If you’ve been doing this music thing for more than a minute, you’ve probably met a few music journalists or have a shortlist of writers with whom you’d love to work. You also probably have a general idea about what they do and what they expect. But there are a few things you’ve likely never thought of.
I’ve been a working music journalist for six years now, and there are definitely some trade secrets that would benefit every musician. These five tidbits will prepare you to go into your next interaction with a music journalist answers a’blazin’. Take notes!
We’re back with the fourth installment in the five-part mixing masterclass entitled Mix Resolutions: 10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes from the team at iZotope. Step your mixing game up with insider advice from a GRAMMY winning mixing engineer and professor at Berklee College of Music.
Award-winning independent record label The End Records is on the hunt for unsigned artists via a ReverbNation opportunity. Based in New York, NY and led by CEO Andreas Katsambas, The End has represented a diverse roster that includes Billy Talent, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Alien Ant Farm, Better Than Ezra, HIM, tAKiDA, The Zombies and more. With nearly two decades of experience building acts both local and Platinum, the label recently made headlines with the July 2016 announcement of its catalogue acquisition by BMG Rights Management. We hooked up with Andreas Katsambas, CEO and founder of The End Records, to learn how the label has helped underground artists, what criteria they look for in artists, and advice for emerging artists who are trying to break into the music business.
You’ve put in the work, slogged through all the rewrites, did all your mastering, and now it’s album release time. You have a show booked within the next month, so logic states you should make it the record release show and your official release date. Not so fast. If you’re looking for more exposure on your music beyond the traditional friends and family who come to every show, you need to be strategic. Your band is your business, and like any successful business you need to create a plan for your album launch. If you’ve invested your time and money into the recording, don’t you want to make sure it’s heard by as many people as possible?
Below are considerations we make for every album launch to insure the greatest likelihood of success, and they form a blueprint any artist can follow.
If you break live streaming down into its core components – a performer, an audience, and a camera in between them – the fast-growing method of communication looks an awful lot like a source of entertainment. Why else would 100 million people go online every month to watch someone play a video game? But I’m here to tell musicians looking to find success through live streaming that it’s NOT all about entertainment.
There’s no denying that the holiday season is the absolute best time of year to boost your music-related income. With reports that 20 percent of industry-wide music sales happen in the final six weeks of the year, it would be silly to squander the opportunity. There are plenty of ways you can make more money as a musician this holiday season, and here are just a few ideas to get you started that you can put into action right now.
1. Live-stream a holiday concert
If you have fans in a lot of different cities, live-stream a holiday concert from your living room so everyone can tune in. You don’t need a fancy, expensive setup to pull this off successfully – a reliable internet connection paired with a decent webcam and microphone will do just fine. Put up some (non-distracting) holiday decorations in the background, center yourself in the shot, and you’re good to go!
When do you know you need a manager and how do you find one? Our Nashville-based CONNECT Manager, Daren, who works with a roster of CONNECT artists and who spent three years at Red Light Management handling day-to-day duties for 3 Doors Down, von Grey, and working collaboratively on a roster that included Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley, rounded up tips for how to find a great manager.
Do you want a manager? Most artists will say, “Yes, of course!”, but the question to ask is whether you really need a manager. Be honest…and usually the answer is: I don’t need a manager…yet. The groundwork needs to be laid by you. Have you figured out who you are as an artist, what your live show is all about, and created some sense of branding? These things take time to develop and usually your fanbase develops along with this. This in turn usually attracts the attention of the music industry. We are a pretty chatty bunch and typically talk about what new acts we are into. So, without further ado: