Imagine you’ve got two friends. One can’t stop talking and the other measures their words and only speaks up when they want to say something important. Who are you more likely to listen to? Lots of musicians can learn a valuable lesson from the quiet friend, and not just when it comes to playing music. Stepping back, being quiet, and listening is something that might not come naturally to musicians, but it’s essential for maintaining relationships and making the most out of your musical talents. Read on to find out more about how listening can help your music career.
For lots of musicians, navigating relationships with bandmates often proves to be more difficult than writing songs, promoting music, or performing on stage. Touring around the country and pouring money and countless hours into a band can precipitate tense conditions between members because the stakes are so high. Learning how to bring up tough topics with your bandmates isn’t an option if you’re planning to make music with the same project over the long-term. Here are five tips to help.
When you’re building your team as an artist, or exploring the world of industry career options, you want to make sure you know who is who in this industry. For instance, as a publicist I’m often confused as having the same duties as someone in marketing. A booking agent and promoter are often used interchangeably when in reality, their jobs are very different.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most well-known careers in the industry and a brief run-down of what each entails. The industry and its career options are always growing, so if you don’t see a role that seems like a fit for you just yet, don’t give up. There’s plenty of us in this industry who have created a non-defined role all our own—in the meantime, check out our list.
Happy (almost) Halloween! In honor of all the spookiness that lies ahead, we’ve put together a list of fun, scarily good tactics to try out in an effort to up your marketing game. (Ok, so they’re really just fun marketing tricks to try, but we’re excited for Halloween—can you blame us?)
So if you’re sick of the same old tired techniques or simply don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered with these music marketing tips to try.
Ableton Live has become one of the most powerful Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) on the market today. Although it was designed primarily for live performance, it’s become a studio favorite. Originally built for DJs and electronic musicians, it still has enough audio capabilities to compete with other big-name DAWs. We’ve launched a new video series teaching basic Ableton Live tips and tricks so you can get started in Ableton Live today.
From the way audiences listen to music to how songwriters make music, major streaming platforms have changed music so completely that we won’t fully understand what it all really means for some time. But while the long-term impacts from music streaming are difficult to predict, there’s plenty of massive transformations underway we can talk about now. Here’s three of them:
If something can go wrong on tour, it probably will eventually. Sure, this statement sounds a little cynical, but taking it seriously can help get you in a mindset that equips for any potential disaster that might befall you while you’re out on tour. And by “disaster,” I mean things like your van breaking down or one of your shows getting canceled, not actual disasters like a meteor hitting the venue right as you take the stage—although, that would be a cool way to go out.
Preparing for the worst is a tactic that can save you tons of money and frustration when it comes to sharing music on the road, but lots of musicians have trouble looking ahead. To help you look ahead, let’s think about a couple of the more common things that can go wrong on tour:
Jess Weimer has led a musical life. Weimer’s performing career began in musical theater, and has continued to evolve since the age of 5. The Kansas native’s musical style weaves indie, alternative, and pop to create a sound all her own.
“It was Jess’ big voice that first caught our attention. Her singing style is fresh and full of life. But after speaking with her, we really knew we found something special. Jess is extremely hard working, has a strong vision, and wants to win. We can’t wait to see/hear her talents blossom.” -Another Victory
We connected with Jess to see how she was handling life as a newly-signed artist. Check out this interview where Jess discusses what it was like getting signed, how her musical style is like a slice of pizza, and what’s up next for her.