INDIE VS. MAJOR: WHICH LABEL CONTRACT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

LABELCommon perception of a ‘Record Label’ is the major record labels in Los Angeles or New York that have signed all of the major players of today.

These major record labels, which include Sony, Universal, Geffin and Capitol Records are major corporations with hundreds of millions of dollars behind them, allowing them to properly fund all of the world’s biggest artists. In the eyes of an emerging artist, a ‘record deal’ has always been the big picture, and it has always been envisioned as a contract with one of these major players.
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THE ADVENTURES OF CO- WRITING

The Glimmer Twins writingI was sixteen when I walked into my first pro studio. I was there to co-write with a producer who had been signed by Capital Records as an artist earlier in his career. It was a big deal! He came in sat down and after some brief chitchat he asked me what song ideas I had been working on. I showed him a couple and off he went taking my ideas into whatever direction he chose. Whenever I would speak up with an idea he would dismiss it because, after all, I was just a punk kid. That was my first real co-writing experience. It was a bit rough to say the least. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to co-write with all kinds of people and it has honestly been one of the most musically rewarding things that I have ever experienced.
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5 Musical Attributes Separating Session Musicians From Amateurs

MusiciansIt would be a gross understatement to say that the world of high-end session musicians is exclusive. James Jamerson played on nearly every Motown record, and session bass player Lee Sklar has contributed to over 2,000 albums over the span of his career. Even in the world of “entry-level” session gigs, it can be very difficult to start building a resume that will keep your phone ringing with gigs.
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Open For Nationally Touring Artists

TouringNailing big opportunities is one of the major things that kickstarts the career of an independent artist. Sometimes it’s having a video go viral. Other times it’s falling under the good graces of someone who knows someone. But sometimes it’s getting to open for a national touring act and getting your name out to larger audience of new listeners.
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5 STEPS TO AN AMAZING BAND WEBSITE

Band WebsiteBy now I’m sure you understand the importance of having a website for your music. However, a sloppy, hastily thrown together website may actually be hurting your brand more than not having one at all. I’m sure you’ve all visited a website that was unorganized, out of date, or unprofessional looking and clicked off without even giving the content a chance. You don’t want that happening to your website!
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INTRODUCTION TO MARKETING YOUR MUSIC

Marketing is the complete process of innovating products and services to satisfy fans, build awareness, and make sales. This process involves a series of important building blocks including researching, goal setting, strategizing, and executing. Here’s three great launching spots, from describing your vision to analyzing your customers.So, which steps are you forgetting when marketing your music?
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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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