How To Make 2022 Your Best Year Ever For Music

Every year we ring in the New Year with a laundry list of well-intentioned promises to ourselves. We’ll finally start practicing with consistency. Get enough sleep. Make those connections. Do the things we’ve been avoiding doing. We put all this pressure on ourselves to suddenly be a wildly new and improved version of ourselves. And usually, a lot of that falls into our music career. We put the lion’s share of our goals into how we can do better with our careers. And that’s not a bad thing. After all, there’s something really inspiring about the start of a new year, filled with new opportunities. It can be the fresh new start that we need to finally take action on things we’ve been ignoring.

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Why You Should Keep Songwriting Even If Things Aren’t Perfect

In songwriting and in life, it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking that things need to be perfect before you can start working towards your goals. Sure, you’d love to finish your debut album, but a few of your songs aren’t as strong as they should be and it’s just not ready. You want to spend more of your time making music, but you’re waiting until your home studio has the ideal equipment setup first. Or maybe becoming a serious songwriter has always been a goal of yours, but a voice inside you says you just don’t have the talent it takes to succeed.

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5 Signs You Need A Break From Songwriting

It’s true that the more time you spend engaging with the music creation process, the better songwriter you’ll become. But if you’re the type of workaholic songwriter that goes weeks without leaving the studio to see the light of day, you’re missing something important. Breaks are crucial for your process no matter who you are and what kind of music you make. Spending every waking moment writing might sound good for your process, but there’s a point where doing this actually backfires and starts to hurt your music. If you’re burnt out and think you need a break, here are five signs to look out for:

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How To Overcome Stage Fright

You’ve dreamt of this moment a thousand times. 

What it would feel like to step on stage and look into the audience to see all those excited faces staring back at you. You’ve thought about what it would feel like to hear them sing your lyrics back to you, to see them swaying along to the music.

But when you open your eyes, the reality is all but the magic you hoped for. In fact, when you actually step on stage, you’re kind of terrified. Sweaty palms, stomach in knots, heart threatening to beat right out of your chest..and you realize—you’re nervous. Like, crazy nervous. Every fear and doubt you’ve ever had about yourself is flooding your mind right now and you’re freaking out.

Sound familiar?

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5 Holiday Marketing Ideas For Independent Musicians

‘Tis the Season! I have to admit, the holiday season is a special time of year for me. Not only am I a sucker for all the holiday festivities like the sparkly lights, ice skating and hot cocoa, gift-giving, and time with family, but it’s also such a fruitful time for creativity.

While the winter is naturally a slower time for the music industry, that doesn’t mean it’s all halting to a stop. And, if you plan it right, it can actually be a really good time to use some of that creative energy you have and put it into making something special for your fans, and doing things a bit differently.

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Quantity Vs Quality: What Should You Focus On In Your Music Career?

In today’s music-hungry listening culture, it makes sense why artists would want to crank out as many songs as possible and share everything they write with their fans. Unfortunately, this strategy comes with some major drawbacks, with audiences potentially losing interest after hearing one too many underdeveloped or bland tracks. But if you’re an artist on the other side of the spectrum, someone who takes years to release albums or even just singles, you’ve got just as big of a problem on your hands. How do you find the right balance when it comes to knowing how much time to spend working on new music?

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How To Fight Boredom In Your Songwriting Practice

If you’re reading this, the chances are good that making music is something you live and breathe to do. You probably feel like writing songs is your life’s calling, and that it’s the only thing in life that truly makes you feel understood. If this is the case, consider yourself lucky. There’s a huge segment of the human population that floats through life without having any true passions. Whether you’re a mega pop star or simply look forward to producing music in your bedroom during every spare moment, it’s truly a gift to get wrapped up in the endless pursuit of making the best music you can. It’s something that will enrich your life as long as you choose to keep going.

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3 Creative Ways To Use A Fan Membership

Wouldn’t it be cool if you had a built-in monthly income that you could rely on that came solely from your music? 

Picture it. Every month you get to show up to your most loyal, excited, enthusiastic fans, giving them a sneak peek into your life (and maybe a few extra goodies along the way) and in return, you could see a paycheck ranging anywhere from $50 to a few hundred, or even a thousand dollars a month? 

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