Does Your Band Need a Manager?

There comes a time in every successful band’s career when it’s time to ask: is it time to get a manager? The answer is never simple. While a manager can make your lives easier, a bad deal can hold you back and potentially end your career. So before you even start phishing around for a manager, ask yourselves these questions to figure out if you really need one. Is This Just a Hobby? No one should be spending money on a manager for their hobby. It’s ok if, for the time being, music is your side gig. Everyone needs to pay the bills and day jobs can leave very little...

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Tips for a Great Acoustic Coffee House Set

Acoustic sets are great for a lot of reasons. For one, they let you connect to your audience in a really intimate setting. They also let you showcase your talent without anything that might distract from your skills. But, they can also be horrible. We don’t want to make you nervous, but an acoustic set requires as much work as a regular show. Being stripped down to the basics means you have to work extra hard to keep your audience interest and your songs flowing. Here’s what you can do to make it happen. Get Creative You’ll need to get creative in more ways than one. First of all, the...

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Recording on a Budget: How to Get the Most of What You Have

Every musician wants to get their music out there. The easiest way to do so is by recording songs and putting them out on the internet. Thing is, that’s not nearly as easy as it sounds. Renting a recording room and getting a producer is insanely expensive, especially for those just starting out. It makes much more sense to set up a home recording studio. But then, another problem arises: how can you set up your own recording studio on a budget? Well, it’s all about planning ahead, knowing why you’re recording, and keeping the eye on the ball. Know What You’re Recording Before you even reach for your wallet,...

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Underestimated Ways Jam Sessions Can Help You

Jamming sessions are usually associated with jazz. They’ve always been an essential part of the genre since its very beginnings. But jam sessions can actually benefit players in every genre. You don’t need a sax player to partake and you definitely don’t have to be part of a jazz band to do it. In fact, every band should have a band session every now and then regardless of what they usually play. Jamming is a great way to connect to your more creative side, get to know your bandmates, and explore new sounds that you might not be able to play with within the confines of whatever genre you usually...

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How to Get Your First Gig

Every now and then we all here a certain kind of story. Someone uploaded a couple of videos of their songs to YouTube or SoundCloud or whatever, they got discovered, and they were offered a record deal and an amazing gig at a huge venue. And sure, that happens once in a blue moon, but it’s not really something musicians should aspire to. Getting your music out there requires work, finding a venue that will have you requires work, getting to open for another act requires work, and, of course, being paid to play a party, requires work. The probability of some random person coming up to you and asking...

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Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

Everyone has experienced some form of stage fright. If you’re lucky, you get slightly nervous the night before your gig, freak out a bit a few minutes before entering the stage, and get on with your performance. That’s manageable. Now, feeling like you’re about to have a heart attack and having a complete shutdown because of your fear… that’s something you need to work on. Look, it happens, maybe it’s your first time going on stage and you just can’t stop thinking about the worst-case scenario. Or maybe you’ve done it a thousand times before but you’re freaking out about playing a completely new song, or because someone special will...

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