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SoundPress.net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note for February 2015

February is the shortest month of the calendar year but there is no shortage of new music products to explore. SoundPress.net recently checked out an eclectic stack of new CDs from Dylan Howe, The Mangoes, Richie Kotzen, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King. We also received the 10th Anniversary CD re-issue of Back Against The Wall a compilation of various artists...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Grace – Pluto

Grace‘s music video for her debut single, Pluto, has crammed a lot of things associated with the unnerving supernatural themes seen in blockbuster movies, and transformed it into an otherworldly, artistic piece – think Dementors, the Silver Surfer, the T-1001 liquid metal terminator, and the sci-fi movie Lucy. The video has this overwhelming sense...
 
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Songwriting Tip: Why Play Other Songwriters' Songs?

Many songwriters start out in cover bands and play other people’s songs for years before they start writing. This offers a large palette of chords and melodies to choose from. The brain is a very good computer but like a computer, what comes out is dependent upon what goes in. If you learn a few chords and start writing songs, never having played others’ songs...
 
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Five Networking Mistakes Songwriters Make

One of the great mysteries in the music business is how to meet the decision makers who can help bring success to you and your songs. However, the second greatest mystery is why - once in contact with one of these elusive industry people - so many songwriters throw common sense out the window and behave in ways that can only hurt their cause and, ultimately, their...
 
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Improve Your Music Marketing Campaigns

There is a focused way and an unfocused way to execute music marketing campaigns. These 10 tips will help keep you focused and improve your music marketing. Direct marketing is the process of bypassing intermediaries to communicate directly with fans, build awareness, and generate sales. Emailing tour dates, texting announcements about contests, and posting website...
 
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Merchandising From A To $

Whether your band is Maroon 5 or you’re just five guys marooned in a cargo van in Gary, Indiana every Friday night, you stay in business by generating revenue. Besides performance fees, there is no more consistent method to generate revenue than the sale of band merchandise. It not only augments your performance income but it also represents phenomenal promotional value when...
 
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2015 Social Media Checklist for Musicians

I began teaching a social media certificate class this month to 31 adults in downtown Seattle at the University of Washington’s Continuing Education Program. I’m really enjoying it – the students are enthusiastic and operating all at different levels of social media expertise and experience. Creating material for a three hour class on a weekly basis is no walk in...
 
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Tales of the Worst Music Gigs Ever

There are times when gear explodes, drunks attack, and people vanish. But even the worst music gigs can be valuable learning experiences. Every musician has stories of the best gig ever, that performance where the music clicked, the crowd roared, and the stars aligned to create a brilliant, uplifting, and transformational evening for everyone involved...
 
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Have The Smith Street Band Penned a Relevant Protest Song?

“I wish I could live in peace. I wish I could find some somewhere”. Amongst distorted bass notes echoes this desperate plea for refugees in the closing moments of The Smith Street Band‘s charity single Wipe That Shit Eating Grin of Your Punchable Face. The issue of asylum seekers is an important one to me. My parents immigrated to Australia from Sri Lanka...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Hedge Fund – Object Of My Affection

Hedge Fund‘s latest music video for the track, Object Of My Affection, will make you go insane with the explicit tease of sexual tension. The free and fast moving, and often incomplete black outlined drawings in this animation, plays with the idea of being present in your fantasies, and yet remain heavily detached from reality – in your fantasy your imagination is able...
 
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Highest Grossing Rock Tours of 2014

Billboard recently published a list of the 25 biggest tours of 2014, based on total gross figures, number of attendees, and number of shows played. It’s been another stellar year for live music, even though the numbers for 2014 can’t compete with the enormous increase in revenue for live music between 2012, and 2013. Billboardreport that...
 
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Hooks – And How to Make Them Pay Off!

I’ll assume you all know that a “hook” is an element of a song that hooks the listener into it; makes the song stick in their head; makes them sing it (even sometimes against their will); makes them tell their friends about it … and make them listen also; and, most importantly – sells the song to them! With that assumption, let’s talk about types of hooks and how best...
 
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Are Vinyl Subscription Clubs the Future of Analog Listening?

Nick Alt anticipated the recent resurgence of vinyl pretty early on. For years, the Los Angeles-based musician and producer (he counts St. Paul Peterson of Prince's bands the Family and the Time as an acquaintance and did production for Pomplamoose's Nataly Dawn) has been buying two copies of every vinyl record. "I always buy one for me, and one...
 
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Vid O’The Week: Ego – Where the Wild Things Are AV Edit

Reviving the classic children’s picture book of Where the Wild Things Are (1963) is audio DJ and visual artist from Sydney, Ego. This timeless tale has been adapted into an animated short, an opera, a feature film and now a visual remix which focuses its attention on a child’s farcical tendency to be quite vicious and animalistic when they demand something. Ego’s video...
 
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Three Easy and Creative Fan Engagement Ideas for 2015

If you don’t take risks and try out new things, you’ll never know how much further you can get. I recommend that instead of taking a huge leap and trying to do too much at once, take little steps, gradually making small tweaks in your strategy. This is easy, won’t take you very much time, and is a good way to jumpstart your career in 2015.
 
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