One of the best ways to expand your audience base is to venture out to play in different countries. Playing internationally not only helps to connect with new audiences, but is also a great way to do more event organizing, touring, and to enhance your musicianship experience. Getting to experience new cultures and seeing new countries could inspire new music!
In this blog post, I would like to breakdown international touring on four fronts for independent musicians: The what, where, when, and how. As a U.S. based musician, I would also like to explain to you this process through my personal experiences. Hopefully you can find some lessons and use them in your future touring efforts.
Just like getting started before any tour, it is best to start by asking yourself and determine what is the purpose of this tour. Are you promoting your newest album? Do you want to teach masterclasses and workshops? Do you want to make money?
Storyteller is one of those bands that is rising through the ranks faster than we can keep track of. Hailing from Leipzig, Germany, the melodic rock band was just signed to We Are Triumphant Records through a ReverbNation Opportunity. We wanted to hear from the band personally about their experiences as a group, what it was like getting signed, and more. Check out the full interview and get to know Storyteller a little better.
Remixing another artist’s track can be a difficult process. While creating a remix can be similar to producing an original, there are still distinct differences that can cause one to second guess their work. Below, I have listed five tips that will help you work through these differences and help you create the best possible remix.
Being represented by a label or manager are things thought to signify an artist’s success, so it makes sense why so many musicians spend their valuable time and resources trying to get represented and signed. But the ritual of crafting thoughtful pitches and sending them off into the ether rarely results in bands landing a record deal or enthusiastic manager, even if their music is good.
There’s a few reasons why these pitches usually get ignored, but it mainly comes down to the fact that successful labels and managers want to discover talent themselves, not be sold on it by reading about it through an email. The people in the music industry with the expertise and resources to actually move your music forward want to hear and see your music in action before considering taking a risk on you. Instead of banging your head trying to pitch to labels and managers, here’s what you should be doing:
Hecklers are something usually associated with comedians, but they’re something musicians have to deal with every now and then too. In the comedy world, obnoxious audience members are something most of us view that’s inextricably linked to the artform. When comedians develop their unique voice and start performing in public, their ability to handle problematic members of the audience grows with them. But because heckling in music is much less common, it can lead to bruising experiences for musicians.
Networking is an essential part of your music career. The days where you can simply release music, invest no time in promoting this music, and become a well-known artist are gone. The good news is that there are plenty of tools available to you for free to promote your music to a global audience. Below, I have listed three ways that you can network as a music producer.
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.