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Why Your Band Website Matters More Than Almost Anything Else

Let’s face it. The first time most people encounter your music is going to be online. They could be surfing Spotify, watching YouTube, or shopping on iTunes. They might see your band mentioned on Facebook or Twitter. They might see an event invite, a blog review, an article, an ad. There are infinite ways to encounter new music online. Even if a person first encounters your music, by chance, in the real world–on a show poster...

Five Things You Can Do to Move Your Songwriting Career Forward

It's easy to become overwhelmed by all there is to do when it comes to moving forward in your songwriting career. I’d compare the approach of this article to eating the elephant one bite at a time. In other words, by being patient, organized and methodical in your daily work as a songwriter, you’re guaranteed to make steady progress in your career. If you follow the suggestions below, the results won’t be immediate but when you look...

Six Ways To See if You're Ready for a Professional Song Demo

One of the big decisions that we, as songwriters, have to make is whether or not we're ready for a professional song demo. In other words, is our song good enough to warrant spending the money and time necessary to make a high-quality recording? While our instinct may be to love all of our songs equally, the reality is that some of our songs are simply better/more commercially viable than others. The problem is deciding which songs those are. Below ...
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Pat and Cris Simmons on the Motorcycle Cannonball Run

Pat Simmons of the legendary Doobie Brothers, along with his wife Cris, are participating in the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run from Daytona Beach, FL, to Tacoma, WA. On a route that takes them nearly 4000 miles across the country, the Simmons', along with one hundred and fourteen other riders, are putting about 250 miles per day on their vintage motorcycles which, by Cannonball rules, have to be older than 1936.

Vid O The Week – Sounds of Sputnik – New Born Feat. Ummagma

Whenever I see the word ‘feat.’ on a track, my mind pops straight to the distasteful thought of R&B with extra cheese and the drunk Darlinghurst Darlings dancing their nights away. What I don’t think of is post-rocky piano noise rock, firstly because I didn’t know that piano noise rock existed, secondly because I hadn’t heard Sounds of Sputnik‘s latest single New Born. Blip. Blip. Blip...

Dwight Yoakam Packs A Punch In Anaheim

Dwight Yoakam's fast-paced concert at the City National Grove of Anaheim was so satisfying last night, I found myself simply trying to hang on to each musical turn and lyrical phrase so I might somehow make the performance go on a little longer. This was one of those unusual nights where I wasn't there to review the concert, but was simply there for the sheer fun of it. I had caught...
X107.1 Live Lounge with The Weeks in Atlanta

The Weeks at X107.1 FM's Live Lounge in Atlanta

Indie rockers The Weeks performed at the inaugural Live Lounge, hosted by X107.1 FM at the Cox Media Group's headquarters in Atlanta. Guitarist Sam Williams and singer Cyle Barnes gave the gathered invite-only crowd an acoustic set of three songs from their catalog, including the recent single "Buttons." Williams and Barnes, along with Damien Bone and Cyle's brother, Cain Barnes, moved...

Songwriting Tip: Understanding the Most Common Song Structures

When I first started writing songs, I went through a phase where I had no regard for song structure. I thought to myself “Everyone writes a verse then a chorus, then another verse and another chorus. That’s so bland. I want to be different!” So I wrote a few songs that would start with one section, then go to new section, then a third new section, then a fourth and so on. You couldn’t even label these sections as verses or choruses because they’d show...

Music Workshops: How to Choose, Prep, and “Work” Music Industry Events

Music workshops can be outstanding resources when it comes to education, networking, and generating new ideas. Here are seven tips to help you work the workshop. Learn to get the gigs you want! Network with star-making producers! Mix your track like a pro! Get your music placed in film and TV! These are just a few of the taglines that might show up in your inbox or web browser advertising music...

4 Ways to Make Your Next Gig Easy on the Sound Engineer

In every concert there are two types of people running around. Before you sigh, this isn’t turning into a “there’s two types of people in the world” joke. No, this is about the two personalities that work at every concert. The musician. And the sound engineer. As a musician, for a good show to sound great, you need the sound engineer to be on your side. He’s the one that’s looking out for you when you can’t hear what the audience is hearing. He’s...

Touring Abroad: Tips for Indie Musicians

I’m a professional French singer-songwriter, originally from Paris, France, now based in Portland, Oregon. I tour in the US, Canada, and France. I’ve also been fortunate to play in Ireland, and a little bit in Australia. I’ve always played solo gigs in those countries and know the French market best. So I’ll mainly focus on that in this article. Here are a few tips I’ve learned from touring abroad that Chris from CD Baby asked me to share with you. I hope it helps...

What You Really Need to Know About Releasing Music on Vinyl

Vinyl’s making a comeback (just ask Stanton). Whether it’s about turntablists and DJs, sound, nostalgia, artwork, or all of the above, vinyl is a medium that refuses to just lie down and roll over in a bar fight with digital audio. However, because many musicians who want to release their music on vinyl weren’t even born when the CD became popular and shoved vinyl aside in record stores (yes, there used to be stores dedicated to selling...

Vid O’ The Week: Jonathan Boulet – Hold It Down

Chances are you’ve heard this song before (a million times before if you listen to FBi Radio), so you’re gonna need a pretty good excuse to hit play again on Jonathan Boulet‘s Hold It Down. Here is that good, nay, amazing excuse – the amazing video clip that accompanies the amazing song. The latest album, Gubba, sees Jono move towards a much harder, rock and roll sound. Seeing as this has come from the dude who...

Pulse, Tempo & Feel

One of the first choices we might make in the process of writing or recording a song is the tempo – how fast or slow the song is. Once you've determined the basic tempo category – slow ballad, midtempo, uptempo – then your other creative decisions will be affected by that choice. Lyric, melody, and chords are all impacted by the pace of the song and the overall rhythmic “feel”. When making these musical choices, though, it's good to be aware of one...

Andrew Ehrenzeller Shares "A Child of Promise”

Change happens. It’s inevitable. Some people embrace change better than others. Though it seems most of us prefer to keep the status quo and not disrupt the comfortable routine of familiarity. Not if, but when change happens we prefer it to be in smaller doses. Little did we know that everything would change for me and my wife that Friday morning. Walking out the door we didn’t have a clue what was ahead. We were the ones about to be changed.
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