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Make a career in music: seven rules to put you on track

Music Career RulesHave you ever been a starving musician? It’s no fun. Wondering where this month’s rent money is going to come from, scrounging up change in the sofa to put gas in your car, hoping that a string doesn’t break during the gig. No one goes from a little known performer to self-sufficient artist overnight. Here are seven rules to help you transition from someone with talent and a dream to someone with talent and a career in music. Read more.

Trust your musical vision if you want to succeed

by Steve Rennie April 15, 2015

Steve RennieIn this video, music manager Steve Rennie talks about finding your “true north,” which often means you have to pick yourself up when something fails and stay true to your musical vision. When you’re not in a place of success or showing signs of improvement, it can be tempting to think about your music and career in a different light. Read more.

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9 groovy facts about vinyl records

by Disc Makers April 9, 2015

The Golden LP recordPerhaps the most famous records in the universe are the two copies of the Golden Record aboard the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecrafts. The records feature musical selections and spoken greetings in fifty-five languages. Instructions, in symbolic language, explain the origin of the spacecraft and how the record is to be played. Read more.

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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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Why we love independent record stores and Record Store Day

by Lucy Briggs April 3, 2015

record store day collageRecord Store Day is on April 18th, and we’re joining in to help celebrate the enduring importance and coolness of the independent record store. Five Disc Makers employees share favorite albums and why vinyl records have a particular place in their hearts when it comes to their love of and relationship to music. Read more.

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Twelve tips for producing massive and original electronic 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.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: March 2015

by Disc Makers April 1, 2015

george donaldson/>Farmikos Here are the 10 best-selling albums in March: See all 10…

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Five truths about today’s music industry

by Bobby Borg March 31, 2015

Gold recordEven in this age of information overload, falsehoods and myths about today’s music business are prevalent. Let’s make one thing clear: if you want to achieve your music career goals, you had better focus on the realities of the business of music. Here are five truths all musicians should understand if you want to get ahead. 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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Blog and website writing tips

by James Druman March 24, 2015

Writing tips for music marketingNot all musicians are good writers, so if any part of your marketing consists of creating content, improving your writing craft should be a priority. If writing isn’t your cup of tea, it can take you an entire day to produce a rough draft for a blog article. Here are eight writing tips to help you work faster without sacrificing quality. Read more.

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Career killing execution mistakes musicians make

by Bobby Borg March 22, 2015

Mistakes Musicians MakeIn this post, we highlight five career killing execution mistakes musicians make when trying to get to the next level. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said, “The best-thought-out plans in the world are worthless if you can’t pull them off.” Read more.

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Don’t wait ’til the day after to get music instrument insurance

by Disc Makers March 19, 2015

Sister Sparrow & their music instrument insurance storySasha Brown of Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds had set an appointment to get music instrument insurance. Two days before the call, $11K worth of instruments were stolen out of the band’s van. Talk about bad timing. We talk about the break-in, theft, and almost having music instrument insurance in time. 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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MIDI FAQ for beginners

by Dan Gonzalez March 11, 2015

07 Hardware SynthesizerMIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is a language by which computers, virtual instruments, and hardware samplers/synthesizers can communicate. There are a lot of unfamiliar terms and concepts in the MIDI world, so let’s take a look at a few questions that I typically hear from first time users. Read more.

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Pros and cons of the Figure 8 mic pickup pattern

by Ken Theriot March 9, 2015

Figure 8 SettingMicrophones that pick up sound from the front and back are called bi-directional, or “Figure 8″ mics. So why would anyone want to use a figure 8 mic? Oh, there are several cool things you can do with these, including: 1) Recording two voices at the same time, 2) Recording a singing guitarist/instrumentalist, 3) Recording in stereo. 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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