As we have previously discussed, a copyright is first owned by its author (whether individually or on a “work made for hire” basis). Like with any other property, the author can transfer ownership of a copyright (in whole or in part as a fractional portion) to another person or party. However, copyright law has specific rules governing such transfers.
“There are only two ways to influence human behavior: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.” -Simon Sinek, “Start with Why”
You’ve heard it over and over again—one of the most powerful tools you have in this industry is yourself. Your music might be great, but that’s not what keeps people coming back for more. It’s your personality. It’s your beliefs. It’s the way you share pieces of yourself and by doing so invite your fans to feel less alone in their own actions, decisions, and understanding of the world.
With playlist culture continuing to shape music consumption in massive and surprising ways, it might be tempting for artists to not put much thought into the art they release alongside their singles, EP’s, and albums. But associating your music with the wrong kind of visual accompaniment could be hurting your chances of reaching new listeners. Here’s why you should still care about visuals in music:
Knowing how to best present yourself on stage can be a tricky endeavor. For some artists, being funny and personable plays really well on stage, but other artists are better off shutting their mouths and letting their music speak for themselves. Stage banter isn’t something that can be practiced like music, but it does have the potential to ruin your set if it’s done the wrong way. Here’s how:
So you’ve made your new album, booked your release show, and are ready to show the world what you’ve been working on. You’ve thought about hiring a publicist but for whatever reason, it just isn’t in the cards right now, so you decide to handle the PR side of things yourself. You sit down, ready to get to work, and start showing these music writers what they’ve been missing, when all of a sudden you freeze.
Every DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) will come with a large slew of effects and built-in plug-ins. Depending on how long you have been producing, you have already started downloading additional plug-ins outside of the native ones that come with your DAW of choice. Whether you just bought the full Waves plug-in bundle or you’re still experimenting with your native effects, you’re going to end up with a few choices that will certainly land in your go-to folder. Typically, producers and mixers will have their favorite reverbs, compressors, EQs, and basic effects racks. While it is arguably better to master a few plugins than to poorly use hundreds of them, there are pros and cons to using the same effects over and over.
Time and time again, the sort of music that finds its way to the top of relevance, prominence, and appreciation are ideas that manage to blend listenability with stark originality. When musicians create new, fresh musical ideas presented in accessible, engaging ways, listeners take notice. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense why so many artists and bands do everything they can to set themselves apart from their peers––and often end up generating ideas indistinguishable from everyone else in the process.
Sometimes when songwriters and people in other creative fields try doing something completely different, new, and unconventional, they end up coming up with ideas similar to thousands of other artists. Why?