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Four Ways Simplifying Your Lyrics Can Make Your Songs Better

In my early years of running my recording studio in Nashville, I had the privilege of demoing songs for a a few hit songwriters. This provided me with the opportunity to observe, up close, not only the work habits of super successful songwriters but also an in-depth look at what made up their songs. I’ll never forget the first time I glanced over...

Mental Illness and Its Place in the Music Industry

As morbid as it might be, there’s no question that when it comes to celebrity figures’ Dionysian lifestyles, public meltdowns and untimely deaths intrigue us. Whether you are a music lover or aspiring musician, the romanticised myths of the music world are things which captivate our imagination and get us through the dreariness of our day...

Choosing the Single Release Strategy That’s Right for Your Song

There’s a lot more to releasing a single than just throwing it up on SoundCloud or Bandcamp. And I’m not talking about distribution — though, ya know, (plug) you should totally get your latest single onto Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and more. Global music distribution is important, but what I’m talking about...

10 Things You Can Do to Reach Your Music Career Goals

While these 10 tips are hardly a foolproof master plan, they’re a good reminder of things you can do to take the next step and reach your music career goals. Musicians have no problem creating master plans to rule the world, but they often fall short of seeing their music career goals through effectively. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson...
Daryl Hall and John Oates perform at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Sunday.
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Hall & Oates In Concert - Orange Co. California

The resurgence and reemergence of Daryl Hall and John Oates over the past few years has been extraordinary. Among the first few times I caught the pair live in the mid-90s included one that was a free show (with the price of admission to The Orange County Fair) at Arlington Theater, while another performance played out inside an intimate ...

Daryle Singletary - There's Still A Little Country Left

It’s been more than two decades since I first saw Daryle Singletary, singing for tips at The Broken Spoke Saloon in Nashville. In fact, I became aware of this aspiring country star by way of other country stars. We had just gotten back to the Longhorn restaurant from Doug Supernaw's GOLD record party. Toby Keith and Mark...
Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Concert - Duluth, GA

The Definitive Guide To Coordinating A Show

Creating opportunities to play is not only a smart thing to do in today’s music landscape for any independent artist – it’s a requirement. Your own success and the success of others rely on having good quality opportunities to play and they won’t always come to you. You might just have to create them.

Tips for Touring Europe as a Musician

One of the biggest questions I get asked from fellow artists is about playing Europe. I have been traveling in mainly Western Europe and doing music tours there once or twice a year since 2007 (12 tours altogether, anywhere from 2-6 weeks long). It is such a big topic (and I’m still learning), and it is one that’s going to be a bit...
sights-and-sounds-august2015 Presents Sights and Sounds of Note August 2015

The dog days of summer are here and we all know that they can be steamy and oppressive but in this installment of S.S.O.N. they are just hot and progressive! That's because many legends of prog rock found their way to our offices recently - here's what we've been listening to lately. The original ASIA reformed in 2006 and they celebrated...

Get Your Music Heard By Record Labels

Let’s start with a not-so-bold statement: as a musician, you’ve either sent a demo to a record label, or at least planned to do so at some point in the future. In fact, “How do I send a demo to a record label?” is one of the most common questions we get asked at WeSpin, our music growth training platform and community. So I ...

The Internet Of Sound

internet-soundHow do birds communicate? By singing. And now it’s the turn of the machines. A new crop of businesses are now creating what’s referred to as the Internet of Sound. A Brief History. Let’s rewind. The history of sound-as-signal is deep. In the beginning, horns, drums and bells rang the alarm, roused the ...

Four Advantages for Songwriters Starting Their Own Record Labels

Above and beyond the wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanies most conversations about the changes in the music industry, it's worth mentioning that it has never been easier to make and distribute your own recordings. Choosing the glass half full perspective, I've decided to focus on some of the exceptional advantages available to you songwriters...

You CAN Play Better

For most of us, the single biggest challenge to getting better at anything we do is the time to practice doing it. When it comes to playing an instrument, this is an especially tough hurdle for busy people with jobs, families, and only so many hours in the day. Even for experienced performers, it can be a challenge: playing on the gig isn’t practice, and if you’re a professional...

Songwriters: You Can't Go Wrong With These Five Rights

The track performed by the artist and released by a record label is protected under copyright law as a sound recording copyright, identifiable by the ℗ mark, while the song (music and lyrics) written by the songwriter and published by music publishers is protected as a song copyright, identifiable by the © mark.

How to Deal with Criticism as a Musician

If you want to progress, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with criticism as a musician and channel it to help you improve. Here are five tips to help you navigate the inevitable. How to deal with criticism as a musicianGetting feedback from a representative sample of your target audience or from a seasoned music professional is a great way to measure...
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