Unestablished Artists Should Try This Instead Of Touring

For the uninitiated, touring often appears like a glamorous affair filled with big, rewarding shows capped off with fun nights that play out in exciting different cities. Touring certainly can be fun and rewarding, but there’s an immense amount of work and sacrifice involved, and, depending on what’s going on with your project, it’s often not worth it. But setting inaccurate reputations aside, many bands set out to tour knowing full well they won’t likely earn money, fans, or acclaim by doing so when there are much better ways to build their careers. Here are a few things unestablished bands should focus on early in their careers instead of touring:

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How To Use New York Compression

The drums in your track are the foundation for your song. 

They play an important role in conveying the emotions that you are trying to capture through your song. This makes it a top priority for you to mix your drums in a way that is powerful and impactful. 

But how do you add this weight, punch, and power to your drums?

In this article, I am going to go over how you can apply the New York compression technique to any of your drum tracks to create a more impactful and emotional song. 

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How To Create A Reverb Tail Effect

The success of your track will primarily depend on the main elements you have in your track, how they are arranged, and how they are mixed in. What often gets forgotten in a professional song are the ear candy effects. 

These ear candy effects give your track that professional polish that is needed to create detail and interest throughout your track. 

In this article, I am going to show you how to create a very popular but effective reverb tail effect. 

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Meet WD-HAN, The ReverbNation Band That’s Crushing The Opportunity Game

WD-HAN is a ReverbNation trio with a sound completely their own. Hailing from “outer space,” the band has been going strong since forming in high school. Featuring an Aussie frontman, a renegade female drummer, and a soulful guitarist, WD-HAN is bringing the blues back into popular music, making a name for themselves with more than a decade of face-melting live shows throughout the Southeast.

The band has shared the stage with some of music’s biggest acts, and has been selected for countless ReverbNation opportunities over the years. Get to know the band, their philosophies, and even their favorite beverages in this interview:

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The Importance Of Discovering New Music In Your 20s, 30s, And Beyond

Many adults look back at who they were during their middle school and high school years and are thankful for being older and wiser. In most every way, being an adult is easier than being a teenager because of the confidence, security, and freedom that comes with age. But one thing that comes easier to teens than adults is finding and becoming passionate about new music. 

While most adults are content to keep listening to the music they discovered in their youth, serious musicians need to continually seek out new music in order to stay challenged and engaged in their work. In other words, if you rely only on the same musical influences you discovered in your teens, a relatively short period in your life, you’ll be limiting your creative potential in a huge way. 

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3 Tips For Writing The Perfect Pitch Email

One of the most challenging parts of being an artist in today’s music industry is having to learn so many things that have nothing to do with the actual music itself—and everything to do with the business and marketing of that music. 

While that might initially seem daunting, the reality is that being a business-savvy musician in today’s world gives you a major advantage. If you can learn to perfect not only your craft but the telling of that craft through your social media, your bio, and your press opportunities, that puts you light-years ahead of the rest.

So today, I want to talk to you about my specialty—pitching. As a publicist, it’s kind of my thing. And with artist placements on popular sites and streaming services, I know a thing or two about landing a placement. 

Are you ready? 

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How To Use A Compressor

Compressors are an integral part of the mixing process. 

Without this tool, your mix will be dynamically unbalanced and stand little to no chance of being labeled a professional mix. To many producers, it can be very difficult to understand how compressors work and how they can be applied to their productions in a positive way. 

In this article, I am going to go over what compression is, the basic controls of a compressor, and how to use a compressor in your music. 

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Meet Manic Kat Records’ Newest Punk Phenomenon: New Age Affair

New Age Affair is the pop-punk/post-hardcore band that’s soon to be on everyone’s radars. The band formed in Rapid City, South Dakota, by brothers Derek and Gage Flick in early 2017. Since its inception, the band has been working tirelessly to successfully craft a sound that is undeniably catchy, melodic, and refreshing.

New Age Affair is yet another ReverbNation Opportunity Success Story after getting signed to a prolific genre-specific label. The band recently signed a deal with the punk-centric label Manic Kat Records after submitting to the label’s opportunity. 

We interviewed the band about their biggest challenges, triumphs, the band’s wackiest member, and so much more. Read on to get the full scope of this exciting band.

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