5 Creative Merch Ideas For This Holiday Season

Happy Holidays! Ok, ok, it’s a little early for that, but not by much—we’re only a few weeks away from the happiest time of the year. And you know I love any reason to celebrate with new merch and reignited appreciation with your fans, so let’s get straight to it!

First, let me say it’s great to acknowledge your fans all year round and there are so many ways to do that effectively—but, this is different. This is a chance to show them you appreciate them in a whole new way, and not only that, but you want to celebrate with them, the same way you would your closest friends and family. That’s pretty special, right?

Now, a new line of merch may seem a strange way to celebrate, but hear me out—we have a lot of really fun ideas in here that won’t break the bank for you or your fans, but will elicit that feeling of closeness and appreciation.

Now, the best ideas will be ones that are highly brand specific to you and your fans—you know what I mean, inside jokes, lyric-driven merch, things like that. But, because I want to help you get a kickstart on it all, we’re going to list out a few ideas to kickstart things.

Oh, and one last thing—if you’re still feeling stuck, try researching what your favorite bands have done. If you love something they’ve created, holiday-related or not, ask yourself, why? Did it feel personal? Did it make you feel closer to them? Was it just fun and spontaneous and silly? What specifically made you gravitate towards it? Once you know that, you should be able to get closer to what you can bring to your own fans.

Alright, ready to dive in? Here are five merch ideas to try out with fans this year.

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How To Record Drums On A Budget

One of the biggest challenges of DIY music production is the cost of recording instruments. While instruments like guitar, vocals or bass can be easily recorded at home with simple setups, when it comes to drums this is not necessarily the case. Getting a good drum sound at home can be tricky, not to mention the acoustics if you’re living in an apartment building. Moreover, it can be expensive to rent a studio and record your drums there. However, it’s still possible to record drums on a budget and make them sound good. So here are five tips to record real drums on a budget:

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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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4 Steps To Nailing Your Band’s Identity

Branding. It’s one of those words we hear tossed around a lot, but no one ever really takes the time to explain what it means.

So let’s start there.

In a nutshell, branding is what you think of when you think about your favorite artist or product. Likewise, when you think of your favorite artist, a certain feeling and aesthetic probably come to mind. You can picture their fashion, the mood and lighting at their shows, the feel of their music, how it makes you feel. That’s branding.

When done well, branding isn’t something your audience should ever really notice. It shouldn’t stand out or draw attention to itself. It should just attract your target audience and slowly but surely you should see your engagement and interaction go up. 

Branding done right is an incredible way to get in front of more of the people who naturally like what you have to offer, and to create a strong, lasting bond that can lead to a more engaged fan base, higher live show turnout, and merch sales. It’s not always easy to narrow in on your brand, but it is essential to a lasting career so whatever you do, don’t skip out on this article!

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3 Music-Related Health Risks

Usually, the ideas explored through music are viewed as more dangerous than the act of music-making itself. But being a serious musician actually does come with some serious health risks. Some are unexpected, but all are preventable. There are plenty of things we can do as musicians to write, record, perform, and tour in ways that are as healthy as possible. Here are three health risks to watch out for:

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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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