Singing Tips – How to Sing Better Right Now

SingerAs one of the top vocal coaches in the country, I’m frequently asked, “What are your top singing tips for vocalists?” Well, I could rattle off a long list, and yammer on for hours. But I love a challenge – so I pretended I had only five minutes to tell you my best singing tips, and I wracked my brain to come up with the Top 5. Read more.

The independent musician’s guide to social media marketing

by Disc Makers October 16, 2015

social media marketing Social media marketing is free (mostly), it gives you worldwide reach, and it helps you interact with new and existing fans of your music. Learn to manage and optimize your social profiles with these posts and then pick up your guitar, hit the studio, or play your next show. Read more.


Choose quality over quantity for your next CD release

by Johnny Dwinell October 15, 2015

CD releaseAll too often, I’ll see an artist find the funding for her recording only to fail miserably at project management. Too many independent music artists are engrossed with recording a full length CD, so they focus on how to achieve that goal within their budget rather than making the most of the money they’ve raised. Read more.


Collaborating with another musician can boost your exposure

by Alec Plowman October 13, 2015

collaborating with another musicianCollaborating with another musician can produce great creative results. At the very least, working with someone new can take you out of your comfort zone, introduce you to new songwriting practices and ideas, and force you to up your game. For independent musicians, it can also be a boost of exposure. Read more.

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Songwriting: advice and insight on the craft of writing a song

by Disc Makers October 8, 2015

songwriting adviceOver the years we’ve posted songwriting advice that covers music theory, children’s music, interviews with hit songwriters, excerpts from books, songwriter’s block, and a variety of other topics that relate to the craft of writing a song. We’ve collected them here – check ’em out! Read more.


The wide world of licensed music in video games

by Michael Gallant October 6, 2015

music in video gamesMusic in video games is not limited to the standard rock, rap, and EDM. Check out these examples of diverse music found in popular games. Nearly any flavor of high-quality, well-produced music has a shot at finding a home in some sort of video game. Here are just a few examples. Read more.


How to make money on YouTube with your music

by Jason Feehan and Randy Chertkow October 5, 2015

How to make money on YouTubeYouTube is the world’s largest music search engine. Within the last ten years, it’s also grown to become one of the primary ways people share and discover music. But YouTube is more than simply a promotional platform, you can make money on YouTube. It can drive music and merch sales, as well as advertising revenue. 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.


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.


A record producer’s pre-recording prep work

by Michael Beinhorn September 28, 2015

record producersIt never fails to amaze me that many people who identify themselves as record producers commence work on recording projects without knowing anything about the songs or artists they’re going to record. Yep, people are getting paid to make records without knowing a single note of the music they’re going to be working on. Read more.


Defining your vision and your music marketing plan [Video]

by Bobby Borg September 25, 2015

music marketing planSetting a successful music marketing plan in motion begins with defining your vision and determining how to set and accomplish the goals designed to get you there. These videos expand on themes and ideas from Bobby Borg’s book, Music Marketing for the DIY Musician. Read more.

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Planning the rewards for your music crowdfunding project

by Jason Feehan and Randy Chertkow September 24, 2015

music crowdfundingWhether you are trying to cover the cost of producing your next album or get a tour off the ground, crowdfunding gets your fans involved while generating the necessary dollars. Today we want to dive into setting a mix of rewards to encourage backers to pledge the most amount of money to your project. Read more.


Songwriting and a quick lesson in music theory

by Alex Andrews September 22, 2015

music theoryYou’re writing a song, you’ve hit on a vocal melody you like and you’ve got a few chords, but you just can’t seem to finish the chord progression. You keep trying all the chords you know, but nothing seems to fit. After some frustration and failures, you put the idea aside, forget all about it, and another song bites the dust. Read more.

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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.


Home recording tip: save samples to speed up noise reduction

by Ken Theriot September 16, 2015

noise reduction home studio recording tipIf you record audio in a place where the same noises are often around, and you are not able to prevent them, then you’ve probably found yourself removing them from your audio recordings using noise reduction software. Unless you’ve built or purchased a sound-proof recording booth, there WILL be noise. Read more.


How to run a successful record label (by giving away the music)

by Steve Gordon September 15, 2015

record labelJay Frank, a former VP at Country Music Television and Yahoo Music, recently launched his own record company, called DigSin. Based in Nashville, DigSin, which stands for digital single, has a very unique business model: It promotes free downloads for life and a “360 of the song” deal. Read more.

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