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Tuesday
Oct272015

3 Mistakes Musicians Make To Sabotage Their Own Careers

Musicians make similar mistakes all the time. When they repeat these kinds of things, it not only hurts them in the long run, but they’re often bewildered as to why things don’t go as well for them as they should.

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Friday
Oct232015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Dance And Death

Thursday
Oct222015

Dance And Death: The EDM Scene Problem No One Wants To Talk About

EDM, or Electronic Dance Music, is the newest craze among teenagers and young adults. At huge festivals, thousands of people dance and groove to the pulsating music offered by various DJs. On the surface, these dance festivals are a positive group of people simply wanting to dress any way they prefer and jump around to their favorite songs. However, there’s an underground drug culture that’s putting many people at risk. Drug overdoses, assaults, and even fatalities have marred the EDM scene as of late. A look at the underbelly of this scene and the issues involved could help us understand how to address them.

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Thursday
Oct222015

ACM Supports Positive For Youth Awards 2015

The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) is proud to support the Positive for Youth Awards. Created by the Legacy Project in 2012, the Awards have sought to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of young people making a difference in communities across the United Kingdom. 

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Wednesday
Oct212015

Singer Songwriter's Guide To Home Recording Equipment

When designing a studio and purchasing the equipment for it you need to decide what you’re studio is going to be used for, what kind of music you are going to be making? This guide to studio equipment is the essentials for a singer songwriter looking to do release worthy recordings at home. 

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Tuesday
Oct202015

5 Necessary Steps In Learning To Play Piano

When it comes to learning a musical instrument, the piano is one of the very best. It’s incredibly diverse and enables you to play a wide variety of music. Learning the piano may seem daunting at first since there are so many keys on a full size piano, however if you go about learning it in the right way, you can make progress much faster than you think. 

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Monday
Oct192015

Yes, There ARE Rules for Songwriting

Professional songwriters are not “artists.” They are craftsmen. They know the rules and play by them. I understand this might sound a little icky to a lot of people, but remember this one thing: every song that has made a lasting impact on the career of its performing artist has been carefully crafted to have this exact effect.

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Friday
Oct162015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: The 5 Questions Every Serious Musician Needs To Ask Themselves

Friday
Oct162015

The 5 Most Important Questions Every Serious Musician Needs To Ask Themselves

At some point, every musician hits a wall. The worst part is, sometimes you don’t even realize it. You’re trudging along, so stuck in the day to day and what you need to do to keep your head above water that any room for growth is instantly stunted. And before you know it, you’re beating your head against the wall trying to figure out why there hasn’t been any real progress in six months.

When a venture is new and everything is still fresh and exciting, it’s easy to get swept up in the potential of it all. But when dreaming turns to reality, and the stress of day-to-day life hits us, we forget how essential it is to step back and really focus on the future – not just the now. So before you go throwing in the towel, try asking yourself these five questions.

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Wednesday
Oct142015

6 Dead Giveaways That You're Uncomfortable Onstage

This post originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog

Performing live music is a nerve-racking experience. No amount of singing in the mirror or head-banging in the garage can quite prepare you for the moment when the lights come up and you’re there. The center of attention. The subject of scrutiny. “Here we are now, entertain us.”

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Monday
Oct122015

How To Be Yourself In The Music Industry

People are so weird. Last week, I was at this amazing barbecue restaurant and the table next me to opens up their bags, pulls out some ribs, and asks the waiter: “Uh excuse me, can we get some plates? We brought our own food.” WHY WOULD YOU BRING YOUR OWN FOOD TO A RESTAURANT After I wondered how this …

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Monday
Oct122015

How Songwriters Can Emotionally Connect With Their Audience

Dave Grohl, arguably one of the best songwriters of his generation, highlights the importance of being able to connect your songs to your audience. The best songs, and the longest lasting songs are the ones that are able to connect to listeners across generations, and across popular fads. But how can modern songwriters accomplish this? In today’s world, everything is constantly changing, and what people want from their music is constantly changing with it. By following these simple but yet helpful tips, you will find your songs become deeper, and more accessible to your audience.

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Friday
Oct092015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Beware Of The Controlled Composition Clause

Friday
Oct092015

5 Things Serious Musicians Should Do Every Day

When you desire to improve upon a skill, regardless of what the skill is, consistency is key. Practicing your instrument for 90 minutes every day will produce much better results than trying to fit six hours of practice into two days per week. This holds true for every aspect of the music industry. Consistent, daily work will be much more efficient and keep you much more sane than trying to fit a week’s worth of work into your single day off.

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