5 Reasons to Buy an Electronic Drum Kit Instead of an Acoustic One

I am sure there are those of you that will disagree with me on this and who will ardently claim that nothing can ever replace the acoustic drum set. Well, consider being invited to a little duel. I will mention here just some of the main reasons I think electronic drum kits are better, and…

I am sure there are those of you that will disagree with me on this and who will ardently claim that nothing can ever replace the acoustic drum set. Well, consider being invited to a little duel. I will mention here just some of the main reasons I think electronic drum kits are better, and you are free to prove me wrong.

As for the price, you can find both, electronic and acoustic drum sets ranging from $ 200 to $ 1000 and more, depending on the brand. So this is obviously not an issue; at this point, at least.

Let's see some other factors:

  1. You know how you have to tune your acoustic set every so often? You are completely spared of that work or cost with the electronic instrument. The electronic drum set has all the sounds built-in just as if they were played on the acoustic set. There really is not any need for the extra tuning. This, also allows to, no matter how hard you hit the drum, all you will be able to hear, will be a perfect sound. And here for the first time, you save some money, you would otherwise spend on tuning.
  2. The next point is this: if you want to record your music, you have to secure tons of equipment; that is, of course, if you are playing on a traditional drum set. With the electronic drum kit, there's no need for that; you simply plug it in the computer, and play. It gets even more convenient than this, because most of the electronic drum kits now support the USB connection. Is not that just neat? So, without the studio equipment to record just one tune, what do you think: how much cash have you saved by now?
  3. But okay, enough about cash for a moment. When you sit for a drum kit for the first time, which the type, and start banging, I am sure that your neighbors would not be exactly the happiest people in the world. What has this got to do with anything? The truth is, that it is much easier to play the electronic drum kit, especially if you are still learning. You see, the pads of the electronic drum set are covered with mash and rubber, and this significantly reduces the rebound effect. The acoustic set, being made of natural materials, only increases this effect and for an inexperienced hand, it is often easier to hit a nose instead of hitting the right spot on the drum.
  4. While the acoustic drum set is a bit bulky and rather heavy, the electronic drum set is lightweight and customizable, which is an obvious advantage; Because, apart from being portable, it allows you to customize the drums in a layout that suits you, even further increasing your comfort while playing.
  5. There is one other feature the electronic drum set offers, that I find the most interesting. Whatever the type of music you play, you can practice where and when you want! Yes, that's correct; you just plug-in your headphones or speakers and you can control the volume, no matter how loud a music you are playing! This option allows you to save the cash yet again, considering that you do not have to pay for the rent where you hold your practice sessions. You can now practice in your room and in the middle of the night if you want to, and no one will ever have to notice.

However, to avoid being called partial, I have to put in a few good words for the acoustic drum set as well. It is actually true that nothing can compare with the clear sound of any perfectly tuned acoustic instrument, including the drums; and while the electronic drums are infinitely more comfortable in practicing and recording purposes, they can never develop the full strength of the acoustic drums in live performances.

Why Use A Professional Recording Studio?

With the sunset of recording software, home recording studios have become more and more common, but has this taken away the need for the professional studio? Read on as to why you might want to consider using one to create your next recording. First of all most artists that will want to record their work…

With the sunset of recording software, home recording studios have become more and more common, but has this taken away the need for the professional studio? Read on as to why you might want to consider using one to create your next recording.

First of all most artists that will want to record their work are songwriters / musicians. It is unlawful that you will have spent as much time dedicated to learning the skills of recording as you have to writing and performing. It may be that you can create an adequate recording yourself but absolutely you will want to put your best work forward. Not everyone will hear through a rough recording to realize the potential within. Also, extremely a rough demo track will need to be re registered for it to be usable for any future purposes. You do not need a grand and elaborate production but you do want it to be as good as it can be and a professional recording will be able to provide this quality for you.

Finding a good studio is the next step. There are a number of way that you can do this depending on your budget and requirements. Word of mouth is a great option. Talking to bands or artists that have previously recorded will give you a good idea of ​​what you can expect from particular studios. A local search on the internet is another great place to look. Do as much research as you can at this stage so that you choose the right service and get the best results.

With the advent of high quality and affordable recording equipment it is now possible to record anywhere. The main thing that you need to consider when choosing your studio is the sound quality. Ask the studio to provide examples of work that they previously produced to make sure that they have the right sound for you project. A studio may record a great “dance” sound but if you want to record an acoustic demo it might not be the right place for you. Next think about the space that you will be working in, you will want to be comfortable and feel comfortable if you are to produce your best results.

Look for a studio with an engineer / producer that has the experience and expertise to record your song. It is important that you can work together as it is the engineer that will be doing most or all of the recording and production work. Look for qualities such as organization, patience, and focus end remember that it's not the engineer / producers job to judge the track, their job is to simply record the track to the highest standard that they possibly can for you.

Find out what costs you are likely to incur. Some studios will charge you by the hour while others will give a set fee for a song or number of songs. Think about whether there is anything that you can prepare before you arrive for your recording session. Some preparation work beforehand will: save you time in the studio b: save you money.

In conclusion it is not suggested that you should invest in a commercial studio for every song that you write but for those songs that you really want to shine it is recommended that you consider a professional engineer / producer and studio.

Don’t Give Up! It’s Never To Late Try

Sing, Sing, Sang! Are you a singer? Songwriter? Musician? Or All three? Perhaps you will be interested in reading this article. I am a singer / songwriter; I have been singing since I was about 5 or 6 years old. I am much older than that now I assure you. I have a passion and…

Sing, Sing, Sang!

Are you a singer? Songwriter? Musician? Or All three?

Perhaps you will be interested in reading this article.

I am a singer / songwriter; I have been singing since I was about 5 or 6 years old. I am much older than that now I assure you. I have a passion and drive for singing and yet I have never taken singing lessons (not because I do not think I need them); it has been a matter of economics.

What I was told as a child is that I have what is called “natural” singing talent. As I grew older I realized that I really enjoyed and still enjoy singing very much, so I have made it a pursued and acquired goal.

My motto for myself this year 2014 is: “Wake Up from the Dream in 2014”, and Get It Done. Do the thing you have always dreamed. The thing you kept trying to do, almost did, and then shelved it. Even if you shelved that thing 5, 10, 20 years ago … go get that paper you wrote that song on, or that play, or that prayer, that horn, sit at that piano, whatever that “thing” was Go Get It.

Now, dust it off, review it, pray over it and ask the Lord what He wants you to do with this “thing” now. You will be surprised at the answer you may get. If you pray and wait for the Lord's answer it just may be your time to turn that dream into a reality. I was told by a very famous Christian artist of seasoned age, that it's NEVER too late to pursue your passion … especially if its singing and God has preserved your voice during the blossoming years of life … the senior years … lol.

This article is directed to the Christian artist in particular or any racing artist / musician that's in their “prime” age and still have a passion and desire to pursue your singing and instrument playing abilities and just have not been motivated to do it yet; this is your opportunity to do it now. Trust what God has put in you. If this desire has always been a constant tugging in your spirit, your heart palpitates when you think about the possibility of this thing becoming a reality … I dare say “GO FOR IT” !!!

God has given you that gift to be a blessing to others. Singing and playing of instruments does the soul good. And a note of importance, Christian / Gospel artist should always “minister” in song or playing an instrument, as opposed to just singing and playing. It is a wonderful spiritual, fulfilling and joyful experience when you have touched the soul and spirit of a person through the sound of your voice or instrument. It's called the anointing.

A Musician’s Checklist

Congratulations, your album is finally finished and you are ready to share your masterpiece with the world! You have already read “The Secret to Using Social Media to Build a Massive Base” and you are eager to implement those ideas and promote your project. You have gathered a list of websites, DJs, booking agents, A…

Congratulations, your album is finally finished and you are ready to share your masterpiece with the world! You have already read “The Secret to Using Social Media to Build a Massive Base” and you are eager to implement those ideas and promote your project. You have gathered a list of websites, DJs, booking agents, A & R's and promoters to begin networking. Well … on that list is a sketchy promoter, an unethical booking agent and a commercial DJ waiting to take your money. There are members of the music community who prey on unsigned musicians. “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.” – Hunter S. Thompson. “Music is spiritual.” The music business is not. “- Van Morrison. These quotes summarize how many musicians feel about the business side of the music industry. As a musician, you are expected to understand how this business works and to have certain tools; not having these tasks completed and not knowing these things will lead to trouble.

It is an open invitation for some unethical people to take advantage of you. I have provided a checklist to ensure that you do not become easy prey for unethical music industry professionals. Completing these tasks will show industry professionals that you are serious about your career. It will also show unethical people you have some knowledge about how the music industry operates and has steps to protect your work.

Protect Your Brand: Service Mark, Copyright and Register

A few years ago, a family member decided to get into event promotions. I sat down with her and helped develop a simple, unique and memorable company name. During the same period of time, a DJ and two promoters were looking to reinvent themselves with a joint venture. They posted three names and wanted the public to vote on the best choice. None of the names were close to the name we developed. One of the promoters contacted her and inquired about an industry showcase she was promoting. A few weeks later she headed out-of-state for the industry showcase. During the showcase she was visible upset. I asked her “what was wrong?” She showed me a message concerning the name of a new company in the area. The commercial DJ and promoters announced a name that was almost identical. The general public would assume it was the same company. Most people think and call things by the short version. I knew the DJ and decided to send him a message.

The DJ called and he started to brag that his stage name is almost identical to a famous rapper. He explained that he was able to get away with this because the rapper had never taken the time to service mark it. He continued by listing a number of other people and companies he had done this to. I realized that his career was built on this and nothing he had done was original. I then thought about all the young artists that send him their music, without copyrighting it first. The situation evidently worked itself out but it reinforces a message my mentor always stressed: SERVICE MARK, COPYRIGHT and REGISTER!

(1) Service Mark Your Name

What is a service mark? Take a minute and read the legal definition of this term. Also check out the definition of the words: copyright and trademark.

Service Mark: Any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, used by a person to identify and distinguish the services of that person, including a unique service, from the services of others. Titles, character names used by a person, and other distinct features of radio or television programs may be registered as service marks. (California Business and Professions Code section 14202 (b)).

(2) Copyright Your Music

A copyright is a legal device that grants the creator of the literary, artistic, musical or any other creative work the sole right to publish and sell his or her work. http://www.legal-dirctionary.thefreedictionary.com

(3) Trademark and Register Your Business Name

Most states require that you register your business name. This can usually be done by visiting your town's website or visiting town hall. There is a form to fill out and a very small fee. Registering your business does not prevent someone else in another state from using it. You want to apply for a trademark. A trademark guarantees exclusive use, it legally establishes that your name is not already being used, and government protection from infringement.

You can service mark, copyright, register and trademark your brand through the services of an intellectual property attorney. You can also protect your brand by filing out the paperwork on an online legal documentation service website. Another option you have is going to the United States Patent and Trademark Office's website and the United States Copyright Office. The best option is consulting with an intellectual property attorney. Make sure you also register the names with all social media websites and register the domain name.

(4) Music Review

Sometimes your least favorite song is the public's favorite. What you might think is a hit may need a little more work. That is why, it is so important to have your music reviewed by an outside source. Do not ask your friends or family members because it puts them in a very comfortable position. You can find a number of companies that review music by doing an engine search. I recommend the following websites: Blazetrak, Soundout and Reverbnation.

(5) Professional 8×10 Photos

The entertainment business is all “smoke and mirrors” and your image is everything. As an entertainer, you have to be aware of how important it is to cast the right image. In a perfect world musicians would be judged strictly on the quality of their music. Unfortunately musicians are judged on other things and part of casting the right image is having professional quality photos. Professional photos show potential fans and entertainment industry professionals that you are serious about your craft. Your photos will be used on all your marketing and promotional materials, as well as social media websites. Professional photos will portray your band in a positive way.

(6) Bio

Every serious musician should have a biography. Now I know what you thinking, “Who does not have a bio?” I see a lot of independent musicians without a biography and very few with a memorable bio. I know local artists who have spent thousands on their career and have not invested any time into writing a great bio. I do not like the idea of ​​having someone else write an artist's bio. An artist knows himself best and should be the one who writes his bio. A professional writer or service should check it, make suggestions but not write it. All bands should have a long and a short form biography. Your bio should be consist, include background information and should be one page. There are some great templates online. My favorite is “Questions from The Business Network DIY-Bio- Artist Questionnaire”

Important Tools

Imagine someone in uniform without a badge or a gun. What goes through your mind when you see a security guard? Do you respect a security officer the same way you respect a police officer? So How do you think Commercial DJs, Program Directors, A & R's, Booking Agents and other Industry Professionals view an artist who does not have a PRESS KIT or EPK? An Electronic Press Kit is a Press Kit in electronic form. This is your resume or portfolio. Press Kits are so much easier and less time-consuming to put together today than they were for musicians of the pre internet era. Several companies allow you to create a free press kit online; they make the process very simple. You can create one at Presskit.to, Sonic bids, Linked In, Reverberation, Artist ECard and Ourstage.

Importance of Bar Coding and Registering

Envision your career not taking off so you are forced to take a job as a laborer. You spend 30 to 40 years in poverty, struggling to support yourself and your family. Unbeknownst to you, your music is very popular in another country. In fact, your music is more popular than The Beatles and Elvis Presley! There are booking agents waiting to schedule you to perform in front of thousands. Your music has been played on the radio and money is owed to you. This is the true story of “Rodriguez, The Rock Icon Who Did not Know.” It illustrates the importance of registering with Soundscan, BDS, Mediabase, and Gracenote and having your music your bar coded (ISRC and UPC). Some of the codes, on the CD of your favorite mainstream band, trace the sales and uses of their music globally. Their label and management team use it to collect royalties owed to the band. This information is used to determine awards, chart placements, airplay and bookings. Music industry professionals use this information to keep track of which independent artists are “hot.” These codes also identify your project, your company, your label and you!

(7) Bar code Your Music

There are several options available to have your album or mixtape bar coded. You need to apply for an International Standard Code (ISRC) as well as a Universal Product Code (UPC). The first choice is the most expensive and will provide information on both your company and your project. You should purchase a bar code BEFORE you have your CD or mixtape pressed. This process takes a little under a month, usually about three weeks.

(a) You can purchase a bar code by going to http://www.gs1us.org/get-started/im-new-to-gs1-us , completing the registration form and paying the fee.

You can also go to a service provider such as CD Baby, TuneCore, Disc Makers or Indie Artist's Alliance and purchase a bar code through them. This option will not provide information on your company. It will track only your project.

(b) You can obtain an alphanumeric ISRC by visiting the United States ISRC Agency's website, filing out a form and paying the $ 80 fee. You can also obtain an ISRC from an IRSC manager or music service provider. The benefit of obtaining an IRSC through a manager is that it becomes their responsibility to report and record your codes to RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). You can go to a service provider listed above.

(8) Register to Soundscan

After you have your bar codes you need to register them at Soundscan's website.

(9) Register To Mediabase and BDS (Broadcast Data Systems)

MediaBase collects data on airplay using people. BDS collects data using computers. You need to register at both their websites. Submit your CDs and MP3s free of charge through BDS's website or by mailing it to Nielsen, 8100 NW 101st Terrance, Kansas City, MO 64153, Attn: Encoding Department. Next you want to go to Mediabase's website, fill out the simple form and submit it.

(10) Upload and Register To Gracenote

Have you even placed a CD is your computer and only “Title 1” is displayed, instead of the name of the song and musician? One of the things that industry professionals and fans dislike most is having to type out the song by hand. It is one of their pet peeves. They love it when it's already done. The service is free! All you have to do is upload your album to Gracenote and fill out six a few lines. Gracenote is “a company that maintains and licenses an Internet-accessible database containing information about the contents of audio compact disks and vinyl records. It provides software and metadata to businesses that enable their customers to manage and search digital media.” – Wikepedia. It takes Gracenote two to three days to process request your data. Your fans and music industry insiders will be thankful and it only takes a few minutes to do this.

11 Musician Business Plan

Would a country go to war without a battle plan? Would a successful business person launch a new multimillion dollar business without a business plan? NO! Neither venture would be successful without a plan, yet most indie artists enter the most competitive business in the world without a clearly defined plan. Everyone preaches about the need for a plan and very few people see the true value or benefit. My dad was in the military and he trained me to always have a plan. I do not realize the importance of having a plan until a few years back. I went paintballing with a few friends. Some were actively in the United States Armed Forces. They decided to divide into two teams. One team was composed of “civilians” and the other team was made up of “soldiers.” I developed a plan and I noticed the “military” team do not. I was shocked when we, the “civil” and “first timers” won. We had two more battles and we also won those too. That day I realized, if civilians who are new to paint ball can beat trained military soldiers who paint ball on a regular basis, then having a plan is vital to success in any endeavor.

Now the music business is not war but a times it can feel like a war zone. Artists are competing with a lot of other artists to get noticed. Having a plan will help you develop a detailed strategy and help you identify the best way to spend your budget. The important sections of a musician business plan are: Company Summary, Products and Service, Marketing Analysis, Marketing Programs, Management Summary and Financial Plan. The business plan will be quite lengthy, it will be between 20-35 pages. A great template to use can be found at Saskmusic.

(12) Join a Performing Rights Organization (PRO)

As the writer of a song, you are entitled to be paid when your song is performed or played in certain public settings. These settings include nightclubs, television, radio, sports arenas, theme parks, websites, restaurants and concert halls. These establishments are given a performance rights license through a Performing Rights Organization. The Performing Rights Organization collects royalties on behalf of the writer and allocates a percentage to the musician. In most countries there is only one Performing Rights Organization. In America there are several; the two largest performing rights organizations are ASCAP and BMI, with SESAC being the third. You or someone in your company needs to be a member of one of these organizations. An individual is not allowed to become a member of both ASCAP and BMI. You can find detailed information about all three by viewing their websites.

(13) One Sheet (Press Sheet or Promo Sheet)

A one-sheet is one sheet of paper that provides information on a specific release and the songwriters behind the release. It should include the following: logo, biographical information, photograph, cover of artwork for the project, names of the best tracks, achievements and contact information. It is quick summary of your band and your band's work. A promo sheet should accompany an album or mixtape when it is shipped to radio stations, websites and magazines.

(14) Have Your Own Website

Have you ever read the “terms of service” of the most popular social media websites? Do you comprehend all their rules? Most musicians and artists are unknowingly violating the terms of service. In fact, some people's account can be deleted because it violates the website's vague set of rules. Using a moniker or nickname violates their terms of service. I personally know several DJs and artists who have had their account deleted or hacked. They lost thousands of fans and contacts they spend years gathering. If your Facebook or Twitter account is deleted, how will your fans stay informed of upcoming shows? How will they find links to your new music? Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Digg are all parts of an artist's online presence but their website is the most important piece. Their rules are in place to protect the brand of the owner and shareholders not your creative passion. A website will allow fans to find your online if one of your social media pages is ever hacked or deleted. It also allows fans to purchase merchandise and looks professional to entertainment professionals. They should be able to search for your name online and easily find your music. Having your own website helps you build your brand instead of building the brand of someone who only cares about numbers. There are a number of free website builder so the cost of a website is not an excuse today. You can also add links and banners to generate income. My website was built using a free service. If you do not want to use one the free website builders, look into inexpensive alternatives.

15 Music Conferences and Seminars

I have never been in a room with five or more creative passionate artists and not had a GREAT time. Whether it's the studio, a party or a music conference. I just do not understand how anyone can say that any of these events are boring. The most common excuse I hear from artists is that music conferences are boring. Music Industry Professionals are bombarded with music from unsigned and independent artists. So how do you get noticed? One way to stand out is by attending a music conference or seminar. It is a great way to networking with music insiders and other artists. Every musician should attend at least one conference or seminar a year. Search YouTube and you will discover that even superstars attend music conferences and seminars. Performing Rights Organizations such as ASCAP host one and so do certain parts of the country. The Northeast region has several good music conferences and seminars. Some of my favorites include New England Music Awards and Conference, New Music Seminar, New England Music Seminar, CMJ Music Marathon, All Access Music Conference and ASCAP Expo NY Session.

I would like to thank Tony Timpano of AB Timpano Law, former VP at ICON Entertainment and Red Distribution (A Sony-BMG Company, George Ingalls of Crystal Tear Radio and Ondina Canto for their thoughts and feedback in crafting with article. has been informational and will help some independent succeed.

The Secret to Using Social Media to Build a Massive Fan Base

Technology has had a huge impact on the music industry. According to a 2013 Music Think Tank survey, over 40% of people consume music via social media. A & R's start their workday by checking out the most popular social media websites. Justin Bieber, Soulja Boy, Avery and Alyssa Bernal were all discovered on the…

Technology has had a huge impact on the music industry. According to a 2013 Music Think Tank survey, over 40% of people consume music via social media. A & R's start their workday by checking out the most popular social media websites. Justin Bieber, Soulja Boy, Avery and Alyssa Bernal were all discovered on the internet. In fact, Russell Simmons, Brian Robbins (Film Director) and Steve Rifkind (Founder of Loud Records) just announced the launch of All Def Music, a joint venture solely dedicated to developing talent discovered online.

Young independent musicians are told to use the internet to “create a buzz” and to “build a following.” This advice has led to a oversaturated market, with most unsigned musicians marketing their music the exact same way! Technology has made it so easy for anyone to record and upload their music. An artist can even create a music video with their cellular phone. Many of these hopeful superstars have not devoted much time to perfecting their craft. So how do you market your music in a way that stands out? Here are my 5 TIPS on Using Social Media to Build a Massive Fan Base.

(Tip # 5) Create a Unique Name (Moniker or Pseudonym)

How important is a name? Vince McMahon built a billion dollar empire by effectively using great names. He developed a great name for his company and developed great monikers for his wrestlers. Now take a look at the music industry. Observe each genre's greatest period of growth, from jazz to rock to hip hop. You will notice that their musicians had great pseudonyms. When you first heard the names Aerosmith, Sid Vicious, 2pac or Herbie Hancock, was there ever a chance you would forget them? They were so unique yet simple that they are immediately branded in a person's mind.

Hip Hop artists in the '80's and' 90's had creative, simple and brilliant stage names; Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, NWA, Wu Tang Clan, OutKast, LL Cool J (Ladies Love Cool James), Snoop Doggy Dog, and Nasty Nas. Russell Simmons was a marketing genius and he made sure his artists had great names before he would market them. In the early 1980's, Russell Simmons agreed to manage Easy D and his friend. He thought the group needed a simple, memorable and wholly unique stage name. The group absolutely hated the name Russell proposed and thought their careers would be destroyed. Mr. Simmons convinces them to give the new name a chance. He understood marketing from his experience as a party and concert promoter. In 1983, he rebranded and marketed the group. Twenty six years later, Easy D and his partner were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under the pseudonym … RUN DMC. If this concept (creating a great moniker that is sticks in people's minds) was important before the internet age, how much more important is it today (with the market being overstated)?

Here is a personal story that illustrates the impact of a great name. Two years ago I started a page to help artists, musicians and poets the New England states. In the beginning, things were slow. Some people did not accept my friend's requests and my privileges were suspended. I thought about the basic rules of marketing and decided to change the name. I wanted a name that would grab a people's ATTENTION; create INTEREST, DESIRE and ACTION. I decided to change the name to New England's Best Artists. Hours after the name change, I was flooded with friend's requests. I have not sent a friends request since the name change and went from 200 friends to 5,000 in about two months. The buzz generated from the new name reached people all across the world. The page has even received friend's request from some of the richest music moguls in the industry.

Many independent musicians completely underestimate the value of creating a great moniker. If a person attended a concert and several independent artists performed, would your band's name be hard to forget? A memorable, unique and simple pseudonym can be the different between your band's music being discovered or lost among the millions of other bands who have also uploaded their music. Your name should be simple so your youngest fans can spell it without confusing you with another band or musician. If you market your music like every other artist, your album cover is like every other artist and your name is similar to every other artist, why would fans assemble your music sounds different?

(Tip # 4) Understand the power of pictures and colors.

Have you even been to the mixtape website, datpiff, what done your eye? What grabs your attention when you are overwhelmed with choices? ANSWER … great artwork with vibrant colors! Colors convoy certain messages. There is a reason why companies invest so much time and money in developing colorful logos to attract people's attention. Look at Run DMC's logo, thirty years later; it still grabs people's attention. Research the words: colors and marketing. You will discover why black is used to market luxury items (eg Jaguar's marketing campaign, AMEX's Black Card ).The color black usually represents authority, boldness, power, strength and elegance. Black “attract a specific target market of individuals who … earn a higher income, and have a higher level of education” -Alden Morris. The color also attracts the attention of intelligent people who enjoy Classical music, Jazz, R & B and Indie music.

Some colors attract the attention of one gender and turn off the other gender. Some colors (green and blue) attract the attention of both genders. Some colors (red and blue) work well on the “click” button online and can increase the conversion rate as much as 40%. Understand your target audience and use colors to gain their attention. An independent hip hop performer should consider using great artwork with vibrant colors and incorporate the color black as well. There are millions of other musicians trying to get people to notice them, there are advertisements on the left side of the screen and there are popups vying for an individual's attention. Using colors effectively is an advantage that will help your music stand out. If the internet is coordinated with artists, should not you do something that helps you stand out? Why invest so much time into making a great product (your music, art or poetry) if it's not going to get noticed?

(Tip # 3) Look at the NUMBERS and market to the right people.

If you were a country artist, which option would you choose? (A) Sale or pass out your cd at a country music club with 3,000 people attending (B) Sale or pass your music at a hip hop open mic with 50 people attending. The choice is clear-cut. On social media a lot of artists commonly make this mistake. Do you know the fourteen different ways people discover new music? Does your marketing plan address the different ways people discover new music? Are you aware that “people 21-34 are the core digital music audience” -Neilson Music. Running an online marketing campaign and targeting the “core audience” will yield greater results than just marketing to everyone. Narrow your audience to music lovers of your particular genre. This will be more cost-effective and allow you to spend that money in other areas.

Do you know which social networking websites are the busiest? Do you know the busiest days and time of day? Why spend 90% of your time on new site if less than 1% of social networking is done there? Some people love certain new websites and devote a lot of attention to them. If 80% of social networking is done on website X, where should you have a detailed, focused marketing campaign? ANSWER … website X. Every artist should have an account on the five busiest social networking websites. “If you use YouTube a lot along with other social networks, then, you could easily connect it to your Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader accounts to automatically share your YouTube videos and activities on them.” – Guidingtech.com. I've discovered the best days to post on social networking sites is Monday through Thursday. Wednesday is the busiest. The best time to post on free classifieds is Saturday through Monday. Monday is the busiest. You will discover which day is best based on trial and error. You can find an updated list at Alexa. You can find data on music trends at Nielsen-Music and Midem. Understand the demographics, market and interact with your fans.

(Tip # 2) Understand the value of music blogs.

How did you discover new music as a teenager? My parents had their favorite DJ who broke new hits. Corporations discovered this was a great way advertise products and the role of a commercial DJ changed. A commercial radio campaign for an independent artist today is extremely difficult and expensive. During my teenage years, I looked to Kennedy on MTV's, Alternative Nation and Fab Five Feddy on Yo MTV Raps, to discover new music. This is still a popular way to discover new music but it's not through television anymore. Teenagers today discover new music on the internet; they visit their favorite blogs and websites like FameTube because the administrators have already sorted through the clutter.

I am amazed at how many independent artists overlook music blogs. A few years ago, I posted a number of videos on my personal account. A few friends, who operate blogs, saw the artist's videos and featured the artist on their blog. When the independent artist released his album on iTunes, it quickly rose to # 1. I believe blogs had a lot to do this happening. Blogs are a tool that can significantly increase your fan base and help you gain exposure.

Music blogs provide you with the opportunity to reach a lot of potential fans. Being featured on a blog is easier than you think! Take some time and learn how HYPEM.com works. Start with newer or least popular blogs first and work your way up the more popular blogs. I know A & R's that start their day by searching their favorite blog. Independent artists that are creating a buzz (eg Mac Miller, Chris Webby and Moufy) use blogs as part of their marketing campaign. Chris Webby has over 45 million video views and over 315,000 followers and fans on social media. Boston MC, Moufy has over 34,000 fans the most popular social media networking website. His single, Boston Lights has over 462,000 views on YouTube. During an interview with Indie Ambassador, Moufy credits blogs for the increase in his fan base and exposure.

The key to gaining more fans through a blog marketing campaign is to have great music with great video content. Only send your very best work to a blog. Your music is your resume and the album artwork is your cover letter. You would not send in a resume that is not typed, written in crayon and contains a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes. Do not submit music that reflects poorly on you and shows the blog administrator you do not value his or her time. Building relationships in this business depends on always putting your best work out. Have your music reviewed on reverbnation, soundout or blaktrak FIRST! Some blogs receive over two thousand submissions a week. Do not waste a blogger's time with music that has not been reviewed by an outside (not friends or family members) source. Blogs can either help your career or hurt it. Always submit great quality music!

Most people discover music by video (17%) so have a YouTube account with good video content! If a potential fan discovers your music on a blog (6%) and likes your music, he wants to share it on Facebook (12%) and twitter (4%) with his friends and family (12%). Putting together a blog campaign and having a YouTube account, with good content, will address how 51% of people discover new music. In a recent international poll spoken by Music Think Tank, people who discover music via blogs (6%) was only one percent point behind people who discover new via commercial radio (7%). Having your music featured on a blog can lead to your music being shared by others on social media and discovered on video websites. Do not overlook this valuable tool!

(Tip # 1) Make your music easy for fans to find.

How many musicians have a different name on each of the top five social networking website? Have you thought about how that effects building your band. Imagine potential fans, an A & R and a blogger attending a concert and hearing a hot independent. They wake up the next day and Google your name. They find hundreds of thousands of artists with a similar name. They narrow it down and find a website. There are no links to any music on YouTube or Vimeo (one of the most popular ways discover new music). You have music there but another artist already registered under that name. You decided to use a different variation of your name.

Do you really think a potential fan is going to go through so much research? What happens when a potential fan types in your and a thousand other artists pop up with the same name? If your music is not easy to find than a potential fan will just move on to something else. You have just eliminated any chance of that person becoming a fan and SHARING your music with their family and friends! Have your music listed on all major sites under one name and provide links. When you visit a corporation's website you see a link to their page on other websites. Follow their lead and do the same. It's hard for artists to separate the art of making music and the business aspect of music industry. This is a business so promote and market your music like a business!

3 Ways to Be Sure of Failure in the Recording Studio

A lot of bands who want to self-destruct, hate each other and waste loads of money decide that the best way to do that is to go into the studio and try to record. This can be a really effective way for a band to destroy itself, as a properly disruptous session will not only…

A lot of bands who want to self-destruct, hate each other and waste loads of money decide that the best way to do that is to go into the studio and try to record. This can be a really effective way for a band to destroy itself, as a properly disruptous session will not only result in a terrible recording (or even better, no recording at all), it will also set the members of the band against each other, causing resentments and broken friendships that can not be a lifetime.

However, some bands do not come out of the studio with quite the catastrophe they're looking for. So here I'm going to share the hidden secrets of disaster that hundreds of bands have employed over the years. Many of these bands have gone on to failure, obscurity and in some cases physical violence against each other, so when these guys give advice, you need to listen and learn from the experts. By employing these three, simple strategies, you can be on the road to spectacular and humiliating failure in no time. So let's get started:

1. Waste Money on as Much Stupid Stuff as You Possibly Can

For the truly failure-focused, losing money is great, because it will not only make everyone miserable, but also prevent the band being able to afford anything else that might advance their careers or be enjoyable. So you should make sure that you spend as much as possible and get as little as you can from it.

A great way to do this is to hire a big-name producer who does not care about your band. Your band will not be on his CV, nor will you be able to pay him as much as his bigger acts, so he will have no incentive to work hard, promote you, or create anything that sounds good. Instead he'll overcharge you, treat you with reluct and rush the mixing to get you off his books as quickly as possible.

Also, make sure that you call up loads of expensive studios and ask them what it would cost to record the album there. That way, they will quote you the price for their luxury package, which will involve loads of things that you could easily do yourself or are not necessary at all. Do not work out what you could do yourself or you might accidently save thousands of dollars.

Whatever you do, do not take any kind of control over your spending. Make sure that you allow professionals with vested interests to take all the decisions relating to the way you record. Cave in at every opportunity and be spineless. You'll empty your bank account in no time!

2. Write the Songs in the Studio

Many bands make the mistake of writing the parts in the rehearsal room and rehearsing them at home. However, if you do this, you'll miss out on the opportunity to not bother and write your parts in the studio, while everyone is waiting and at the cost of a couple of hundred dollars an hour. That way, your band will hate you, the studio will hate you and you'll waste loads of money, making failure almost assured! In particular, make sure you wait until you get to the studio to write guitar solos and vocal harmonies. Those things will just write themselves, right? Well, maybe not, but what's a few hundred takes to get it right when you have not rehearsed it at all? It's not like the studio guys and the rest of the band have anything better to do than watch you record the same three notes over and over again for hours.

Also, do not bother repairing your instruments if they do not work, that way they'll fail in the studio and ruin your takes. Also, do not bother changing your strings until you get to the studio. Not only will you waste time, there's also the chance that a new string will break, and if you've taken the precaution of not bringing any spares you will not be able to record anything at all result!

3. Make Sure Everyone Hates You

The true masters of failure do not just ruin their first recording that they ruin subsequent ones as well by making sure that everyone in the industry who could help them hates them and refuses to work with them again.

A really simple, but really effective way to create antagonism is to turn up late. That not only shows disrespect to the people who could be bothered to get there on time, it also wastes money and reduces the chances of you getting everything done in the time available. Three big doses of failure in one! Also, a really good tip is to turn up late, then demand that the engineer, studio and producer carry on after the agreed finishing time. That way they suffer for your laziness and bad planning. Also, refuse to pay them any extra or act whiny and entitled if they ask to be paid.

In fact, whining and pouting about having to pay professionals is a really great way to get you and your band loathed, or even blacklisted. Do not negotiate on price before you start, because they will not be offended that and you might end up getting a good deal. Instead, negotiate on price as late as possible. In the studio, in the middle of recording, is a good time, but even better is once their invoice turns up – or why not try both? It's especially effective if you go back on a price you already agreed to pay. Follow up by moaning on your band's Facebook and Twitter feeds about how the industry tried to screw your band. Name names, swear and use capital letters for everything. That way, news of what jerks you are will spread the fastest. Congratulations – you'll avoid all the stress and hard work of a professional music career! Whew!

Whilst I can not cover every single tip and trick bands use to fail in the studio, I hope I've covered the essential points that will get you on your way to disaster. Oh, wait? You actually want to succeed? Really? Then why do so many bands follow the advice in this article? Beats me.

The Myth of the Tortured Genius – Music Depression and You

In this column I'm going to talk about a difficult subject, but an important one the link between depression (and other mental illness) and music, the idea of ​​the “troubled artist” and the extent to which music and creativity interact with psychological issues. It's a bit different to what I usually discuss, but it's important…

In this column I'm going to talk about a difficult subject, but an important one the link between depression (and other mental illness) and music, the idea of ​​the “troubled artist” and the extent to which music and creativity interact with psychological issues. It's a bit different to what I usually discuss, but it's important and links to the other things I usually talk about (recording, songwriting) in more ways than you'd think as will become clear.

Mental illness and music is not a subject that is often discussed, but it is one that affects a disproportionate number of musicians. Many, probably most of us, can think of a time that music listening to it, playing guitar, writing and performing songs helped us through a difficult time in our lives. I know I can. Playing music is a way of achieving catharsis, to deal with our emotions by expressing them. I'm a long way from the troubled teenager I once was, but even now, there's nothing like grabbing an ax and rocking out to lift my mood if I get low.

The danger, and I have seen this happen too many times to stay quiet about it, is that people with depression or other problems seek solace in their music and do nothing else to solve their problems, and self-destruct as a consequence. I deal with a lot of amateur musicians who want to turn professional. Many of them do. But among the ones who fail, this is often the reason why they are just too messed up in the head to succeed, and they think that their music is the way out of their problems when it is not.

These guys fall victim to what I've started to call “tortured genius syndrome.” They fall in love with some kind of romantic ideal of the troubled artist, who expresses their pain and despair with beautiful music. They base their dreams of success on that idea, and cite people like Janis Joplin, Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse as their role models.

All those artists certainly did create amazing music fueled by their pain and distress. They have another thing in common, though: they're all dead. Success did not solve any of their problems. Arguably it made them worse, to the extent that the pressures of fame drave them to kill themselves, either through suicide or substance abuse. Writing about their pain did not cure it, no matter how many fans they had or how many records they sold.

That does not stop troubled musicians from emulating them. In fact, many of them refuse to address their problems, be they medical problems or issues in their lives that are bringing them down, because they somehow think that their pain is the source of their creativity. You can not be a tortured genius if you're not tortured, right? Some of them even deliberately mess their lives up to make sure they have something to be depressed about, so that they can write songs about their self-infested misery. I've seen it happen again and again.

NONE of these people succeed, in music or in life. Expressing your pain does not make it go away. Basing your life and career plans on your pain is a one-way ticket to self destruction. I've seen it happen to close friends. Some of them have taken their talent and their beautiful music to the grave. That's not romantic, that's a waste of a life. Those people are not role models, they're failures.

Music is an amazing pick-me-up if you're feeling down. Believe me I know. But it's not a solution to your problems. If you want to build a career in music, then understand that you are going to need to get your head and your life in order first. Happiness will not kill your creativity. What it will do is give you the mental space and focus you need to overcome the hurdles you will face in getting your music out there. All the money and the record sales in the world will not make you happy if you do not get to the root of the problem. We've lost too many great musicians to that belief, let's not add any more to that list. There's no glory in self-destruction.

If you're down, then by all means use your music as a pick-me-up. But get help. Get happy. Get into a position of strength, and use your music to help others. If you have to put your music to one side for a bit while you sort things out, then it will be more than worth it and you will come out the other side as not only a better person, but a better musician as well. Please. I do not want to lose any more friends.

Using Midi Drums Like A Pro

I am an absolutely terrible drummer. I have the co-regulation of a drunken donkey on an ice rink and my attempts behind the kit sound like a box of cutlery being thrown down a flight of stairs. But my job requires that I produce drum tracks that sound just like a real drummer, but like…

I am an absolutely terrible drummer. I have the co-regulation of a drunken donkey on an ice rink and my attempts behind the kit sound like a box of cutlery being thrown down a flight of stairs. But my job requires that I produce drum tracks that sound just like a real drummer, but like a real drummer on a real kit. I use midi drums to do this, and so can you. Some people hear ” Midi drums ” and their first reaction is that they're cheating, or not proper drumming, or even not ” professional ” in some way. Those people are in for a shock, because I can guarantee you that you have heard midi drums on all sorts of commercial recordings and not realized what you were listening to.

Last year, I did some work with one of the world's top metal drummers this guy has been on over a dozen classic metal albums for several top-draw metal acts, as well as session work on over a hundred other commercial records, some metal, some not. For everything except the largest albums, he recorded all the drum tracks on a midi kit in his front room, and used Toontrack's Superior Drummer and its Metal Foundry expansion: just $ 400 worth of software. You do not even have to spend that much. Toontrack's EZDrummer costs a quarter of that amount and there are simply priced offers from Native Instruments and Steven Slate Drums, the other two big players in the midi drum market. All have everything you need for pro results. Why are even the largest names switching over to midi?

1. Value for money.

The samples that come with even the entry-level drum software were recorded on top-quality drums in pristine condition, recorded by the best sound engineers in the best acoustic spaces using the best microphones. All that can be yours for less than a hundred bucks, which would maybe buy you 20 minutes of studio time at that quality bracket not even enough time to mic up the kit, let alone record anything.

2. Sound quality.

This is a particularly big deal onstage. Chances are you have not heard a live acoustic bass drum at a top-level rock or metal gig for a decade or more. You will have heard a sample, triggered by a piezoelectric pad attached to the drum skin (A “midi trigger”). For many bands, this extends to all the drums, and even the cymbals Slipknot were among the first bands to use an all-electric kit at live gigs and many acts many of which have been around a lot longer than them have followed.

Why do they do this? Because it's more reliable and usually sounds better. A mic'd up drum onstage will be affected by bleed from other drums and instruments, muddying the sound and making the sound guy's job a nightmare, especially in larger venues where he'll need as much clarity as possible to fight the natural reverb of such a large enclosed space. It will also be uncompressed and variable in its attack, which again will create muddiness. Microphones can also be knocked around, drum skins can tear, and heat, cold or water damage can all cause a mic to fail during a gig in a way that a midi trigger will not. Mics also need stands and clips that can block the audience's view, hamper the stage show and can get broken or knocked over by flailing musicians. Anyone who has seen what Joey Jordison gets up to on stage will quickly realize why putting fragile microphones anywhere near him was not ever a realistic prospect!

3. You can correct your errors.

Going back to recording, if you spend a day in a studio recording drums, then find one mis-timed hit, what can you do? Editing drum tracks, that have multiple mic feeds and bleed from one mic into another, is an absolute nightmare and some mistakes simply can not be corrected in the edit. With midi, it's a simple matter of moving a midi note until everything sounds great. If you recorded on a midi kit, you do not have to quantity everything; if you use your ears you can fix timing errors without having things sound robotic. Maybe you played the drums well, but you do not like the sound you got, or it becomes apparent at the mixing stage that a drum sound simply does not “fit”.

I shared a few drinks with a drummer who played on a couple of albums with a fairly big NWOBHM / thrash outfit in the early 80's, and he told me a story of how he hated the snare sound in one track. They tried eq'ing it, adding reverb, taking it away, compressing it, but whatever they tried, it sounded terrible and he insured it was fixed. Trouble was, that recording the drums again would mean recording all the other instruments again to get them tight, and the rest of the band were not the slightest bit interested in starting the song from scratch. So he ended up in a studio on his own, with just a snare drum between his legs, bashing it at the appropriate moment to cover up the previous snare hits. He said it was the hardest thing he's ever done. If he had had midi drums back then, the solution would have been as simple as selecting a different snare from a drop-down menu.

4. You do not have to have a kit or be able to play the drums.

This is what has made it possible for anyone without the skills or expensive equipment to create drum tracks that reach a commercial standard. Now before any resident drummers yell at me, of course it's not quite the same. You can not program a virtuoso drum performance. But you can come pretty close. In fact, programming drums in midi is so much easier and cheaper that I know many bands where the drummer programs the drum parts rather than use a kit. But of course the real advantage is for solo artists. Much of my work is with solo guitarists creating instrumental shred albums. With programmed midi, they can have the exact drum sound they want, without having to hire anyone. Keeping things in-house saves them huge amounts of time and money, and it's easy to change things if they're not right.

Should You Produce Your Own Music?

Sometimes your life changes really quickly, and the weirdest things can have huge effects that you would never expect. For me, an old man I never knew having a stroke 8,000 miles away had probably a larger effect on my life than any exam I took or any job interview I ever went to. That…

Sometimes your life changes really quickly, and the weirdest things can have huge effects that you would never expect. For me, an old man I never knew having a stroke 8,000 miles away had probably a larger effect on my life than any exam I took or any job interview I ever went to.

That old man was the father of my band's guitarist, and he lived in their home country of Brazil . On hearing of his father's ill health, our guitarist was on the next plane to Sao Paulo , taking with him an external hard drive containing our band's half-finished album. In the email telling us he was leaving, he promised to upload the contents for us to recover and use. Of course, we never hear from him again.

Having fired one producer for extreme laziness and another for incompetence, I was out of options. If I was going to get this album done, I had to do it myself, and do it from scratch. So I did, and in 2010, we released the album, and I had my first production credit. Three years later, I'm a professional producer. I would not say I became a producer “by accident,” because I could have taken other options when our guitarist left. I could have given up. I could have found someone else. But I decided to do it myself, and what a good decision that proved to be.

In the couple of years following that release, I wrote a bunch of articles basically saying “hey, if a disorganized fat idiot like me can become a pro producer, so can you!” . Now I realize that I was not right (about the producing thing, not about the disorganized fat idiot thing, I'd pretty much nailed that one first time). A couple of recent projects of mine have involve me picking up the pieces of albums and EPs by artists who thought they could produce themselves, or, worse, had already paid a bunch of money to someone who can give them the job but let them down. From the artist's perspective, that sucks really hard, because they have to pay two lots of money and do two lots of work to get the album done. Some can not face that prospect and give up, or “postpone” the album, never to work on it again. I know artists who have been “working on their album” for 5 years or more.

It can also be embarrassing and damaging for an artist's reputation. About 3 years ago, a musician I know announced in a flurry of publicity that he was starting work on his album, that he was going to produce it himself, that he was going to learn as he went along and then became a great producer. He had no experience or production skills (despite being a great musician), but he had read a lot of motivational self-help books, which he thought would do instead. To this day, there's no product from this guy, and comments on his Facebook asking where the album is getting to get swiftly deleted without explanation.

So, whether to produce yourself or not is a really important decision. Having done it myself, having had to rescue the failed attempts of other people to do it themselves, and also seen other people succeed, I think I know the attributes you need to go it alone. If this is not you, get a producer to help you.

1. You need to be a massive nerd

Production is a challenging mix of the technical and the creative. You need to be good at both to succeed in it, and that's a minority of people. Many brilliant musicians flop at production because they can not handle the jargon, the complexity and the IT-heavy work. I'm a colossal geek. I love pressing buttons and twiddling dials, and I love to spend time in the “options” menu just to see what all the settings do. If your reaction to a reverb plugin with 30 different settings is “Awesome, I want to try them ALL!” then you may be on the right path. If you're rather chew tinfoil, maybe get someone else involved. As a guitarist, if you have a million pedals and spend hours messing about with them just to see if you can make your guitar sound like the Tardis , you might enjoy production. If you're a “just give me a Strat and a Marshall, kids today need to get off my lawn with their fancy compressors” sort of player, best leave the technology to someone else and concentrate on your playing.

2. You need the right attitude to criticism

This is not just about handling criticism, though you do need to be good at that as well. It's more about being objective about your own progress. You need to tread a narrow path between arrogant egomania on the one hand, wherever you will not tolerate any criticism and the idea of ​​anyone calling your work less than brilliant throws you into a rage, and self-flagellation, wherever you hate everything you create and give up too easily. When learning production, the hardest single skill to learn is to listen to your own work objectively. Even if you're going it alone, you're going to need to call in people with experience to critique your work, and listen to what they have to say. I had to cope with my early mixes being ripped to pieces and so will you. If getting criticism either makes you hate the person who provided it or makes you hate yourself, you're going to struggle. If you can roll with the punches and use them to actually improve what you do, you'll be OK.

3. You need project management skills

Recording an album requires literally thousands of things to be done, in the correct order. Some things need to be started long before you need them finished, otherwise the entire project can be held up for months. In addition, to record an album you need to manage people, even if you're a solo artist, but especially if you have a band and they all need to record their parts. Creative people have a tendency to be disorganized. If you struggle with remembering to bring all the right gear to rehearsals and gigs, or if you're always falling out with bandmates because you can not persuade them of the importance of turning up to things on time without offending them, then you ' re going to struggle with production. You do not need to a naturally super-organized or anal-retentive person; I'm definitely lazy and messy if left to my own devices. I was assuming fortunately to have had some project management training in a previous job that served me well in production, but that's proof that these skills can be learned rather than being innate, and you do not need professional qualifications, just a solid understanding of the concepts.

So I hope that's useful, at least more so than the “you can do it if you want it hard enough” motivational speeches or the “you do not have a hope, pay me to do it” sales pitches you usually see on this topic.

Steps On Becoming A Hip Hop Rap Recording Artist

Do you have the passion and dream to become the next hip-hop or rap sensation? Do you have great song ideas, but do not know where to begin to launch your music career? I put together some basic and simple steps and suggestions that may help you get your music career started and headed in…

Do you have the passion and dream to become the next hip-hop or rap sensation? Do you have great song ideas, but do not know where to begin to launch your music career? I put together some basic and simple steps and suggestions that may help you get your music career started and headed in the right direction.

Step 1. Write Good Lyrics

Write, write, then write some more. The most important weapon in a rapper's arsenal is lyrics. You do not want to be known as the rapper who has other people wrists their material. You want to be original and have your lyrics come from the heart. The more you write and practice your rapping with your lyrics, the more natural and professional you will sound when it comes time to record. Using your Smartphone to write your lyrics is a great idea. Use technology to the best of your abilities. Back in the day we used to use a pen and a pad, which could become messy due to making edits. With using your Smartphone to write your raps to, you can go back and change lyrics to make them flow better. You can also take the phone in with you to your recording session; just make sure to silence your phone when recording your lyrics.

Step 2. Buy Quality Beats

Get some hot and original beats. If you want to get noticed your demo will need to stand out from the rest of the thousands of demos A & R reps receive daily. There are thousands of great-undiscovered producers out there on the Internet. Do a simple Google search of “buy beats online” and see what results you find. Many producers out there offer free downloads of their beats. The only problem with free beats is that they are usually voice-tagged protected. This tag will make your demo sound unprofessional. Most A & R reps will hear the tag and then realize that you did not make the investment to purchase the beat, since it's not taking your music career seriously. When shopping for beats, make sure to have a variety of styles. The last thing you want is to have every track sound just like the last one. And last but not least, make sure that you get a contract when you buy a beat online. The contract should clearly explain, everything you as a recording artists, what you are allowed and not allowed to do with the beat.

Step 3. What Do I Need For A Home Recording Studio

Look into recording at home. The technology advances have allowed society to make quality music from the privacy of our own homes. Today's equipment and software enables recording artists and producers to make professional quality music comparable to what you get in a recording studio if not better. When you record in the privacy of your own home, you can take your time perfecting your song and lyrics and not worrying about the cost. Recording artists will also feel more comfortable and be able to deliver their lyrics more naturally. Some great DAW software out there is ProTools, Logic, Ableton and Reason. You will also need an audio interface, preferably one with phantom power for your microphone. For your microphone I recommend the perception 420, which is a very affordable yet quality microphone. There are plenty of quality microphones out there. Stay away from USB microphones. You will want a good compressor microphone. You will also want to sound proof your room. They sell sound-proofing kits on most music websites. These can be pretty expensive. I recommend getting a reflector filter, which sits behind your microphone along with a mesh filter screen. The reflector will block out all sounds behind and on the sides of your microphone, giving you a much cleaner and clearer vocal recording.

Step 4. Make Your Music Go Viral

Upload your music everywhere you can think of such as YouTube.com, Reverbnation.com, soundcloud.com, soundclick.com, hotnewhiphop.com, livemixtapes.com, and datpiff.com just to name a few. The more outlets you use, the more exposure your music will get. I would suggest investing in some promotion with your mix-tape. Get your mix-tape sponsored and start promoting it on all social media platforms. If your mixtape gets enough buzz it may end up on the front page of their website. You will have record labels knocking on your door ready to sign you. Remember to be courteous and professional if approach by a major record label.

Grow Your SoundCloud Community With These Helpful Tips

SoundCloud has quickly become one of the most recognized music platforms for promoting your music and getting recognition in the industry today. Numerous artists upload their music and music mixes on SoundCloud and have a stream of SoundCloud followers who start listening to their music and start following them on SoundCloud. One of the best…

SoundCloud has quickly become one of the most recognized music platforms for promoting your music and getting recognition in the industry today. Numerous artists upload their music and music mixes on SoundCloud and have a stream of SoundCloud followers who start listening to their music and start following them on SoundCloud. One of the best ways to get easy recognition and promotion for your music is by building a community on SoundCloud.

This will allow a group of dedicated people and your fans to have easy access to your music and allow them SoundCloud downloads for your music. This will also mean a lot of SoundCloud plays for your music and you will get your music promoted in no time.

Here are some helpful tips to help you grow your SoundCloud community

Recognize What Works

To build your community on SoundCloud you need to listen to other people's music and interact with other 'Clouders to get an understanding about the type of music which excites people on SoundCloud and what they generally prefer to listen. Recognizing what works will allow you to build a solid network in no time.

Keep them coming back for more

If people accept you on SoundCloud start by giving them little teasers or short clips of your music to keep them coming back for more. This will keep them coming back for more music uploads of your music to listen to your songs, which will mean more SoundCloud plays.

Encourage Good Debate

It is one thing building a community on SoundCloud and entirely another thing to run and grow it consistently. You can encourage good debts in your community by listen to other people's music and leave them encouraging comments or tips. They will start returning the favor soon and you will start getting more SoundCloud downloads for your music as a result.

Share Your Music on Different Groups

Another effective way to get recognized and grow your community on SoundCloud is by sharing and uploading your music on different groups so that your music gets as much exposure as possible. Left to the people, which will leave them feeling appreciate and this will increase your SoundCloud followers.

These helpful tips will facilitate you into building a formidable community on SoundCloud where you can get instant recognition for your music. If you are looking for further assistance in SoundCloud Promotion do a Google search. There are a lot of businesses out there willing to help.

Increase the Number of Your Fans With These Effective Music Promotion Techniques

Promoting music has never been easier then right now with the whole host of social media networks and platforms available to musicians around the world, where they can upload their music and get exposure from audiences all over the world. Increasing your fan base and getting yourself recognized internationally is the dream of every upcoming…

Promoting music has never been easier then right now with the whole host of social media networks and platforms available to musicians around the world, where they can upload their music and get exposure from audiences all over the world. Increasing your fan base and getting yourself recognized internationally is the dream of every upcoming musician, and that has been made much simpler with the help of technology today.

Luckily for you we have the best techniques for aspiring musicians, which will allow you to grow your fan base and get international recognition within no time. Here are some of the techniques you can use to increase the number of fans and get effective promotion, for your music or your band.

Outsource Your Music

The more people listen to your music the more chances you will have of becoming internationally recognized and getting your music or your band appreciated along as well. There are two methods you can employ to increase the chances of gaining more exposure for your music.

Release Your Music with Other Artists

When you are releasing your own music the entire focus is on you, and since you are not well known you may find it a little hard to get noticed amongst so many other stars of the industry. You can enhance your chances by releasing your music with other artists as it will mean that you are launching yourself alongside someone else and may intrigue people to check your music out. Working with a well known artist will also boost the probability of promoting your music.

Use Your Fans to Enhance Your Music Promotion

Once you start getting a steady following of supporters and fans of your music, you should start thinking about ways in which your fans can help promote your music. This may involve sharing your music on social media platforms such as Facebook and MySpace, while they can also upload your songs on YouTube to increase the fan base.

Celebrate Your Fans and Reward Them

Every great music artist has got a solid fan base which gives them unequival support whenever they launch a new album or track. How do you think they do it? By rewarding their fans and appreciating their support whenever they can. Give them unique gifts, such as concert passages, backstage entry, first look at a new song you are about to launch. This turns them from loyal fans into hardcore fanatics of your music or band and helps you promote your music all over the world.

How to Make the Most of Your Recordings

Since putting out my articles on why bands should record and other studio-related issues, I've been contacted by a few people here and others who have already recorded albums, or are midway through the process, but have no idea what to do next . Some of these musicians have released their albums months ago, and…

Since putting out my articles on why bands should record and other studio-related issues, I've been contacted by a few people here and others who have already recorded albums, or are midway through the process, but have no idea what to do next . Some of these musicians have released their albums months ago, and have complained to me that they are sitting on their Bandcamp pages not doing very much a poor return on months of effort. So let's talk about how to get an album to work for you.

1. Decide well in advance what you want it to do for you

This may seem ridiculously obvious, but a great number of bands and musicians have no idea what they want out of their music. Why are you playing music? What changes do you want your music to make in your life? Do you want your music to make you rich, make you famous, take you on tour, incite a political revolution, impress the opposite sex, be a way into the industry, or just be a fun and creatively satisfying hobby?

An album can do all those things and more, but you have to have to know what you want. It's hard to sympathize with someone who complains that their album “is not getting them anywhere” when they've no idea where they want it to get them to. Once you have seriously thought about what your music should achieve, then the decision-making process for your album (and many other things) will become much simpler.

And you need to do this as soon as possible preferably before you record a single note. The real-life aims you have for your music will affect everything, the kind of music you write, the way you record it, the way you produce it, the way you distribute it and the way you sell it (or wherever you sell it at all). Trying to shoehorn existing records to do something that they were not designed to do is way more frustrating, and usually much less successful, than creating music with a certain aim in mind, but for many musicians it ends up being the only option. Do not let that happen to you.

2. Do not think “or,” think “and”

I've written elsewhere on the state of the music business. It's never been so confusing and fragmented. Whilst there are opportunities there, perhaps more than there ever have been, especially for smaller artists, the myriad of options available make decision making difficult and intimidating, and the destruction of old assurances makes it hard to get good, up-to-date and relevant guidance.

But what I can say is that it's not a case of choosing the best route. It's a case of choosing as many as you possibly can, all at the same time. 20 years ago, a band could make enough money just by selling its album in record shops. Not any more. You can still make money doing that, just not very much. The same goes for most other methods of selling. But if you also sell from your website, from Amazon, from iTunes, in physical format, in digital, in streaming, in soundtracks, at gigs, at festivals and every opportunity that comes up, then those individual streams of income can add up to serious money. It's more effort than the old model, but the good news is that you are in control and you do not need a record label taking 95% of your money before you can get your hands on any cash.

3. Understand that the album is part of your musical package

Following on from point 2, the biggest error you can make is thinking of your album as an isolated package. In fact, going back to point 1, you will notice that I said you need to think about what you want from your music not just your album. Those aims and goals for your music apply to everything you do as a musician, not just your recordings. An album is just one wheel on the musical vehicle that will take you where you want to go that that riches, fame, fun, artistic satisfaction or anything else.

The album sits alongside your live performances, radio play, touring, merchandising, press, fan clubs, social media and a dozen other things that will drive your music forward. The important thing is to understand that all of these things will contribute to each other. A band that tours will sell more albums, and a band that sells albums will go on better tours, and so on for every combination of those things. So to exclude one of those things from the things that you do not just precede you from progress in that area, it will weaken your ability to do each and every one of those other things. So a band that does not have a full album will have less to sell at gigs, less to play on the radio, less to tour in support of, less merch (CDs are the most important merch item by far), less for journalists to write about and less for its fans to talk about and get excited about. A band that does not tour will likewise weak its hand in every other area and so on for each of those things. As with point 2, it's not a case of choosing between these things, it's a case of doing all of them at once.

Here's a useful exercise to do. From the list above, write down how each one benefits each of the others. Then you will start to realize what you lose by not doing even one of those things. For example, for just Social Media:

Having a Social Media presence benefits:

Live performances higher attendance through informing people about gigs
Radio Play organize your fans to request that stations play your music
Touring go to the right places because you know where your fans live
Merchandising announce new merchandise items to your fans, run competitions etc
Press get your fans to help you get your material reviewed and respond to negative reviews
Fan Clubs instant access to all your fans, exclusive content etc.
Album get more sales and get people excited about it prior to launch

So you can see how not having a decent Facebook / Twitter presence will kick all your other activities in the teeth. Go through the whole list and show how each thing can benefit every other thing, and the album is just one of those things. Now do you see why you need to do them all?

It's just as bad to over-concentrate on one thing, and the album is the number one thing that bands tend to over-concentrate on. Having an album on its own, as many bands have discovered, does not do very much at all. You need all those other things for the album to realize its power as a thing that can propel you towards your dreams.

Indie Music Marketing in 2014

Lets face it, no one has to buy music anymore with the help of the internet. Today musicians have to learn to adapt to use piracy to your advantage. Giving away your music for free can be a blessing instead of a curse, but I'll touch on that later on. Using fundraising websites such as…

Lets face it, no one has to buy music anymore with the help of the internet. Today musicians have to learn to adapt to use piracy to your advantage. Giving away your music for free can be a blessing instead of a curse, but I'll touch on that later on. Using fundraising websites such as indiegogo.com encourage fans to buy music from you. These sites give fans “gifts” for different levels of donations, the separate tiers allow for musicians to customize the fans experience. Usually the lowest level of donation includes a download of the album while I've seen bands offer personalized songs for premium donation. Adding a personalized touch adds value and can give fans “one-of-a-kind” pieces. Websites such a dittydeli.com give fans a chance to pay for personalized songs. It's all about giving them a reason to buy, if their $ 10 donation gives them more than they put in then you'll be on your way to have a record with minimum cost out-of-pocket.

  • Do not be afraid of giving things away for free

Most bands associate giving music away for free as a negative action. In this day and age you need to put your ego away and learn that your reach is greater when your music is given away for free when starting out. Having 8000 free downloads is better than 200 purchases, some people would even pay for that kind of exposure. Creating and maximizing that exposure is key to creating a following.

  • Create friendships not fans

Network. Network. Network. Using social media to connect with fans and other musicians break down the communication barriers and can help create a following on a different level. Meeting musicians and staying active in the music community will help you books shows, increase show attendees, and help progress to the next level. When creating a website, offer a landing page with an email sign up. This email list can be used to send out “exclusive” songs, videos, and web chats. Services such as Mail Chimp help very with this.

  • Death of the compact disc?

Bands are spending thousands on getting compact disks made to allow for a decent margin (If you're ordering a few hundred it will allow for almost no margin and higher cost so I never recommend ordering less than 1,000 units). If anything; Apple showed us that compact disc are old news by taking cd drives off of their newer computers. Investing in new ways to deliver your music with sites such a tunecore.com and bandcamp.com will help keep you relevant, maximize your exposure, and keep your cost down. Digital distribution has an extremely low-cost, this is huge and could save tons of money for you. While it may be the death of the compact disc it is not the death of tangibles completely. Unless you live in a shell or have not seen a Urban Outfitters ad in the last few years then you would know vinyl records are making a comeback. For a lot of hardcore music lovers, they never left. The largest cost are specializing your mastering for vinyl and the initial “master” record. The actual records can be printed for extremely cheap and sold for large margins. Consider collaborating with other artist and create a split EP vinyl record.

  • Strength in numbers

Musical collectors offer a great alternative to an actual label. They do not provide loans or distribution but by banding together with fellow musicians it allows you to book shows and market it as a showcase. There has been a large decrease in attendance in shows in the last few years and I've noticed that a local music collective has been countering this by getting the local community involved. This also allows for record collaboration to help cut cost and create more exposure. Showcase with other local bands and artists and establish your footprint today!

How You Will Become A Successful Pro Musician

Are you ready to begin pursuing your dream of becoming a professional musician? Do you look forward to the day when you can finally leave your trivial day job to work full time in the music industry writing songs, putting out albums and touring with your band? I totally understand, because I was once in…

Are you ready to begin pursuing your dream of becoming a professional musician? Do you look forward to the day when you can finally leave your trivial day job to work full time in the music industry writing songs, putting out albums and touring with your band? I totally understand, because I was once in the same exact place you are in right now!

The first thing you need to realize is that you CAN overtake any of the current obstacles that are standing in the way of you and your music career success. Do not allow yourself to 'become the victim' and blame others for your lack of progress.

Get your music career going on the right track by following the same approach used by Olympic competitors who succeeded on the highest platform in the world for their respective sports. If you have been keeping up with the events of the Olympics, you've seen how even matched the athletes seem to be from event to event. However, there are always winners and losers … no matter how good an athlete is, they will either get a medal or miss the podium alike. The margin for error in these events is extremely thin – one athlete may miss out on a medal when they only performed 'slightly' underneath the level of another athlete (such as losing a race by fractions of a second, or failing to lift a weight for a single rep less).

For the athletes who come away with a medal, they gain massive popularity among their fans / countrymen and end up getting tons of opportunities to sign deals for endorsements or make big money in other ways. For the athletes who do NOT get a medal (for example, someone who misses getting 3rd place by 1/100 of a second in the 100 meter dash), they remain unknown to the general population and lose out on all the opportunities of those who place above them. This can cause them to feel a lot of frustration due to the amount of hard work and effort that they put into their training only to come up with nothing.

Just like these Olympic athletes, you have invested TONS of time into your music career. After spending so much time and effort to build your music career, you do NOT want to come away empty-handed because you did not fully prepare yourself for maximum success. If you want to get all the great music industry opportunities such as recording contracts, the ability to tour internationally, lucrative endorsements, etc., you need to make 100% sure that YOU are the absolute most prepared for success because you have trained harder than everyone else to get it. Reality of the music industry: NO ONE will come looking for you until and unless you are the # 1 choice amongst all other musicians.

What is the action you must take to make yourself head and shoulders above the rest of the musicians out there who are also trying to do the same things you want to do in the music industry? You must figure exactly what 'risks' and 'values' you offer to anyone in the music business who is thinking about working with you.

All musicians (whether they know it or not) bring various levels of 'risk' and 'reward' to the other people they work with in the music industry. It is absolutely imperative that you learn your own negative risks and positive assets so you can make yourself into the best candidate whenever a music company (or band) is looking for someone to work with. Hint: this kind of stuff goes far beyond just writing or playing good music.

If you do not already understand what makes working with you 'risky' or 'valuable', do not feel so bad. Most musicians never think about these things because there are no resources you can find anywhere that address these topics specifically. There simply is not a list of risks and values ​​in the music business that you can just look up online. Why is this? The values ​​and risks that will lead you to becoming a successful musician are specific to your personality, situation and musical goals. You need to look into what your personal value and risk is in any given scenario. This is why I have not officially written down a big list of risks and values ​​here in this article.

To illustrate this point, let's return to Olympic athletes for a moment. As I was talking about in the paragraphs above, the difference between a gold medal finish and a 'no' medal finish is very small. If an athlete has missed out on even the smallest of details in his / her mental preparation or training, this person will drastically increase the chances of not coming away with a medal. In order to ensure that no stone is left unturned, the athlete hires a coach to train them and keep their mindset in top shape to keep them from committing any errors when the day of competition comes. After getting help from an experienced coach, the athlete will improve on the areas that keep him / her from performing at the highest level possible. Not only does this keep the athlete from making critical mistakes, but it also helps the person make improvements in much less time than they could without someone there to guide them.

Just like these athletes, successful musicians also use coaches to build their music careers and achieve their highest musical goals. Musicians who work hard only to fall short of their musical dreams do so because they try to build their music careers on their own. The worst part is, most of these musicians are usually on the brink of 'breaking through' but due to some unseen flaw, are never able to take the next step. Only those who work with music career coaches are the ones who spot these critical flaws and exceed them to advance to the highest levels in the industry.

Moral of the story: if you are serious about becoming a professional musician and succeeding in the music industry, do not take the same approach as most musicians by trying to do it alone. Locate a music industry mentor who has tons of experience helping musicians succeed in their careers. Do not be content with merely 'participating' in your music career, find a coach and get the gold medal!