Good Things Come to Those Who Hustle: The 5 AM Tell Their DIY Story

From being featured in the Discover app to landing radio airplay in the U.S. to being asked to join the soundtrack of a feature Hollywood film to getting on the eligibility list for an Oscar nom for “Best Original Song,” this is the story of a little-known band who hustled their way to DIY success. “You got me hooked, you got me dancing…you got me!” <— That right there is the quintessential reaction a fan has after experiencing a live show care of the boys from Belgium, The 5 AM. A couple months ago we received a crazy email from these dudes completely out of the blue, raining down props on ReverbNation’s tools and services. Seriously, we couldn’t have scripted this story any better, but it all came from these guys. Cause apparently some really cool (and unexpected) stuff happened to them recently.  It all starts with a concert 2,000 feet above the ground…

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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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How To Avoid Confirmation Bias When Asking “Is My Song Good”

Confirmation bias – the tendency for people to look for what confirms their beliefs and ignore what contradicts their beliefs – may be getting in the way of finding the real answer to the question “is my song good?“. This goes well beyond the positive thinking trap you might find yourself in when asking friends and family for feedback on your music. It’s a tested psychological concept that can trick you into thinking your perception of your own songs is representative of what others hear.

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How To Choose A DAW: 7 Of The Best DAWs For Every Musical Need

This post originally appeared on Flypaper by our friends at Soundfly.

Whether you’re working out of a home studio or a small project studio, your Digital Audio Workstation (or, DAW) is probably the single most important part of your setup. It’s the bridge of your musical Starship Enterprise, containing and co-ordinating all the software and hardware you use to create and communicate each of your decisions. It’s no surprise then, that much like the fights that people have over Nintendo/Xbox/Playstation or iOS/Android, the world of audio production is rife with software fan service and forum flame wars (harmless, of course, but they can be quite harsh!)…

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5 Reasons Small Music Blogs Can Make A Big Impact

Making music is about expressing yourself. It’s art. You want to tell your story in the most sonically interesting way possible. And unfortunately, many great artists struggle with how to great press and they all-too-often overlook smaller music blogs. In my case, I didn’t even know where to start. The majority of us immediately think of sites like Pitchfork or Rolling Stone or Billboard when it’s time to promote our music, and so oftentimes that’s the list we start from.

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Meet The Latest Artists Selected For ReverbNation Opportunities

Everyday the music industry seeks out ReverbNation artists to book on stages, license their songs, sign to labels and more through exclusive opportunities. To celebrate the hundreds of emerging artists selected for these opportunities, we’re going to share a random sample of five every week on this blog. Let’s go!

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