Music Industry & Promotion
How to Become a Professional Songwriter

How to Become a Professional Songwriter

First of all, let's get clear about a crucial point: there is no ready-made formula or recipe to become a successful songwriter. By successful, I mean able to make a living out of the craft of songwriting. You don't have to make millions and hit the charts. When you can pay the bills and feed your family without ...

How to Get Sponsored as a Musician

How to Get Sponsored as a Musician

Obtaining a sponsorship can be an effective way to enhance both your income and your visibility as an independent musician. It can either turn into a whole new income source or into a way to find the capital you need for your next project. It can be a powerful advertising tool or an efficacious way to communicate the ...

Are Phones Ruining Concerts?

Are Phones Ruining Concerts?

Smartphones are now part of our everyday life. It gets more and more challenging to spend time without compulsively check our notifications or without taking pictures of what we are eating or of the place we are visiting. When it comes to concerts, it is hard to fight the temptation of taking pictures and videos of ...

7 of the Biggest Problems with the Music Industry?

7 of the Biggest Problems with the Music Industry?

The music industry has radically changed in the last couple of decades. The Internet revolution has transformed the way we create and consume music. It has built new hierarchies and power balances, stealing the control once owned by major record labels and giving it to the consumer. This shift isn’t unique to the ...

The Loudness War Explained

The Loudness War Explained

If you ever thought that contemporary records sound much louder than the older ones, you are not mistaken at all! The trend of increasing the amplitude of a track is what is called the loudness war. While this tendency was already in use during the mastering process of 7'' singles in the 1940s, it became almost ...

Why Are Nickelback Hated So Much?

Why Are Nickelback Hated So Much?

We all have a friend who digs Nickelback. And we all have a friend who hates them. This is especially true for people growing up in the Nineties, likely to organize their first house parties in the early 2000s. Nickelback tracks, back then, were a must in any playlist, and often caused issues among party-goers. ...

Overcome Stage Fright with 10 Simple Tricks

Overcome Stage Fright with 10 Simple Tricks

No matter if you're a beginner singer or a seasoned guitar player, chances are you might experience a nervous feeling before getting on stage. Your legs are wobbly, your mouth is dry, you probably feel sick or dizzy. Even if you don't have any physical symptoms, you can still feel worried, timid, tired, anxious. These ...

What Does a Music Supervisor Do?

What Does a Music Supervisor Do?

Think about your favorite movie, with all those quirky characters you love, the plot twists that still keep you on the edge of your seat, or the beautiful scenes, masterly curated in every detail. Now, think about that same movie but without a soundtrack. Are those quirky characters, plot twists, and beautiful scenes ...

How Much Should I Charge for a Gig?

How Much Should I Charge for a Gig?

You have trained hard to play your instrument like a pro or belt out your tunes with confidence. You may have started a band or you may be a solo artist. No matter the scenario: you are ready to play live. To find your first gigs, you will start locally. You will visit your favorite bars and pubs and ask their ...

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