29 06, 2020

Beat the Songwriting Blues: 5 ways to cure writer’s block and become a better songwriter

By |2020-07-01T09:46:27-04:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business, Guest Author|Tags: , , , |

There is nothing more frustrating as a songwriter than sitting down to pen your next single only to come up empty at the end of the day because inspiration never came. During the age of the independent musician, it is more important than ever to make the best use of our increasingly smaller amount of songwriting time as we wear many hats. To help beat those songwriting blues, here are five ways to overcome [...]

26 06, 2020

Covers: Copyright or Copy-wrong?

By |2020-06-28T07:08:22-04:00June 26th, 2020|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business, Guest Author|Tags: , , |

Disclaimer: This is an overview of licensing and copyrighting, for reference – not legal advice. Copyright Copyright law is a minefield and failure to play by the rules can land you in hot water. There are many myths and misconceptions about what is and isn’t allowed and the law differs considerably between the UK and US. For example, the US operates “Fair Use”, while the UK abides by “Fair Dealing”. This means that while [...]

8 06, 2020

Five Top Tips To Become A DIY PR Pro

By |2020-06-28T07:09:05-04:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business, Guest Author|Tags: , , , , |

by Laura Jenkins @LauraYourForte “Marketing is telling everyone you’re great in bed; Public Relations (PR) is getting someone else to say it.” PR is a powerful tool for anyone hoping to build their audience organically through a presence in the media (i.e. print & online publications, blogs, TV, and radio). It is often deemed more valuable than marketing seeing as anyone can buy an ad for self-promotion but convincing a journalist with a great [...]

29 10, 2019

Can You Be Creative As A Songwriter If You Are Sober? by @ROCassataMusic

By |2020-07-01T09:43:50-04:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: DIY, Guest Author, Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When people find out that I’m a singer-songwriter who is sober, they usually have one main question for me. “How has being sober affected your songwriting? Can you still write?” Photo by David Yerby One of the major concerns I had about committing to a sober life was my songwriting. I wondered how it would affect my writing. Would I still be as creative? Would I have enough juicy stories to tell? [...]

15 07, 2019

How to Get More Free Views on Facebook

By |2020-06-28T07:20:35-04:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business, Official, Tips|Tags: , , , |

I will try to help you get more free views on Facebook for 2019/2020 in this short article. You are not alone in your struggle to be heard or at least feel noticed. Getting to that is a process of understanding your following. Knowing what works and what doesn’t will certainly help a lot! Thankfully there are tools to help you find out, Facebook (Insights) and Twitter (Analytics).   I am going to help [...]

18 06, 2019

Three Key Foundations for your Future in the Music Business

By |2020-06-28T07:12:49-04:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: DIY, DIY Music Business|Tags: , , |

Your Future in the Music Business. You've got your band, you've been playing together for years and you've all decided to really give it a go to hit the big time. What do you need to do to give yourself the best chance of this happening from a business perspective? The vast majority of bands that we have come across in our time are 'all about the music'. This is fine if you're happy [...]

8 09, 2018

TOUR HACKS: A Nervous & Prepared Musicians Guide

By |2020-07-01T09:44:16-04:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: DIY, Gig Tips, Guest Author, Tips|Tags: , , , , |

What to bring on the road to survive Written by Ryan Cassata with help from Mae Krell & April Rose of the Rose Monarch Photo Credit: Mae Krell Touring is probably the most freeing thing I’ve ever participated in so far. I live for it and I want to be on the road as much as possible. While touring is fun, there’s also a lot of stress and a lot of thought [...]

26 07, 2018

The Power of Non-Power Chords by @GhostlyBeard

By |2020-07-01T09:45:11-04:00July 26th, 2018|Categories: DIY, Guest Author, Stories, Tips|Tags: , , , |

My first attempt at learning classical harmony was a failure! I was 16 or so then and was interested in learning more about music and especially how to write. What stopped me from learning classical harmony was one of the rule that you learn early on: it says that you shouldn't use consecutive fifths. It's the biggest no-no that you will be taught: "Consecutives are the no.1 bad guy in figured bass! You must [...]

21 06, 2018

Why Proper Show Etiquette Can Pay Off

By |2020-06-28T07:25:51-04:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: DIY, Gig Tips, Guest Author, Tips|Tags: , , , , , |

Why Be Nice, Show Etiquette I recently played a show where the opening acts were so rude! They acted this way towards the sound man, venue, promoter and to me and the other act…the co-headliners of the show. They were so rude that it was noticeable to my friends and family who had come a long way to see the show. Before the door guy even let any fans inside the venue…the band sent someone [...]

1 05, 2018

Greater Success Selling Your Music & Merch

By |2020-06-28T07:28:42-04:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: DIY, Tips|Tags: |

Do Less Actual Promotion In this short article, i'll give a few tips on how to have greater success selling your music and merchandise. Too many artists out there in social media land use promotional type language trying to sell their wares. Also, sharing music directly with someone as an introduction will most often fail. The general public is becoming deaf to all the noise out there! Ever notice that on TV or radio [...]