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The Super Bowl halftime show is the weirdest gig on earth

by Andre Calilhanna January 30, 2015

Justin and Janet during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004It’s worth marveling at the scope of the production. The mechanics of constructing a stage, setting up the sound system, flooding the field with an audience, carrying out a performance, and breaking down – all in 20-minutes – is pretty fantastic. But the question is, “Why exactly do we need a concert in the middle of a football game?” Read more.

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Get exclusive deals and discounts from Backstage

by Disc Makers January 28, 2015

Backstage music gear dealsBackstage is a new program from Disc Makers that offers exclusive deals on music gear and provides member-only access to discounts on services such as gig booking and post-production mastering, plus plenty of other special offers created for the independent musician. Read more.

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Tales of the worst music gigs ever

by Michael Gallant January 22, 2015

Tales of the worst music gigsEvery musician has stories of the best gig ever, that performances where the music, the crowd, and the stars aligned. Then there’s those other times when nothing goes right. Gear explodes, drunks attack, people vanish… But even the worst gigs can be valuable learning experiences. Read more.

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How to develop short, mid, and long-term music career goals

by Keith Hatschek January 20, 2015

Smart music career goalsDreams are not goals. A goal must be written down and have a date by which you intend to complete it. For example, pitching your original songs to four music supervisors within the next 30 days is an attainable goal, since you have complete control over whether or not you can achieve this goal. Read more.

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Improve your music marketing campaigns

by Bobby Borg January 19, 2015

ocus your music marketing campaignsDirect marketing is the process of communicating directly with fans (e.g. mailing tour dates, texting announcements about contests, and posting website links to your fund raisers). But there’s more to direct marketing then just hitting “send.” To increase your return on your future music marketing campaigns, read these ten tips. Read more.

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Networking is key to success in the music business

by Steve Rennie January 15, 2015

Networking and success in the music businessYou know what the secret is?” Rob “Blasko” Nicholson reveals, “The hour that you’re onstage, that’s not the important part. It’s the other 23 hours of the day. If no one can stand you because you’re a raging asshole or a drug addict or whatever for 23 hours of the day, it doesn’t matter how good you are for the hour onstage.” Read more.

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How to find and manage session players for your studio recording

by Michael Gallant January 14, 2015

Hiring session players for your studio recordingRecording your own music can be an amazing and challenging experience. Case in point, your band’s newest tune is begging for a raucous fiddle solo or a cool cello line, and none of you have worked with either sort of instrumentalist before. How do you find the right player? Read more.

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VNYL: the Netflix of vinyl albums?

by Disc Makers January 13, 2015

VNYL is a vinyl albums subscription serviceFocused on providing a curated listening experience and an easy rental process, VNYL strives to be as intimate as possible. Each record is shipped with a paper sleeve insert and borrowers are encouraged to write comments and thoughts about the music directly on the sleeve, so that the vinyl albums’ travels can be documented. Read more.

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12 musicians who died in 2014

by Disc Makers January 9, 2015

Musicians who died in 2014While there are countless others in every genre and from countries around the world, Echoes pays tribute to 12 legendary musicians who died in 2014, including Bobby Womack, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, Jack Bruce, Pete Seeger… Read more.

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DIY, but don’t do it alone

by Jon Ostrow January 8, 2015

DIY success in musicThe DIY concept has been evangelized, refuted, and defended as the way to achieve success in music. No matter what your opinion is regarding the do-it-yourself ethos, there is one thing that should be universally accepted: do-it-yourself doesn’t mean you are a one person machine. Read more.

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How to have a happy and productive career in music

by Bobby Borg January 5, 2015

Have a happy and productive career in musicPursuing a career in music business is not easy nor is it for the thin skinned. In fact, with all the challenges one has to face to get noticed, it can actually be pretty darn depressing. It’s the time of year for lists and goals, so here are 17 ideas to help keep your spirits high and your focus sharp as you pursue new heights in your career in music! Read more.

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How to roll out effective music sales promotions

by Bobby Borg December 29, 2014

effective music sales promotionsSales promotions are short-term incentives intended to stimulate a quick buying response in your target customer. Music sales promotions can be applied to selling CDs, merch, concert tickets, and so much more. You must use these promotions strategically, and these tips can help build more sales when you do. Read more.

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Should your next music release be an EP or an album?

by Shaun Letang December 28, 2014

EP music releaseIt’s not always easy to know what you should be releasing as a musician. Should you go all out and create a 14 track album right away? Should you release a single as soon as you’ve recorded your first track? Here is a plan I’ve seen work well for many independent artists. Read more.

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Music streaming: friend or foe to the independent musician?

by Keith Hatschek December 23, 2014

Percentage of music streaming of music salesBased on these facts, it would seem unwise for most artists – independent or otherwise – to follow Swift’s lead and dismiss offering some or all of their music in an intelligent and well-thought out way through select streaming services. Studies show worldwide paid subscribers on the leading streaming services and the growth in streaming earnings are up. Clearly, streaming has become a substantial part of the revenue pie and appears poised to continue steady growth. Read more.

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The recording equipment you really need for your home studio setup

by Graham Cochrane December 19, 2014

home studio setupSo you want a killer home recording studio that can deliver great sounding tracks and not break the bank? Graham Cochrane lets you know exactly how to do that in this rundown of the five essential pieces of recording equipment you need in your home studio setup. Read more.

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