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Wednesday
Nov012017

Why DIY Musicians Need To Be Pressing Vinyl 

Vinyl records are on a 25-year sales high. It’s projected that 40 million units will be sold in 2017 alone. That makes it the first time it’s come close to the 1 billion benchmark this millennium. With the death of many music heavyweights this year and the availability of budget record players the combination of nostalgia and low barrier to entry is leading to many taking the leap back into vinyl. 

So what does this mean for the DIY musician?

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Tuesday
Oct312017

Songwriting And Building A Sustainable Career

1. As a songwriter, what type of environment do you find you write the best in? What sorts of things or tools do you need around to be in the right headspace to write?

I have a home studio I work from, which can be both convenient and distracting. You basically never have to change out of your pj’s, although extremely comfortable, it can slow the process down. I actually love to write in new locations, i.e other people’s studios, writing spaces, in nature, etc. As far as tools go, another person is usually preferred  in the process for me. I thrive off of collaboration and other artists’ energy. Having a piano and guitars laying around is great too, as I write differently depending which instrument I have in hand. I used to rely on being inspired to write, but when you are trying to make it your path, you really have to become consistent and productive.

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Tuesday
Oct312017

How Musicians Can Utilize Fashion To Build Their Brand

In the music industry, an artist is a brand, and through not only their music but through what they wear and their interviews, they are creating how they want to be perceived. This is where fashion comes in by ensuring that you maintain your image to your audience.

Musicians need to manage their brand and image, and they can do this with the help of fashion. We have seen several artists who have signed contracts with different brands of clothing lines, shoes, perfumes, and engaging in significant talk shows. Branding for a musician is not that easy and comes with a complex structure that needs to be followed. With branding, you can market your music and yourself to people worldwide. Why is that? It gives you the focus on what you need the most to excel in the industry and identifies your audience and how to impress them.

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Monday
Oct302017

21 Dos And Don’ts Of Band Website Design

This post was written by Allison Sharpe and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog.

The band is getting along. Songs are great. Gigs calendar is filling up. Now you just need to get people to notice you and you’ll be good to go. But where do you start?

If you focus your efforts on Facebook or Twitter, your music is likely to get lost in a sea of political rants and fur baby videos. The best way to keep fans focused on you is through your own custom website.

A website puts the focus on you and your music. It’s easy to build a website, but how do you know if you did it right? Let’s take a look and the most common ways band win and lose with their website.

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Saturday
Oct282017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Practice Environment

Friday
Oct272017

MusicThinkTank: Call For Submissions

Thank you for your committed readership and the insightful content that many of you have shared! Without your contributions, Music Think Tank would not exist. If you have something to say about the music industry, please consider contributing a post to MTT. Remember to review the submission guidelines posted on the MTT open page before posting.

Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submissions, we look forward to reviewing and sharing your content!


 

Thursday
Oct262017

What's The Best Environment To Practice Music In?

Learning to play a musical instrument is both a challenging and rewarding hobby. Whether you favor the violin, saxophone, or guitar, becoming a master with your chosen instrument takes years of diligent practice. Therefore, creating the perfect environment to practice your art is important if you want your talent to truly flourish. Whether you live in a large home or a small apartment, it’s possible to create a suitable space for practicing music with a few simple steps.

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Wednesday
Oct252017

8 Music Investment Agreement Tips

This post by Canadian entertainment lawyer Byron Pascoe originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

Disclaimer: This article does not provide advice regarding how to find an investor for your music career!

However, reading this article may assist in structuring the relationship between you and your investor.

Some musicians looking to raise money to record and promote a new album turn to online platforms from PledgeMusic to Kickstarter. These platforms are vehicles to obtain financial support from fans, friends, and family.

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Monday
Oct232017

3 Power Steps To Success In The Music Industry

Any aspiring musician is looking to get the most out of their career. A lot of the times, however, approaching the music industry is daunting to say the least. There is a quote by Hunter S. Thompson – “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.” How exactly do we go about achieving success in such a doubtful industry?

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Saturday
Oct212017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Concert Backlash

Friday
Oct202017

Concert Backlash: How To Deal With A DWI Charge When You’re Innocent

Imagine you’re leaving the stadium or arena, after having enjoyed a performance from your favorite singer or group. The police pull you over and put you through the process of testing your sobriety. Even though you haven’t had any alcohol, or perhaps had just a small drink that wouldn’t put you over the legal limit, the police charge you with either a DWI or a DUI.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

Top 10 Home Studio Mistakes And How To Fix Them [Infographic]

A lot of home studio owners come from backgrounds totally outside the music industry. 

We have a passion, a dream, a need to rebel maybe, and addiction to cool gear, a need to get away from ‘life’. 

There is a reason from everybody to want to create music or just be involved somehow even if the background or education or lack thereof might say otherwise. I’m totally on that train.

This train, however, leaves room for a lot of mistakes, learning by experimenting and grabbing bits and pieces over time.

So, let’s speed things up and cut down on some of the mistakes that might creep up in your home studio.

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Monday
Oct162017

4 Essential Repair Tasks Music Hall Owners Need To Upkeep

Music halls and concert venues need proper maintenance to ensure that when there is an event, everything goes according to plan. In most cases, these facilities are beloved historic structures, and as a result, there needs to be a balance between preservation, comfort, and accessibility. The persons responsible for the maintenance of such a facility should have the understanding of its significance.

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Monday
Oct162017

10 Principles Of Great Music Web Design

Guest Post by Melanie Kealey from the Bandzoogle Blog

It’s no secret that in order to appear professional, your own website with your own .com address is essential. So what ingredients make for a great musician website exactly? You’ve got the music of course, some images, videos, and show dates.  

Pulling together content is an easy first step. The part where many musicians get stalled is with the website’s design.

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