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Below are some miscellaneous insights or topics that I've written on.

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If you want to take marketing your music to another level, then I can't recommend enough John Oszajca's music marketing manifesto. My favorite aspect of his complete program was his stance on email marketing, where he really leverages the that "1000 true fans" philosophy.

His website is a bit hokey (Flaming guitars? Seriously?), but his program really shows independant artists how to get a leg-up on signed artists.


Here's where I get stuck - I just end up listening to the song over and over again, but don't change anything. I'm unable to make an impact on the music; I'm stuck.

How do I get out of it? The answer lies by answering a single question:

“Am I creating? Or am I editing?”

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The real question to ask here is: “What album makes me feel unworthy and small?” The answer to that question is a great way to show you what music you really like, deep down inside (not just whatever fad you’re into this week). 

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If you’re already writing for a purely commercial purpose, then these examples could be used as a guide to understand what a general audience needs to enjoy a piece of music.

If you’re wanting to be very artistic in your music, perhaps those tips can help challenge you to push more boundaries in your music.

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Not only should your site show a consistent branding with how you want to present your band, but it should also include a variety of elements to make sure your fans are able to access your music as easily as possible.

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If you don't yet have a website for your band, or you need some motivation to get on it, consider these reasons why your band needs a website. 

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Having a solo project is a very different experience than having a band. You don’t have anyone to bounce your ideas off of, and like anything else going it alone provides another set of challenges that don’t exist in a group.

It’s a good idea to consider some of the difficulties that you'll experience being on your own.

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Once you get to the point where you’ve really put some hard work into a song, you’ll get to a point where you might have something rather…large. When you’ve worked hard on a big idea, it can sometimes feel like it is “beyond you”.

If this is you, then today is your lucky day.

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Sometimes we get really stuck on a musical section that we wrote because it was hard to write. We’ve been playing that riff like this for ages, so that’s the reason we should continue playing it that way.

Consider coming out of yourself, spacing yourself from the music, and taking an objective look at each part of your song to see if it really is good.

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Lowering the levels of cortisol (a natural drug your body produces) will reduce your stress and anxiety levels.

Increasing your levels of testosterone will increase your confidence.

How do you do both of those at the same time? Just change your body position for 2 minutes.

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To start off, I want to say very explicitly that I won’t be doing any scolding or making too many explicit moral claims in this article. You won’t be hearing any “piracy is the devil”, or anything else along those lines here.

I will however, share my own motivations for quitting piracy, and how to do it without the process being too painful.

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Every so often a guitar or bass sound can be so stand out that it grabs your attention immediately upon hearing the recording. Whether it be the guitar solo from “Hotel California”, or the bass tone on Tool’s “Schism”, it immediately sets itself apart from other bands doing similar things.

In just the last era of music though, we now can be impressed by a whole new array of musical instruments, so here’s my top 8 array of unique and bold synthesizers that grab my attention every time I listen (in no specific order).

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If someone comes up to you after a show and gives you a compliment, it can sometimes be awkward for to accept the feedback.

Sure, you appreciate what they’ve said, but you might not know exactly how you are supposed to react.

My first tip? Just say “Thank you”.

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Biphasic sleep allows you to sleep for only 6 hours a day, and lets you become an early riser (up before 7am), while still being a night owl (up until 1-2am).

I decided to try a Biphasic sleep experiment, and wrote about my findings here.

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Here are some things we talk about in the above interview:

  • What it's like to arrange strings for the Manchester Orchestra.
  • The top benefits of going to Berklee College of Music.
  • Art Decade's plan for managing their finances.
  • The one big problem with recording your music at Berklee (Hint: It's really important!)
  • And much more!

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It's tough enough living the life of an adult, but when you throw in a time + emotion consuming relationship, you can expect your productivity to go way down.

You CAN manage your creativity, even with some sexy (wo)man in your life.

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I've found that adding in the sub frequencies (especially below 150hz) really can add a lot more fullness to practically any song.

A lot of guys love to pump their subs so loud, you might not think of them as anything but obnoxious. But used correctly, you can create an audiophiles dream soundscape.

This is my top list of songs that I feel change dramatically when you add a great subwoofer into the mix.

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I've looked through every Jamorama review on the net, and I really feel that most people online have done a lackluster job in exploring this online guitar course.

So instead of just saying a few quick blurbs about the program, what I thought I would do is review the features I think are useful based on my advanced knowledge of the guitar.

I'll also do my due diligence in pointing out any flaws of the program too.

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I've found that dealing with out of control drunks can be a pretty big hassle.

In fact, some of my worst promotion experiences actually has to do with the bands themselves being the rowdy drunks, not the audience!

  • Part 1 (pro's of an all ages show)
  • Part 2 (con's of an all ages show)

Having an All Ages show gives the concert promoters the benefit of being able to tell people they are not allowed to brink such substances into your venue.

If you are lacking in bouncers (covered further in this article), then you will find that this can really help to keep your show under control.

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If you don't know what Music Xray is, it's a service that can help you with the marketing of your music. It allows you to match your music to opportunities (like record labels) who are looking for your type of music.

It analyzes your music, and makes the best judgment (who knows what criteria) as to who would be interested in your music.

An extra service that I'm talking about today is their focus groups. You can submit one of your songs to a group of people (they offer 25 free reviews of your song to start) and they will rate your song and give their impressions on your music.

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Some music can have so much going on at one time, that it can be alienating and difficult to listen to (that is, until you get used to it).

Wouldn't it be easier if you could just appreciate it right away, rather than having those first few "unpleasant" listens (or worse yet, not bothering to appreciate it at all?)

Understanding why the music is initially difficult to listen to, can help you speed up the process, and have you appreciating these incredible tunes the first time around.

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If you are having difficulty finding a venue to play at, one alternative option is to organize an outdoor concert of your own.

Of course this may sound like a great idea (and it is). But if you aren’t prepared, you could be in for a few surprises that could really mess up your show.

Here are a few things that you will need to consider in order to make your outdoor concert a success.

  • Part 1 - The venue + advertising
  • Part 2 - Tickets, restrooms, and electricity
  • Part 3 - Equipment + sound bylaws
  • Part 4 - Concessions, volunteers, and lighting
  • Part 5 - Other bands + conclusion

I will be using a show that my first band, A Human Nothing, organized in August of 2010 as an example. The event was called “Live @ The Grass Amphitheater”.

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It's just a silly volume pedal, so it should be really simple, right?

  • Part 1 - Pots, electro-optical circuits, stereo, or mono.
  • Part 2 - Minimum volume, powered/non-powered, power adapters.
  • Part 3 - Dunlop pedal review
  • Part 4 - Morley volume plus review
  • Part 5 - Ernie ball 6165 + conclusion.

Well you would be surprised at the quality shift you can find between different types and brands of volume pedals, which is something I’m going to explore in this article so you can make an informed decision while buying your pedal.

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If you had 1 day left to live, and you had to choose the top 40 songs you would listen to before your time on this planet came to an end...

...what would you choose? Here are my top picks, split into a 4 part series. To date, this is my highest traffic page on this website.

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Well, maybe not EVERYONE needs to know about them, but if you have even a remote interest in music, you should probably be familiar with these music figures.

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We have all heard the phrase "sometimes the simple things are the best", and although some may argue that this applies in music, I will disagree.

Of course, now you will think me as one of those "every song I listen to has to be incredibly complex with crazy time signatures and psychedelic everything" type of guys.

That's completely wrong (although I still love that stuff).

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Some people think that going to music college can ruin your creativity, while others (obviously there are others) have the perspective that a formal education in a creative art can be incredibly beneficial.

If you're the latter, then this article is for you.

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After Black Holes and Revelations, Muse kind of went in a very different direction with their music. They started recycling old idea's, and seem to be following most musical fads that are happening.

Does that mean they are selling out?

I have friends who say that Muse has become all "Pop", and others whom defend the pop genre and insist Muse may simply be broadening their musical style.

So lets take a deeper look at the situation.

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Innovation drives music, so it's no wonder that inventions and discoveries such as electricity or elasticity have had an impact on the way we arrange sounds.

But it's not just the same old music and notes with new instruments. New technology changes the way we think about and approach music.

It changes the accessibility of music for artists, and every new invention gives a different type of person a different approach to music.

Here's just a few different ways that music has changed our approaches.

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It can be an awful experience to play with a drummer who speeds up and slows down during a song. It's actually one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to playing with a band.

If you're a drummer, you do not want to be that person! If you dare justify to yourself, "I can do a lot of really cool stuff though, so it's not that important for me to be quite as on-time", then it's time to get some manners and start learning how to keep time.

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The record industry has long made consumers out to be ravenous wolves who will steal whatever they can get. The idea of "pay-what-you-want" didn't really exist, and offering your music for free was not common for large bands before "The Slip" was released.

Here's how "The Slip" and other releases have helped paved the road for alternative distribution models.

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