5 Productivity Hacks To Kick Off The New Year

New Year, New You, am I right?! At least, that’s what it felt like a few weeks ago when you were still in full planning mode, psyched about the New Year, and ready to tackle everything on your to-do list and then some. 

But now, as we get deeper into the day-to-day of the new year, that magic is starting to wear off. You’re still motivated to do all the things you set out to do just a few weeks ago, but you seem to have suddenly lost the time, energy, and clarity on how to make that happen.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This post-holiday slog hits all of us. It’s easy with the promise of a new year to get all hyped up on our greatest dreams and ambitions but the truth is, when things get back to “normal” and we’re back in the post-holiday day-to-day, it can be really difficult to have that follow through.

But, don’t fret! There are a few easy ways to get yourself out of this funk before it’s too late.

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Why It’s Hard For New, Genre-Defying Artists To Get Featured On Major Playlists

Playlists are something serious musicians can’t afford not to care about or pay attention to in today’s music industry. You probably already knew that though, unless you just got rescued from an island in the middle of the ocean that had no internet. Things like conventional radio and licensing placements can still be hugely influential in music, but playlists are becoming so popular that many seasoned music industry professionals worry the listening format is pushing out traditional albums. By now, most of us have heard of success stories in music where artists get featured on huge playlists and become hugely successful shortly after. But the truth is that playlists are still new as listening formats, and they work much better for some artists than others.

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The Importance Of Speaking Up – Or Quieting Down – In Collaborative Band Settings

The complex relationships found in bands are tough to navigate for everyone, but especially for those who are young and new to making music. Complete universes of hope, despair, and creative brilliance can exist within the confines of a single band, making them almost impossible to fully understand unless you’re inside one yourself. A major challenge facing many collaborative bands happens when the voices and opinions of some musicians consistently drown out everyone else’s. 

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Why Expensive Music Equipment Won’t Necessarily Improve Your Music

Serious musicians are always looking for ways to get better at what they do, whether they write music or perform and record professionally. Without thinking about it, some make an effort to buy the most expensive instruments and equipment they can in an effort to be the best at what they do in music. But while performing and recording with quality gear is essential, there comes a point where money can’t deliver the sort of results these musicians are really after. Here’s why:

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3 Songwriting Challenges Designed To Increase Your Creative Output

Even the most prolific songwriters have trouble creating new work from time to time. Whether it’s the frustrating situation of questioning each and every note and lyric, or not feeling focused enough to follow through with an idea, making new music can feel challenging or downright impossible for some musicians. If you’re currently wedged in a creative rut and are looking for ways to get your writing output moving again, here are three challenges to help:

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4 Things Most People Get Wrong About Serious Musicians

Lots of people know what it’s like to play an instrument for a couple of months, but few can relate to the experience of trying to build a life as a serious musician. Because of how musicians are portrayed in books, movies, and TV, those living in the non-musical world often have inaccurate ideas of what it’s actually like to make music seriously and/or for a living. Here are four things non-musicians inaccurately believe about musicians:

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5 Must-Haves For Every Bio

Let’s be honest, writing bios is probably one of the least fun and most stressful parts of putting together your EPK (Electronic Press Kit). Most of us are pretty uncomfortable writing about ourselves, and since we’re always downplaying our accomplishments anyway, it feels really unnatural to then gush about them for 500 words.

So if you’re a little uncomfortable writing about yourself, you’re not alone. It is seriously weird to boast about how awesome you are and then send that to people. But trust me, you can overcome this. It’s actually not as hard as it might sound, and once you get to work on your bio, you’ll see what I mean.

That said, if you’re really struggling, consider hiring a bio writer. PR companies usually offer this service, as do plenty of freelancers, so if you’re really feeling stuck, spend the money, save yourself the stress, and have a professional whip one up for you in a couple days.

If you’re up for the challenge of DIY-ing it, we’ve got you covered. These five tips will guide you smoothly and seamlessly through writing your next bio. 

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How To Mix In Your Guitars

Guitars are used in many different genres of music. 

Chances are the guitar in these tracks will be the main protagonist. If not, then they will at least be a main instrument in the song. 

In order for your music to translate well to your audience, you need to mix your guitars in a way that gives them depth, power, and delivers the emotional intent of your song. 

In this article, I am going to go over how you can mix in your guitars for a more professional-sounding mix. To mix in our guitars, we are going to use simple panning and audio processing. In our example, we are going to assume that there is no audio processing done to the guitars already.

We will be starting the mixing of the guitars from scratch. 

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