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Creative ways to use your voice

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

You might not be the world’s greatest singer – or even the best in your street – but that doesn’t mean you can’t put your god-given voice to good use as a sonic element in your tracks. With these ten tips, we’ll give you plenty of ideas for things you can do with...

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Florence Welch on Quitting Drinking

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Beyoncé isn’t the only artist who channeled a recent rocky patch in her private life into an ambitious multimedia project. In April, Florence and the Machine released The Odyssey, a 47-minute film featuring songs from last year’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful  an attempt, according...

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Marketing Truths Musicians Have Ignored Long Enough

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Struggling to book your act? Wish you could be generating more good-paying gigs? It turns out that the larger world of business and marketing has much to offer musicians in terms of proven knowledge to help us avoid wasting time on things that don’t work and focus instead on the tactics that will...

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ICMP And HCM Create Progression Pathways For Students

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

ICMP is pleased to announce its latest partnership with one of the UK’s most well known music institutions, Hertfordshire College of Music. The partnership between our two institutions is based on our shared values and mission to provide inspiring music education for a long and successful career...

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How to Advance a Show Like a Pro

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

One of the most traveled routes to a disastrous show is the path of poor planning. After you’ve confirmed a booking, it’s important to nail down certain details; otherwise, you’re basically welcoming the possibility of major mishaps. Missing your soundcheck, finding out the night...

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Prince death! Powerful drugs found in singer’s home ‘were mislabelled’

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Pills seized from the home of singer Prince contained the dangerously powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl but were mislabelled, according to reports. Speaking to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, officials investigating the artist’s death said the pills were labelled as hydrocodone, a weaker type...

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Nutrition Tips to Power You Through Your Next Performance

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The way in which you look after your body in the lead up to a big performance is going to affect how you feel when you’re stood up on that stage- and will be reflected directly in how you perform. Eating the right foods before a performance is a vital part of the preparation process, and whilst...

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Bose L1 Compact PA system

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The Bose L1 Compact is the smallest system in Bose’s L1 series of PA systems. It uses line array speaker technology to enable the system fill a small venue (typically up to around 100 people), yet remain lightweight and portable. The speaker arrangement of also helps to minimize the possibility...

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Working with Paid & Unpaid Musicians

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Are you paying your musicians? If so, they just need to come in and do their job. But, if they are not paid, it’s more of a pressure to get them inspired to show up, let alone learn the material! If the band are your friends it could be even trickier. Although they will be loyal, they will come...

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Balance Big Dreams with Realistic Goals as a Musician

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Musicians, by definition, are dreamers. Where else would we get the idea that we could write a song and share it with the whole world or perform onstage and have thousands of people sing along? While most musicians understand that their dreams don’t always come true, many also struggle to understand...

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New MiC 96k for Windows and Mac

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

The MiC 96k is designed to make it easy to capture vocals, voice overs, podcasts and acoustic musical instruments on your Windows or Mac computer. The microphone features a wide dynamic range for capturing any singing style and genre. From soft ballads to hard rock, your vocal recordings will be...

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Reality Checks Young Artists Need to Hear From People Who Know

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Young artists bring a lot of raw talent to the table, but they also bring a naiveté about the music industry that can not only make their lives difficult, but can totally derail a career. While there’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer, it’s imperative to realize there’s a huge difference...

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Tips for Staying Positive in the Face of Rejection

Friday, August 19th, 2016

There is a lot of rejection in the music industry  we all know this. It’s easy to feel you’re always doing something wrong, and it’s only normal for that ongoing rejection to take a toll. The negativity can snowball into what We call the “Doom Monster” (DM). The DM can get the best...

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Beyerdynamic TG V90r, Live Ribbon Microphone

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The Beyerdynamic TG V90r is a ribbon microphone designed for live use with vocals. Unlike most ribbon microphones, it features a cardioid polar pattern to minimize feedback on stage. It is also a lot tougher than typical ribbon mics you will find in a studio; so there’s no worry about the odd knock...

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Solutions for Keyboard Singers

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

As a singing keyboard player you will almost certainly need an adjustable mic stand with a long boom arm  especially if you are sitting down. Whether you chose to place the stand to one side of your keyboard or in front of you, it can be particularly useful to pick one with a telescopic design so...

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