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Friday
Aug232019

5 Tips For An Indie Band Going On Tour

You’ve got your sticks, picks, and kicks, and it’s time to get on the road to show the world your tricks. Your drummer is jazzed, your guitarist is electrified, and the passion is through the roof. But before you step out your door with your gear in hand, make sure you’ve thought about some key ingredients for tour success.

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Wednesday
Aug212019

Self-Care For Touring Musicians

Life on the road sounds like a dream come true. For all of the romantic overtones, though, the cold, hard truth is traveling on a regular basis can be downright exhausting. That’s why it’s important to head out on tour with a plan in place. 

There are many basic things you can do in order to keep yourself up and running — like sleeping well, eating healthy, and so on. However, sometimes a bit of focused self-care is required in order to truly thrive while cooped up in a vehicle and sleeping in strange places for days on end. 

If you’re on the road (or soon will be) and are looking for some ways to help keep your health strong and your spirits up, look no further. Here are some tips and tricks to keep yourself in tip-top condition while on the road.

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Wednesday
Aug212019

Music Works International Welcomes Blues Legend Taj Mahal To Roster

Boston, MA | August 21, 2019 — Music Works International, the industry leader in the development of jazz, world, blues, and roots touring artists continues to expand its international relationships through artist development and strategic partnerships.

As a three-time GRAMMY winner, with nearly 70 recordings to his credit, Taj Mahal joins the MWI international touring roster. In his 50-plus year career, Mahal has reached icon status as a singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist. His love for music began as a boy in Springfield, Massachusetts, growing up with a gospel choir singing mother and his jazz pianist father, who, in addition to traditional jazz, introduced him to the music of the Caribbean, Africa, and South Pacific. This became the foundation for his musical journey throughout. 

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Saturday
Aug172019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: How To Write A Hit In 2019

Saturday
Aug172019

How To Write A Hit in 2019 - Old Town Road (Deconstructed)

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ has been sitting comfortably on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for over 12 weeks now. 


In this video, we break down some of the songwriting, production, and marketing techniques used to make this such a popular song in 2019, and how they can be used for any style of music in order to make it more commercially viable.

 

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Thursday
Aug152019

How To Protect The Headliners At Your Summer Music Festival

Summer music festivals are a joy for entertainment lovers. If you’re in charge of this type of summertime extravaganza, you have many big responsibilities on your shoulders. You have to protect all of the people who attend your event. You have to protect the musical acts who perform at it, too. Keeping your hard-working festival headliners safe and happy should always be one of your biggest priorities.

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Monday
Aug122019

Getting Your Band Pumped For Your First Big Gig (Without All The Nerves)

Booking your first big gig is a special thing. It’s a sign that your band is actually on the road to bigger and better things—and it’s also something that can cause an awful lot of anxiety. If you want to ensure that your band stays pumped without getting too nervous, you should consider taking the actions below.

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Monday
Aug122019

4 Signs You're Ready For A Music Publicist 

* This post was originally featured on Symphonic’s Blog by Hugh McIntyre *

Many up-and-coming musicians dream of becoming the next critical darling, of seeing their new single praised by the collective blogosphere, and of one day gracing the cover of Rolling Stone. These are all very nice dreams, but they’re tough to turn into a reality. Between writing and recording music, touring, speaking with everyone from merchandise companies to fans to booking people, and perhaps even working a job on the side the make ends meet, it can be very difficult for indie artists to also find the time to speak with dozens, if not hundreds, of music journalists.

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Saturday
Aug102019

Musician's Malady: Health Tips For Musicians On The Road

Thursday
Aug082019

Preventative Health Tips For Musicians On The Road

For most musicians, heading out on the road comes with the territory. You get the chance to spread your sound far and wide and hopefully pick up some new fans along the way. But touring isn’t all fun and games; long stretches on the road can take a significant toll on your mental and physical health.

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Wednesday
Aug072019

Music Is Not All About The Artist

A modern music studio is a blend of high end electronics, computer software, and audio equipment. While Elvis could walk into a modern studio and understand it to a point, there is still a lot of engineering that is required to set one up. At the end of the day, the production of a song still requires a good ear and talent all over. That is why a degree, such as a degree from GWU’s Electrical Engineering program, could open more doors than one might think. Musicians are not all that is necessary to music, so do not believe a lack of singing or instrument talent will keep a person from the field.

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Wednesday
Aug072019

10 Best Songs For Writers And About Writing: The Ultimate Writing Experience

Resistance is the number one enemy for most writers. Every writer knows that the hardest part about writing is not in writing itself but the ability to sit down and start. Some writers plan their work extremely well but they are big failures when it comes to execution.


Sitting down to write is not easy. And even if you manage to sit down, starting your task or project is daunting. Writers who don’t fight resistant never achieve anything worthwhile.

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Tuesday
Aug062019

Why You Need To Pay Heed To Your Alcohol Intake At A Concert

It’s common knowledge that concerts and cold brew go together like peanut butter and jelly. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a drink while swaying to the music, most people rarely stop at one, or even to two for that matter. Most concert goers get so caught up in dancing to the music and having a good time, one drink quickly turns into three or more. Unfortunately, not only can this cause a massive hangover, it also puts you at risk for serious injury. Whether you’re rocking out or get down and dirty, here are four good reasons why you should limit your alcohol intake at your next concert.

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Saturday
Aug032019

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Musicians' Mental Wellbeing