A Crucial Element For Musical Inspiration: Longing

With its uncanny ability for canceling tours, summer festivals, and weekly band practices all over the world, there’s plenty for musicians to despise when it comes to COVID-related social distancing measures. Since few living people have experienced a pandemic like this, music makers are being forced to dig deep for ways to be productive and inspired during the crisis. One spot of good news for music creators is that there’s no shortage of longing out there in the world right now, and the fact that some musicians will be able to transform their understandable feelings of loneliness and pining into powerful inspiration for their work. 

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How To Find The Best Microphone For Recording

When it comes to home recording equipment, one of the most important and difficult decisions is buying microphones. There are many different types of microphones for many different budgets and the amount of options is sometimes overwhelming. Unfortunately, the abundance of microphone options sometimes leads people to buy the wrong microphone for the wrong occasion. To shed some light on this decision, I’d like to offer some tips to help guide you towards the right one. 

Before we get into the different types of microphones that are available, my biggest suggestion is to test out the microphone you like before you buy it, to make sure you like the results. Ultimately, you should always make your final decision based on what you hear. There are microphones with similar qualities and similar price range to different range of tastes and styles, so our ears are always the greatest judge. 

Here are the different types of microphones and some potential situations that you might use them:

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6 Tips For A Compelling Music Video

For most bands, putting together a music video is an opportunity to express themselves, provide new content for their fans, and extend the life of a single or album. Yet somehow, the first piece of that—expressing themselves—tends to get lost in the mix. What results tends to be an underproduced, poorly shot, kind of boring music video that probably wasn’t super cheap to make, but also isn’t making much of an impact on anyone. Not really much of a win.

To avoid that disaster and create a music video that will actually make a lasting impact on your fans, we’ve put together a few tips. Even if you’re on an incredibly DIY budget, these tips will still help make your next video a hit.

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Introducing Road to Sturgis

Have you ever wondered what life on the road is like? We're following Midnight Mob, The Grizzled Mighty, and Low Volts as they travel to Sturgis, SD to perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. These rockin' bands were selected through an exclusive ReverbNation opportunity to play along a lineup that includes Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, and more. Over the next few weeks, they'll be documenting their journey with GoPros, photos, and more to give you an inside look at what life is really like. Come along for the ride and get to know the bands.

Take an inside look at life on the road with Midnight Mob, The Grizzled Mighty, and Low Volts. Road to Sturgis promises to take you on each band’s journey as the make their way to Sturgis Buffalo Chip to perform at the biggest motorcycle rally in the U.S.. Follow three unique bands, all with different stories, each coming from different parts of the country, but with one mission — making it to Sturgis, South Dakota for the performance of a lifetime.

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#RNOpps: Meet the Latest Opportunity Selections

Every month we launch amazing opportunities for our musicians to connect with the industry. Hundreds of artists submit for the chance to be featured in top publications, headline festivals, sign to labels, and more. Get to know some of the artists who have been selected for recent opportunities in the round-up below!

Free National Radio Campaign from Mazzetta Promotion, Inc

Open for Dweezil Zappa in NYC

Digital Marketing and Publicity Campaign from RMG

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You Won’t Be Grumpy if You Listen to Grumby

Nothing is better than when you’re listening to an artist and their music instantly triggers bits of nostalgia. Our guest blogger Olivia, the powerhouse behind Wolvereen and who is spending the summer discovering new music with us, is obsessed with Brooklyn-based electronic duo Grumby for their mix of 90’s vibes with a contemporary twist. Read on to find out why you should have Grumby on repeat.

Texas natives turned Brooklyn residents, Grumby is composed of two twenty-something DJs, Rajuju and Butterfly. These guys, like the rest of us 90’s kids, love to pay tribute to the smooth R&B/ jazzy hip-hop beats they grew up jamming to. However, Grumby makes us feel the nostalgia of the 90’s with an undeniable contemporary, electronica twist. They certainly have their foot in the door of the Brooklyn music scene with regular appearances at Pianos, and their contributions to the mecca of the new up-and-coming electronic music collection, Half Bad Society. Not only do they create beautifully engineered tracks, they also have extremely well-crafted videos to go along with them. You do not want to miss out on this duo.

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Artist You Should Know: Phebe Starr

Australian-born/LA-based songstress Phebe Starr has been grabbing the attention from the likes of Paste, Nylon, Neon Gold and more with her powerful, emotive vocals. Read on to get the 411 on Phebe’s new single “Lavender Scars” that just premiered on Stereogum, tour, AUDIENCE Network special, and more.

You just premiered your new single “Lavender Scars” on Stereogum, and they said, “A mark of great artists is the ability to translate devastating moments into resonating beauty, and Starr certainly achieves this in penning this song for a close friend grieving.” Tell us the inspiration behind the track.
The song was written in response to my friend’s father’s illness (Alzheimer’s) and death. I was working alone in the studio when I received her text that her father had passed away. I didn’t know what to say. Life hadn’t really prepared me to handle the harsh reality of loss in my own life or in anyone I was close to. I knew the polite response was always to say something along the lines of ‘I’m so sorry,’ or even more cliché ‘Everything happens for a reason,’ but I felt these words were inadequate compared with the enormity of the situation.

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ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter Launch Discover NYC Concert Series

ReverbNation CONNECT and American Songwriter’s concert series, “Discover,” is coming to NYC on August 9 at Rockwood Music Hall. Read on to learn more about the exciting show.

We’re so excited to announce that our Discover concert series with American Songwriter is coming to New York City! The series, which originally kicked off in Nashville, is debuting at Rockwood Music Hall on August 9 to showcase the best emerging artists in the city. For the series premiere, #DiscoverTuesdays will feature Fee Lion, Oh My Love, and Overcoats. Admission is FREE and more details can be found on DoNYC.

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