The thought of making a mistake so bad that it ruins an entire show is something that keeps a lot of us up at night. When my old band was unexpectedly asked to open two big sold out shows in my hometown a few years ago, I literally wasn’t able to sleep the nights before out of fear that I’d blow it. Luckily, my bandmates and I played well both nights, and none of the disasters I lost sleep over materialized. Unfortunately, show meltdowns do happen to musicians, whether it’s rooted in the preventable performance mistakes or something purely psychological. Here’s some advice on how to avoid them:
The folder on our hard drive that contains all the unfinished musical projects that we just can’t seem to finish. While not every song that we start is going to be finished and released, our goal should be to minimize the number of tracks that end up in this folder. Finishing your music is no simple task, but with a few changes to your workflow, improved time management, and getting rid of distractions, you can start to reduce the number of tracks that end up staying in the unfinished track folder.
Below I have compiled a list of the 5 tips to help you finish your tracks.
There’s a stigma amongst musicians about performing on stage with a backing track for the simple fact that most artists are largely expected to be the ones responsible for generating all the sounds coming from the stage. But with things like bedroom producers gaining popularity and more solo artists looking for ways to save money on the road, the use of backing tracks is becoming a more frequent occurrence on stage. Even traditional bands are beginning to broaden the creative potency of their live sound by way of backing tracks. But stigmas aside, playing to a backing track can be complicated, frustrating, and possibly detrimental for an artist’s live performance.
Like any other property, music copyrights and the individual exclusive rights thereof, can be transferred, sold, licensed, and divided among several owners. In general, to use recorded copyrighted music, you will need permission from both the musical work owner (typically a publisher) and the sound recording owner (typically a record company). Note, however, if you re-record a song (instead of using a pre-recorded version), permission generally is only required from the musical work owner (since you are not using someone else’s sound recording).
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.
Performing on stage is something that makes musicians vulnerable no matter what kind of music they make. For many musicians, emotions run high during live performances because there’s so much at stake. When things go well during shows and the connection between listeners and fans is strong, emotions help to fuel the energy in the room and the show is better for it. But when things go bad during a show, the negative emotions, perceptions, and attitudes of performers can get out of hand and ruin a show. Here’s how to keep your negativity from ruining a performance:
Music can be restorative, empowering, therapeutic; these are indisputable, time-tested truths. As a musician, you’ve got the power to bring those benefits to anyone who’ll listen — and you can amplify those effects through charitable organizations.
Whether it’s volunteering your skills, teaching kids, leading a workshop, or donating funds raised through special shows, your contribution — big or small — could make a huge impact. We’ve rounded up five music-centric organizations that welcome help year-round; read on to learn more about their efforts and how you can give back through music.
In a world full of spammers and unapologetic super-promoters, cutting through the clutter with sincere, genuine, and thoughtful music feedback will greatly increase your odds of building valuable relationships with other artists. Ask yourself: Would you rather have someone give you thoughtful insight with actual proof that they listened to your work, or just a two-word comment and an emoji?
If you want to really learn how to provide strong feedback online that can develop into authentic relationships, try putting the following tips into action.