For good or for ill, the first impression potential listeners get of you will likely result from whatever online persona you've established for yourself, meaning it's critical to get it right the first time. Here we look at how to establish a solid online persona/reputation, while keeping an eye on how developing technologies could effect you.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Mobile Apps For Making Music • Copyright And The Consumer • Drugs • More
On MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at 10 great mobile apps for creating music from scratch, how to understand the basics of copyright law as a consumer, whether or not musicians are really more likely to use drugs, and more!
Although both residents of the Northwest, Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith shared much more than just a geographical similarity, and both represented a fiercely independent, do-it-yourself mentality which optimized the vibe of their respective cities of Seattle and Portland.
Last week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on quitting the music industry to join your local scene, how to deal with and hopefully prevent arthritis as a musician, how to get more gigs for your band, and more.
Arthritis is hugely prevalent in the population, and one of the primary causes of disability in adults. The lifestyle of musicians makes them particularly prone to this ailment due to the repetitive strain practicing and performing can put on one's joints. Here we look at how to keep arthritis at bay, and cope more effectively with it as a condition.
While every band has to start somewhere, lining up shows can be a challenge, and finding decent shows to play, particularly at the early stages, is not easy task. Here we look at some mixed techniques to try in an effort to line up more shows for your band.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on weird mixing terminology, how to use Spotify and other streaming services as an independent artist, how to identify if you need a manager, and more!
The world of recording and mixing can often seem intimidating, with its various technical complexities and confusing terminology. Here we help explain a few of the more befuddling terms which are often thrown about in the recording studio.
Although the financial benefits may be minimal for those artists just starting out, the streaming economy is here to stay whether we like it or not, meaning that knowing your way around Spotify and other streaming services is a valuable asset for any musician or artist.
While play count is one of the major factors in determining your success on Spotify, getting featured on a playlist is also one of the greatest influencing factors when it comes making or breaking your music on as streaming service. Here we look at how to land one of these coveted placements.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on how to find the perfect affordable headphones, how Aretha Franklin touched our lives, the best way to bring out more denizens to your venue, and more!
With budget cuts and shifts in the curriculum regularly occurring, arts and music are often the first to go, considered as they often are unessential electives. Those passionate about music know this is far from the case however, as illustrated in these five points.
On MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at articles discussing how to create a band, Jerry Garcia musical legacy, why people who claim to hate Metal could just be listening to the wrong albums, and more.
Jerry Garcia acted as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, a band who musical style will forever impact music across the globe. In this piece we explore the artists legacy on the anniversary of his passing.
Music's ability to impact our health and well being as humans has long been established. A new study has revealed exactly what happens when a person hears their favorite song, and how their brain responds.
Outdoor festivals can often present some of the best live music experiences of a person's life, provided care is taken to make sure attendees don't have to endure too many of the slings and arrows cast by nature. Here we look at how outdoor festivals are accommodating fans.
Something familiar to any musician on the street worth their salt, the Nashville Number System is a form of shorthand notation which allows those familiar with chord numbers to act as last minute sub or sit on a session. Here we look at what exactly the system is and how it works.
As an artist, your website should offer fans more than just a place to listen to music. It represents an opportunity to establish your brand and market directly to fans. In this free course,from the good people at Bandzoogle and Soundfly, you'll learn how to setup a killer musician website.
With the rapid pace at which the music industry is changing, the methods which worked for promoting your band as recently as a few years ago have become less and less effective. The upside to this, however, is that a number of new techniques have emerged.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Sell Out Shows • Record Label Job • Submitting Your Music For Licensing • More
Recently on MusicThinkTank this week, we explored how to master social media in order to sell out shows, how to land a job at a record label, the art of getting the top of the submission pile when it comes to music licensing, and more!
A record label is a business, and like any business it needs quality employees. For those interested in working in the music industry from behind the scene, we look at seven easy steps for securing yourself a position at a record label.
With record deals no longer what they once were, and live shows and merch sales notoriously unstable, music licensing has become one of the best ways to make reliable and significant money in the music industry. That said, the competition is understandably significant. Here we look at how to get ahead of the pack.
When it comes to mastering a new instrument, the left brain workout required to memorize and process site reading is often something which those starting out struggle with. In this piece we look at new way of visually processing music which makes it easier to learn.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Formal Education • Getting Through A Show • YouTube's Betrayal • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles exploring whether or not a formal education is valuable to musicians, how to best get through a show when it takes a turn for the disastrous, how YouTube betrayed unsigned musicians, and more.
The value of a formal education is often hotly debated in the music industry, with many artists and producing having found success through self-teaching alone. However, there are several perks to formal music education, which we explore here.
A disastrous live performance is the stuff of nightmares for any gigging musician, regardless of their success, but delivering a flawless performance every time isn't always possible. Here we look at how to handle things should you find yourself crashing and burning at your next live performance.
Is YouTube doing unsigned artists more harm than good? This piece looks at the financial arrangement between musicians and the popular video sharing platform, specifically exploring how it affects unsigned musicians.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: On The Road • The Age Of Social Media • Promote Your Music Video • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles exploring how to travel light while on tour, the best way to break through in the age of social media, how to promote your music video most effectively, and more!