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Lorraine Wood at the Troubadour - London

“It’s the first time I’ve written down all my lyrics and shared them with anyone” Lorraine Wood explains as we sip our respective tea and hot chocolate before her opening set at The Troubadour in London. Initially I asked for her lyrics to ease my own confusion. I stumbled across her music when she opened for Robert Chaney at the Servant Jazz Quarters, I heard comments...

Seven Questions Songwriters Should Ask For Better Lyrics

At its best, lyric writing is a magical mixture of creativity and storytelling that can bring your listener into a world you’ve created and hold them there for the length of your song. However in order to create the perfect, tightly-scripted narrative that great lyrics possess, countless hours of writing and re-writing are often necessary. I’ve found, it’s just as important to know how to critically examine and edit a lyric as it is to write one in the first place. To that end, here are seven questions that songwriters can ask...

Creative Music Product Pricing – Eight Strategies That Paid Off

These eight examples of creative music product pricing might just change the way you think about pricing your merchandise and services. For many young and developing artists, music product pricing is usually the process of arbitrarily coming up with a number, slapping it on your product or service, and forgetting about it. However, as illustrated below, pricing...

A Simple Guide to Signing the Best Sync Deal Possible

This article focuses on the use of music in audiovisual works such as movies, television, TV commercials and video games. The Introduction, below, explains fundamental concepts, provides examples of the amounts of money you can expect to make, explains the role of Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) in collecting additional income on...

Introducing Greenwave Beth

I am super pleased to be able to introduce Greenwave Beth, a new dance-pop side project coming from the loveable Charles Rushforth and Will Blackburn of Sydney band Flowertruck. The band name comes from a misheard lyric from a song by the Brazilian tropicalia artist, Caetano Veloso. If you thought you’d danced hard at a Flowertruck gig, just wait until you check...

75 Tips and Tricks to Get Your Music Out of the Bedroom

Sometimes you need a little inspiration to kick start the process. Here are 75 light-bulb inducing ideas. 1. Ignore every obstacle anyone has ever put in front of you. 2. Make music everyday – no matter how much time you have. 3. Set a deadline — and stick to it. 4. Learn to record yourself, and do it whenever and...

Sampling Do's and Don'ts - Get The Clearance First!

Many clients ask about whether or not they can "sample" from an existing sound recording and how much is permissible to use, and whether or not they need permission to embody a sample in their new sound recording. Sampling occurs when a portion of a prior sound recording or fixation of sound is incorporated into a new sound...

EQ Tips From The Pros

Equalizers are one of the most common tools we use. Although there are “no rules” when it comes to working with audio, some EQ tips have been reiterated so often that many of us take them as gospel. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably guilty of going on “autopilot” and high-passing everything from time to time. How about accidentally cutting...

How Do I Know If I’m Ready for Management?

THE QUESTION: Hello. How do I know if Im ready for management? I feel like I’ve come to a point in my music career that I need management to get further, I’ve performed at a number of venues, gotten paid gigs, I’m working to form my own band, I just got back to recording. How do you suggest I approach a management/PR company? I’d want to be with a company that does most things I’d need. Thanks

So You Want to Be a Music Supervisor

Whether you’re looking to land a job in the music industry or get your music placed in film and TV, understanding the role of a music supervisor can help your music career. What is a Music Supervisor?A music supervisor’s job is to find, place, and link music with multimedia based projects (film, television shows, video games, documentaries etc.). Some supervisors run their own...

Introducing Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson - Alt-Country With a Twist

Not too many country bands make a respectable living playing in churches and at family-friendly shows and festivals, as opposed to venues that are, shall we say, a little more rowdy. But Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson are doing just that, while regularly performing their own brand of mostly original country music for worshippers and largely conservative crowds at events throughout the Southeast.

Touring Tips for DIY Musicians

It’s springtime, so naturally touring is on the brain. CD Baby’s Twitter chat in April was all about touring. Then Kevin Breuner and I had a discussion on the DIY Musician Podcast about our best touring advice. In that same week Carlos Castillo sent me an article with tips on how to sell more merch on tour.

Six Critical Things Successful Songwriters Do Every Day

One of the best parts of spending time in Nashville for as long as I have is that I get to observe - up close - the way successful songwriters manage their day to day lives. Beyond the obvious songwriting talent, there are lots of other things that these songwriters do day in and day out in order to make themselves successful. I thought I'd mention a few things that are worth adding to your daily routine if you're serious about moving your songwriting career forward.

Songwriting Tips - Where's The Chorus

As a panelist at a songwriting conference recently, I wandered into a nearby panel after mine was over. I heard an absolutely gorgeous song with the hook at the end of each verse. The panelist interrogated the writer harshly, “Where’s the chorus?!” I desperately wanted to scream at her that not all songs have choruses and despite our culture’s wide-spread short term memory...

Introducing Leslie Cours Mather

or a city girl, singer Leslie Cours Mather sure is “Countrified.” That’s the title of Leslie’s latest single and her forthcoming album, and after one listen you’ll know that this woman is exactly what she sings about, “Countrified.” She lives in Los Angeles these days, having been born in Singapore before living all over America. But maybe more than anywhere, her heart is in...
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