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The Importance of Staying Professional as a Musician

The Importance of Staying Professional as a Musician

I read an interesting quote online the other day by Dr Dre that said:  “No matter how hard you work to bring yourself up, there’s someone out there working just as hard, to put you down…”. A lot of people forget is that being a musician is a job like all others, and those... Continue Reading...

The Key to Success in The Music Industry

The Key to Success in The Music Industry

Despite the fact that there are a lot of different success stories, there has yet to be found a secret that every musician should follow. However, there is something that seems to be a common occurrence in musicians who have succeeded; they are never stuck in one area of music or the... Continue Reading...

Keeping Your Audience Engaged

Keeping Your Audience Engaged

A very important aspect of being an active musician is your fans. Without them, there is no audience to listen to your music, not to mention your shows. The relationship between the musician and the fans has shifted to be a more personal one in recent years due to the internet and... Continue Reading...

Tips for Recording your Rehearsals

Tips for Recording your Rehearsals

There are some basic ways of recording your rehearsals to help improve your live performance. That’s right! Why not record your practices? Learning how to do that in the cheapest, fastest, easiest way possible can help improve your playing and your overall performance! But why record rehearsals? Well, doing so can help you... Continue Reading...

Saving Money as a Pro Musician

Saving Money as a Pro Musician

The music industry has always been expensive, even in its earlier days. Music is a business, and like every other business, money needs to be invested in order to have different services available for you. The music industry in particular charges a lot of money for basic services, such as management or booking... Continue Reading...

How To Make Your Rehearsals More Efficient

How To Make Your Rehearsals More Efficient

From my experience, rehearsals are the best way artists can practice their craft. Every guitarist knows you’re supposed to practice at least one hour a day, but that almost never happens. There’s always something else that pops up and making a commitment to practicing daily can be challenging. A rehearsal with your... Continue Reading...

Independent Artists: Rethinking Major Label Deals

Independent Artists: Rethinking Major Label Deals

Being an independent artist has become a more popular, and industry-acceptable, option for bands lately, as many artists are able to do a lot of the managerial/business work themselves without the help of a label or management company. "Said The Whale", a popular Vancouver-based band has succeeded independent of a label in... Continue Reading...

Useful Tips for Session Work Players

Useful Tips for Session Work Players

If you haven’t heard of session work, here’s a little introduction on some of the basic principles behind it. There are two kinds of work in the music industry, full members in a band and session players. Session players are those who get paid for studio time and/or live performances. They get paid... Continue Reading...

10 Tips for Touring Musicians

10 Tips for Touring Musicians

Touring can be one of the best rewards any hard working artist can get. On top of that, it is also one of the most fun experiences you can have in the music industry. You’re with your friends, you’re playing music and you’re traveling, it doesn’t get any better than that! Touring... Continue Reading...

Why you should create cover videos

Why you should create cover videos

There are many great success stories out there that have resulted from posting cover videos on YouTube, one of the most famous ones being Walk Off The Earth, who have reached over 10 million views on their videos in a matter of days. What is so special about covers and how to... Continue Reading...

How Your Surroundings affect Musical Productivity

How Your Surroundings affect Musical Productivity

Our mind is a very simple one. Though extremely complex in its own way, it prefers that things are simple and in order. For example, a “multi-tasker” may be capable of doing multiple things at once, however quality is compromised. The same way that if you’re stressed out about a particular event... Continue Reading...

Chasing Tone: Finding Your Sound

Chasing Tone: Finding Your Sound

The one thing every musician has troubles with is getting the right tone for them. Guitarists, drummers, and bassists find that it’s not the easiest concept to explain either. The reason for this is because tone is very subjective thing. In order to probably analyze tone you need to get one thing straight,... Continue Reading...

5 Reasons Why Rehearsals are Important to your Success

5 Reasons Why Rehearsals are Important to your Success

Ever watched your favourite bands perform and wondered how they got where they are? The current industry may be misleading in making it seem that success is all about marketing and social networking. Though those are very important aspects that must not be overlooked in the current music industry, one thing is certain,... Continue Reading...

What’s cheaper for your band: monthly or hourly rooms?

What’s cheaper for your band: monthly or hourly rooms?

Many bands jump at the opportunity to get a monthly rehearsal “lockout” room. It sounds cheaper and easier, so it must be, right? Conventional wisdom about monthly lockouts doesn't hold true anymore, as commercial rents have risen and most monthly spaces have gotten dingier. Here's a scenario of a typical Vancouver band: A band... Continue Reading...



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