THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF HIT RECORDS

Hit RecordsWe have all heard those hit songs that can be considered  ‘timeless classics’.  Whether it’s a hip hop track, a rock classic or an 80’s power ballad, these songs share some essential features that ensure they will be on the airwaves for years to come. Obviously there is not one hard and fast rule for this as every song is different, but here is a list of features that many of these hit records share.
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PICKING YOUR PERFECT RECORDING STUDIO

With the rise of the independent studio, there are more choices than ever when it comes time to get your music recorded. This gives the artist a lot of power, but narrowing down the list of options can also be an overwhelming process.  To make your decision easier, here’s a checklist to use every time. Going down this list should help you to sufficiently narrow down your options and figure out what studio is going to give you the best results you can afford!
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ARTIST MERCHANDISE MADE SIMPLE. A HOW TO APPROACH.

Artist MerchandiseAll about MERCHANDISE.  With recorded music sales in free fall and touring being a very expensive gamble to try to end up in the black, it has never been more crucial for up-and-coming artists to find non-traditional revenue streams to keep their art alive. There are many ways for musicians to make money – private lessons, doing session work, or even writing jingles. However, none of these are actively helping build an artist’s career, and the time spent working on those endeavors will ultimately take time away from their own art.
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FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR PRESS MATERIALS

Press materialsMost musicians know that songs, biographies, one-sheets, photographs, videos, press releases and interviews can all be used to help get gigs, blog reviews, radio play, endorsements, and so much more. But in what formats should these materials be submitted? Let’s review 4 possible options together with feedback from a few industry pros.
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HOW TO HANDLE AN EMBARRASSING MOMENT ON STAGE

How to Handle an Embarrassing Moment OnstageLike in life, making mistakes onstage is part of the deal as a band or solo artist. We all know even the most famous or critically acclaimed performers are susceptible to public blunders, oftentimes before massive crowds. Newer bands still honing their skills, then, are even more prone to regrettable goof-ups. And that’s okay.
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4 KEYS TO MAKE IT IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Music SuccessImportant Note: This is not one of those guides with no substance that says “Work hard and you’ll achieve it”. Have a read to see what I feel you need to give yourself the best chance of success in the music industry. If you find it helpful, please share with other musicians and band members.
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