Too Stoked To Be Scared: An Interview With Jess Weimer

Jess Weimer has led a musical life. Weimer’s performing career began in musical theater, and has continued to evolve since the age of 5. The Kansas native’s musical style weaves indie, alternative, and pop to create a sound all her own.

It’s that same unique sound that caught the attention of Another Victory Publishing, who recently signed Weimer after she submitted to a ReverbNation opportunity.

“It was Jess’ big voice that first caught our attention. Her singing style is fresh and full of life. But after speaking with her, we really knew we found something special. Jess is extremely hard working, has a strong vision, and wants to win. We can’t wait to see/hear her talents blossom.” -Another Victory

We connected with Jess to see how she was handling life as a newly-signed artist. Check out this interview where Jess discusses what it was like getting signed, how her musical style is like a slice of pizza, and what’s up next for her.

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5 Songwriting Tricks To Try After You’ve Hit A Wall

It’s not easy to be musically creative, especially if you’re feeling crushed by the weight of expectations. From trying to follow up a successful song to not knowing how to get started making music, hitting a wall creatively is an easy thing to do in music. Here are five tricks to help you fight songwriter’s block:

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Creative Band Costumes To Rock This Halloween

Is there a better time of year than Fall? Depending on where you live the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing, and you get to visit all kinds of spooky haunts. It’s the best! Not to mention, if you’re in a band, you get to live out your childhood every year as you dress up in full costume for any and all shows around October 31st.

One of my favorite things to see, as a fan, is all the incredibly creative, elaborate costumes that bands put together in celebration of the big day. If you’re feeling stuck, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget the candy!

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5 Bandmate Red Flags

Music is a tough gig in large part because so much of it is collaborative––that is unless you purely make music on your own, but that’s rare. A musician might be hardworking and talented, but if they’re not respectful and considerate of others, being in a band isn’t going to be a sustainable situation. Here are five red flags to look out for in a bandmate:

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How To Make 808s Punchy

This is a guest post by Splice, a ReverbNation Marketplace participant. Expand your sound with access to over 2 million samples, loops, FX, and presets. Start today with a 1-month free trial to Splice Sounds.

Have you ever found yourself working on a track that needs hard-hitting and punchy 808s, but just seems to fall short with a muddy low end instead?

Getting 808s to cut through the mix may actually be easier than you think – here’s a few tips on how to do it.

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Getting ready to release an album? Here’s what you need to know.

Getting ready to release a new album is a time filled with excitement. You’ve poured your heart, soul, and probably a significant portion of your wallet into this new project and you can’t wait to share it with the world. Congratulations!

While it might be tempting to simply drop the album on a random Friday and wait for the masses to swarm to it, there might be a slightly better strategy—and it involves making a plan.

Below, we go over a few things you need to know in order to make your album release the most successful it can be. You’ve worked hard to get here—don’t shortchange yourself now.

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5 Things To Do Before Going On Tour

Unless you’ve got a dedicated team helping you get ready for a big tour, you’ve got an insane amount of work on your hands. In addition to the musical aspects of getting ready for a tour, the promotion and planning it takes time and lots of prep. But where do you start? Here are five ways to prepare before going on tour:

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The 3 Biggest Reasons Why Bands Break Up

For how much music has changed over the past couple of years, the reasons bands split up seem to stubbornly be the same. The complex interpersonal dynamics in bands can be extremely difficult to navigate whether you’re fresh out of high school and touring for the first time or have been in a successful band for decades. And even though we’re living in an unprecedented time in music where things work and look nothing like they did even a decade ago, there’s nothing new under the sun when it comes to why bands decide to throw in the towel. In no particular order, here are the top three reasons bands break up:

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