We all have the same 24 hours in a day, so how is it that some people manage to “make time” for their music career while others seemingly can’t?
When we talk about “making time” for something, what we’re really saying is “making it a priority.” Think about it: you may insist you don’t have time to learn how to play the harmonica, but if someone offered you an incentive of a million dollars to do it – I’ll bet you’d figure out a way to make time, wouldn’t you?
What if I told you that something almost all of us love to do—travel—can actually be beneficial to your music career? The truth is that travel is one of the most effective ways to grow your career, as long as you’re willing to put in the time, energy, and focus that building something truly great requires. Here are four ways planning your next big trip can lead to major career growth.
How you are perceived by others matters in life – perhaps even more so in the music industry than anywhere else. Are you seen as a genius? A hack? A savant? Unserious? Unscrupulous? Your reputation is your calling card in many cases, so knowing what pitfalls to avoid can make a difference in how smooth – or bumpy – your music career ends up being. Listed below are four ways musicians can put themselves in a less-than-ideal situation, and advice on ways to avoid each one.
On a recent tour, I played a frantically put together house show that was a last ditch effort in saving multiple cancelled shows. Seeing as my show was one of those that was cancelled, it was a complete relief to be able to play and I met some awesome people I’d only heard of in name before. One of the bands from a different tour came to mind when I started preparing this article about diversifying your music. The reason is, their sound was completely bland. They were by far the most solid, energetic, and talented band at the show. But they had little to no originality. I had absolutely no desire after seeing them to go listen to their music, because I’d heard it before from different artists.
What is mastering and why do we do it? This is an important question to ask for any indie or DIY artist, and we’ve brought in the team at iZotope to help answer it. Mastering is that last moment when you can alter, enhance, or edit the sound of a recording, and since it’s the final step, it is the most critical from the standpoint of assessing the sound.
What is mastering?
First and foremost, we want our music to sound as good as possible. It means we need someone with the ability to tweak what we have and fully develop the sound to its maximum quality. That’s where mastering comes in. Here are some things that need to be considered in mastering:
A few tips and suggestions on how to stay focused as an artist vying for a successful music career.
I too often encounter artists and bands who are obsessed with their musical career. Any driven individual could be described as ‘obsessed’ which I think is great, as long as your focus is on the music and honing your craft. I find that many young artists are too distracted by self-managing tasks and get bogged down in areas that take away from the very thing that will make you successful; creating impactful, deep and innovative new music. Here are some tips for staying focused:
In our latest Gear Talk we caught up with Dave Raymond, front man of alt rock band Hidden Hospitals and who was recently endorsed by Jericho Guitars, to find out how he uses digital gear to bring consistency and quality control to live shows, how technology has influenced his production style, and more.
What was your first piece of equipment and how old were you?
Fender, Squier Stratocaster + Bullet amplifier. I think I was sixteen. Distortion makes any teenager feel like a god.
What do you take on the road?
We use 2 speakers, 2 mic stands, 2 small pedal boards, a trigger module and drums that are all connected to one small rack. Inside that is our MIDI I/O, interfaces, my KEMPER PROFILING AMP, a bass guitar chain and our in-ears boxes. A Macbook Pro runs our digital mixer and ABLETON LIVE. LIVE is our clock and source for all programming: MIDI control changes / program changes, samplers and all of our audio effects (vocal, bass, guitar, drums).