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The many roads to an authentic vocal style

by Michael Gallant February 9, 2016

vocal styleFrom deep-throated, battlefield rumbles to pure, soaring tenor lines, there are many different ways to be an effective and powerful rock ’n’ roll singer. Find the direction that works for you, your instrument, your band, and your music. Don’t forget that there are many roads to delivering powerful and authentic vocals in rock and beyond. Read more.


Learn to listen and improve as a musician

by Michael Gallant January 27, 2016

improve as a musicianAs a member of multiple musical projects, I’ve discovered that even when you feel like you don’t have time, there are ways to move forward musically, steps you can take to put yourself in the best position to deliver a great performance once you step on stage or behind the glass. One of the most effective? Learn to listen. Read more.

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Music streaming 2016, Part 2: the complex revenue equation

by Keith Hatschek and Robert Bassett January 13, 2016

music streaming 2016 revenueA big part of the revenue blurriness in music streaming is because many record deals were made before the advent of music streaming, using a model of selling a physical product. It’s time to tackle the job of drafting contracts to account for the fact that there are no manufacturing costs with streaming or download sales. Read more.

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Music streaming 2016, Part 1: the current streaming landscape

by Keith Hatschek and Robert Bassett January 12, 2016

music streaming 20162015 was marked by a number of high-profile artists continuing to speak out against the music streaming business model while excluding their music from providers like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and many more. Mainstream artists have challenged whether streaming can ever be profitable for artists. Read more.


Predictions for the music industry: Part 2

by Bobby Borg January 6, 2016

predictions for the music industryMusic isn’t going anywhere – we dance to it, graduate to it, and get married to it. But the music industry will continue to change and grow. Part 2 includes predictions for the music industry related to artist branding, live performances, and new products that might evolve for musical artists. Read more.


Predictions for the music industry: Part 1

by Bobby Borg December 30, 2015

predictions for the music industryAfter witnessing how quickly new technology has changed the music business in just the past five years, it’s a safe bet that no one can know for sure what awaits the music industry in the near future. Still these predictions for the music industry by leading industry professionals are interesting, insightful, and inspiring. Read more.


5 music promotion lessons we learned from (our song about) Star Wars

by Jason Feehan and Randy Chertkow December 28, 2015

music promotionNot so long ago, our band wrote, recorded, and released a song called, “Star Wars (A Film Like No Other).” When we released it on March 13, 2007, we had no idea it would become one of the most popular videos at, be licensed by AtomFilms, wind up being played on TV, and generate a potential license deal. Read more.


Talk the talk: How to give a great interview as an indie musician

by Michael Gallant December 22, 2015

how to give a great interviewIf you’re at the point in your career where music journalists and bloggers want to interview you, it’s important to be prepared. Getting press requests but not convinced you know how to give a great interview? These seven tips can help you prepare, focus, and deliver an interview that can impact your music career. Read more.


Build a story that someone will want to invest in

by Matt Urmy December 21, 2015

sustainable music careerSpinning your wheels is not the recipe for a sustainable music career. Build a story that someone will want to invest in. Pay attention to the business details. Don’t wake up 10 years from now just to realize that you’ve been spinning your wheels when you could have been making real progress. Read more.


Music theory and “The Hills,” by The Weeknd

by Alex Andrews December 9, 2015

music theoryKnowing a little music theory can help you dissect your favorite songs and better understand how to write songs of your own. We break down “The Hills” by The Weeknd in this post. We’re going to start by transcribing the chorus melody, figuring out the key, and then using the key to find the chords. Read more.

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Want music success? You’ve got to love the grind.

by Johnny Dwinell December 7, 2015

music successAre you always bitching about the current state of the music industry? Are you constantly going on about how much easier it would’ve been to find music success had you been an artist 20 years ago? I’ve got big news for all of you. Life is not a grind, life is the grind. The trick is understanding that you have to love the grind. Read more.


8 tips for holding band meetings that don’t suck

by Bobby Borg December 3, 2015

band meetingsYou’ve heard it before, “it’s called the music business for a reason,” and one good business practice that can help you meet you music career goals is holding effective band meetings. To ensure your meetings go smoothly, check out the following eight easy-to-execute tips. Read more.


Music production basics – Part 2: audio compression and panning

by Robert Willey December 2, 2015

music production basicsOne way to control the amplitude of a signal is by running it through a compressor, which turns down the volume each time the signal gets louder than a preset threshold. Understanding the functions of compression and panning are part of music production basics and will help you in the recording and mixing phases of your project. Read more.

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Five lyric pitfalls to avoid when writing Country songs – or ANY songs!

by Jason Blume November 30, 2015

how to write a country songOne of the most important jobs I have as a teacher is to identify and share the common elements I observe in successful songs while steering students clear from the pitfalls in songs that fall short. If you want to learn how to write a country song, here are some of the biggest lyric pitfalls to avoid. Read more.


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.