Whether it’s a marriage or business partnership, relationships run the risk of becoming stale or even suffocating over time. Musical relationships like bands or songwriting partnerships are no exception. The excitement of making music with someone new is sure to fade over time, but that doesn’t mean every creative partnership is doomed to expire after a certain length of time––some of the world’s most influential bands and songwriting collaborators consist of relationships that span decades, after all.
All relationships require work and sacrifice to function, and the sort of attention needed to keep musical relationships civil is different from the work needed to keep things creatively fulfilling and challenging.
Whether you’re angling to land an opening spot at a big local show or looking for coverage from a heavily followed blog, a thoughtfully crafted email pitch is what you’ll need to succeed as an unestablished artist. But, predictably, many musicians struggle with this important aspect of DIY promotion. Sure, most musicians aren’t skilled writers, but that’s not the only reason bands and solo artists miss the mark when it comes to email pitches. Here are a few key things to remember when you pitch your music over email:
It can be easy to fall into the trap of believing that not being signed to a label or having access to expensive instruments and equipment is keeping us from realizing our potential in music. It’s often easier to blame things outside of ourselves for our inability to achieve what we want to through music than to take a deep, unflinching look inward at what we need to change to be better. A truth that could apply to most of us is that money, better equipment, and recognition can’t help us in our quest to make great music nearly as much as time can.
Multiband compressors are one of the most misunderstood and misused mixing tools.
To many, the multiband compressor can seem quite complex and difficult to use in the mixing process. By understanding the basic functions and applications of a multiband compressor, you will be able to use this powerful tool in an impactful way.
In this article, I am going to go over what a multiband compressor is, why you would use it over a normal compressor, and when you would use it in your productions.
Taking the leap from making and sharing music to performing it live in front of an audience is crucial for musicians intent on building their careers. But going from practicing in your band’s rehearsal space or your bedroom to the stage isn’t easy. From performance anxiety to not knowing how to start booking real shows, transitioning to the world of live music performance takes a good amount of trial and error. If you’re not sure where to begin building your live performance skills, here are five low-pressure options to consider:
The anxiety around singing often looms large for musicians who routinely face high-pressure live performance and recording situations. For many musicians, there’s often a sense that a great vocal performance is always just out of reach, but there are easy things we can do to ensure we’re getting the most out of our voices during performances. Here are four tips to help you prepare for an important vocal performance:
One of the toughest challenges of being a serious musician comes down to an unavoidable paradox. A consistent creative output usually demands lots of discipline and planning on behalf of an artist, but, frustratingly, too much predictability can be detrimental to the music-making process. Sticking to a routine for writing music is doable for many artists, but creating new, adventurous work during designated writing sessions is a lot trickier than simply sticking to a reliable songwriting script.
Limiters are an integral part of any mixing and mastering toolbox and are necessary for creating a professional mix.
However, limiters are often misunderstood and misused when mixing and mastering. Many producers struggle to understand just how to apply a limiter to their tracks. In this article, I am going to go over three different ways that you can use a limiter on your tracks for a more professional-sounding mix.