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Four Questions Songwriters Should Ask Themselves

In any career, especially one involving the arts, it’s very easy to get so immersed in the day to day activity of creating your art and making a living that you lose sight of the big picture. While there is real value in simply putting your head down and getting to work, it can pay big dividends to stop from time to time and ask yourself a few - sometimes difficult - questions. Below are a...
 

Four Things to Try on Your Next Co-Write

Once you’ve begun co-writing your songs and have a few positive experiences under your belt, it might be worth injecting some new variables into the equation. This can be good for a variety of reasons including never letting yourself get too comfortable at the expense of your creativity and keeping your mind focused on the session. In my experience, anything you...
 

Four Demo Tips for Songwriters in the Studio

If you’re fortunate enough to have written a song you think has a chance of getting cut or getting placed in a film or TV show, then you owe it to yourself to make sure your demo of the song is done professionally. The trick with professional recordings is that they’re not inexpensive and there’s often a decent amount of self-imposed pressure - otherwise ...
 

Four Reasons to Let Session Musicians Try It Their Way First

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the finest session musicians in the business. Above and beyond their jaw dropping musical talent, these studio thoroughbreds also bring a depth and breadth of experience to the recording process that shows up in ways both obvious and extremely subtle. It occurred to me to write this article because in the...
 

8 Social Media Accounts That EVERYONE Should Be Following

On Saturday November 14, ‘Society Of Tastemakers & Elegant People’ (STEP) are set to curate The Digital Natives panel at Melbourne’s premiere annual music industry conference, Face The Music 2015. The focus of the conversation will be the multi-faceted relationship between music and the Internet, spanning sites, blogs and music criticism online to streaming, social ...
 

Four Professional Songwriting Tips

Since most of us become songwriters almost by accident, the line between amateur and professional songwriter is blurry at best. Strictly speaking, a professional songwriter is someone who is not only writing songs but generating income from those songs. However, it’s been my experience that long before a songwriter’s songs begin making money, they’ve put a variety of ...
 

Tame Impala Meets Radiohead? Get Onto Brisbane’s Trails

Interlacing darkly melodic vocals with elaborate instrumentation Trails mesmerise with intense, emotive and experimental indie rock. Spun out of a university collaboration between the long-time friends Tyler Shilling and Daniel Booth, Trails channel the brooding grandiosity of Radiohead and the hypnotic psychedelia of Tame Impala into their own electric tracks.
 

Are You a Drummer? Here’s Why You’re Better Than Everyone in Your Band

Drummers. No, this isn’t the setup to some hacky gag – I’m here to celebrate those scruffy little devils. You see unlike some folks of lesser virtue, I have only the greatest level of care and affection for those who hit things rhythmically. In my many years of frustrated musicianship, I’ve played alongside a wide range of skin-hitters and I promise you that no other...
 

Entertainment Law: What is a Trademark and What are Trademark Rights?

A trademark is a name, slogan or logo which identifies someone's goods or services and indicates source or quality. The purpose of a trademark is to identify and distinguish one person's products or services from those of another. A trademark functions as a symbol of quality and goodwill. Trademark rights accrue to the owner of a mark based on the "use" of a mark and ...
 

9 Femme Fatales Who are Killing It

There’s heaps of lists about girl who are in rock music. Sadly, many of these seem to be in lads magazines, with titles like ‘Sexiest Women in Rock’, women’s magazines, about the ‘Best-Dressed Women in Rock’ or even ‘Best Muses in Rock’. But you know what? There are a whole lot of ladies out there making their mark in the rock world by playing actual rock
 

Difford and Tilbrook of Squeeze in Anaheim

Over the course of a 30-year career that dates back to the mid-1970s, Squeeze has often been called Beatlesque thanks to the exquisite songcraft of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook. And when the pair appeared onstage Nov. 13 at City National Grove of Anaheim, The Fab Four’s “A Day in the Life” immediately came to mind.
 

Four Ways to Write Better Songs by Making Them Simpler

For most people in the world, writing a song is simply an impossible proposition. The idea of creating music and lyrics is more like a magic trick than a job. For those of us who can write songs, however, we have a different set of challenges. One of the primary ones involves learning how to get out of our own way while writing powerful, effective songs without...
 

Six Unusual Ways to Make Money with Your Songs

As I’ve said many times before, writing a song for its own sake is still - and will always be - an admirable pursuit. It’s something that not many people can do and is a wonderful form of individual artistic expression. That being said, if your goals include not only writing songs but also making a living doing it, there are some additional considerations that you should...
 

Five Steps To Building a Songwriting Career

To build anything you need skill, the right tools, and a working knowledge of the terrain (local culture and landscape). Without any one of these three ingredients, you will likely end up frustrated by the amount of time it takes to build, the quality of your results, or both. One truth about most successful people is that they work very hard...
 

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...
 
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