5 HOBBIES THAT HELP YOUR MUSIC CAREER

MusicEven workaholics need to take a break. Most people have fun hobbies that they do outside of their day job, and creative types are no different. However, there’s rarely enough time to push a music career while simultaneously pursuing a hobby.
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THE CHANGING FACE OF MUSIC COLLABORATION

Music CollaborationWhile the landscape of recorded music is littered with countless famous instances of collaboration between artists it seems that, despite the connectivity of the modern world, many of the creative players in the music industry today are choosing to go solo. Here we look at why that might be, and what can be done to rectify the situation.
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MAKING THE MOST OF BAD CROWD TURNOUT

Bad Crowd TurnoutIt’s probably one of your biggest fears as a musician. You’re pumped for your upcoming gig, you’re ready to hear some noise, but when you make it onto the stage, your heart drops as you see the audience is practically empty. For any number of reasons (weird weekday, bad weather), you have a crappy turnout. Your first instinct may be to jump off the stage and run out of the venue, hoping in vain that no one even notices you were there, but pause for a second, and ignore this urge.
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6 THINGS EVERY ARTIST NEEDS FROM THE JUMP

Artist NeedsEvery rapper thinks they are the great, they think they are ready to change the game, and that’s good. However, before you can get to the top, you have to build the foundation from the bottom. With the internet today the world is at your fingertips, you just have to have the right tools.
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3 QUESTIONS TO ASK NEXT TIME YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING MUSIC

Don't Think About Quitting MusicThese are hard questions to ask yourself before you consider quitting music.  If you’re reading this, know that you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in very good company with thousands of other people who have felt the exact same way. A career in music isn’t easy, but you knew that long before your embarked on this journey. And why have you gotten this far?
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THE KEY TO FINDING WORK AS A COMPOSER

Composer WorkThe methods of finding work are constantly changing, and the type of music that sells is changing even faster. No matter how long your music career lasts, the difficulty of finding work will persist throughout for all but a lucky few. If you want a career as a composer, you need to be prepared to spend considerable energy finding work, and you’ll have to do most of it guerrilla style.
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4 WAYS TO MAKE MORE MONEY ON TOUR

Tour LifeIt’s a pretty well-known fact that tour is incredibly expensive. Even if your entire band sleeps in the van every night and survives on a diet of nuts and Top Ramen (not recommended), the cost of gas alone can be completely debilitating. And that’s only if everything goes smoothly – there are always emergencies that can come up, such as van breakdowns, gear malfunctions, or medical emergencies. All of these problems will require money to solve.

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ARE YOU READY TO START BOOKING GIGS?

Booking Is EssentialYou’ve been playing in your friend’s basement or garage for weeks or even months now. Your girlfriend let you play at her backyard birthday bash last weekend and it didn’t totally suck. There’s an open mic night at the hole-in-the-wall bar near your little town’s Main street this upcoming weekend. Should you go? What if no one shows up? What if people do show up? Better yet, how can you get more gigs or maybe even get paid to play your music? Read on for six tried-and-true tips for booking your own gigs…
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5 TIPS FOR DESCRIBING YOUR SOUND

A succinct explanation of how the music was made can sometimes help describe a sound.
To the readers who complained that my recently published “5 Worst Ways to Describe Your Band if You’re Trying to Get Press” piece lacked suggestions for successfully relating your sound to music writers: here’s your answer!
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