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All Sons & Daughters Continue To Have Reasons To Sing

Music lovers worldwide are captivated, swept up in the surging wave of modern folk as heard in the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Neon Trees, The Civil Wars and others. Organic, acoustic and packed with live energy and freedom, it’s the unpolished imperfection and open invitation to sing along that has catapulted these artists into the spotlight and up the charts. For All Sons & Daughters’ Leslie Jordan and David Leonard...

Review: Lady Gaga in Concert

Forget about U2, Madonna and The Police. That was all repeat business. Breaking an artist through to global superstardom in the digital age is one of music’s biggest challenges. But the industry found the perfect storm in Lady Gaga. The pop juggernaut combines a flair for the unusual and a trademark message of universal empowerment with with sheer talent. A whole lot of it. The result is a hyper-energetic, wildly produced two hour spectacle that mostly...

Three Ways It Pays to Follow Through

Songwriting is art. Like all art, songs require a healthy dose of inspiration which is nearly impossible to predict or control. In that way , the spark that results in the creation of a song is a gift but the rest of the process is nothing more (or less) than good, old-fashioned work. By following through in a variety of different ways, you stand a much better chance of achieving the goal of getting your songs out in the world and hopefully generating some income for you.

How To Release An Album So People Actually Want To Buy It

Many musicians look at the mastering and manufacturing of their CD as a kind of finish line. They work hard and drop lots of cash to record and mix their songs, and once the product is in their hands, there’s usually a great sigh of relief and/or a huge sense of accomplishment. Unfortunately, at this point lots of bands make the mistake of saying, “Oh, we’re just gonna put it out now and see what happens." When hundreds or thousands of copies of your album arrive at your doorstep...

5 Super Simple Steps That Will Make You Money At Your Next Show

You write great songs. You record killer albums. You put on the most kick ass show. Yet your merch sales fall flat. Over the years I have discovered. “The best way to make money at your show is by simply asking people to buy.” I have spent the last 18 years booking, promoting, producing or having something to do with thousands of shows all over the world. My fascination with the psychology of selling is beyond conventional. I have learned an incredible amount over the years and...

Optimize Your Digital Music Sales on iTunes

Selling music is hard. Thousands of albums are released every year, which means that in a given week, your competition is likely to include dozens, if not hundreds of other albums also being released. And to top it off, digital music sales declined in 2013 for the first time (while streaming music increased). But no matter the competition or the state of the industry, educating yourself to be one step ahead and taking precise action is a great recipe for success. This applies to all aspects...

Vid O’ the Week – Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett has been welcomed to the sunny lands of the USA with open arms. Watch her play solo in a candy store for Nylon TV. So sweet. My favourite girl of the moment: Courtney Barnett. We first spoke about her in November last year, after stumbling upon her awesome Melbourne based label, Milk! Records, which is also home to Jen Cloher, The Finks, Royston Vasie and Fraser A. Gorman. Since then, she is just exploded into the hearts of Americans. So quickly...

Protecting Your Online Brand by Posting Your Perfect Press Kit

In the age of social media we are all focusing on Twitter, LinkedIn, G+, and Facebook and, we’ve forgotten an important basic: Your online press kit – the asset that makes it easy for others to publicize your brand. In many ways, your online presence is equivalent to creating your own online billboard. If you are in control of your website and your social channels, and you have a good grasp of 2-way conversation mastery, your online billboard will have the exact messaging for...

Vid O’ the Week – Broadwing

When I was 13 I spent a painful few weeks traveling through the desert of Australia in a campervan. A decade on it sounds incredible, but at the time I was trapped in a confined space with my family, armed with nothing but Agatha Christie novels to keep me occupied. I read more than I had in my entire life on that trip. When you’re stuck in pretty barren surroundings, you get creative. Case in point: Broadwing. When I first heard Broadwing, I assumed...

5 Keys To Indie Music Success

In this guest post from Dave Kusek, founder of the New Artist Model and founder/former CEO of Berkleemusic, he explores five strategies and mindsets that can lead to success in music, and in life. There are always going to be new tools and services for artists to create and connect, but what success really boils down to is YOU. Your outlook on your music career can make all the difference, so get out there, be positive, and do great things. 1. Living a life in music is a privilege. Earn it.

What It Takes To Be A Successful Musician and Songwriter

I've written on this topic before, but I recently came across some hard statistical facts that seem to bear out what I've believed all along about the role of natural ability in achieving success as a musician and songwriter (as well as virtually anything else). I'm currently reading Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers", a study of the most successful people in a variety of fields. Music is one of the areas he explores, citing specific scientific studies and the data they produced. Interestingly enough...

5 Tips For Online Session Musicians, Vocalists and Audio Engineers

From Les Paul’s early experiments with Mary Ford, on down through iconic albums like Exile on Main Streetand modern classics like Beck’s Odelay, great recording projects often move through different spaces, places and hands. And as recording technology and online connectivity have become more accessible, the trend is only increasing. Doing online recording sessions is fast emerging as a vehicle for business-savvy musicians to earn extra income.
Barry Burns, John Cummings

Mogwai Performs at Exit/In in Nashville

Exit/In has been the house to some of the greatest acts to pass through Music City, including the recent performance by UK band Mogwai. The post-rock band performed a stellar sold out show. Fans were in awe of the serene, yet commanding atmosphere that Mogwai brought. With very few lyrics and instrumental-driven music, Mogwai left an incredible impression on the gathered fans. They performed songs from their recent album Rave Tapes and a medley from ...

Bethel Music - You Make Me Brave

Bethel Music follows the success and impact of their first all-studio release Tides with a unique and no-less-powerful project, You Make Me Brave. The CD and companion video chronicle the worship experience during a 3-day women’s conference held at The Civic in Redding, California in August. As the event was planned and executed, organizers realized it was transcending a typical church conference. Words were changing lives. Songs were moving hearts. Worship was erupting as ...
Tim Kingsbury, Regine Chassagne, Win Butler, Tim Kingsbury

Arcade Fire and Tune Yards Perform at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

Bridgestone Arena was filled with fans that were dressed up as different characters, and they were waiting for Arcade Fire to perform. They opened with the songs "Reflektor" and "Flashbulb Eyes". The energy from Win Butler was very tenacious, and his wife Regine Chassagne matched as well, needless to say that Arcade Fire were very lively. Each song that they performed had different art...
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