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Friday
Nov062015

Music Production And Songwriting Residency

13th - 17th MARCH 2016

 ‘Pro7ect brings musicians & songwriters together, face-to-face, in a creative space, to write, record and produce great music’ - Lisa Fitzgibbon (Pro7ect Founder)

 Pro7ect (pronounced Project 7) is taking over the Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton, to help musicians, producers and songwriters make their own inspired collaborations.

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Thursday
Nov052015

MusicPromoToday Reveals Why Record Labels Still Matter

It’s often the artist dream to get signed by a record label. Artists work tirelessly, perfect their music, hire a digital marketing agency, all to get them noticed by the big labels.

Getting signed is your chance to get the big house, the fancy cars, and the private jets. Unfortunately, if you are indie artist with an indie label, these dreams may be too far away.

While it’s true that independent labels are popping out left and right, and some are even owned by artists, the potential of the big artist dream cannot be conquered without the majors.

What will a label record get you?

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Thursday
Nov052015

Lessons From the Grateful Dead: Creating the Magic for Live Shows 

There’s nothing like seeing your favorite performer live. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the nosebleed section, you can still say you saw your favorite entertainer live. People who’ve seen acts that are no longer together — The Beatles, the Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys — will never forget the experience. For many, it’s because the act stimulated more than seeing and hearing: it stirred feelings that remain decades later.

If you’re part of an act that’s getting off the ground, think of ways to give your budding fan base a few extras to help them become the next wave of DeadHead-like devotees.

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Friday
Oct302015

Quick Live Performance Quiz

There are a lot of things we all know (or think we know) about the ins and outs of live performance, since most of us have been dealing with it professionally for years. But do we? Take the Quick Live Performance Quiz and see! We’ll start with some stuff most of us already know:

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Wednesday
Oct282015

Reinvention Of Digital Platform ‘Paste’ Debuts With Newest Streaming Service ‘Paste Cloud’ 

Leading online arts and lifestyle brand Paste, announced its platform’s reinvention, with the launch of the Paste Cloud, an innovative service created to stream thousands of exclusive songs, stand-up routines, interviews and concert videos from up-and-coming musicians, filmmakers, video bloggers, comedians, chefs and more.

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Wednesday
Oct282015

The Essential Guide To Being Elliott Sharp, by Elliott Sharp

Improvisation and composition dance around each other in an interlocked feedback loop. I have always wanted my composed music to emulate the spontaneity and unpredictability found in an exciting improvisation and my improvisations to have the inevitability and satisfying narrative arc that a well-structured composition possesses. These polarities are not mutually exclusive. This applies across the board, whether I’m composing for a symphony orchestra or solo guitar piece.

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Wednesday
Oct212015

Lost Songs Campaign

The Lost Songs campaign aims to seek out the very best songs that have been written but never published or recorded, thus running the risk of being “lost”.  The competition organisers are appealing to any songwriter, young or old, who has penned a song that has never been brought to the attention of the public.  This could be your chance to let that song be heard by a national audience.

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Saturday
Oct032015

Say “Bye” To The “Buy”

We’ve all seen the ads, spam comments from random accounts, and posts that look oh so tempting to check out or even try. Increase your followers!, Gain more followers! Blah! Blah! Blah!…but of course it comes with a cost…literally. Now, we can’t discredit the supply/demand business savvy that is being used here. These fly by night business pages/companies are aware that people are now desperate to get their follower numbers up. With this in mind, they’ve set up a way to manipulate the social media numbers to create the illusion of a large following. It’s smart, in a way, because when one person sees that an artist has a large number of followers on their page, they tend to check it out to see what the hype is all about. However, at the end of the day, the numbers just don’t add up.

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Tuesday
Sep292015

How Much For A Live Orchestra? Less Than $100.

Until now, orchestras have been either used by composers working on high-budget films or games, while everyone else has replaced the live orchestra with the use of samples. Orchestras are expensive and difficult to hire.

The $99 Orchestra opens up the possibility of live orchestral recording to virtually everyone that can write music and has $99 to spare on a orchestral recording session. Now student composers, Indie Filmmakers, Professionals or even beginners have the exciting possibility of recording with a live orchestra.

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Wednesday
Sep232015

A Whole New Spin: 3 Reasons Why 360-Degree Music Videos Are the Future 

MTV has barely aired a music video in 10 years, but that doesn’t mean the art form hasn’t continued to evolve online. In fact, the growing popularity of streaming video coupled with a sharp drop in price for high-definition cameras and video production software has made it possible for a whole new generation of bands and solo artists to flex their creative muscle and create that much coveted buzz.

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Wednesday
Sep232015

What Patreon Means For Your Band

Patreon is one of the newest and almost most certainly most potent crowdfunding services out there today. So obviously being a dude in the music industry I figured I should see what it was all about and what applications it might have for bands. The deeper I delved the more I realized that this could be a very effective tool for up and coming musicians to use. The issue to me is that a lot of the articles I found, while excellent, didn’t seem to understand the underground ethos and went straight to the notion of ‘making your living off of Patreon”. Of course – this would be rad for your band – but that hardly seems feasible for most folks, however there are some ways to make Patreon ease your burden.

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Thursday
Sep102015

5 Steps To Get Your Followers To Listen To Your Music

If you have a Twitter account and work in the music industry, the likelihood is that you’ve been the victim of Twitter spam, where an artists/band invades your mentions with a copy and pasted message in the hopes that you’ll check out their new song/video/project. This promotional method is usually ineffective and time-consuming. This guide will show you five simple steps you can take to get your Twitter followers to listen to your music.

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Friday
Sep042015

How To Get Recognized In The Music Industry When Starting From Zero

As an up and coming artist it’s hard to break out and get recognized in the music industry, let alone reach big enough audiences to earn a good living but when push comes to shove, if you have no marketing budget, you have to find another way.

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Thursday
Sep032015

10 Things Sun Ra Can Teach Us About Band Leadership

Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914–1993) was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his “cosmic philosophy,” prolific musical output, and energetic experimental big-band performances. He widely claimed (and legitimately believed) he was born on Saturn and was over 5,000 years old.

Ra released over 200 albums, many of which were home-recorded to tapes that he copied himself or cut to vinyl in small batches and sold at shows. He pioneered a lot of experimentation with technology in jazz and free jazz starting as early as the 1950s in Chicago. A funny tidbit about Sun Ra is that as he was experimenting with early synthesizer keyboards, electronics and tape delay, he was given one of the first prototypes of the Minimoog by Robert Moog to play around with before it even went on the market.

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