Why Press And Radio Outlets Haven’t Caught Up To Music Streaming

Music has changed in some remarkable ways over the past couple of years. Playlists are giving massive amounts of exposure to previously unknown artists of every age and experience level and analytic information provided by streaming platforms can now tell musicians detailed information about just who is listening to their music and how they discovered it.

But the biggest change in music we’re seeing is the breakdown of the album format. In 2016, researchers found that listeners were beginning to listen to music more on playlists than they were through traditional albums. This represents an Earth-shattering change for the music industry, and we’re nowhere near the point of being able to comprehend what it all means. But something that’s easy to see in the short term is that press and radio outlets appear to be slow to adjust to music’s new reality.

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New Year Check-In: Are You Making The Most Of Your Resolutions?

Ah, 2019. After another year filled with trials and tribulations, learning experiences, and the moments that made us, we’re graced with the opportunity to truly take stock of what the year meant and how we can improve on all that was (and was not) in 2018, and apply it to making 2019 our best year yet.

As exciting as a New Year is, it’s only as good as the promises you keep. Meaning, now that we’re a couple weeks in, it can be easy to slip into old habits, leaving your New Year’s resolutions in the dust.

Want to make sure that doesn’t happen? We’ve created a checklist to make sure you’re continuing to make the most of those resolutions now and throughout the year.

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Having Trouble Finding Something To Write About?

Songwriters often struggle with not knowing what to write music about. For some readers, lyrics and written material for songs is something that comes naturally, but for others, finding out what to write music about feels like an insurmountable challenge. If you’re a songwriter that can’t find anything to write about, here are four tips to help:

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How Gratitude Can Make You A Better Musician

Gratitude isn’t something we think about much in the music industry. The relentless work ethic it takes to make music and compete in a fierce and unforgiving music climate makes it hard for musicians to think about anything other than what it takes to make meaningful momentum happen for their work. But if you’re a musician trying to build a career in music, stepping back for a moment and being grateful for what you’ve already accomplished in music can help give you a positive new perspective and hope for your work.

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3 Songwriting Methods To Try With Your Band

When looking from the outside, songwriting can be an intimidating task. Our favorite bands might make it looks easy, and while some of the best songs are written in minutes, many take weeks or months to complete.

I’ve been with my band for about a year and a half now, and we just finished recording our 5-song EP. In my time with this band, I’ve learned a lot about writing songs from scratch.

Here are 3 killer songwriting methods my band and I use to write our songs.

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5 Ways To Wow Press With Your Promo Photos

First impressions really do matter.

When it comes to cementing that favorable first impression, you probably think about a well crafted bio, a tight live show, or an engaging social presence—and you’d be right! All of those things are paramount in creating not only a great first impression, but a favorable connection long term. But there’s one area that artists tend to overlook—promo photos.

Whether you’re about to embark on a PR campaign or just outfitting your social media, press photos are going to play an important role. So how do you create photos that can wow press, while pulling in new fans? Read on.

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Why You Should Never Write The Same Song Twice

Creativity is a tough beast to harness and understand considering how prone to forming habits the average person is. If you’ve ever found yourself writing the same things over and over again in music, it’s for a good reason. Our brains and bodies are set up in a way that favors patterns and habits so that we’re not forced to learn how to do things over and over again. This is why tying your shoes every day isn’t a major challenge. Things like muscle memory help us to internalize the actions behind patterns to help us work competently as musicians. But when it comes to songwriting, habits can be a major challenge to contend with.

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3 Ways Working For Exposure Is Bad For Musicians

Bring up the idea of working in exchange for exposure to a group of seasoned musicians, and you’re likely to get responses of anger and frustration in return. Musicians being asked to share music or perform for free is a topic that’s come up a lot in recent years, and it enrages most of them for good reason. Here are three ways working for exposure is a bad idea for eager and inexperienced musicians.

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