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Tuesday
Aug282018

Do I Need A Manager Pt. 1

Is it time for a manager? Well, before we answer this, let’s quickly describe what a personal manager really does. Now the requirements can vary from case to case, but in general, the manager guides the artists career by becoming your business front. The manager is the one with…

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Monday
Aug272018

How To Get Your Music Featured On Spotify Playlists

This guest post by Lisa Occhino originally appeared on the Bandzoogle Blog 

Stream counts are a big indicator of success on Spotify, but there’s another factor that plays an enormous role: the number of times your tracks have been added to playlists.

According to BuzzFeed, one out of five plays across all streaming services happens within a playlist, and that number continues to grow. Half of Spotify’s global users listen to human-curated playlists (as opposed to algorithmic playlists), which generate more than a billion plays per week.

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Saturday
Aug252018

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Golden ear

Friday
Aug242018

The Curse Of The Golden Ear: In Search Of Headphones

There’s a reason the term starving artist applies to musicians more than any other creative group - mimes included. It’s a gift to be able to make music, and it takes an incredible amount of skill to get good at it. But those abilities come with a curse: As we advance in our careers the lust for better equipment grows stronger and stronger.

If you’ve ever skipped your car payment to get new gear, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

So it’s somewhat begrudgingly that I share my latest experience and list because I know many of you will whip that plastic out of your collective wallets faster than Johnny Rabb with two sticks. So here we go…

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Friday
Aug242018

Aretha Franklin Songs That Inspired Us, Touched Our Lives

Guest post by the Soundfly Team. This article originally appeared on Soundfly’s Flypaper

Singer, songwriter, pianist, inspiration, Aretha Franklin, known to many as the Queen of Soul, passed away Thursday. She was 76 years old.

In the last 24 hours, as we assume will continue for days, weeks, perhaps years, many artists and people of all walks of life have been sharing stories of how Franklin’s music and spirit touched their lives. Since we, too, have been sharing our own stories of the unique places Franklin’s music holds in all of our lives, we thought this was perhaps a more appropriate way to show our “Respect” to the Queen herself. If you’re looking to read a straightforward obituary of Franklin’s life and career, we highly recommend The Guardian’s piece.

Here’s how the Soundfly community remembers Aretha Franklin through some of her songs that left a lasting impression.

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Monday
Aug202018

4 Ways To Draw More Denizens To Your Venue

Running a music venue can be a blast. It can also sometimes be rather anxiety-inducing. Lack of guests can make owners and operators feel nervous. If you’re looking to bring in more guests to your venue, there are several approaches you can test out confidently and easily. Get ready to welcome a hopping and lively venue to the world.

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Sunday
Aug192018

More Than An Elective: Why Music Education Is Essential 

With budget cuts, a changing curriculum and myriad other factors playing into the modern school day, it may come as no surprise that courses in music, art, vocational trades and more are often on the chopping block, considered as electives that are not paramount to student success.

As musicians and music lovers ourselves, we understand this to be fundamentally wrong. Rather, music education extends outside of the classroom and can positively affect lives long after the school bell rings and it’s time for dismissal. Even if your child isn’t the next Sting or has zero interest in pursuing music as a hobby or career, there are reasons why attendance in these courses should be required, considered just as vital to a well-rounded education as math, science or reading. Let’s take a look at a few top reasons why.

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Saturday
Aug182018

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: How To Create A Band

Friday
Aug172018

How To Create A Band

The next is a set of the utmost effective 5 points a new indie rock band should do to make a good record. Bear in mind these basic principles when assembling work. In my experience as an artist I have discovered them to be invaluable! This informative article from anyassigment is designed to help your new band create something wonderful, so just relax, and involve some fun!

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Wednesday
Aug152018

Remembering Jerry Garcia’s Musical Impact 

Guest post by Elyadeen Anbar. This article with full links originally appeared Soundfly’s Flypaper

Jerry Garcia was the lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead, a rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco that forever changed how music is written, performed, distributed, and engaged with on a global scale. The Grateful Dead performed their last show on July 9, 1995, and Garcia was found passed away on August 9, 1995. He had just turned 53 years young.

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Wednesday
Aug152018

Top Ten Metal Records For People Who Don't Think They Like Metal

Heavy metal is a rich genre, but to the casual listener, it often just sounds like a bunch of noise. The blistering riffs, machine-gun drums, and screaming vocals can send many people running as far away as they can. And for a long while, that included me. But, through a fortuitous string of events, I discovered that I love metal, with all of its raw power and crushing beauty. But there are many metal records that offer all of the same heaviness with a healthy dose of conventional beauty. If you’ve been curious about metal, here are ten albums that offer all the power of heavy metal without all the chaos.

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Monday
Aug132018

What Really Happens to Our Brain When We Hear Our Favorite Song?

While you know that your top jam gives you all the feels, did you also know that it elicits a specific chemical reaction in your brain?

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Saturday
Aug112018

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Band Equipment

Friday
Aug102018

4 Tips To Moving Your Band's Equipment To A New Storage Location

Band equipment can take up a large amount of space, and you understandably may not have a suitable amount of space in your home for all of your gear. This equipment is typically expensive, and it must be stored in the ideal location to avoid damage. Now that you have decided to relocate your band’s equipment to a different location, you need to follow a few steps to ensure that the process is completed properly.

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