Why You Should Finish Writing All Of Your Songs

Songwriting can be frustratingly unpredictable. You might write for six hours and come up with nothing memorable one day and come up with something incredible the minute you sit down the next. But believe it or not, songwriters are best off pursuing all their ideas, even the ones they think won’t go anywhere. Musicians risk cutting themselves off from opportunities to develop good ideas when they’re too rigid about their own creative processes, and one of the best ways to combat this is by following through on finishing all of your songs.

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5 Ways To Turn A Bad Show Around

Bad shows can be temporarily devastating even for musicians who’ve been performing professionally for years. Things like bad sound systems, unattentive crowds, and performance mistakes can turn something you love into a truly awful experience if you’re not careful. But while some shows are so bad they feel like black holes that you and your bandmates will get sucked into, that’s not the case. Most bad shows can be turned around. Here’s how:

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Ableton Live Tips And Tricks: Part 2

Ableton Live has become one of the most powerful Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) on the market today. Although it was designed primarily for live performance, it’s become a studio favorite. Originally built for DJs and electronic musicians, it still has enough audio capabilities to compete with other big-name DAWs. We’ve launched a new video series teaching basic Ableton Live tips and tricks so you can get started in Ableton Live today.

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How Tom Shawcroft Signed To Fierce Panda Records

Tom Shawcroft is an indie-electronica singer, songwriter, and producer from Nottingham, UK. Over the past several years, Tom’s sound evolved from predominantly acoustic when he started making music as a teenager to a now unique style of production influenced heavily by his love for electronic music.

It’s that unique style that caught the attention of fierce panda, who he signed to after submitting to one of our opportunities.

“What we really like about the whole ReverbNation talent-spotting process is that it gives us a chance to think outside the A&R box. The fierce panda label is generally renowned for peddling shambolic indie noises but Tom comes from a totally pop background, and his finger-clicking beats and soulful vocals really made him stand out from the alt.rock crowd. It’s a modern sound in a world gone mad.”

Check out this interview with Tom Shawcroft below where he shares how being diagnosed with an illness as a child ignited his spark for songwriting, how artists should make use of every tool available to them, and what’s up next for him.

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Nope: Why You Shouldn’t Say ‘Yes’ To Everything In Music

There’s something so exciting about when a band transitions from looking for opportunities to getting asked to be a part of them. From other bands hoping you’ll open for them at a show to local nonprofits asking you to donate your music for a good cause, play music long enough and you’ll start to get lots of people asking you for things. But while some opportunities can be good for your career in music, others won’t be worth your time.

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How Musicians Can Avoid Burnout & Still Be Productive

A few months ago, I was on the verge of burnout. Maybe you can relate?

Feeling overwhelmed, like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, is quite common with musicians. After all, we are expected not only to perform and record, but also to book our shows, do all the marketing to get people to attend our shows, engage on social media, write songs, keep up with our song catalog & PRO administration, and a lot more.

Often, artists don’t recognize the signs of burnout until it’s too late to just “take a break.” They end up exhausted, jaded, and many actually give up on music (sometimes until the passion and drive kick back in, but sometimes for good!)

I want to help you recognize the signs of impending burnout so you can avoid full burnout. Once you know the signs, I’ll give you some simple changes you can make to turn it around and help you live a healthier, more balanced life without having to quit music.

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Why New Bands Should Start With Smaller Tours

Releasing a debut album or EP is an incredibly exciting thing for a new band. If you love the music you’re making, you might feel like you can take on the world. But while putting out music inspires some new bands to book long, national tours, it’s not always the right move. Here are a few reasons why you should consider starting small and building from there:

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How Staying Positive Shaped Danny Starr As A Songwriter

Danny Starr is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from London, UK. His music has been featured on BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, and major blogs and radio worldwide. His exceptional songwriting and heartfelt vocal delivery have garnered him scores of high profile fans.

It’s that same exceptional songwriting that caught the attention of the promoters at Camden Rocks Festival where he was selected through one of our opportunities to headline the acoustic stage there.

Check out this interview with Danny Starr where he shares how his songwriting has evolved, how almost giving up actually helped him develop as an artist, and what’s up next for him including the release of his new single Double Red Line (listen below).

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