Why Persistence Is Priceless In Music

Persistence is, without a doubt, one of the most vital character traits a musician can possess. You could even argue that there’s no hope of succeeding in music without it, whether you want to write songs for a living, perform in a touring band, or become a bonafide popstar. 

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What Not To Do When Writing Your Bio

When you’re involved in two sides of the industry like I am–being both a publicist and a writer, sometimes it feels like all you’re ever reading is artist bios.

Trust me, I’ve seen it all, and a lot of those bios I’ve read are not pretty.

A bio is a major reflection of the band or artist it’s about. This may seem like a big duh, but you’d be surprised at how many bios out there are poorly written or make the band look bad because they are poorly written.

And honestly, I think the truth is most of us don’t realize how important a bio really is, and we don’t know what to look out for when it comes to writing them. 

Take a look at some of these don’ts to get a head start on what not to do in your next bio revision.

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How To Trust Your Own Creative Intuition

Trust is something we typically think about much more in relation to bandmates and collaborators than with ourselves as songwriters. If you regularly find yourself questioning your creative decisions or trying to bend your music in directions that don’t feel natural, you might have a problem with trusting yourself as a music-maker. 

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5 Things To Say No To As A Musician

Openness and curiosity are important positive traits for serious musicians to have. However, saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way is a bad idea. Whether you make music full-time for your job or during every spare moment you can, you have a limited amount of resources and time as a musician. Committing your time and attention to the wrong things in music means missing out on the things that will actually make a difference in your career. Here are five examples of things you should probably say no to in music:

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3 Strategies To Try When Faced With A Musical Dead-End

You’re working on a song idea that you love and then, wham. A brick wall comes from out of nowhere and you have no idea how to move forward. It’s an amazing thing when a great song reveals itself to you all at once, fully formed, but this isn’t how it usually works. Most of the time, songwriters create songs piece-by-piece over multiple writing sessions. In other words, dead-ends are inevitable, so it’s best to get comfortable with them. The next time you don’t know how to develop a musical idea, try one of these strategies:

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How To Tour Smarter

We’re all making music in a digitally driven industry, but touring is still one of the most reliable ways to form meaningful connections with existing fans and earn new ones. Unfortunately, the act of unestablished artists bringing their shows on the road comes packed with challenges, risks, and costs. Plan, do your research, and tour in a smart, measured way, and you’ll be able to weather whatever troubles that come your way. But venture out without realistic goals and a plan, and you’ll likely experience disaster sooner than you think. 

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