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Music News: Adele breaks sales’ record, Willie Nelson gets Gershwin Award, Shrapnel records catalog acquired by The Orchard

by Andre Calilhanna November 25, 2015

music news adele 25Whatever you think of Adele’s decision to follow the likes of Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke and sidestep streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, she’s proven again that she has the star power and “four quadrant” appeal to change the trajectory of album sales for the industry this year. Read more.


Changing the pressure during your live performances

by Andre Calilhanna and Tom Jackson November 19, 2015

change the pressure during live  preformancesBeing intentional with different visual presentations for the variety of moods your songs invoke is part of what Tom Jackson calls changing the pressure on your audience during your live performances. “I’m not talking about acting or choreography, I’m talking about thinking, “What should this song look like?'” Read more.


How to survive as a solo cover musician

by Chris Huff November 12, 2015

solo cover musicianIt’s a cliché to say that show business is tough, but the reality is that it’s worse than that. It eats good people alive. Here are three survival skills I’d like to pass along that have helped me get through 15 years playing solo acoustic cover songs in bars, restaurants, private parties, corporate events, and pig roasts in cemeteries. Read more.


Is it time to take the plunge or hang up the axe?

by Andre Calilhanna November 2, 2015

performing liveA personal exploration into this writer’s lack of enthusiasm for performing live. It’s been a part of my life for over 30 years, I’ve been at this for so long. I’ve been practicing with my buddy and collaborator for three years, and we can be impressive when we play to our strengths. – what’s holding me back? Read more.


Music news: Happy Birthday’s disputed rights, vinyl vs. streaming, and the last CD-R for Taiyo Yuden

by Andre Calilhanna October 27, 2015

music news happy birthday“Happy Birthday To Me:” a complicated history – and future – for the world’s simplest song; vinyl sales continue to make headlines, with sales generating more revenue than free Spotify, YouTube, and VEVO combined; JVC and Taiyo Yuden to stop producing optical media – FalconMedia remains a reliable option. Read more.


Crowdfunding for musicians: tips, tactics, and trends

by Disc Makers October 2, 2015

crowdfunding for musiciansWe’ve been covering the topics and trends of crowdfunding for musicians for years. Here’s a collection of posts that tackle topics spanning settling on a platform, setting goals and timelines, pricing rewards, and a whole lot more. Check out these posts, and keep coming back, we’ll keep adding new content. Read more.


Disc Makers, Samson, and Sweetwater team up for a $5,000 studio gear giveaway

by Disc Makers September 18, 2015

studio gear giveawayCo-sponsored by Samson, Sweetwater, and Backstage, the #StudioLife Sweepstakes offers a $5,000+ prize package that includes a mixing board, keyboard MIDI controllers, microphones, monitors, and more, as well as a CD package from Disc Makers and a distribution package from CD Baby. Read more.


A look at Ringo Starr’s enduring musical influence

by Keith Hatschek and Peter Hackett September 9, 2015

Ringo's musical influenceFew would argue that the drumming of Ringo Starr was one of the most singular aspects to the band’s music. We’re here to make that argument. Ringo’s playing added shape and texture to the band’s iconic recordings while carefully creating patterns and dynamics to create and resolve tension within each song. Read more.


Develop a home base before moving to regional music venues

by Jeri Goldstein September 4, 2015

music venues There’s an advantage to concentrating your live performance development in local music venues as you plan for future tours in new and wider territories. Start your career in a central place – your hometown or a town nearby – then expand outward from that central point. Read more.


CD Baby announces the DIY Musician Conference schedule

by Disc Makers September 2, 2015

music conferenceCD Baby is hosting its premiere DIY Musician Conference at Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago on October 23-25 in Chicago. There’s an impressive assortment of workshops, panels, and showcases scheduled, built specifically around the needs of independent musicians. Read more.


Why can’t every day be a music festival?

by Kev Rowe August 25, 2015

music festivalWe usually use music festivals as an escape from our normal lives. What I’ve been trying to do lately is keep a well-balanced, festival-like attitude and outlook all year round. To treat people with the same attitude and outlook I have towards them while I’m walking through the music festival on its trails and through the woods. Read more.

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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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Have you outgrown your favorite music venue?

by Jeri Goldstein August 12, 2015

music venueGrowth is good, but grow with awareness as you move to the next level. The truth is, most acts move too quickly. They think they’ve reached a level of success that they simply have not. Carefully assess every step of your success before charging ahead thinking you’re ready to move on. Read more.


6 social media marketing tips for musicians

by Joanna Carpentier August 6, 2015

social media marketing tipsTake some time to implement these social media marketing tips, spruce up your profiles, and optimize your online presence to attract and engage your fans. If you build a strong artist brand and pay attention to analytics, you’ll be on your way to having a booming fan base on social media in no time. Read more.


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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