyAnyone can open GarageBand, drag a few drum and synth loops in, and create some something that resembles electronic dance music. But according to producer Francis Preve, there’s a world of difference between electronic music that is“constructed” and that which is created with expertise and inspiration. Read more.


How to do children’s music right

by Michael Gallant March 26, 2015

Children's music done rightThe 2015 Grammy nominees give a lesson on how to create children’s music that treats kids with respect, doesn’t dumb down the music, and keeps things fun. We’ve got videos and a breakdown of some of this year’s nominees. Read more.


How to release a live album by accident

by Michael Gallant March 17, 2015

Dave Weckl mixing what would become a live albumAlbums often come to life after great amounts of planning, practice, budgeting, and coordination. On the other hand, sometimes great albums are made without the artists even realizing they’re doing it. We study Oz Noy and Scott Healy – two cases where an unintended live tracking session turned into a live album release Read more.


How and when to use falsetto in R&B vocals

by Michael Gallant March 5, 2015

How to sing R&BWhen it comes to vocal technique, Fields recommends keeping a round mouth and keeping the sound from coming purely out of the nose. “If you can create the sound in the back of your throat, combine that with the air in your chest and get resonance in your nasal cavity, you’re good. It’s almost like singing under water.” Read more.


How to deliver great R&B vocals in the studio and on stage

by Michael Gallant February 25, 2015

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.