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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10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes: Video #4

We’re back with the fourth installment in the five-part mixing masterclass entitled Mix Resolutions: 10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes from the team at iZotope. Step your mixing game up with insider advice from a GRAMMY winning mixing engineer and professor at Berklee College of Music. 

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Why Keyboard Players Should Still Practice Hanon Exercises

Hanon exercises are the source of much debate in the keyboard community. Some teachers love them and others think they’re useless. Students seem to universally dislike them, at least when they are starting out. It’s not hard to see why; they’re repetitive, they don’t sound cool, and it can be hard to see the practical application. But I believe (and have experienced!) that if you use and adapt Hanon exercises to suit your goals, you will find them incredibly useful.

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Get Music Feedback From Twitter Like Brian Hazard Does

Though I’d reaaaallllly like to say we’re the only way to obtain unbiased music feedback from consumers, that’s not necessarily the truth. Brian Hazard, he of the ten-album Color Theory and head mastering engineer at Resonance Mastering, put this belief into play recently when he took to Twitter to solicit some lyrical recommendations from his followers.

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10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes: A Five-Part Video Series

Can 2017 be the year your mixing game steps it up a few notches? Maybe some insider advice from a GRAMMY winning mixing engineer will provide the boost you need. Our friends at iZotope created a five-part mixing masterclass entitled Mix Resolutions: 10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes. It features Enrique Gonzalez Müller (GRAMMY winning mixing engineer, professor at Berklee College of Music) and Jonathan Wyner (GRAMMY nominated mastering engineer, professor at Berklee College of Music). And we have the exclusive videos for you right here, for the next five weeks.

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How to Make More Time for Your Music Career: A 7-Step Guide

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?

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Music Career Advice: “Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You”

This post was originally written and shared by Bas Grasmayer on the MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE newsletter. 

The 7 words that make up the title, a quote from Steve Martin, deserve to be an article of their own, on their own. It has come to be one of my favourite quotes for ‘making it’ in the music business.

I attend a lot of music business events and sometimes give lectures at schools, and I end up meeting a lot of artists who are asking the wrong questions. Questions like:

  • “How can I get this signed to a label?”
  • “How do I find a good booking agent?”
  • “How do I get people to buy my music?”

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