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Colonel Abrams US House singer dies

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

US singer Colonel Abrams, a pioneer of house and dance music in the 1980s, has died at the age of 67. The musician scored his biggest hit in 1985 with the club single Trapped, which reached number three in the UK. Last year, it emerged he was living homeless in New York. Friends then launched a...

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Make Your Band’s Instagram More Engaging

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Every band and artist knows that social media is important (or, at least we hope they do), but sometimes doing it well can be tricky. What works for Facebook may not be the same as Twitter, and sometimes you need different strategies for different platforms. Instagram’s importance is growing, especially...

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Ways to Ensure Your Band Will Kill It in the Studio

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Before you enter the studio to share your music with the world, keep in mind that a tight practice or live set may not be enough. There are things that come out on record that you might not notice beforehand but will throw the listener for a loop (and we mean that in a bad way). That said, it’s...

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Reasons You’re Not Finishing Your Songs (And How to Fix It)

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

There’s a troubling frustration all songwriters know  that feeling when you’ve started a new song, feel great and inspired about it, envision it being so powerful, then getting stuck. It’s difficult holding onto that initial spark, and it’s even more difficult feeling defeated...

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Maynard James Keenan’s Authorized Biography

Monday, November 21st, 2016

“A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things” presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led Maynard James Keenan to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes-surprising opportunities. Included throughout are passages in Keenan’s...

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How to Respond When People Ask What Your Music Sounds Like

Friday, November 18th, 2016

The question, “So, what do you sound like?” has a familiar ring to most musicians, and for many, it’s difficult to answer. It can tempting to try to get it over with as quickly as possible and just toss out your genre (for many – your grandma’s friends, for example – that answer’s...

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Questions to Ask Before Running Your Own Music PR Campaign

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

If you’ve ever tried to run your own music PR campaign, you know how grueling and downright discouraging it can be. But there are a few questions you can ask yourself to determine if you really want to invest your time into what can be a challenging, but rewarding, experience.


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Make Your Tracks Sound Bigger

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Everyone wants their studio tracks to sound “huge.” In an effort to achieve “hugeness,” many of us follow the obvious path of adding more and more things to our arrangements. If two guitars sound big, then four guitars should sound even bigger, right? While this makes sense in principle,...

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Lectrosonics’ PDR is highly compact digital recorder

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Intended for professional use, the PDR captures professional quality audio for situations with extreme distances or where using a wireless microphone is not practical. Its design is unobtrusive, making it easy to place in garments and costumes, and easy to conceal when used as a “plant” microphone...

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Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer dies

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes...

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The New Q2N Handy Video Recorder

Friday, November 11th, 2016

If you’re an aspiring musician, video plays an important role in helping you reach a wider fan base. It’s a digital world and that means an inspiring performance can take the Internet by storm. But you can’t capture your music with just any camera. You need one that records incredible audio.


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ICMP Creates New MA in Songwriting

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) has developed a new Songwriting MA in direct response to recent BASCA research findings that female composers are under-represented in the music industry. The Institute’s BA in Songwriting is made up of a rare 50:50 split of women and men, and...

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Is It Possible To Drink Too Much Water?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

So, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should have 60 ounces of oral hydration per day. If you weigh 150 pounds, it would be 75 ounces of water  or 9 cups. In this case, that’s pretty close to the 8-cups per day rule. But is this 8-cup a day rule valuable? The 8 glasses theory doesn’t take into account...

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How do you measure a great performance?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

A great performance is not measured simply by how you feel at the end of it; more to the point is the response of your audience and how they feel when they leave your gig at the end of the night. Let’s look at it from the perspective of you throwing a party. The success of the party is based upon...

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Habits That Will Make You a Better Bandleader

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Being a good musician is hard, but being a good leader of musicians can be even harder. Every band needs to have someone who’s “in charge” in some way, though what that means varies from group to group. This person needs to help ensure that projects are completed on time, make creative...

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