Artist Interview: The Leones

If you take epic piano riffs and dreamy synths, then mix them with influences like 80’s horror movies and Neil Young, you get The Leones. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, they dub their sound “ghost-gaze,” which is a great way to describe their haunting, cinematic sound.

The Leones submitted their song to one of our opportunities where they were picked from thousands of bands to be signed to End Of The Trail Records. We spoke to them about how they got started, the submission process, and what’s next for them.

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7 Ways to Make a Sample Completely Your Own

Some of the greatest sample-based production has featured clear and upfront use of other samples. On the other hand, turning a sample into your own unique piece of music is a creative way to put your personal touch on a piece of sample-based production.

If you’re having trouble using samples because you don’t want the original song to be so present, we’ve outlined seven ways to make a sample completely your own.

But before you master the art of sampling, know that even if the sample you use is unrecognizable from the original sample, you should always ensure you have all appropriate licenses and clearances from the original creator, even if you give your music out for free. And your incorporation of samples in to material which you display on the ReverbNation site is subject to our Terms and Conditions.

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6 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Pitch Any Music Journalist

If you’re preparing to send out your next pitch email to a slew of music journalists, there are a few boxes to check before you blast your carefully crafted message. Our hope, as writers, is that you’ve already thought through most of the things below, but, unfortunately, each one of these elements gets overlooked more than you might think.

Some pitch preparation is mental and some is material, but to make sure you have your bases covered, keep these six things in mind before pitching a music journalist.

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Why You Should Be Playing More House Shows

I’ve got a controversial opinion for you: playing a show at a “real” music venue isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be. When you picked up an instrument and started performing, you probably had big dreams of playing massive stages in front of sold-out crowds of adoring fans. But the reality is that it’s pretty damn hard––if not near impossible–– for most bands to sell out even smaller venues, and that not all music venues are created equally. In fact, depending on your unique situation, skipping the venues to play more house shows might be a much better bet.

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5 Incredible Tiny American Venues You’ve Got To Play

A dream for most up-and-coming American bands is to perform at world famous venues like Red Rocks, The Fillmore, and House of Blues, but there’s thousands of incredible small venues scattered across the country that are often overlooked. If you’re a new band eager to take on the world, making your mark at small venues is one of the best ways to do it, but small venues are a blast to play even if you’re in an experienced band that can sell out 1,000-capacity rooms. We’ve assembled a list of five incredible small venues that are worth playing whether you’re just starting out or have been at it for years.

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5 Ways to Blend Acoustic Drums With Electronic Drums

Electronic drums have become the new standard for most popular genres of music, from hip-hop to pop to EDM. Several of the world’s biggest artists go on tour without a drummer — something unimaginable just a few decades ago. Drums are still an integral part of popular music, but instead of an actual drummer on an acoustic kit pounding out the beats, it’s usually a producer hunched over a laptop.

However, that doesn’t mean acoustic drums don’t have a place in modern music. Obviously genres like rock and country still use drummers. But for producers that are used to working with 808s and digitally-created percussion, there are plenty of benefits of blending acoustic drums with electronic drums. Though, it’s important to make sure blending the two is done smoothly. Otherwise, the contrast can be overbearing, sloppy, and inorganic. Here are five ways to blend the two:

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How to Start a Cover Band

Cover bands can be a lucrative side gig for musicians today. Many corporate events, weddings, or private parties book them for a flat rate, i.e., no door percentage, nothing contingent on merch or drink sales, which equals more take-home pay in most cases.

Like any musical venture, though, there are many things to consider before committing to a cover band; use this list to think it through.

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5 Gorgeous Routes To Take On Your Next Tour

We all know that touring has the potential to do some game-changing things for bands. In addition to getting a band tighter and more experienced musically, the right tour has the potential to bring industry attention and exposure to fans. But what’s often not talked about is the benefits serious touring can give to the individuals behind the band. Traveling can open up a person to incredible things they couldn’t have seen or experienced sitting at home. Unless you’re incredibly lucky and financially successful, touring is an unglamorous affair, but it’s also a fantastic way to see the country. We’ve assembled five gorgeous routes to take on your next tour through the United States. Some of these routes are off the beaten path, but are well worth exploring if you’ve got time to kill.

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