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Is It Necessary to Master Your Recording Project?

So, you’re an indie band or artist, and you’ve just finished tracking your latest recording project. You’ve got the overdubs done, and you’ve done a final mixdown, and you’re happy with the results. Now—is it necessary to master your recording project? What is mastering, exactly? Mastering is essentially the fine-tuning of your mix—not just song by song, but the entire project in context. A mastering engineer will effectively go over […]


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Do You Want To Be a Musician, Or a Celebrity?

The following article is adapted from a piece I wrote last year on The Developing Artist. I think the question of celebrity versus musicianship is one that many aspiring artists grapple with–perhaps because in our culture, success as a musician is frequently thought of as being connected with fame. But as you’ll see in the post below, it doesn’t have to be. Being a celebrity and being a good musician […]


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Should You Bother Making that CD?

DIY Musicians and Digital Music

We’re seeing it more and more these days: a growing number of DIY musicians releasing their music solely in digital format, for download and online streaming. Considering that the digital music market is expected to grow at a rate of 15 percent annually worldwide (and that physical music sales are down overall), it begs the question: should you even bother making that CD? To make things even more complicated, it’s […]


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Creating a Smart Web Presence for Your Music (part 2)

In the previous post, we launched a discussion about creating a smart web presence for your music as an independent musician without allowing it to monopolize your time. We started by going over the three basic elements you need: a website, a social media presence, and a place to share your music. (Go back and read the previous post if you’re late to the party.) In this follow-up, let’s now […]


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Creating a Smart Web Presence for Your Music (part 1)

For DIY musicians, the Internet can be one of the most exciting prospects for sharing music—and also one of the most intimidating. There’s no disputing that having a web presence for your music is a good idea, but the sheer number of websites, applications and social networks promising to help DIY artists connect with their audience is overwhelming, to say the least. If you’re not careful and selective with your […]


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Durango Songwriters Expo: A Connection Point for Singer/Songwriters

For singer/songwriters and indie musicians at any skill level, one upcoming event worth your consideration is the Durango Songwriters Expo, which occurs October 4-6, 2012 in Broomfield, CO. While not a widely known event compared to others, since 1996 the D.S.E. has been serving as a solid connection point for singer/songwriters and music industry professionals. With events held three times a year in various parts of the country, the Durango […]


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Home Recordings Vs. Studio Recordings

The difference between a home recording Vs. a studio recording is the difference between having an amateur or professional result–with the possible exception of professional recording engineers and producers who work with professional equipment out of a home studio. So, lets say you have Pro Tools, Logic Pro, or one or more of the many other professional digital audio workstations that are out there on the market. Perhaps you even […]



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Getting Your Music Noticed

The post below is an excerpt from an article I wrote for The Developing Artist on “Finding Fresh Ways to Get Your Music Noticed.” As you’ll be able to tell from the piece, I’m not really one to rely much on fixed formulas, because by the time it becomes a formula, it’s already pretty much overused. However, my goal in writing this piece was to encourage DIY musicians to think […]


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Music Piracy, Emily White, and the Ethical Debate over Music Ownership (part 3)

Here’s part 1 of this series… …and part 2…. In concluding this discussion of the music piracy/ownership issue (provoked last week by an online exchange between NPR intern Emily White and music industry artist David Lowery), let me say again that while I have some opinions about right and wrong here, I also am a pragmatist when it comes to helping musicians have successful careers in this changing market. So […]


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Music Piracy, Emily White, and the Ethical Debate over Music Ownership (part 2)

Last week, music industry artist and insider David Lowery posted a public response to a blog post by NPR intern Emily White on the issue of music ownership and piracy, which essentially caused both posts to go viral. If you’re late to the party, before reading on, I’d suggest you read part one of this series first—and also the two other articles that prompted this article. (Those links are below.) […]


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Music Piracy, Emily White, and the Ethical Debate over Music Ownership (part 1)

Within the past few days, a discourse in the blogosphere has truly underscored the ongoing ethical debate over music piracy, downloading (both legal and illegal), and how artists are or are not fairly paid for their music. An NPR intern named Emily White sparked the conversation with a blog post in NPR’s All Songs Considered in which she declares herself to be an avid music lover and ally to musicians, […]


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“My New Release” Gives DIY Musicians a Hand

If you’re a DIY musician who is overwhelmed by the administrative responsibilities of running your own career, a new administrative service called My New Release wants to help you out. For all the possibilities the new music market now makes available to DIY artists, one of the down sides of this musical landscape is that without industry support, most indie artists have to handle all their own “busy work.” You […]


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The Tortoise and the Hare: Why Instant Success Could Be Bad For Your Career

As kids, many of us heard the fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” (thank you, Aesop), in which the two animals have a race, and the tortoise wins the race by slow and steady plodding while the hare, overly confident of his victory, takes a nap after a short sprint. The moral of this story, “Slow and steady wins the race” can easily be applied to your music career, as […]


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Dealing with S.V.S. (“Sloppy Vocal Syndrome”)

The following post, adapted from The Developing Artist, deals specifically with bands who suffer from what I call “S.V.S.”, or “Sloppy Vocal Syndrome”–that is, a tendency to be lax on lead vocals in favor of the instruments. It’s a problem that can keep a band stuck in mediocrity, and since I hear a lot of bands who suffer from it (and would be very good otherwise), I originally wrote this […]


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