Tagged: songwriting

"Song Power" - The Importance of Good Songwriting

**Guest Post by Bret Alexander of The Badlees and Saturation Acres.

 

"One of the biggest problems bands have is that most musicians think they can write when they can’t. A great song is oftentimes very easy to play. A lot of great players have an almost elitist attitude about simple songs. It’s a weird aura to have in the studio. I hate it. But I can tell you (cover band musicians take heed), it is a helluva lot harder to write John Fogarty’s “Down On The Corner” than it is to play it...

 

Bands could save themselves so much suffering if they would just admit that they need better songs than they can write. Maybe they need a new member. Or they need to focus on the work of one guy in the group instead of pushing for a lukewarm democratic process..."

Musings From The Tail

**Guest Post by Bret Alexander of The Badlees and Saturation Acres.

 

Music doesn’t sell in the numbers it once did, but a bigger variety is being consumed. There is so much more to choose from. Everyone is splintering into thousands of little niches. So your best course of action as a creator is to nurture and take care of the core people who are really passionate about what you do...[And]...

 

You have to do everything yourself. And that means booking, teaching lessons, playing shitty gigs for cash, producing, making your own records, working in a music store, etc. etc. You can’t specialize anymore...

Sr. VP of Interscope Records, Neil Jacobson, on How to A&R Pop Music

 

A great song has the ability to mark a time in society and capture the spirit of a generation. It takes great musicians, writers, producers, and a team to break it in the market, but before all that happens, the pieces need to come together and someone needs to help put them together. Enter the A&R department. In this clip, Neil Jacobson, the Sr. VP of A&R at Interscope Records, talks about what he looks for in a song and why it's important that it can cross over into popular music.

Treating Your Career as a Business & Thinking Like an Entrepreneur

 

Looking for some great advice on the music business? Simple: Think like an entrepreneur and treat your career as a business. If you're serious about music as a career - not just a hobby - than you've got to think like a small start up company. Use the resources around you and be creative. Check this clip out and hear the Renman explain a bit further on how to do this.

Making Great Music

 

Every artist can put on a great performance if there are enough lights, effects, and production, but what really makes an artist stand out is a great song to back it all up. In class 7 of Renman MB's Introduction to the Music Business, Renman explains the process of how a great song comes to life and enlists the help of Grammy award winning producer and good friend, Brendan O'Brien, to share his thoughts on how it all goes down. On this episode, we discuss everything from the elements that make a song stand out to advice on how to find a great producer.

What do I need to know about Child Development as a Children’s artist?

**Guest post written by Maryann Harman, founder of Music with Mar., Inc, as featured in the DIY Musician Blog.

 

"As with anything, you should know who you are working with. In the performance field, this is called knowing your audience...you wouldn’t sing a song that lasted more than 2 minutes to a young child. Now, I’m not saying that can’t be done. It would, however, involve a lot of props and movement. When it was over, their attention may have all been spent on that one song...Here are the basics about how children respond to music..."

Smash any goal for 2015 using the Seinfeld Strategy

**Guest post from the DIY Musician Blog.

 

"Jerry Seinfeld is arguably one of the most successful comedians of our time...So how did he do it? The answer is actually much simpler than you may think and it’s a proven method to helping you effectively smash any goal you set for 2015."

Record Label Deal

**Guest post by Stephen Wrench, CEO of Musik and Film.

 

"I recently had the pleasure of pitching a very talented well produced artist to major labels...They never listened to it [the music] because their social media numbers were not good enough?"

The Real Gig: A Musician's Guide to the Universe

**Guest Post by Bret Alexander of The Badlees and Saturation Acres.

 

"I’ve been a vocational musician for almost 30 years...This is an incredibly difficult business to make any sort of sustainable living at for that long, so inevitably people ask me what advice I would have for anyone who wants to do the same. Opinions are certainly like assholes, but I’ll give you my take on that. Do with it what you will..."

Recording At Home: Taking A Song From Demo To #1

**Guest post written by Clay Mills, hit songwriter, producer, performer, and founder of SongTown.com.

 

"People often ask me if they have to do full-production demos to present songs to publishers or major artists? I do a fair amount of full demos, but I also have had about half of my major cuts from pitching home demos done on a very basic set-up on my mac laptop..."

Meet the Music Booking Agents

**Guest post written by Louise Dodgson, Editor at The Unsigned Guide.

 

"Working with a booking agent is a topic we’re often asked about by artists and bands who wonder whether they should still undertake all gig bookings themselves or acquire the services of an agent who can bag those lusted-after festival slots and tour supports. Do I need an agent? At what stage should we approach one? Will a booking agency even work with an unsigned or emerging band? If you’ve ever wondered about any of the above, this blog is for you!"

7 Tips for Filming (and Performing) Your Tiny Desk Contest Entry on Your Own

**Guest post by Niki Walker, lead videographer of NPR's Tiny Desk series. Originally posted on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest Tumblr.

 

"The Tiny Desk is essentially the opposite of a concert venue or a music video. There’s nothing to hide behind except a real, tiny desk, in a real, very-active office. In some ways, our look is easy to replicate, because it’s all about the music...A lot of people film their Tiny Desk Contest entries on their own, so we thought we’d share a few things we’ve learned by filming almost 600 of these things..."

Life and Times of the 100 Greatest Artists

**Guest post written by Matt Lindley.

 

"Every musician takes inspiration from their heroes – modern pop music owes a debt of gratitude to the Beatles and Elvis Presley, while the lineage of hip-hop runs from 1970s New York acts like Afrika Bambaataa and Kool Herc to modern stars like Drake and Kendrick Lamar. But how much do you know about the careers of the legendary artists that have paved the way? And what can the musicians of today learn from them?"