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How to Nail Your Networking and Have Genuine Interactions

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Networking gets a bad rap in the music industry. Many musicians even cringe at the word. It’s not, however, just about schmoozing to get what you want. If you’ve ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” and got frustrated, then you’ll be happy to hear...

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Ways to Turn Online Conversations Into Offline Relationships

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

It’s never been easier to digitally communicate with people who work in the music industry. From artists and their managers to bloggers and their websites, one online conversation can transform into a vital relationship that carries its weight in gold both on- and offline.

But consistently...

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The Power of Collaboration

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

You’ve probably heard this many times, but most opportunities in the music industry come from personal connections that you cultivate. Unfortunately many times, the critical connections that could really propel your career into the spotlight are difficult to get, especially as an indie musician...

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How a New Band With No Fanbase Can Start Building Local Buzz

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Every band has to start somewhere. Many groups playing the world’s largest stages today started in small clubs in and around their hometowns. But sometimes, it’s difficult to even get that far. When you’re at the very beginning, with no fanbase or connections whatsoever, how do you cut...

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Ways to Become Your Hometown’s Favorite Band

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

If you want to be a successful touring artist, you first need to conquer your hometown. After all, why would someone feel secure booking your band if you can’t even fill a room at home? As many of you know, however, becoming a hometown hero often takes more than just relentless gigging. If you...

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How to Expand Your Band’s Presence Outside of Your Local Scene

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut trying to become popular in your local scene. With bands that gain a large amount of success, it’s actually fairly common that their initial popularity came from somewhere outside of their hometown. For this reason,  it’s important to start breaking...

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Simple Ways to Look Like a More Professional Musician

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Want to be a professional musician? Great. You need to look and dress the part. If you’re a rock ‘n’ roller onstage, then it’s okay to rock jeans and leather jackets when offstage. If you live it, look it. But if you’ve yet to cultivate your onstage persona or image,...

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Why You’re Putting Off Playing Music

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

We’re all guilty of a little procrastination from time to time. After all, that guitar isn’t going anywhere, right? It’ll still be lying around while you nap for an extra few minutes, watch another episode of Sesame Street, or play a few more games of Monopoly. Dodging creative work...

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Ways to Ensure the Gigs Keep Coming

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Finding and booking gigs isn’t always easy. So when you do land a gig, it’s important to leave a good impression! Often, finding gigs is about networking and who you know. One poor performance, and you might end up the talk of the town – in a bad way. These 10 tips won’t only help you...

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Source Audio Soleman MIDI Foot Controller

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Source Audio has unveiled a new programmable unit with four footwsitches that works with pedals and DAWs. The Soleman MIDI Foot Controller offers a huge array of switching options, offering hands-free control of MIDI effect pedals, rack systems and audio software. There are three main control modes:...

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ICMP Announce Hattie Longfield Bursary For Songwriting

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is proud to announce the Hattie Longfield Bursary for Songwriting. Hattie Longfield was a successful London visual artist, a talented emerging songwriter and a much loved and respected member of our Songwriting community at ICMP.

The bursary...

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Dead Giveaways That You’re a Music Industry Newb

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Music industry newbs are easy to spot. Whether they’re as obvious as a globe-sized ink stain on a rug or they try to deftly escape detection, trust me – rookie vibes will be noticed instantly by anyone who’s been in the industry for a while. That’s understandable, though. No...

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Get a Better Monitor Mix During Performances

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

As performing musicians, the importance of having a monitor mix that lets us hear what we need to during a performance cannot be understated. Despite often not being the ones directly in control of this mix, here are a number of things we can do as musicians to ensure we get the mix that we’re...

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Why You Should Record Yourself During Practice

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Surely you remember the first time you recorded your own voice. Upon listening back, you must have been shocked to sound so different. You were probably in disbelief that such a strange voice like that could belong to you. Once you got over the shock, though, you came to a realization: your voice...

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Steps to Get Approval

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Testing and feedback is the process of getting your music into presentable form, trying it out on your most likely fans, and making necessary improvements before committing your time and money manufacturing, distributing, and promoting it. Without market research, you could easily spend thousands...

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