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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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(Updated January 13, 2016)