How to Find Your Own Sound

At this point in the history of humanity, it’s easy to think everything has been pretty much said and done. That’s a disheartening thought, especially when you’re searching for your own sound. It’s exactly the kind of motto that will lead anyone down a path of copying favourites and not daring to go beyond what they already know. And yeah, sometimes being the copycat works, but more often than not, success and recognition requires finding a unique sonic language that makes you connect with others and stand out. It’s easier said than done. Finding your own sound takes a lot of time and effort. There really isn’t a shortcut or...

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So You Want to Start a Band

There are four words that everyone in the world has said at least once in their lifetime: “let’s start a band”. Bands look like a lot of fun from the outside, there are the live gigs, and being adored by fans, and making a living with your closest friends through sheer talent. While all of that can be true, there’s also a lot of hard work involved. Fame and recognition don’t just happen, there are a lot of elements that have to work in perfect harmony for things to work out, and the first step is actually getting serious about it. So if you really want to start a band...

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Ways You Can Get Paid for Your Music

Being a musician is, more often than not, a thankless job. You put out amazing music for the world to hear and enjoy, but you hardly ever get more than an enthusiastic thanks. And sure, the recognition is great, and nothing beats the feeling of creating a song that you’re proud of. The thing is that recognition and pride don’t exactly pay the bills. Every musician needs to figure out how to make a profit. Some might say that it’s just too hard to do so in the music industry unless you’re signed by a label. The reality is that yes, it’s really hard and it takes a lot of...

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Tricks from Improv That Can Help Your Jamming Session

What do improv and jamming have in common? Really a lot more than one might originally assume. Improv is kind of the jamming of the acting world, there’s a lot of players involved playing off of each other’s skills rather than following a set script. That’s why during your next jamming sessions you might want to incorporate some lessons from improv even if you’ve never done it before. Don’t Say No Even if you’ve never ever done anything even remotely related to improv, chances are you’ve heard is all about saying yes. That is, when an actor gets some information, they aren’t supposed to reject it, they have to say...

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How to Become a Session Musician

A session musician backs other musicians, either while recording on a studio or during a live performance. They don’t have to be part of the official band and they don’t have to be exclusive with a specific performance (unless, of course, all parties want exclusivity).  Session musicians are the freelancers of the music world. If your dream is to become a full-time musician, this is a career path you should consider carefully. Becoming a session musician can offer a lot more stability than being part of a band and also lets you play very different styles and settings. Here’s what you should do to get started. Have Samples Ready You’ll...

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Awesome Tips to Nail Your Band Audition

Congratulations on landing that audition! It’s time to get to work! Getting your foot through the door is just the first step. You need to be ready to dazzle once you enter that room. This is what you need to now to make sure you give an awesome impression during your audition. Be Honest About Your Skills Are you really at the level of the band? Sometimes it’s hard to accept that you need a little more practice and experience, but it can save you from making a fool of yourself or leaving a bad impression. This is when you have to be really objective and assess the level of...

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Making Your Way Towards a Record Deal

Every musician wants to live off of their music. The best way to do that is by getting a record deal, but as everyone knows that’s easier said than done. There’s no magic formula to getting signed by a record label, but there are a couple of things that you absolutely must do to get started. Work Hard on Your Music No record label is going to sign you if your music is not the best it can be. Whether you are a solo artist or a band, you need to master what you do. Nowadays there are a lot of new acts coming out each day, so having a...

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Cost-Free Ways to Market Your Music

If a great song is heard by no one, does it really exist at all? Existential questions aside, promotion is important. In fact, knowing how to promote your music, is as important as having great music in the first place. Luckily, in this day and age promoting your music is pretty easy and free if you know what you’re doing. Go Social but not Spammy You probably already know you have to be on social media to get noticed. What you need to learn (or maybe be reminded of) is that you can’t be using all your social channels for selling or promoting your music all the time. That’s spammy...

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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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