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Tuesday
Jan222013

Performing Music Gets Us High

There’s a reason why we play music. Performing music makes us high. Every musician who’s ever gigged has experienced the rush on stage when you played something so cool that they rest of the band would give you that acknowledging smile. Or when the whole band does something at once in such a tight fashion that it’s like thinking with the same mind. Or hearing the whistles and applause at the end of a song. That’s what keeps us doing it. Now new research confirms what we’ve always known.

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Monday
Jan212013

Stop Making Them Wait And Give Them The Music

For DIY musicians the old model of recording an album may no longer be relevant. Why make your fans wait, when you’ve spent so much time building that relationship. Release music more often to create more of a buzz, grow as a musician and keep your fans interested.

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Saturday
Jan192013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: The Justin Timberlake School of Landing Pages & More

Wednesday
Jan162013

The Justin Timberlake School of Landing Pages

Justin Timberlake recently released his first song as a lead artist in almost 7 years. That’s right; 7 years! To turn this release into an event, Justin and his team at Uprising Creative made a gorgeous landing page. I think it’s a stellar example of everything a landing page should be.

Let’s take a look at how the landing page dresses up the release of “Suit & Tie.”

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Tuesday
Jan152013

There is No Magic Formula For Success

The urge to believe there is a magic formula for success, and that it can be deduced from studying past hits, is powerful. Strategic Communications Group CEO Mark Hausman believes he has distilled The 3 Hallmarks of Exceptional Content. Columnist Marcel Williams is convinced he knows The Essential Features of a Hit Record. Using the so-called Nickels Paradox, we show the fallacy of such beliefs, how correlation with the past seldom predicts future success.

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Monday
Jan142013

The 3 Things You Need to Know About Booking CMJ Music Marathon

It’s January so that means artists are clamoring to get their applications in for CMJ Music Marathon, a large industry festival based in New York City, NY. I’ve written about booking and playing music festivals such as SXSW in the past before and many of same ideas hold true here. These are the top 3 things you need to know about booking CMJ:

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Saturday
Jan122013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: YouTube's Dirty Little Secret & More

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The Music Industry

Thinks Out Loud  

 

Friday
Jan112013

YouTube's Dirty Little Secret

Ever spotted a terrible video on YouTube with an inconceivably high view count? Of course you have. Would it make you feel better knowing that most of those “views” were completely automated and only lasted 30 seconds with the sound turned off?

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Thursday
Jan102013

8 Steps To A More Successful Music Career In 2013 (Free Ebook Download)

Hey my Music Think Tank gang, I hope you had a good new year. That said, the turkey’s done, and it’s time to pull sleeves up and get our music business grind back on!


With that in mind, I’ve written up a guide for anyone looking for some motivation and a way to move their music career forward this year. What’s more, I’ve made it available as a free (And very pretty) ebook for you to download!

So start reading this guide below, and if you feel it could be helpful to you and want to read the rest, simply click the ebook link at the bottom of this post and download the full version.

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Saturday
Jan052013

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: The 9 Step New Year's Resolution For Indie Musicians & More

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The Music Industry

Thinks Out Loud  

 

Wednesday
Jan022013

Why Most Indie Music Groups and Labels Fail (Part 1)

This is part 1 of a 2 part article I wrote strictly based on my professional experience producing and engineering and managing artists. Since 2006, I’ve been involved as a key member in several music groups, labels, and production teams that despite all their potential to achieve greatness, fail and fall apart, often at critical moments.

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Tuesday
Jan012013

The 9 Step New Year’s Resolution For Indie Musicians

We all commit to starting over once the New Year rolls around. It is entirely possible we ate too much, did not exercise enough or spent way too much money in 2012. Once the calendar year ends on the 31st of December though we have a clean slate, that fresh start and brighter future is known as 2013.

 

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Monday
Dec312012

Why Being On Oprah Was The Worst Day of My Life

Dream of your big “Break” ?  Think again….  This is the story of what happened to me when I went on the Oprah Show… Being on Oprah changed my perception of what I was doing for a living forever and marked the beginning of my long love affair with social media.  The story goes like this…

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Saturday
Dec222012

MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: Everything You Need to Forget about the Music Industry & More