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Top 3 Things Every Band Thinks Impress Music Journalists, But Actually Don't

As a music journalist, I receive a plethora of emails from artists pitching themselves hoping for a feature. One major issue I’ve seen with these pitches is that a lot of artists don’t have a great understanding of what would make them an interesting person to write about. Instead, they have a habit of hyping […]Read More »

Uncommon Touring Tips From Indie Musicians for a Smoother (And Fungus-Free) Trip

Unless you’re traveling in a roomy, air-conditioned bus, touring as an independent band is an experience rife with stenches, coin-scrounging, and utter exhaustion. Hitting the road DIY-style is definitely prone to pitfalls, especially if it’s your first go ’round. But there are ways to make things easier – and less, um, fungus-addled. Properly prepping your vehicle (check-up, […]Read More »

5 Reasons Why You Didn't Reach Your Crowdfunding Goal

It can be incredibly disheartening and even soul crushing to run a crowdfunding campaign that fails. Just because your campaign failed, however, it doesn’t mean you’re a terrible artist – it could just mean you ran a terrible campaign. With crowdfunding being a relatively new phenomenon, the blueprint for how to run a campaign isn’t entirely […]Read More »

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Pledge Music Interview: Funding Advice

  Performer recently had an opportunity to chat with Pledge Music founder Benji Rogers, to discuss his company’s efforts assisting independent musicians in reaching their funding goals.   How did Pledge Music get started? I’m CEO and also the first musician to use it. In fact we tried the system on my own EP.  I […]Read More »

Legal Pad: Creativity For Sale

For better or worse, a record deal consists of a handful of certainties.  One such certainty is that your label, whether major or indie, will own the sound recordings created under your deal.  But can a label own your music’s copyright?  In most instances, the answer is “no,” but this is not always the case.  […]Read More »

The Rebirth of the Cassette

  Upon first hearing buzz about mixtapes and The Walkman, many would grow nostalgic with images of something central to their youth, although some of those images may involve twirling a pen around the inner spool of the cassette to realign the tape. The more desired memories involve recording “tape letters” and splicing together clips […]Read More »

Confessions From the Diary of a Road Musician

NASA requires their astronauts to undergo intensive psychological testing before shooting them into space. After all, they’ll be stuffed in a cramped vessel with no way off, and co-workers they can’t escape. Road bands, however, do not require such testing. I have been advocating psych evaluations for road musicians for years, but I’m not holding […]Read More »

Legal Pad: Guide to Selling Your Music Online

Digital Down Low WITH PHYSICAL ALBUM SALES DECLINING in 2009 for the eighth time in nine years, the writing has been on the wall for nearly a decade.  And if the future of music lies in digital downloads, iTunes and its behemoth 70 percent digital music market is clearly the place to be.  For indie […]Read More »

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