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How to write a killer artist bio

Samson MicAs creative musical artists, we’d like to believe our music speaks for itself, but a well-crafted artist bio is still a necessary part of your press kit and promotional efforts. In addition to giving the reader a glimpse into your musical career/journey/accomplishments to date, an engagingly written band bio can increase the chances of your music getting heard, whether you’re approaching music journalists for press coverage, creating an electronic press kit, or just trying to draw in new fans. Read more.

Planning your album: your CD release (and post-release)

by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan September 3, 2014

CD release tipsIf you’re sitting down to tackle making an album, there’s a lot to think about; from clearing the rights for your cover songs to converting the cover art to the right format. When you get your manufactured CDs in hand, there are still a lot of things you need to do – namely, releasing the album for sale to the public. While your music is at the heart of what you do, your identity, image, brand, website, web presence, merchandise, and publicity is what you use to connect with your fans. Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan have revised our popular Planning Your Album From Beginning To End guide. Here’s an excerpt from the revised guide. Read more.

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How to measure success (with key performance indicators)

by Jon Ostrow September 2, 2014

Music marketing key performance indicatorsMost success stories don’t happen overnight. To keep you on a long term path towards reaching your goals as a musician, you should have several ways to gauge your progress. I call them key performance indicators (KPIs), and they provide a way to measure your performance and the growth of your music career and music marketing efforts. Read more.

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Avoiding common songwriting obstacles

by Keith Hatschek August 28, 2014

Songwriting tips from Ben CampIn Part 2 of our interview, songwriter Ben Camp shares his perspectives on the art and craft of songwriting, including methods he uses to develop compelling song ideas. He expands on his thoughts about the importance of co-writing and why he believes it’s essential to build a network of talented collaborators while pointing out some of the common mistakes aspiring songwriters often make. Read more.

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Simple travel tips for musicians (and everyone else)

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt August 25, 2014

Travel tips for musicians Traveling can bring excitement to your life, and it can bring stress and upheaval, as well. Even when I’m not touring for my music, when I head to the hills for a month, I know how to make all systems go with as little as possible. Here are four simple travel tips to help you endure life on the road without feeling like roadkill. 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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The road to becoming a successful songwriter

by Keith Hatschek August 19, 2014

Successful songwriter Ben CampBen Camp interview, Part 1. “Doubt is part of the creative process. Even people who are at the top of the songwriting game today struggle with the process. [One hit songwriter I know] has said that he’ll come up with 100 different melodies to find the one that sticks. So it’s essential to not be afraid to throw out those hundred until you hit on one that lights you up on the inside and you know, ‘Wow, that’s it!’” Read more.

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Choosing the right audio interface for your home studio

by Dan Gonzalez August 15, 2014

audio interface input connections If you’re preparing to set up a home recording studio, this article can help you better understand some of the basic elements regarding the audio interface with your computer or DAW. These concepts can get very complex, but this post will focus on some of the more basic points about the subject. Here are nine questions you should ask when comparing audio interface options. Read more.

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Crossing the border to the Great White North: a musician’s guide

by Molly Nagel-Driessen August 12, 2014

playing music gigs in Canada Playing music gigs in Canada just got easier thanks to a new law, but crossing the border with your instrument still requires preparation and organization. If you’re planning a trip to play music gigs in Canada, here’s some advice and a few online resources to help make your border crossing smooth and easy. Read more.

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Planning your album: get permission for art, text, and cover songs

by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan August 11, 2014

planning your album guide Before we can mass produce copies of your disc, there are a few legal issues to clear first. You are required to sign a release form declaring that all the music on your album is original and “owned” by you. If all your music is original, you’ll check that box and move on. However, if you record any cover songs or incorporate any copyrighted samples or loops, you have to provide proof that you received the proper permissions. Read more.

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What to do when the song is over

by Tom Jackson August 7, 2014

Song is over The moments after the song is over present a crucial opportunity to build momentum for your show, and it’s one that many music performers tend to miss. You need to learn how to put pressure on the audience and accept applause. This means that the ending should intentionally ask the audience to applaud – you’ll use non-verbal cues. Read more.

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Make your music photos tell your story

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt August 4, 2014

Tips for better music photos Music photography is just another way to help you communicate with the world. When your music photos support your lyrics, music, website, tweets, emails, or releases to complete who you are and help convey your message as an artist AND your artist brand, then they are doing their job! Follow these few guidelines to get your next photo shoot to be a true snapshot of you. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: July 2014

by Disc Makers August 1, 2014

millennial choirs orchestratwo steps from hellmary gauthierHere are the 10 best-selling albums in July: See all 10…

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Audio repair and restoration: tools of the trade

by Izotope July 30, 2014

Audio repair and restoration with RX 3 When you hear the words “repair” and “restoration,” you might be inclined to think of dusty vaults filled with aging master tapes and records. Some audio repair and restoration projects involve taking old recordings and reviving them, and the same methods and tools used for those projects can be used for a wide range of scenarios. Every time you record audio, there’s always the chance of encountering unexpected and unwelcome audio “guests.” Read more.

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The power of a trash can ending

by Tom Jackson July 28, 2014

trash can ending If you are a creative artist, you’ll probably put an original and clever ending on some of your songs – fade outs, unresolved chord progressions, or bleed-ins to the next song, for example. In a recording studio, I say go for it! But live, more often than not, it’s a mistake. Putting a clever ending on a song can sometimes confuse your audience. They don’t know for sure if the song’s over, so you only get a small smattering of hesitant applause. Read more.

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Prepare yourself and your music for music licensing

by Greg Savage July 23, 2014

prepare for music licensing Music licensing is a very lucrative business with no shortage of placement opportunities. As an independent music creator, you have the ability capitalize, but you have to be organized, flexible, patient, and willing to cater to the market’s needs. This is a different ball game when compared to creating music for an artist. Here’s some tips to help you better prepare yourself for licensing. Read more.

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