Do you find yourself banking your best ideas? Dreaming of calling the shots? Then it’s probably inevitable, you were meant to be an entrepreneur. So what’s stopping you? Well, the list is long: fears, concerns, questions, doubts… there is tons of BS that could get in your way. Here’s some tips for overcoming the obstacles and preparing for the best thing you might ever do in your lifetime.
Music Think Tank Open
Anybody (no really anybody) can contribute anything relevant to this page…All mp3s should be posted on the MTT radio page. If you cannot find your post here, your article may have been moved to the MTT homepage.
If you haven’t received a notice or saw the posts, Myspace has relaunched with an all-new look. I found my email invitation in the spam folder. So what does this star-studded relaunch mean for musicians?
Myspace has tried multiple times to resurrect itself, though it was unsuccessful each time. We’ll see if Justin Timberlake and loads of money can make it work this time.
One of the questions I get most frequently is “how the hell are you so productive?” The easiest answer is ADHD and an obsessive need to get as much done in my life before I die, but since that (hopefully) only applies to a certain chunk of the population, here are some other suggestions I think could be helpful:
In the digital age it has become very easy to record music and get it out to the millions of people seeking new music every day. However, while recording has become easier, the art of physical promotion has been lost. This leaves some bands scratching their collective heads while trying to figure out how to get people to remember them. Aside from playing great music I believe there are a few design and printing tactics one can take to leave a lasting impression on a crowd.
What is clipping?
Clipping is the name used to describe the result of a digital recording or mixing system being over loaded by an input or output signal level. Clipping means the the mathematics that represent an audio signal in the digital domain have exceeded. The finite numerical values end at 0dBFS and beyond this point invalid values are recorded or reproduced which produce distortion.
Having been in a number of bands that have failed, while being friends with people’s whose bands have done well, I’ve started to pick up on a few things that bands often do wrong. Let’s be clear from the off though, there are no steadfast rules and sometimes one thing will make a band and for another break them. Success is not simple, that’s clear, but many bands blindly walk into the industry and set themselves up for failure from the off. Some get through, but they’ve usually got a rich family member nestled in the bowels of Sony to cover them with money till they float.
Every time I write a post about the music “piracy” debate, I hope it will be my last post. And every time, I am disappointed. Seriously, people, when will we move past this discussion? Since its inception, the music industry has fought innovation and technology (mind you, we are not alone in this) - from the piano roll to the radio. And every time, during the battle, the industry shrinks - because it takes a lot of energy to fight change - and every time, post the battle, the industry grows larger than before.
Music Stardom is still a great motivator of struggling musicians worldwide. The big names seem to have it all - fame, fortune and the ability to somehow stay in the spotlight.It’s natural to assume that with all this success, life must be pretty amazing.
Truly successful musicians have diversified income strategies. Their income streams are as diverse as their personalities. They might include record sales, concert tickets, clothing lines, perfumes, product endorsements, book deals and even acting careers.
EDM creators are finding less of an need for a separate mixing and mastering engineer, and much of that comes from the old school industry failing to embrace change.
One of the most common questions I hear from musicians is how we get through to so many blogs sucessfully when pitching them? Below, I’ve outlined the format both my co-author Todd Thomas and I have used to pitch countless bands to blogs. Todd has employed this format when pitching successfully to tons of huge blogs that has gained his group Sensual Harassment coverage on Pitchfork, Vice, etc.
FEED THE ARTS INTRODUCES TIME FUNDING WEBSITE FOR THE ARTS
ENTERTAINMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS BENEFIT AND BUILD THEIR BUSINESS WHILE HELPING ARTISTS
NEW YORK, NY (June 4, 2013)—
Feedthearts.com is forever changing the way art is funded by introducing its patent pending TIME FUNDING Model. Time Funding is a cross between crowd funding and virtual rewards programs allowing fans to donate time instead of money. Their time is what helps Artists get funded and allows funding of Creative Arts projects with fans earning virtual currency we call ?Helping Hands?. Helping Hands are then turned around through an advertising revenue share and giving that currency to artists projects posted on the site. This revolutionary model eliminates the risk of previous crowd funding and traditional funding models.