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PopsterX Provides Unknown Music Artists With Fans and Discovery Platform answers the NUMBER ONE question every new music artist asks today, “How do I make it in the music business without a record label backing me when there are literally 10 million artists trying to get there, too?” In a world where the music industry is in flux and there is a newly failed music tech startup every week, what does PopsterX do differently? Creator Eric Todd says, “Most startups are...
Mumford & Sons and The Vaccines in Concert in Atlanta

Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and Bear's Den in Atlanta

Sometimes it sucks being a girl; putting on makeup, fixing the hair just right and (egad!!!) choosing which pair of stiletto heels to wear with the shirt and skirt. In other words, it means I sometimes run late and don't get to where I need to be on time. Such was the case last night at the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road show in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, when we missed the start time of the opening act, Bear's Den. Hence, no photos of them. Even though we didn't...

Achieving the Right Balance Between Volume and Tone

Somewhere along an axis based on your guitar, amp and, perhaps, one or two pedals, is the tone you’ve been seeking all your musical life — the personal sonic Holy Grail that you’ve been hunting for years. To get there, you just need to find the right balance of that gear. Easier said than done, and at times — depending perhaps on the song being recorded, the room played or even the relative humidity of the day — small adjustments have to be made on even the most dialed-in sound.

Simplify Your Life in the Studio

Recording music is supposed to be fun, not stressful - and any way you can simplify your studio setup (and recording procedures) will help you have a more enjoyable, and more efficient, studio experience. So, here are some tips on how to save both time and stress in the studio. USE AN AUDIO INTERFACE WITH MULTIPLE INPUTS. "I'm a solo performer, so I only need a couple inputs." Right? Wrong! You probably have both a condenser and a dynamic mic, as well as some instruments, like ...

A Salute to Alex Lifeson of Rush

Rush guitar god Alex Lifeson turns 60 on August 27. A founding member of Rush, he’s dazzled over numerous albums, adapted his guitar style, and has seen Rush go from one of the most “uncool” bands on the planet to… actually, quite a cool band really. Rush do their own thing, whether you love them or hate them. What’s never been in doubt is the trio’s musicianship. Geddy Lee (bass/vocals) and Neil Peart (drums/lyrics) are regularly voted “best ever” rock players in their field...

What Do You Want?

Do you want to DO something with your music … or do you want. TO HAVE DONE something with it? One involves wishing; the other acting. Success is wonderful, but it only happens as a byproduct of action. Hit songwriter comes after Songwriter. Famous artist comes after Artist. Those of you who follow me know that I am a strong advocate of action. Those of you who know me understand that everything we teach and preach at Kim Copeland Productions is based on movement towards a goal

20 Years Ago — What Rocked in 1993

1993 doesn’t seem all that far away to me. But when you stop and think about it, a lot has happened in the world of rock music over the past two decades. Twenty years ago the glam rock acts of the eighties were desperately trying to hold on as the spotlight moved towards Seattle and the bands associated with grunge rock. Music was shifting from light-hearted hair-metal, to introspective music by bands like Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. Here are ten huge tracks from 1993.
Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley of Sundy Best.

New Artist Spotlight: Sundy Best

They come from Appalachia. Their friendship dates back to elementary school. Their voices blend like bourbon and soda. Listening to their debut album on eOne Music, Door Without a Screen, produced by Coleman Saunders and released Aug. 2, you get the feeling that Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson were born to make music together. Apparently they were also destined to represent their beloved home state to the world through their songs. Co-writing every track, they visit the theme...
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John Hiatt at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California

Over the course of an exhilarating two hours at the Coach House on Sept. 4, veteran roots-rocker John Hiatt proved again and again why he continues to draw capacity crowds at that San Juan Capistrano, California spot and elsewhere, keeping the majority of an enthusiastic audience glued to their seats late into the night. Although widespread commercial success has tragically eluded the 61-year-old singer-songwriter throughout his 40-year career, his striking songs, unique baritone rasp...

Improve Your Live Music Show – Get Visually Creative

If you watched a video of your live music show with the sound muted, would it be hard to tell which song you’re playing? Does every one of your songs look the same when you’re performing? I ask this question everywhere I teach, and usually I can hear a pin drop in the room. The most common response I get is, “What are we supposed to do?” First of all, I believe your live music show should be as creative as your music. One of the keys to a great visual show is to keep the integrity of the song...

The iTunes Festival: 30 Nights of Free Music

In 2007, the audiophiles from different parts of the globe bore witness to the birth of a new tradition - the iTunes Festival, a month long celebration filled with live music from your favorite artists and bands. Brought to you by Apple, this festivity in the United Kingdom will be from September 1 to 30 and will be available to watch on various iDevices with the official app. According to reports, Lady Gaga is the headliner of the seventh year edition of this popular affair at The Roundhouse in London. What ...
Muse in Concert in Duluth, GA

Muse With Cage The Elephant at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA

I'm a rocker chick! I love good rock 'n roll bands like AC/DC, Foreigner and all the rest of the classic groups with whom I grew up. That said, bands like Muse and Cage the Elephant are opening my eyes to the new generations of rock bands that have had the torch passed to them. I'm finding myself broadening my horizons, and enjoying the pleasure of great shows with performers like these two bands I caught last night in Duluth, GA. Opening the show was Bowling Green, Kentucky's Cage the...

“How Should Artists Get Paid?” Isn’t A Question, It’s An Insult

Throughout the debate on sharing culture and knowledge in violation of the copyright monopoly, one question keeps popping up. But it’s not a question as much as an insult to all artists. pile-of-moneyWe’ve all heard the objection to sharing culture and knowledge many times – “How will the artists get paid, if you manufacture copies of their creations without paying them?” This question is delusional on so many levels I’ve lost count. First, artists that are copied do get paid, only not by a per-copy...

The Art of the Set List: Choosing the Right Songs in the Right Order

A well-crafted set list can mean the difference between a superb, decent, pedestrian, or down-right awful performance. Hand-in-hand with talent and presentation (attire, lighting, segues, etc.), a well-crafted set list can help a novice come across as professional, and a professional come across as remarkable. When crafting a set list, the following elements are essential to keep in mind...

New Artist Spotlight: Charlie Worsham

Born in Mississippi, Charlie Worsham learned enough banjo by age 10 for bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin to invite him onstage at the Ryman Auditorium. Two years after that, he joined Mike Snider on the air at the Opry. After attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music, he headed to Nashville and eventually earned himself a deal with Warner Bros. Records. On his new album, Rubberband, released today, Worsham distinguishes himself by his unerring taste and musical subtlety. As co-producer...