Every serious musician knows that putting on a great live show takes planning and work to pull off. But for some reason, some bands hold the belief that successfully playing live only requires a great performance, and that things like showing up on time is something that doesn’t apply to musicians. The truth is that when bands don’t act professionally at shows, it not only hurts them, but also the venue, audience, and other performing musicians. Here are three things that happen when your band is late for shows.
“How many songs are you working on right now?” is a question I get asked a lot that I can’t give a simple answer to. On various hard drives scattered around my house I’ve got dozens of unfinished recordings ranging from single melodies to entire songs. On my phone there are almost a hundred more. I’m of the philosophy that musical ideas worth exploring can come to me any place and any time, so I do my best to be prepared when they do.
But being ready for new ideas to find me and not being able to move on from the past are two different things. I can’t speak for every songwriter, but putting valuable time and energy into attempting to transform old demos into new finished songs is almost always fruitless and futile for me. If you’re stuck in a pattern where it feels impossible to let go of your old, unfinished music, here’s some inspiration for cutting ties and moving forward.
Writing music for the first time can be one of the most exciting things in the world, no matter your age and ambition. Whether you’re still in high school or have been a musician for decades, writing music is an experience different than anything else. But things like fear of failure and not knowing where to begin keeps a lot of musicians from writing music. If you’re someone interested in writing music for the first time, here are three things to remember during the process:
You might not think of it this way, but making music is risky. What if what you come up with is bad? Or, almost worse, what if you love what you write but it doesn’t click with anyone else? Self-doubt is a major hurdle that keeps musicians from meeting their potential, but there’s another culprit out there that’s just as dangerous for songwriters but far less talked about: disorganization. Creating a songwriting schedule is a solid way to ensure you reach your goals by getting big things done incrementally and consistently.
Money is almost always tight for musicians whether they’re just starting out or have been building their careers for a while. This makes knowing how much and what promotion efforts to invest money in a tricky task. There’s no guarantees in music, and this doesn’t just apply to whether the world will connect with your songs or not. Throwing money into an expensive PR or radio campaign won’t necessarily get you any closer to your goals, meaning there’s a certain amount of risk involved when you pay for music promotion. But for many artists, forking over precious cash for professional radio and PR campaigns ends up paying off in huge ways. And with today’s ridiculously saturated music culture, most artists need all the help they can get.
But with tight budgets and shrinking profits, many bands are forced to decide whether to invest money into radio campaigns or professional PR efforts.
Hailing from Southeast London, Hows Harry – comprised of Loz Andrew (Drums), Rupert Colegrave (Guitars), Ike Foulkes (Vocals), and Tom Davies (Bass), has been hard at work building a reputation as a thrilling live band.
The band has been crafting its unique sound from the very beginning, blending indie rock, dark pop, hip-hop, and countless other influences. This distinctive style caught the attention of fierce panda records, who signed How’s Harry after submitting to a ReverbNation Opportunity.
We sat down with How’s Harry to see how life has been going since being signed. In this interview, you’ll learn what makes the band so special, who the band’s resident goofball is, and much more.
Note: The following interview is guaranteed to make you hungry.
Gratitude isn’t something we think about much in the music industry. The relentless work ethic it takes to make music and compete in a fierce and unforgiving music climate makes it hard for musicians to think about anything other than what it takes to make meaningful momentum happen for their work. But if you’re a musician trying to build a career in music, stepping back for a moment and being grateful for what you’ve already accomplished in music can help give you a positive new perspective and hope for your work.
While playlists and music streaming habits are transforming the music industry in some massive ways, releasing music through albums is still the best way to get attention from traditional radio, blog, and press outlets. Unfortunately, this doesn’t change the fact that the attention span of listeners has been dramatically shortened over the past couple of years by things like convenience borne through streaming platforms, music’s newfound affordability, and the jaw-dropping amount of new music that’s now being put out into the world every day.
When it comes to carving out an identity and generating momentum, albums are your best bet, but taking the time to write, produce, record, and promote them doesn’t bode well for audiences who now expect new music more often from their favorite artists. Here are three ways to creatively spread out the release of your album.