Why Your Band Needs To Set Goals

Goals have always been important in music, but they’re more important than ever in today’s complicated music industry. Lots of musicians start bands because they want to express themselves through music, and that is and always should be the driving force behind why a band makes music. But if the goals stop there, your band probably won’t be able to accomplish much.

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Why You Should Finish Writing All Of Your Songs

Songwriting can be frustratingly unpredictable. You might write for six hours and come up with nothing memorable one day and come up with something incredible the minute you sit down the next. But believe it or not, songwriters are best off pursuing all their ideas, even the ones they think won’t go anywhere. Musicians risk cutting themselves off from opportunities to develop good ideas when they’re too rigid about their own creative processes, and one of the best ways to combat this is by following through on finishing all of your songs.

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How Tom Shawcroft Signed To Fierce Panda Records

Tom Shawcroft is an indie-electronica singer, songwriter, and producer from Nottingham, UK. Over the past several years, Tom’s sound evolved from predominantly acoustic when he started making music as a teenager to a now unique style of production influenced heavily by his love for electronic music.

It’s that unique style that caught the attention of fierce panda, who he signed to after submitting to one of our opportunities.

“What we really like about the whole ReverbNation talent-spotting process is that it gives us a chance to think outside the A&R box. The fierce panda label is generally renowned for peddling shambolic indie noises but Tom comes from a totally pop background, and his finger-clicking beats and soulful vocals really made him stand out from the alt.rock crowd. It’s a modern sound in a world gone mad.”

Check out this interview with Tom Shawcroft below where he shares how being diagnosed with an illness as a child ignited his spark for songwriting, how artists should make use of every tool available to them, and what’s up next for him.

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How Musicians Can Avoid Burnout & Still Be Productive

A few months ago, I was on the verge of burnout. Maybe you can relate?

Feeling overwhelmed, like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, is quite common with musicians. After all, we are expected not only to perform and record, but also to book our shows, do all the marketing to get people to attend our shows, engage on social media, write songs, keep up with our song catalog & PRO administration, and a lot more.

Often, artists don’t recognize the signs of burnout until it’s too late to just “take a break.” They end up exhausted, jaded, and many actually give up on music (sometimes until the passion and drive kick back in, but sometimes for good!)

I want to help you recognize the signs of impending burnout so you can avoid full burnout. Once you know the signs, I’ll give you some simple changes you can make to turn it around and help you live a healthier, more balanced life without having to quit music.

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5 Nontraditional Ways To Promote Your Band

When I think of some of the most creative strategies I’ve seen from emerging bands, none of them include posting about their shows/music nonstop on social media, shoving their CD in my face as I walk by them at a festival, or otherwise trying to harass me into listening to their music. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.

The most effective ways to promote your band are the ones where the audience feels an honest and natural kinship with what’s happening. They don’t feel pressured or sold to, and the effects are subtle yet long lasting. That is almost always due to your promotional strategies being aligned with your brand.

So how can you do the same thing? The truth is that some of the best ideas will come through your own experiences and specific branding strategies. But if you’re feeling stuck, take a look at some of these ideas to promote your band and let us know what some of your favorites have been!

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Why Keeping A Band Together Is So Difficult

Music is one of the world’s most beloved and widely consumed art forms. It can do things like help us sleep, cope with a breakup, and give us the boost energy we need to focus while working at a boring job. But as vital as music is, most non-musicians ever consider how incredibly hard it is to create––especially when multiple musicians are involved. There’s countless books and movies about bands because there’s an inherent drama involved with a small group of people trying to take on the world and make meaningful art together.

While the drama surrounding bands can be entertaining from the outside, relationship complications paired with a growing list of challenges brought on by the current state of the music industry can be hell to navigate if you happen to be in one. Great bands break up all the time seemingly out of nowhere, but there’s always a hidden story behind what groups of musicians face and why they can’t play music together anymore. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid to keep the band together.

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Why Time Spent Practicing Is The Only Way You’ll Improve As A Songwriter

In an era where the promise of instant gratification seems to penetrate most aspects of our daily lives, it can be tempting to look to technology and branding for ways to help us create better music. But in truth, the only thing that will improve your songwriting is practice. Yes, there’s a ton of non-musical work that’s involved in sustaining a meaningful career in music, but when it comes down to the sheer art of creating new music out of nothing, the time spent experimenting and honing in your craft is the only thing that will help you get better at what you do.

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4 Lyrical Cliches To Avoid

Unless the music you make is purely instrumental, the tone, felling, and narrative of the lyrical content in your songs is most likely going to be an important part of your musical identity. Depending on the kind of music you make, you might not think lyrics are all that important, but you’d be wrong. Yes, music speaks when words fail, but the stories portrayed in music often do a great deal as far as reaching out and relating to an audience. Approach lyrics with honesty, thoughtfulness, and poetic potency, and you’ll have a proven way to inspire real emotion and understanding from a listener. But all too often, songwriters rely on cliches to help tell the stories in their songs. Here are four lyrical cliches to avoid:

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