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A Primer on Professional Demo Studios for Songwriters

You’re a songwriter. It’s what you do. It’s what you’ve trained yourself to do through countless hours of study, practice and effort. Your songs are yours and no one can write them for you. In other words, you’ve become an expert at writing your songs. That’s how it should be. However, if you’re going to treat your songwriting as a business that you hope to profit from, then...
 

Sorry Whoppi, CLEWS is the Only Sister Act We Want

It’s kinda weird that we’re 14 days into 2016 and Sister Act hasn’t been on free-to-air TV yet. To be fair, I haven’t seen Cool Runnings or Mrs. Doubtfire pop up yet either, and The Wedding Singer has only been on once so far, which is a little surprising. But today we’ll try to stave off those Whoopi Goldberg withdrawals with a sister act that you probably haven’t heard before: it’s Lily...
 

5 Tips to Successfully Self-Manage Your Band

It can be a tough slog being a musician AND trying to manage your band at the same time. If you find yourself in a bit of strife balancing the two, Greg Carey, manager of Cloud Control, The Rubens and co-chair of Association Of Artist Managers has 5 tips to help all you youngin’s manage your business. Take it away Greg! Not sure how to navigate the waters of music management? The...
 

Music for Your Health

Human beings are innately musical. Our biology demands it. Every human heart beats in its own unique rhythm. The accent patterns of our speech identify us city folk from South Boston or Midwestern farmers from South Dakota. Scientists are convinced that the recognition of specific “danger” sounds (a baby’s cry, a woman’s scream, a saber-toothed tiger’s growl) has had...
 

How Much Does A Songwriter Need To Know About Music?

It’s a reasonable question, especially for a writer that doesn’t have aspirations to be a performer. If you’ve got a basic level of skill on your instrument and you’re writing your songs, haven’t you got what you need? After all, you don’t have to be a great singer to write a great melody....so do you have to be a great musician to write a great song? The short answer is, no, you...
 

Five Things You Can Do to Move Your Songwriting Career Forward

It's easy to become overwhelmed by all there is to do when it comes to moving forward in your songwriting career. I’d compare the approach of this article to eating the elephant one bite at a time. In other words, by being patient, organized and methodical in your daily work as a songwriter, you’re guaranteed to make steady progress in your career. If you follow the suggestions...
 

Three Tips for Writing Better Song Intros

In an era of significantly shorter attention spans and increasingly distracted listeners, you, as songwriters, have an even greater responsibility to grab your audience as quickly as possible. The first and best place to do this is in your song’s intro. This can be done partly in your songwriting and partly in the production of the song demo. By writing better song intros, you'll stand...
 

Four Reasons Songwriting Talent Isn't Enough

I’d like to begin this article by saying that I’m not a cynic. On the contrary, I’m a big believer that if your dream is to have success with your music, then, in time, you will find that success. However, I am a realist. There are rarely shortcuts in our line of work and being a talented songwriter, in my experience, simply isn’t enough to guarantee success. It takes a combination...
 

Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland

Celtic Connections is easily one of - if not The - most important roots music festivals in Europe, and maybe even the planet. With around 2000 artists, most tastes are catered for, though Americana and folk material tends to dominate these days. A few years back blues had a more prominent place but this seems to be slipping at times from the frontline thinking.
 

Don’t Be Like Scully - You Want to Believe in Sydney’s Dweeb City

For decades popular culture has romanticised the idea of contact between humankind and the alien. Hailing from realms beyond, these alien others have been cast as oppressors, scientists, benign travellers and even lovers. Within scientific spheres the cultural impact of first contact has been long debated. In 2015 Seth Shostak, senior astronomist at NASA’s SETI Institute, predicted...
 

The Advantages of Using Session Musicians on Your Song Demos

Why do professional recordings sound, well…professional? There are a number of reasons including high quality microphones, pre-amps, an experienced engineer and a well-designed studio space. But one of the single most important elements in a great-sounding, professional recording is the performance of the session musicians. There is a reason that the job of the session...
 

2016 NAMM Show Brings Music and Innovation to Anaheim

I spent as much time as possible at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, taking in as many sights and sounds as possible, stretching from Media Preview Day (Jan. 20) through a late night performance from alternative-Americana singer-songwriter Michael Ubaldini that wrapped up just before midnight on Saturday, Jan. 23. Here are some highlights from this year's amazing National Association...
 

Six Ways To See if You're Ready for a Professional Song Demo

One of the big decisions that we, as songwriters, have to make is whether or not we're ready for a professional song demo. In other words, is our song good enough to warrant spending the money and time necessary to make a high-quality recording? While our instinct may be to love all of our songs equally, the reality is that some of our songs are simply better/more commercially...
 

The 17 Best Photographs that Captured the Music of 2015

If a picture is worth a thousand words… then this article is well over my word count. As the new year kicks off, we look back at some of the best images from music in 2015. Marking some of the most memorable events from last twelve months; breakthroughs, comebacks and icons, in live and recorded music. Scroll down to see 2015 told through a selection of the most...
 

NAMM 2016 Wrap-Up by George A. Paul

Each January, music industry professionals from around the world descend upon the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California for the winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Show. It is one of the biggest trade shows in America, with displays of all the latest music gear and technological advancements, performances by rising and established...
 
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