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Thursday
Nov192015

Choosing The Right Recording Studio For Your Music - What To Look For

Recording your music is not something to take lightly. After all, you’ve worked hard to get to this point, and it’s crucial that the finished product accurately reflects your artistic vision. In order to produce a recording that you’re proud of, there are many factors to consider, and perhaps the most important is the studio itself. Creating music magic requires the right equipment, people, and environment, and knowing what to look for is key. Here are five considerations you should have in mind as you look for the perfect studio.

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Thursday
Nov192015

Pay To Pitch? Money In The Ditch? Good Idea Or Bad For Licensing Music?

HI I am Michelle Lockey, award winning songwriter and composer for Film & TV.  You can see a breif bio below.  I write a blog on Writing & Licensing songs for Film & TV.  In this weeks episode I am talking about the Pay to Pitch model. Is it a good idea or bad? This is my experience and opinion only.  Here you go!

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Monday
Nov162015

FanFair Technologies Launches Investment Campaign for Music Enterprise Platform

FanFair Technologies Ltd., makers of a leading enterprise-class CRM platform for music industry enterprises, FanFair Pro, today announced the launch of an investment campaign on the Los Angeles based, online equity investment site, FlashFunders.

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Monday
Nov092015

A Career In Music, Or Just Fame?

Like many of you I occasionally like to watch reality talent shows to potentially discover the next “big thing” that once upon a time we may never have come across. Naturally the world of an unsigned / emerging artist was once a lonely one with a mountain to climb and a lot of hard work and sheer persistence to get yourself heard or in fact in front of the right people. It is a shame though that for the majority of singers / bands that something is definitely missing.

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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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