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Add a Downloadable Press Kit to Your Musician Website

If you want bloggers and journalists to write about your music, and if you want to impress talent buyers so you can play more gigs, you need to make it easy for them to write about you or get a feel for your music by providing them with all the essentials. A few weeks ago, I listed...
 

How To Get Your Music On NPR

I’m sitting at Cherrywood Coffeehouse about 15 minutes from where all the action is happening in downtown Austin. The conference portion of the SXSW festival wrapped up yesterday, but there are a few musical hangover brunches happening around the city. I ended up here at around noon with my crashing pad buddy and got to see a teenage punk...
 

Coachella 2015 Preview

The 16th edition of Coachella launches this weekend and simultaneously kicks off America’s major music festival season. Having attended the first one in 1999 - when Beck, Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Moby, Rage Against the Machine, Tool topped the bill – I’ve been amazed at how much the event has grown in stature over the intervening years.
 

6 Artists that Labels Should Get Off Their Arses and Sign

Let’s face it, records labels no longer hold the torch as what will make or break an artist. The music industry has changed and we all know it. We all know the power of social media, we all know that anyone can create a Bandcamp account to sell their music, and we all know that triple J Unearthed is open to taking demos from anyone, anywhere in Australia, everyday. But while all these...
 

Four Ways to Significantly Improve Your Verse Lyrics

I thought I'd start this article with an analogy. Verses are to a song as vegetables are to a meal. And, just as we should all eat our vegetables, we should make sure our songs have interesting, well-balanced verses. To that end, I've put down a few things to keep in mind if you'd like to improve your verse lyrics.
 

Terri'Touars Blues Festival - Thouars, France

This was the 11th festival held in the small market town of Thouars, about 60 Kms South of the Loire in SW France, an area readily reachable by car from the UK inside a day. As usual, the format included an opening show with a few US players and event sponsors and local big-wigs both present, followed by...
 

Three Lessons You Shouldn’t Learn From Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke & Beyoncé

Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, and Beyoncé are some of the most famous musical artists in the world. Whenever one of them has gone rogue with their album release or distribution strategy, it’s obviously become big headlines. But here’s the thing: Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, and Beyoncé are some of the most famous musical artists in the world!!!
 

How to Build Your Fanbase Using YouTube Cards

Cards: the evolution of annotations. Have you used YouTube annotations to enhance your music videos? Well get ready for YouTube “cards” — the new, mobile-friendly YouTube interactivity feature that will eventually replace annotations. (Don’t worry, though; YouTube claims they won’t phase out annotations until cards can do everything that...
 

Mike Peters In Concert at The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA

Mike Peters celebrated his legacy at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA on March 26, 2015, in a two-hour concert that defied the solo, acoustic setting with performances of Alarm anthems that yielded a number of sing- and shout-along moments, clapping accompaniment and cheers all the way around.
 

Jane Lynch and Her "See Jane Sing" Tour in Atlanta

Although I hate to acknowledge it publicly, I'm a "Gleek." In case you don't know what that means, I'm admitting to having watched Glee on television. One of my favorite characters on the show was Coach Sue Sylvester, portrayed by veteran actor, comedian and stage performer, Jane Lynch. So, I was excited to be attending her "See Jane Sing" tour as it made a stop...
 

Dreaming Big With a Day Job

We have all either met them or read about them. Those extraordinary human beings of mastery who apparently do not need sleep and can make 24 hours look like a week. One of my favorite historical figures who has always made me feel like a complete slacker was Ben Franklin. To name a few of his roles and goals: statesman, writer, inventor...
 

MisterWives at the High Watt in Nashville

From a scattered crowd at their afternoon concert at Rites to a sold out show at High Watt Tuesday night, the Misterwives have come a long way in the past year. Their hit “Reflections” brought national attention to them just in time for the release of their first studio album, “Our Own House.” Formed in 2012 in New York City, the Misterwives have quickly flourished...
 

Give Your Music Website a 5-Minute Makeover

All winter my backyard has looked like one of those “north of the Wall” segments from Game of Thrones. Now that I can hear the faint trickle of melting ice, I’m just going to go ahead and declare that Spring has arrived two weeks early. Which also means it’s time to take a fresh look at your band website and make sure it’s up-to-date. Remember: most of the people...
 

Three Ways To Make Being Your Own Publisher Make Sense

So often as songwriters we hold the publishing deal out there as some kind of holy grail. I understand the mindset as so much of our work is solitary and the kind of industry acknowledgement that a publishing deal represents can be a very tempting proposition. In fact, signing with a publisher is a business arrangement and, as with any business deal, it deserves...
 

5 Tips for Blog Coverage

It used to be that just one good review in a magazine could sell loads of albums. Even a bad review could be really good for business if it was in a publication like Rolling Stone. That's all changed since magazine reviews have become pretty irrelevant as the music world has moved online. Now its the music blogs like Pitchfork or Stereogum that can make...
 
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