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8 09, 2018

TOUR HACKS: A Nervous & Prepared Musicians Guide

By |2018-09-08T14:52:42-04:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Gig Tips, Guest Author, Tips|

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 needs to put into it and what to bring! A lot of unexpected things can happen on tour! You may not be able to find a place to eat for hours. You may get lost someplace where there’s no cell reception. These things have happened to me and I’m glad that I had some necessary items to ease my mind and get me moving forward on [...]

26 07, 2018

The Power of Non-Power Chords by @GhostlyBeard

By |2018-07-26T10:48:57-04:00July 26th, 2018|Categories: 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 NEVER write consecutives." (see https://www.mymusictheory.com/for-students/grade-6/175-the-rules-of-harmony#con5) At the time, I was mostly interested in rock music, and one of the thing that you will hear all the time in rock, on the guitar at least, is power chords, and power chords are nothing more than root+fifth(+octave). You will hear them all the time, in any kind of rock music... They are easy to play, they are easy [...]

21 06, 2018

Why Proper Show Etiquette Can Pay Off

By |2018-06-20T20:03:40-04:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: 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 to talk to me and asked if they could soundcheck before me, I had already been waiting for my soundcheck for over an hour at this point, the band said “It’ll only take 15 minutes.” I said “sure” and I waited. The band sound checked for over an hour. When they played…it was no better. They didn’t thank any of the openers before them, they didn’t [...]

15 06, 2018

Advice from Whiplash PR & Management @Whiplashpr

By |2018-06-15T07:57:32-04:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Sponsor, Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Whiplash PR & Management   Introduction How do I take over 20 years of experience and mistakes and boil everything down to a blog. I started to think about where I spend most of my time these days when discussing press campaigns with potential clients and it all comes down to education. Most bands really have no idea what a publicist does and when they should hire a publicist. Plus, there are blogs on every site imaginable telling you what you HAVE to do to make it, or what you NEED to have before you outsource a publicist. Most, well 99% are wrong. It is confusing to most because of all the options out there: social media consultant, brand expert, radio rep, video marketing, tour manager, booking agent, music publisher and the list goes on and on. Well, I am [...]

21 05, 2018

Official Indie Music Bus imbChat #imbChat

By |2018-05-27T07:46:13-04:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: Official, Online Chat, Social Media Network, Tips|

#imbChat Welcome to the official page for our Indie Music Bus Twitter Chats imbChat. These chats should grow a community of musicians and supporters. You can see previous chats here. Chats on Tuesday and Thursday 6PM EDT | 3PM PDT | 5PM CDT | 11PM BST  Saturday [ 4PM EDT | 1PM PDT | 3PM CDT | 9PM BST ]  Be notified via our Newsletter, with the Online Chat checked, of upcoming chats.       Chats on the Books   Tue 5/22/18    Friday 5/25/18 Four chats will be held per week: Tue 6pm Est, Fri 6pm Est, (Sat 10am Est and 3pm Est) The official Twitter account is @imbChat For now we suggest using TweetDeck and adding a column for imbChat. If you know of a better Chat client, let us know! If you use TWchat, it has features to filter [...]

13 05, 2018

How to Book Your Own Tours DIY @ROCassataMusic

By |2018-10-03T10:09:11-04:00May 13th, 2018|Categories: Gig Tips, Guest Author, Indie Music Support, Tips|Tags: , , , , |

by Ryan Cassata I booked my first tour, completely DIY style, when I was 15 years old. I wasn’t well-known at all in the music world and I didn’t have a big following, so there was no guarantee that I would pack out venues with screaming fans. All I had at the time were some videos of me performing live on YouTube. That was key, because venues could hear what I actually sounded like live without any vocal effects or edits. HOW DID I BOOK THIS TOUR? It’s important to note that I booked the tour months in advance, when venues still had tons of availability. Plan ahead because space fills up quickly! The first thing I did was map out the distance from city to city of all the places I wanted to stop and perform in. I was doing [...]

1 05, 2018

Greater Success Selling Your Music & Merch

By |2018-05-01T16:07:13-04:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: Tips|

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 station shows, there is a great personality doing them? People often watch shows or listen to a particular radio station because of the personality and not just the music or video content! Knowing this, you can use it to your advantage! Since you will be working with text and images online most often, the words you chose are important. Many of you are songwriters so use [...]

7 10, 2017

Make it sound startling right from the beginning

By |2017-10-07T17:30:05-04:00October 7th, 2017|Categories: Tips|

by Elijah Kuttikhen - professional Audio Engineer, EKmixmaster.com online mixing and mastering studio owner, tutor. Somebody of the great personalities said: “Record like there is no mixing, mix like there is no mastering.” To my mind, it’s impossible to say more precisely! In this article, I’m trying to give some tips to bedroom producers on what they should do and how they shouldn’t approach the process of composing in order to achieve an ideal track sound already from an early stage. And what I’d like to start with is the order of instruments addition to the arrangement. Many years of my personal experience in audio post production field prove that work sequence with instrumental tracks has a phenomenal impact on plugins and techniques selection and ultimately on the sound of a finished song. The same concerns arrangement – the producer inevitably gives [...]

27 06, 2017

Gain New Fans with Custom Wristbands Affordably

By |2017-06-28T07:31:01-04:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: Promotion, Tips|

Wristband Self Promotion Idea: Use wristbands to help new fans remember your band name and website or email address! For a while now we were offering up a tip on Twitter that you could purchase a rubber hand stamp that had your bands name or website address. and ask to use it at the door at gigs. It's a great idea but they were often hard to read. The other day a thought came to mind about the last time we went to a venue and they put a wristband on our wrists to show we purchased a ticket. They were a throw away version and that had no branding. But what if we could find some that offered customization? So we did some research and found different places that had some but they were too expensive because they are [...]