Must-See Artists Playing SXSW Next Week

From authentic Americana to future electro-soul, there’s a gaggle of uber talented ReverbNation artists headed to BBQ-land to play SXSW in Austin next week. You’ll probably recognize at least a few of them. There’s the quirky pair that make up GRUMBY, the kid Rolling Stone labeled a “prodigy” – also known as Sammy Brue, and Future Thieves, who debuted their track “Ghosts” with Conan O’Brien. That’s just to name a few. Come hear the rest…

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Ready Those Engines: How To Survive As A Performer At Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Ozzy Osbourne. Aerosmith. Zac Brown Band. Kid Rock. The Doobie Brothers. These are just a few legends who have performed at the world’s largest motorcycle festival, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, and this year 5 bad-ass ReverbNation bands will be selected to play at the nine-day festival. The Best Party Anywhere® is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD, on 600 scenic acres of open land. Sturgis isn’t like any other festival; audience members rev their engines to show their approval of an artist, there are nonstop bike races and art exhibitions, and even though you’ll run into people from all walks of life, there’s a huge sense of solidarity.

For an emerging band this can be quite a memorable experience, and that’s why we got the scoop from festival organizer, Daymon Woodruff, on some essential things every artist needs to know before heading to Sturgis Buffalo Chip: have few good covers in your arsenal, consider playing more than one night, read the Essential Guide, and most of all don’t be scared to get a little dirty and have A LOT of fun.

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It’s Your Voice, Not Your Pitch.

Bob Dylan. Billy Corgan. Kesha. Conor Oberst. Ani DiFranco. Neil Young. Picking up on a theme here? All are fantastic artists, and all have been accused of being “bad” singers. Yet they still connect with millions of fans and are able to stand out from the crowd, in part because of the unique qualities of their voices.

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5 Steps to Writing Better Lyrics

Writing good lyrics is a difficult craft to master, and with every generation of brilliant lyricists, it seems to become harder to follow in the footsteps of the greats. But every great lyricist started somewhere – and becoming a good lyricist, like any other craft, is the result of study and lots of practice. Here are five steps to writing better lyrics.

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Define Your Unique Brand: Insights From Sunset Music Festival’s Organizer

There’s no doubt that electronic music has become of the fastest growing genres out there, and over the years we’ve seen the rise of EDM in festival circuits. Now in its sixth consecutive year, Sunset Music Festival has witnessed explosive growth to firmly position itself as one of the largest electronic music festivals in the United States. The 2016 edition housed 60,000 dance fans for a raucous Memorial Day weekend celebration, and this year they’re opening up a 45-minute time slot to one lucky ReverbNation artist. We spoke to festival organizer and Vice President of Donnie Disco Presents, Evan Bailey, to get an inside look at Sunset Festival. Keep on reading to find out what sets Sunset Festival apart, their booking process, and what you can do to become part of the festival movement.  

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21 ReverbNation Artists Nominated for the 2017 GRAMMY Awards

Nominations for the 2017 GRAMMY Awards were recently announced, and once again, we have a great number of ReverbNation artists joining the ranks of Adele, Beyonce, and Lukas Graham as official GRAMMY nominees. These artists are being recognized for categories like Best Metal Performance to Best Jazz Vocal Album and everything in between. Check them out and don’t forget to tune in to the GRAMMYs on CBS, this Sunday, February 12.

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5 Tips on Surviving as a Solo Artist

Being a solo artist is challenging, and not just on a creative level – according to researchers, working as a solo artist is actually hazardous to your health. A 2013 study of almost 1,500 career musicians found that over 50 years, solo artists were twice as likely to die than artists who were members of bands! While it’s not clear exactly why solo performers have a shorter life expectancy than that of other musicians, anyone who has worked as a solo artist will tell you that they face a host of extra pressures that bands don’t have to deal with. Perhaps it’s time for solo performers to put some serious thought into preserving their mental health, and with that in mind, here are a few strategies to consider.

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