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Thursday
Feb182016

Abbey Road Upgrades On-line Mastering & Mixing Services

London’s world-famous recording complex Abbey Road is launching new, improved on-line mastering and mixing services with a completely rebuilt, more elegant file-sharing interface that allows users to send and receive tracks more easily. The result is a faster, thoroughly modern service allowing musicians around the globe easier access to the studio’s world-class equipment and internationally renowned team of engineers, with feedback and communication between customers and engineers at the heart of the experience.

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Thursday
Feb112016

Hashtag Hustle: How To Leverage Social Media To Maximize Sync Potential

For artists, bands, composers, and producers, there’s no comprehensive walkthrough on how to use social media to maximize the return on sync placements (trust us, we looked!); so, we sat down and wrote one for our artist community to use and share.

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Thursday
Feb042016

Stage Right: Themes And Life Lessons Learned From The Stage 

The stage has been home to countless works of art, passion, philosophy, beauty, religion and creativity. Although the plot and characters change with each production, one thing is consistent and has been since the early days of Greek tragedies: The stage offers poignant life lessons to musicians, actors, performers and audience members. Here are three thematic stage productions that offer modern life lessons to us all.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

Keeping A Pulse On The New Music Ecosystem

As a music fan today, I’m introduced to new music every week. I have what at times feels like almost personal access to my favorite artists; ranging from scintillating personal thoughts and pictures (Instagram, Twitter) to inspired support of an album’s production (PledgeMusic).

For listening to music, the physical to digital shift has given way to an abundance of platforms from which to discover, purchase, and share music. Chances are that if we met at one of our industry’s many events, we’d end up discussing the variety of streaming services that are available. I’d ask ‘what service do you use?’ to which you may confess no particular allegiance to one, rather, that you use more than one depending on the situation.  Many people (including myself) would probably answer this way.

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Monday
Feb012016

The Songwriter’s Support System: A Resource Guide

As a songwriter, it’s tempting to fall into the trap of thinking that you’re a lone wolf; a struggling, solitary artist with nowhere to turn to for help.

Fortunately, that’s not the case. You’re not alone in this, and in fact, with a little digging it’s plain to see that there are a handful of wonderful resources and organizations available to support artists of all stripes. Whether you’re just beginning your career, or on the threshold of something great – our blog will give you an overview of key groups and programs that act as a saving grace for songwriters across the UK, US, and Canada.

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Thursday
Jan282016

5 Tips For Getting Featured On Beatport

So you have a new release and want it to be featured on Beatport. Well get ready, because there is a lot of competition. But the good news is that it can all happen with consistency and, of course, good music. We work very hard to help our clients get features each and every week. Here are some simple yet effective ways to increase your chances of being featured on the coveted site.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Where The Money Went In Recorded Music (And How To Get It Back)

The perceived value of recorded music is free, and always has been! When we pay for music in any format, what are we actually buying?

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Tuesday
Jan262016

Is The Digital Transition The Record Industry’s Way Back to Revenue Growth?

Now that year 2015 is over, it’s report & studies high time. For starters, Nielsen just put out its “U.S. Music Year-End Report” which focuses on three keys facts: sales are going down, streaming is going off the roof, Adele’s “25” has been breaking all records. [1]
But yet overall revenue fails to grow.

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Thursday
Jan212016

How The Party Started: An Interactive 'Auxploration'

ow The Party Started is an interactive ‘auxploration’, it maps the past, present and future of Electronic Dance Music and shows those navigating the site a history of more than just the current phenomenon of EDM

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Thursday
Jan142016

What's Next For Indie Artist Exposure?


Last week I covered online radio’s new royalty rate, which asks all stations to pay the same. It excludes “small webcasters” as a category that receives expensive but affordable lower rates. (I’m about to do inventory at our RadioRow and will let you know the number of dead stations which were alive pre-CRB rate change.)

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Friday
Jan082016

Creation From An Upright Position

As I wend my way through life things of great obviousment begin to emerge. Portents of doom encroach on my consciousness creating much flailings of futility. Awareness is the end of innocence. Aging is slow stupidity. As we shed our delusions through growth the question arises: wtf is the point?

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Monday
Jan042016

A Lesson From The Inaudible Sound Of The Invisible Sun

(originally published on PowersPercussion.com)

The Inaudible Sound of the Invisible Sun.
I sure learned a lot from that guy.

“That . . . guy?” you ask.

Yep- that what he’s called. By some, anyway. Rakalam (which somehow translates into “the inaudible sound of the invisible sun”) is a moniker that was given to legendary drummer, Bob Moses, by his spiritual guide. Although (or maybe, because) my lesson with him partly felt as though I were inside of a lost chapter from an old Carlos Castaneda book, Rakalam altered my musical and non-musical life.

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Monday
Dec282015

Festival Fashions: How Music Scene Style Became Mainstream

Music has always influenced fashion. Musicians are among the only people who can do, say and wear whatever they want well into adulthood. People have copied the fashions of rock stars since the dawn of rock music, but it is only recently that the normal people at concerts have also become style inspirations. Massive outdoor festivals are known to spark trends, with attendees competing to be noticed and photographed.

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Monday
Dec212015

Microphone Company Uses Innovative Funding Strategy

The Danish based REMIC Microphones turns the common way of designing microphones for Classical instruments upside-down. Instead of starting with designing the microphone and then fitting it to the instruments, REMIC has worked the other way around and each microphone is designed on the basic behavior of each instrument group. This way REMIC keeps the instrument in focus, designing tailored microphones for specific instrument groups.

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