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Monday
Apr222013

Local Networking for Musicians

Networking is the best way to get ahead in “the biz.” It isn’t all about sending your music to Pitchfork and blogs to hope it gets some airplay in the corners of the internet. It’s about talking to the people who matter most in your town to help each other out and to build a core fan base you can build from in the coming months.

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Saturday
Apr202013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: When Tragedy Is In The News: How to Respond as a Musician & More

Thursday
Apr182013

When Tragedy Is in the News: How to Respond as a Musician

This is a very different blog post than you’re used to getting from me. But after the events of this week, I feel compelled to share this with you …

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Wednesday
Apr172013

Are You Serious About Your Creative Work?

Seriously. Do you give your best to your art?

Maybe you do creative work for yourself, maybe you do it for others. Maybe it’s a mix of the two. In any case, whatever you’re up to, if you’re not serious about it, it probably won’t amount to a hill of beans.

Sound a bit harsh?

Yes, it is. Go ahead, test it yourself. See if you end up playing Nickelback covers at weddings, or scribbling half-baked sonnets after an awesome night of PBRs. See if you find yourself hanging out at Starbucks talking to no one in particular about the novel you haven’t started yet.

Not the prettiest sight.

But there’s hope.

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Tuesday
Apr162013

The Most Underrated Things in a Musician’s Career

A few weeks ago, I posted about The Most overrated Things in a Musician’s Career. Due to some requests, I’ve decided to write about the most underrated things that we often don’t think about or use to the fullest extent. Like my previous article, there are a number of things that depend some time or commitment. However, unlike the “overrated” list, these are all things that you can probably never have too much of.

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Monday
Apr152013

Red Bull stole my music! 3 important lessons for indie artists. 

It was towards the end of a long, cold, 2 month tour around Europe promoting my new album, just about to head to Portugal to finish off and enjoy a bit of sun. I got an email from a fan in Switzerland saying something like “Hey, check out this video, it’s pretty cool but the best part is the music ;-)” 

I clicked the link and it lead me to a video on Eurosport/Yahoo Europe. The video was by Red Bull and was of a guy called Daniel Bodin doing an amazing 220ft jump on a snowmobile, from an Olympic ski ramp. The music behind it was my song “What Am I?” from my second album “The Rooftop Recordings.”

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Saturday
Apr132013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: Going Nowhere & More

Wednesday
Apr102013

Indie Artists in the New Music World

It is a new world order for musicians. There’s also a high degree of change in the world of radio. Expectations, though, shouldn’t be changing all that much due to the complexities of rising to the top in a still very difficult system.

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Tuesday
Apr092013

Going Nowhere – The Pitfalls of the “Facebook Band"

Today I want to talk about what I call “Facebook bands”. This isn’t a term, of course, for every artist on Facebook (some are fully professional and use the site extremely well), but rather a term to describe those who misuse Facebook in predictable and typical ways, dooming themselves to stay on Facebook permanently without any outside exposure. Self-imposed social media prison.

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Monday
Apr082013

6 Shocking Reasons Your Facebook Fans Aren't Engaged [Part 2 of 2]

This article was co-written by Jon Ostrow and Ariel Hyatt

After our recent discussion surrounding the major obstacles that are stopping your effective growth on your Facebook fan page, we introduced a new two-part series focused on data relating to Facebook engagement and visibility that shines a spotlight on the harsh reality that is Facebook-centric community building.

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Saturday
Apr062013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: Deconstructing Alex Day's Success & More

Where

The Music Industry

Thinks Out Loud 

 

Tuesday
Apr022013

Deconstructing Alex Day's Success

I’ve recently become intrigued with DIY, Youtube sensation Alex Day.  Coverage of his ongoing artistic success has been popping up here and there for the last year and I finally sat down to review and digest the different possible factors that have led to his success in hopes of revealing a path I may be able to co opt for my own musical efforts.

 

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Monday
Apr012013

6 Shocking Reasons Your Facebook Fans Aren’t Engaged [Part 1 of 2]

This article was co-written by Jon Ostrow and Ariel Hyatt

Last week, we discussed some major obstacles that are stopping your effective growth on your Facebook fan page.

Facebook is making it almost impossible for the non-advertiser to create effective engagement, but there is no doubt that there is also human error involved as well. Take a look at last week’s article for a full breakdown.

The reaction from that article made us realize something…

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Saturday
Mar302013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: Solving the Symphony Crisis & More