3 Things To Do With Demos That Don’t Make The Cut

Audiences always hear the finished songs that show up on an artist’s albums, EPs, or singles. However, they don’t normally get a chance to listen to the demos that preceded them. Demos are an integral part of constructing and solidifying musical ideas. Yet, it’s inevitable that some songs never exit the demo stage for artists. A demo might never grow into a full-fledged song because it’s not strong enough, or because an artist feels they don’t have the energy or tools to move it along. If you’ve got loads of demos floating around your hard drive, here are three tips for what to do with them: 

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5 Great Content Ideas To Get More Fans On Social Media

There are many great ideas for social media content, but some are more effective in driving engagement to your page.  We live at a time where social media is no longer about getting the most likes or views, but it is about creating an ongoing conversation with your fans. So here are five content ideas to help you to reach out to more fans:

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Why Music-Makers Can’t (And Shouldn’t) Ignore Their Feelings

As songwriters, we all have unique assets that we bring to the process of creating music. While the quality of your voice or your knack for writing hooks might come to mind first, the way you funnel emotional intuition and passion into your music shouldn’t be ignored. Feelings are some of the best music-creation tools a songwriter has. Learn to embrace and apply them to your music. In doing so, you’ll have a powerful way to connect with audiences by making your work relatable and human. But by ignoring your feelings or trying to artificially change them to make your music more palatable, you’ll make your life as a songwriter much harder than it has to be.

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How Starting Over Can Help If You’re Bored With Making Music

All musicians get bored with the process of creating and performing every now and again. However, if you’re suffering from chronic musical disinterest, it’s something you should worry about. We can’t always rely on our emotions to inspire us as musicians. If it’s been months or years since you’ve felt moved during your music-making process, it’s time for a change. By “change,” I don’t mean subtle tweaks in your musical routine, but a massive, top-to-bottom overhaul. When it’s clear the regular way of doing things isn’t doing it for you anymore, it’s time to blow up your music-making process and start over. 

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How To Find Guest Blog Opportunities (And Why They Can Be Ideal Press)

Getting press can feel difficult, can’t it?

Especially if you’re committed to running your own PR campaign, it can feel like a constant struggle to not only make the connections and build the relationships needed to truly get in front of the right writers, playlist makers, podcast hosts, etc. But what if I told you there’s an incredibly valuable, not so often sought out tactic that most artists in the music industry miss? Well, there is, and it’s called guest blogging.

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4 Simple Ways To Write Better Music

Almost everything about the modern music industry is complex. But when it comes to creating opportunities to write fresh, interesting music, the methods we can rely on to increase our creativity and consistency are actually pretty simple. However, simple shouldn’t be mistaken for easy. Thus, these tips won’t help you unless you’re willing to put in the work.

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Force Your Creative Process

One of the trickiest things to balance in music creation is the desire to get things done versus the need to work authentically in an inspired way. Write only when you feel like it, and you’ll end up not making much music. But let routine, predictability, and creative safety define your process, and the work you make will probably sound forced and uninspired. Forcing the creative process is tempting, especially if you find yourself hopelessly mired in a rut where things don’t seem to click. But making yourself create when you don’t have the passion, attention span, or other resources to do so is a bad bet. Here’s why:

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4 Ways To Utilize Streaming Data To Market Your Music

Today, major streaming services offer the listeners’ demographics data to artists, which creates huge opportunities for artists on many fronts. It is an incredible opportunity to know where your audience lives, what age group they belong to, and who else they listen to, especially for planning your marketing strategy. So, in this post, I’d like to go into four ways you can utilize streaming data to market your music:

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