For many music fans, a feeling of intimacy is what makes them feel most connected to the songs they love, whether they’re being played at home or live on stage. But from a musician’s perspective, creating music that feels a certain way when it’s recorded is often challenging to replicate in a live setting where the pressure of having one chance to get things right often dominates the performance. Intimacy in live performances can be a big challenge for musicians, it’s one of the characteristics that make playing on stage special, so it’s something you should care about.
Playing in a major city is always an exciting experience. While it takes a lot of planning to set up a successful show, it can also be very rewarding in the end. The most obvious advantage of playing in a major city is that you get exposure to more audiences and to different niche groups that might not exist in smaller towns. But there is also more competition, which is why planning, strategy, and flexibility are key for playing concerts in major cities.
Fortunately, we live in the age of social media and we can start spreading the word about our upcoming show to people beforehand. Even if we don’t have a fanbase in that city, we can still target certain audiences, demographics, and people who listen to artists who have similar sounds to us. This will not only build word of mouth marketing, but it will also lead the way for playing in more venues and selling more tickets. Read on for 10 tips to build an audience in a major city:
On the surface, few things are as revealing about a person as the sort of music they claim to like. Think, for a moment, about the major genres of music out there and the social and economic stereotypes associated with each. For decades, music has been used as a social tool to figure people out by categorizing them into neat, predictable boxes. Musical stereotyping has always been problematic, but in 2019, it’s also becoming woefully inaccurate about not only music fans, but also musicians. Today, music is bending and shifting into new styles that borrow from a spectrum of all genres and eras like never before. As musicians, we’re doing ourselves a massive disservice when we listen to music we think we like and nothing else.
There’s no getting around the fact that being confined to an apartment or dorm room is a major challenge for a serious musician. Maintaining positive relationships with other musicians is tough enough, but throwing non-musicians into the mix like roommates and neighbors is something that makes writing music and practicing even more complicated. But look around for musicians who’ve thrived in similar challenging conditions, and you’ll find that lots of people manage to make great music while living in less-than-ideal spaces like apartments, basements, and dorm rooms. Here are three tips to help if you’re a musician working in a challenging living situation:
Unestablished bands often have the experience of being in the middle of a long tour they’ve booked themselves with having no idea if what they’re doing is paying off or not. DIY touring can be filled with unpleasant experiences, whether it’s playing in front of empty rooms night after night or having to skip meals and sleep in the van to save money. Most bands know the end results of what they want to have happen through touring, but it can be tricky recognizing the small successes it takes to make big things happen. If these three things are happening for your band through DIY touring, then you’re doing something right:
The piano is one of the most beautiful instruments ever created.
Its unique timbre and characteristics blend together perfectly with a wide range of musical genres, making it one of the most widely used instruments. Unfortunately, the pianos naturally rich timbre can lead to mixing problems.
Also, as with any other instrument, the piano you choose to use in your productions can be lacking in certain parts of the frequency spectrum, making the piano sound weak in your mix.
In this article, I will be going over how to mix and layer your pianos for a more professional sounding mix.
As artists we usually interact with our fans on social media, but what if there was a better way to create quality engagement and ultimately increase our revenue?
While social media is great to promote and create content, most people have a very short attention span when it comes to social media. This means that the content you post might not necessarily translate into more album or ticket sales. On the other hand, most people check their emails and texts on a regular basis, which creates a huge opportunity.
While text marketing is still an area where people might not always be comfortable with, email is a different playing field. In fact, 79% of emails are read, and people are much more likely to click on a link in an email. This means that ultimately people are much more likely to make a purchasing decision on email, regardless of whether you are promoting tickets for your upcoming concert, selling an album, a merchandise item, or another item on your list.
So, in this blog post, I would like to provide five ideas about using email to connect with your fans, and how to ultimately create more revenue for yourself.
Having access to an endless amount of sounds, textures, and instruments sounds like a good thing at first. Songwriters and producers often adopt a “more is better” approach when it comes to their work, so making music using MIDI seems like a good method for many. But, lean in a little closer, and you’ll see that making music using MIDI has plenty of drawbacks.
For the uninitiated, MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. In short, MIDI technology lets musicians record sounds straight to their computers where the sonic information can then be easily edited. In this article, we’re breaking down some of the drawbacks and benefits of making music with this powerful technology.