Nope: Why You Shouldn’t Say ‘Yes’ To Everything In Music

There’s something so exciting about when a band transitions from looking for opportunities to getting asked to be a part of them. From other bands hoping you’ll open for them at a show to local nonprofits asking you to donate your music for a good cause, play music long enough and you’ll start to get lots of people asking you for things. But while some opportunities can be good for your career in music, others won’t be worth your time.

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How Staying Positive Shaped Danny Starr As A Songwriter

Danny Starr is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from London, UK. His music has been featured on BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, and major blogs and radio worldwide. His exceptional songwriting and heartfelt vocal delivery have garnered him scores of high profile fans.

It’s that same exceptional songwriting that caught the attention of the promoters at Camden Rocks Festival where he was selected through one of our opportunities to headline the acoustic stage there.

Check out this interview with Danny Starr where he shares how his songwriting has evolved, how almost giving up actually helped him develop as an artist, and what’s up next for him including the release of his new single Double Red Line (listen below).

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4 Questions To Ask If You’re Deciding Whether To Tour

Touring can be a huge deal for a band. From playing in front of new fans to forming important relationships with other musicians in other cities, bands can benefit in huge ways when they take their music out on the road. But there’s some pretty big risks you should think about if you’re a band deciding whether to tour or not. Touring isn’t right for every band, but if you think it might be time to hit the road, try asking yourself these questions:

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3 Ways To Make The Most Of The Summer Festival Season

There’s nothing quite like festival season in the music industry. Whether you’re a fan going to see your favorite bands, the band playing one of the stages, or industry working the event, there’s just something kind of magical about the whole thing. It’s an atmosphere unlike any other.

But this is a blog that’s dedicated to helping you take your music career to the next level, so you know we’re about to dish out some tips that will help you do exactly that. Designed with the DIY artist in mind, we’ve put together a list of 3 ways you can make the most of summer festival season, from both inside and outside the festival gates.

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6 Can’t-Miss European Tour Destinations

If you’re an American musician considering crossing the pond to tour Europe, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Touring can be massively challenging even under the best of circumstances, and figuring it out in other countries makes things even harder. But when you consider that some of the world’s best music destinations are in Europe, it’s easy to see that making the trek is well worth the hassle. Here are six can’t-miss music European tour destinations:

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Touring Regionally Vs Nationally: 5 Things To Consider

Touring can be tricky for bands who haven’t found an audience. A solid national tour can help a band connect with new listeners, garner good press, and develop important connections with other musicians. But for some artists, sticking to shorter tours within the region of their hometown is a better option. If you’re not sure whether you should be touring regionally or nationally, here are five things to consider:

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How Not To Pitch Your Music To Press Outlets

Pitching a new single, EP, or album to press outlets, blogs, and music tastemakers is an almost mandatory part of trying to make your mark in music today. Yes, you can fork over a bunch of money have an expert PR firm do it for you, but most artists don’t have the kind of expendable cash to make that happen every time they put out new music. A great pitch can help give your music real traction and momentum, but it’s not easy. Bands waste an incredible amount of time and energy spinning their wheels by sending bad pitches that are never likely to get read in the first place. Here’s what you shouldn’t be doing if you’re an artist trying to pitch your music to press outlets.

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4 Ways Music Helps Listeners Cope With Life And Feel Understood

The idea of someone with tear-soaked eyes listening to sad songs in attempt to cope with a breakup seems like a tired cliche, but there’s definitely something universally relatable to it. The act of listening to music is often intensely personal and emotional, which makes it one of life’s best ways to understand and cope with being human. Because music reflects life, it benefits us in many different ways. Here’s just a few of them:

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