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Saturday
Jan202018

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Independent Music Artists

Friday
Jan192018

The Future For Independent Music Artists

It does not come as a surprise that the evolution of the internet has completely changed the entire music industry for the good of course. Different technologies such as streaming, sharing, eCommerce and social media are offering independent artists increased chances of exposing their musical creations to bigger audiences. This further helps the artists in increasing their fan base. However, one major drawback of having several options is that making the choice of the best source for promoting music online can be a little difficult. Therefore, in order to make the best choice, it is important for you to go through the most effective and popular online hangouts where you can get some word about your musical tones.

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Thursday
Jan182018

How To Make Your Stage Presence Memorable With Fantastic Fashion

The best musicians in the world are known for their catchy tunes, powerful vocals and incredible instrument skills. They’re also frequently known for their mesmerizing stage presences. If you’re a musician who wants to captivate audiences at upcoming shows, your style can contribute to your overall stage presence. Eye-catching fashion and strong stage presence often go hand in hand for musicians.

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Wednesday
Jan172018

Is Radio Still Important – And Did Streaming Kill The Radio Star?

The music industry is caught up with streaming and playlists and with good reasons, but what about radio? How does the future look for the radio format and is it still relevant?

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Monday
Jan152018

Should You Hire Security Guards For Your Music Event?

Whether you’re hosting a small karaoke party or a jam-packed musical festival, you have a responsibility as the event organizer to make sure that all of your guests get home safely. Here are just a few risk factors to consider and how security guards from a company like Security Services Northwest, Inc might or might not help with them.

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Monday
Jan152018

Band Marketing: How Your Tour Bus Can Double As An Advertisement

When you’re in a touring band, you want to do everything you can to get word out. There’s no such thing as having too many fans. While you’re out on the road, you can grow your following. Your tour bus is the perfect opportunity to advertise your band. It just requires you to be innovative and creative. Here are four ways your tour bus can double as an advertisement.

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Saturday
Jan132018

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Try Remote Work

Friday
Jan122018

Struggling In A Traveling Band? Try Remote Work 

Touring is one of the funnest things about being in a band. But too often, bands mistake touring for an excuse to party. When my former band, The Kitchen, toured down the West Coast in an ‘87 Dodge Prospector that was ready to die, and we mostly partied and ate out a lot and put thousands of dollars on a credit card, I learned the hard way. Looking back practically hurts my brain (and my wallet). When you’re funding your own tour/party-on-wheels, and big payouts aren’t guaranteed at venues, you end up literally paying the price in the long run. 
Now there’s this thing called remote work. I wish I’d thought of it back then. About 53 million Americans are independent contractors, and nearly 40 percent of them rate flexibility as a top benefit. You could become a digital nomad: working during the day and playing shows at night. Goodbye tour debt, hello sustainable music life.
 

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Thursday
Jan112018

10 Gigging Mis-haps For Your Band To Avoid

It’s show time! There you are, waiting in the wings for what’s shaping up to be one heck of night, and lo and behold, something’s gone wrong. Here’s a few common problems you might face as a gigging band, and how to deal with them as and when they occur.

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Thursday
Jan112018

4 Ways To Improve Your Music And Utilize Every Minute Of Practice Time

Music is great as a form of expression and a way to unwind. However, you need to put in work if you want to see results. No one, whether it’s Beethoven or Bruce Springsteen, became accomplished without putting in the necessary time to learn their instrument. Even when you start becoming proficient, you still need to challenge yourself. Here are four ways to improve your music and utilize every minute of practice time.

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Wednesday
Jan102018

5 Albums To Roadtrip To This Winter

The “holiday season” as it’s called is a time of change and contemplation, as well as travel. A lot of us end up traveling for the holidays, driving for long periods of time through snowstorms and fog to see our loved ones. Some of us just use the winter time to go skiing or see new places that thrive in snowy environments. Whether you’re riding along with your snowbird parents or just going by yourself, a fun part of preparation is what you’ll be listening to.

Road tripping, moving, simple holiday travels — the soundtrack to your journey will often stay with your memories of it. Here are some of my favorite winter-travel tunes.

1. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Soundtrack)

If you’re driving with a loved one, this is a good 41 minutes of conversation music. I know that Christmas is already over, but if you are still in the holiday spirit, this record is for you. Not only will it keep you in the mood for Christmas, but it’s not overwhelmingly loud on the vocals, so you can continue to chat while it plays in the background.

2. “Even If It Kills Me” by Motion City Soundtrack

This is a great driving in the snow record for people my age who remember the “emo” days of junior high and high school. Really an underrated talent, Motion City Soundtrack’s “Even If It Kills Me” is an album that got lost in the shadow of its precursors and peers. The mood of the album is sad and mellow, but yet pretty hopeful at the end of it and has some great, emotionally intense moments. I remember listening to this in the back of my parents car in the tenth grade while driving up to McCall, ID, and I’ll always look at it as a winter album. It’s a great one to sing along to with a friend or family member who also loves it.

3. “Reunion Tour” by the Weakerthans

A lot of people talk about the album Reconstruction Site, but I think it’s a bit too country for a drive through the cold and snow, albeit emotional and sad in the way the Weakerthans are so good at. Reunion Tour begins with a song, “Civil Twilight”, about a Canadian bus driver in the winter reminiscing, and if that doesn’t say “midnight drive in the snow” to you then I don’t know what does. As the album goes on, the emotional tones of the record along with the contemplative, reflective, and remorseful lyrics work to help you reflect on your year and think about some of the deeper questions of life (it is John K. Samson, of course).

4. “Let it Snow Baby, Let it Reindeer” by Relient K

Again, high school was cool. Relient K’s Christmas album really takes me back to — again — driving in the snow, all winter of 2008. Religious lyrics aside, this is just a fun album to listen to if you want a more upbeat, punky approach to typical Christmas songs. It’s silly, fun, and lighthearted. While most of the albums I’ve listed here are more sad or contemplative, this album does a little bit of everything while still leaving you with a smile on your face.

5. “For Emma, Forever Ago” by Bon Iver

This record has a somber, wintery feel that really fits the mood in the middle of a road trip. Driving through a snowstorm, nothing totally keeps you contemplative and peaceful feeling like the debut release by Wisconsin’s Bon Iver, AKA Justin Vernon. It depends, of course, on how the holidays make you feel. But for me this is a great album if I want to think about life and contemplate where I’ve come in the past year.


What are your favorite winter road trip albums? If you don’t celebrate Christmas but still travel for the holidays, what songs do you listen to and what holiday do you celebrate? Let me know on Twitter @Robolitious.

 

5 Albums To Roadtrip To This Winter

Monday
Jan082018

15 Best Part-Time Jobs For Musicians

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

You were probably well aware when you decided to pursue music as a career that money wasn’t exactly going to start pouring in on day one. It’s no secret that until you’re able to earn a full-time living as a musician, you’ll need to supplement your income in some way.

The key is finding jobs that provide some financial stability, but also flexibility so you can still play gigs, rehearse, write, and go out on tour.

While having a side job that’s related to music is awesome for obvious reasons, many of the best jobs for musicians are actually in completely different fields, allowing you to dedicate all of your creative energy to your craft. The 15 jobs for musicians below are far from an exhaustive list, but use this as a starting place to see what jumps out at you or sparks an idea.

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Saturday
Jan062018

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Build Your Fanbase

Thursday
Jan042018

Everyone Wants To Build Their Fanbase

I ask everyone who joins my email list at HTSR what the single, biggest, most important thing that they are worried about or trying to do when they are making or releasing music, and here’s a selection of responses (these are actual quotes):

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