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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Another awful music gig

by Michael Gallant February 5, 2015

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.

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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 find and manage session players for your studio recording

by Michael Gallant January 14, 2015

Hiring session players for your studio recordingRecording your own music can be an amazing and challenging experience. Case in point, your band’s newest tune is begging for a raucous fiddle solo or a cool cello line, and none of you have worked with either sort of instrumentalist before. How do you find the right player? Read more.

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Getting the best from your live music recording

by Michael Gallant November 18, 2014

live recording-ThumbWhile a live album can be a great opportunity to show your fan base a fresh and exciting side of your music, it can also be a risky endeavor. When you only have one chance to get things right, how do you translate the power and beauty of your live show into ones and zeros — in a way that will delight fans and not blow up in your face? Read more.

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Designing for vinyl: make your album cover pop

by Michael Gallant October 31, 2014

vinyl album coverEven though CDs and vinyl records both make use of similarly-proportioned circles and rectangles in their design templates, each format presents unique opportunities to create graphics that your fans will love. Here are some tips from experienced designers and album manufacturing product managers to help you craft an album design worthy of the music enclosed therein. Read more.

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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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