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Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in Concert in Atlanta

When you're still performing on stage as a singer after 54 years and selling out venues across the world, you must be doing something right. For the legendary Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons, it's obvious after the first minute they come on stage why they've sustained and had continuous success for over five decades. After all, as someone recently said, he's FRANKIE VALLI!!! As Frankie explains, growing up as an Italian kid in the First Ward of Newark...

Who Are You Without It?

I met an amazingly talented songwriter this week who was telling me how his family and friends were so encouraging about his songwriting talent, while also very discouraging about his pursuit of it. They were unsupportive of his expenditure of time and money on it. (Though they DID insist he perform his new songs, and their old favorites, at every party they threw and ask for copies of them!). This was causing him a lot of confusion, even depression. He saw his creative energy...

10 Tips From A Musician For Better Band Photos

I just did my second band photo shoot for our Solveig & Stevie updated EPK, for the cover of our new EP/CD (whatever it is going to be), and for our redesigned website and social media banners. Argh. This was not my first experience with band photo shoots. I’ve done band promo shoots, several music videos, and sat for professional family photo portraits and for business head shots numerous times before as well. You would think I could get this right...
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18 Ways Musicians Can Make Money On Bandzoogle

One of the biggest challenges facing musicians is generating income. Gone are the days when a band could rely solely on music sales and touring to earn a living. Part of the reality of being a working musician today is the need to diversify your revenue streams. Although sales of recorded music have gone down significantly in recent years, there are new sources of income available to musicians. A mix of traditional and more modern income...

Why Indies Should Still Care About Radio

Whether you’re an independent artist or signed to an independent label, you’re sure to have a lot on your plate already. Between booking shows, debating merch, planning your next big marketing move, juggling social media-insanity, oh yeah, and writing new material, the last thing you want to add to your plate is a radio campaign. Indies have all but abandoned this once-career-establishing source. Some say it’s because their audience...

Crafting A Story For Your Music The Fans And Media Won’t Forget

One band’s story - “We were a band of white boys from Ohio that hitch-hiked our way to New York to try and make it big. Needless to say, by the time we arrived we were completely broke. We had nothing but the gear we hadn’t pawned yet and the clothes on our back. So when it came to finding a place to stay we were limited by the budget of what we were able to scrape together by busking in front of Yankee Stadium and ‘donating’ plasma.

Vid O’ The Week: Babe Rainbow’s Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest

We know you clicked through because the title said Babe Rainbow’s Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Luckily, you’re in for a pretty amazing Vid O’ The Week. What remains of our knowledge of the western world’s most celebrated decade is, I would assume, a pretty biased picture, skewed towards the carefree and the senseless rather than the Vietnam draft and the constant fear of global thermonuclear exchange.

How To Get Your Music In TV, Movies and More

In 1997, a 15-year old album by a previously obscure (at least in the US) German techno band received a rush re-release in order to sate a sudden surge of demand. Why was the public suddenly clamoring for a recording that had been totally off the radar for a decade and a half? Because that long after it peaked at #33 on the Billboard Dance charts, the song “Da Da Da” by Trio was used in a Volkswagen commercial. Traditionally most musicians don’t exactly...
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NEEDTOBREATHE and Foy Vance in Concert at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

Too often these days, when I go to a concert I hear a band that wants to push limits with controversial lyrics, off-stage antics that capture news attention and more. Sure, the old addage "sex, drugs and rock and roll" was a mainstay of my era and had its place in music history, and some bands continue trying to keep the stereotype alive. But, to be completely honest, that lifestyle gets old quick and can result...

Economical Songwriting

Twice a month on a Monday night, my wife Sheryl and I attend Songwriters' Night at Nolan's Irish Pub in Cocoa Beach, FL. We are very grateful to the folks at Nolan's for their ongoing support of original music. Since Sheryl is a singer / songwriter, she usually performs, and I get to back her up on keyboard. On any given Monday we will hear 3 songs from as many as 15 different songwriters. Some are just beginners, others are "old pros." One thing we have noticed...
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The Kills and Nuns Performs in Nashville

The show started with Nuns, a brother/sister dynamic band who originates from Tulsa, Oklahoma with. They are fairly new in the music scene, and not many fans in Nashville weren't aware of who Nuns were. However, they made a good first impression on them. Nuns have a rock and roll vibe that reminisces a bit of the Kills in their starting years. They have a nice blend of grunge, psychedelic, garage, and indie rock. Frontman Hank Hanewinkel has ...

A Music Video Isn’t Enough; You Need a YouTube Content Strategy

YouTube is the #1 music streaming platform in the world. It’s the #2 search engine in the world. It’s slowly replacing radio, MTV, and many other platforms for music discovery. It’s become a serious revenue source for musicians too (some CD Baby artists have earned more than 40k from YouTube ad revenue). And that’s why YouTube is more important than anything else in your music career — besides the actual music, of course.

Successful Crowdfunding: A Musician’s Experience of Kickstarter vs. PledgeMusic vs. DIY

By now, we as independent musicians are well aware that our industry is changing. In a lot of ways, the changes are positive: more bands are touring, which means more venues are booking music. Music consumption is at a high thanks to portable players, smartphones and online streaming services like Pandora, Grooveshark and Spotify. Finding an audience for your art is easier than ever, and reaching that audience...

How To Engage Your Fans With Live Online Concerts

Playing live gigs is perhaps the best way to get in front of your fans and interact with them. Why? Because you are delivering an experience. It’s an experience they won’t find anywhere else, and only you can provide. You need to deliver a great experience if you want them to come back. And if you’ve done your job well, they’ll keep coming back - for more shows, more records, more merch, more support for what you do. We won’t go into too much detail...

Five PA System Myths Busted

Let’s look at PA systems—where the amount of myth-making can be pretty substantial. A 3-way speaker is always better than a 2-way speaker. Not necessarily, and this applies to studio monitors and hi-fi speakers as well as PA systems. A well-designed 2-way speaker, with separate low- and high-frequency drivers, can often provide a more balanced sound. A 3-way system requires two crossovers, which can introduce more errors than the single...
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