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How Not To Be A Dickhead At A Gig

We love gigs. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a great band kill it on stage and getting caught up in that high. You know what we hate? Dickheads. Boy dickheads or girl dickheads. No matter where you go they manage to stick their nose into your space and fuck it up. Some people are dickheads without even realising it. So to help, here is a handy infographic identifying the 8 most common...

15 Things You Must Do to Make It in the Music Industry

I’m not particularly famous (in most people’s eyes) and I’m certainly not financially wealthy (in Wall Street’s eyes); I’m just a guy who has pretty much done it all in the music business with some major successes, and some even larger major flops! Just so we are all on the same page: I am a part of the approximate 98% of all music artists, music producers, and other music...

Between The Liner Notes - I Want My MTV

In 1981, no one thought MTV was a good idea. Cable companies had little interest in a network that broadcast music videos 24-hours a day. Record labels scoffed at the idea of giving music videos away for free. As a last resort, the fledgling cable channel decided to risk the ire of the cable companies and air the now iconic “I Want My MTV” advertising...

Seven Qualities of Great Demo Singers

Running a Nashville recording studio for almost twenty years, I’ve seen - and heard - an incredible number of vocalists. When it comes to demo singers specifically, I’ve found that the best ones have a very specific and highly developed skill set that allows them to deliver beautiful, compelling renditions of clients’ songs day after day and year after year. As a...

Beware the "Controlled Composition" Clause in Record Contracts

Under U.S. Copyright law, Congress has seen fit to legislate a minimum statutory mechanical royalty rate for songwriters and their publishers. Based on an upward-sliding scale tied to a cost-of-living index, the minimum mechanical royalty rate is set by the Copyright Royalty Tribunal on a per song per record basis. The current rate in effective is $.091 per...

Jack White, the Mob & the Seven-Foot Tall Music Video Jukebox

During my last visit to Nashville, I decided to take a walk. I purchased a venti iced-coffee from a Starbucks near my Airbnb and strolled past the honky-tonks, bachelorette parties and hurly-burly of Broadway until I had wandered a mile to Jack White’s record store, Third Man Records. I admit I didn't know much about the store; my only ...

What You Can Learn From Hippies, Punk Rockers And Millennials

Americans may be living in an echo chamber. Several studies have revealed that – given the choice – many people prefer the company of those who share their political or religious leanings, and are downright antagonist toward those who are the most different from them. As recently as 2014, a Pew Research Center...

Four Reasons You're Not Getting Your Songs Cut

Patience. One of the hardest things to come up with when you’re passionate about your music and truly believe that your songs are good enough to be cut by famous singers and played on the radio. But it’s patience - and a world class work ethic - that you’re going to need most as you move forward in your career. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Talent...

“Go Balls Deep” and 5 Other Ways to Make a Fun Music Video According to Thunderlips

Is it any surprise that YouTube has become the leading source for music streaming? For all the fuss Spotify, TIDAL and the like get, it’s everyone’s favourite video host that sees music fans from across the globe scouring it’s archives for the best music, both new and old. In a lot of ways a good music video that can capture the eye can be more important...

Two Sides of The Zombies Shine at Saban Theatre

Formed in early 1961, the Zombies remain one of the best and clearly most enduring artists of the British Invasion. So it comes as no surprise that the band is still conquering American audiences in 2015. Led by singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent (who both turned 70 this past June), the Zombies performed for more than two hours at the...

The Soul Voice is Dominating the Charts and More Than Likely Here to Stay

The modern music landscape is a nomadic, ephemeral being; it never stands still and the only enduring quality is change. This dynamism of the craft can be heavily attributed to the impact of the glorious internet age in which we exist (literally), with an oversaturation of avenues to access and discover new sounds. However, the cycle of change is not...

Seven Things Songwriters Can Do With Their Finished Song Demos

Writing a great song, while a success in and of itself, is only the beginning when it comes to getting your music out in the world. A subsequent, and essential, step is making a professionally performed and recorded demo of your song. However, where a lot of songwriters find themselves at a loss is knowing what to do with their finished demos. Here are...

Blur with Courtney Barnett In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Few English rock legends have been as criminally ignored in the U.S. as Blur. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Damon Albarn, lead guitarist/singer Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree founded Blur in London in the late 1980s, and then exploded in the the early 1990s releasing a number of outstanding albums including...

Florence + The Machine Dazzle Capacity Crowd at The Hollywood Bowl

The legendary Hollywood Bowl has featured countless memorable concerts since its opening in the 1920s, including the far-flung and masterful likes of Judy Garland, Nat "King" Cole, The Doors, Luciano Pavarotti, Radiohead and The Beatles (in 1964 and 1965). At the second of two consecutive sold-out performances, singer-songwriter...

Mark Knopfler in Concert

Mark Knopfler is best known as the former head and wristband clad front man of the iconic 80s arena rockers, Dire Straits. After the breakup of the group in the early Nineties, the Scottish ax ace embarked on an impressive solo career in 1996 with “Golden Heart.” His eight album solo discography employs styles from Celtic folk to country.
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