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Saturday
Mar182017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Less Is More

Saturday
Mar182017

The State Of Music Videos: 2017

Remember the days of MTV playing actual music videos? Maybe this separates a lot of musicians in generation, this age gap when music videos seemed to mean something. Perhaps they didn’t mean anything at all, aside from expensive productions, rented out mansions, and a budget backed single on a massive major label. Aside from recanting the past, things in the music industry have obviously changed. What hasn’t been addressed though is the market for making music videos. 

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Thursday
Mar162017

How Music Impacted Our Lives

Songs become a part of the story of our lives. Their lyrics linger inside of us. We recall those words, but what we remember isn’t what they meant to the person who wrote them. It’s what they mean to us. We relate their lyrics back to the events that have happened in our lives. We interject our personal narrative into their songs, and it feels as though they mirror our own memories and emotions. 

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Tuesday
Mar142017

Top 7 Ways To Know If Your Song Is Ready For Release

Often, whenever an unready indie musician approaches me about possible music promotion, they say things like “You must hear this amazing song that I made” or “I am ready to explode onto the scene” or worse yet “I have created something no one has ever heard before!” 
Look, I get the enthusiasm, I really do, but the on-the-surface excitement felt by a musician hyped on their own new music must be scaled back a bit, in-order to see the whole picture that is.
There are always going to be those who rush to the finish line, those who think that paying their dues, or putting in the effort do not apply to them; but, they apply to almost everyone, and how you craft your song is one part creative, one part skill, and another part industry rules.
It is great to have enthusiasm and confidence, but let’s focus on the music here. 
So, without further ado, here are seven great ways to tell if your song is ready to release.

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Monday
Mar132017

Top 3 Tips For Earning More In The Music Industry

Since the beginning of music’s existence, we’ve had musicians come and go but it is the pioneers, the ones who are weird and different, that are the ones we all remember!

When trying to make it in the music scene today, standing out is just as vital as anything else in having a fruitful career.
Here are our top three tips for earning more in the music industry:

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Sunday
Mar122017

Want to Make More Money from Bandcamp? Add Some Merch

If you’re already using Bandcamp for digital downloads of your music, then you know what a powerful sales tool the platform can be. But if you limit yourself to only selling those digital downloads, you’re leaving money on the table. Here’s a brief guide to the benefits of adding merchandise to your Bandcamp store.

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Saturday
Mar112017

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Less Is More

Friday
Mar102017

Less Is More: Why You Should Pitch Your Music To Fewer Publications

This article appeared first in Sonicbids. 

Logic dictates that the more music bloggers you reach out to about your band, the more coverage you’ll receive.

Not necessarily.

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Wednesday
Mar082017

The Essential SXSW Guide: What To Bring, What To Wear, Expect And More!

We’re less than a month away from SXSW in Austin. If you’re going, you’ve probably already booked your flight, found a few places to couch surf, and RSVP’d to the dopest events. If you’re a newbie to this mecca of an event, you’re probably wondering what you should pack and you’ve come to the right place to find out! This will be our fifth year attending the conference so you’re in go hands.

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Tuesday
Mar072017

Music Is A Universal Language But Songs Are An Agony To Translate

It is often said that music is a universal language and that may be true. However, a translator tasked with translating English songs into any target language will tell you what an agony it is to translate a song’s lyrics into another language, because it involves a lot of trade-offs. The translator has to decide if accuracy is needed or to make the song “singable” by sacrificing its original structure, rhythm and references.

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Monday
Mar062017

How To Get Publicity To Promote Your Music

This post was written by Lisa Occhino and originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog

When you hear “music publicity,” what comes to mind? A feature on the cover of Rolling Stone? A glowing album review on Pitchfork?

For many independent bands, the concept of getting publicity sounds out of reach, so they figure they don’t need to worry about it unless they “make it big.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Wednesday
Mar012017

How To Listen Objectively

As humans we are adaptable. Hearing a song for the first time you might notice a part that
will jump out and make you take notice in either a good or bad way. Upon the 2nd and 3rd
listen, that part could become part of the “character” of the song or even something that
makes the recording unique. How do we really know what contributes to the character of
the mix and what is a flaw? Music is art and art is subjective by nature.

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Wednesday
Mar012017

Are Facebook Ads Worth It? 

Facebook launched on February 4, 2004. For those of you keeping score at home, that means it has been a part of our lives in one way, shape, or form for over a decade now. Facebook has gone from being a social media network accessible to a minimal number of college students, to the social media giant that it is today. I don’t know about you, but whenever I want to check out a new business or product, one of the first things I do is check Facebook to see if they have a page.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

We Are Asking For Your Submissions

MusicThinkTank.com was built as platform for artists to share their opinions, ideas and best practices in both the current and future music industry

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