What Does A Music Producer Do and Why Do You Need One?

Many people wonder what a music producer is and what functions it has in the process that leads to the making of a record, a song or the recent EP (Extended Play or short disc). Let’s talk about how the perspective and experience from music producers can influence the quality of an artist and know a bit more of this key role "Behind the scenes" in the music industry. A music producer basically works in all stages of the album as an active collaborator. Therefore, a music producer has both, creative and administrative responsibilities. A producer has different roles: controlling recording sessions, instructing and guiding musical performers in the recording...

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Why Nobody is Reviewing Your Music – Part 2

In part 1 we covered how being spammy can hurt your chances of getting a review, and how it’s best to take the time to study the people you’re trying to reach and craft a personal email. But that’s not all, there are other deadly mistakes most newbies make when it comes to getting music reviewed by a publication: Mistake #2: You’re Not Making It Easy So you’ve done your homework, researched publications, and reached out to each editor individually, had patience and kept at it for months… and nothing. What’s going on? Well, it could be that your sound is not good enough, but it could also mean that...

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Why Nobody is Reviewing Your Music – Part 1

Anyone looking to make a living off of original songs is aware that knowing how to play excellent music is as important as knowing how to promote it. Nowadays everyone can put up a website, set up a SoundCloud profile and promote away on social media, but there’s something that eludes even the most social media savvy: how to get critics to notice and review your music. Social media has made the process of reaching audiences a lot easier than just a few years ago, but it hasn’t really done that much to ease the process of getting some press for your music. If anything, it’s made it harder seeing...

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Don’t Dismiss the Cover Band Just Yet

Cover bands tend to get a bad rep, certain musicians look down on them thinking there really isn’t that much to them besides learning to play someone else’s chord progressions and mimicking another band’s stage persona. And yes, that sounds completely uninspired and boring, and it also doesn’t accurately reflect the reality of most cover bands. In reality, cover bands have to carefully study the source material experiment how much of their own twist they can add to it (jury’s still out on whether a cover should be an exact replica or can deviate from the original), still work on their stage presence and the cohesion of the band as...

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How to Get People to Your Shows

Once you’ve booked a show, the most stressful part is making sure people will actually show up to hear you play. In fact, it can be the most nerve-wracking part of the entire ordeal. While there are no guarantees, there are smart ways to play around so that you do everything in your power to get people into your show: Invite Another Band Unless you’re participating in an American Idol type of deal, don’t view other bands as your competition. Doing a show with another band is a great way to expose your music to an entirely new fanbase without doing extra work. Think of it as unpaid advertising. What’s...

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