A friend recently commented that bands used to be older and uglier, but made better music! I'm not sure if they were uglier, I suppose you could argue that today's artists all look so manicured and attractive that perhaps uglier artists don't get a look in but I'd like to think not.
Getting your music heard by record labels can be tough. Very tough. Record labels have limited resources and don't have time to listen to thousands of songs, especially when most are under par.
If you see your favorite bands play live you will notice they sound tight and 'in the pocket'. But how do you achieve this level of control with your band?
London has always been the destination of choice for musicians with it's vast array of live venues, record labels, recording rooms and so on. We take a look at a new destinations which is becoming more popular with musicians.
It appears that originality is as alluring to us humans as shiny things are to magpies. But why is it so hard to be original?
Recording your music in a professional audio studio has become more and more redundant as home set ups gain in power and musicians learn the art of music production. But, there is something that audio studios offer which many musicians tend to overlook.
As rental prices increase across the UK, we are asking musicians if they value privacy over space!
Does every musician know deep down who they are ripping off and just learn to live with it? That's an interesting question posted on Quora. Let's explore it a little ...
You've heard of the phrase “big in Japan”, but what about China? We all know how fast their economy has grown in recent years so should we be looking to sell our music out there?
Being a songwriter used to be a 'proper' job. You'd learn your craft and write-to-order for a music publisher or direct for a record label roster. But nowadays it seems almost impossible to be paid for writing music. Placing songs with credible artists feels out of reach for so many songwriters, but why is that?
I bet you simply love marketing your music, constantly calling labels, radio stations and banging on industry doors.
What? .. did I hear you say you don't like marketing? If I'm honest I've never met a single musician who enjoys marketing their music. I've met people who have good marketing ideas and seem to have a skill for it but fundamentally it's like polishing brass, it's hard work, boring and not at all creative.
Just imagine if we could create songs in our bedrooms and get “discovered” as if by magic, but alas, that just doesn't happen. To be discovered requires a great deal of marketing. There is no escaping that.
Apple Beam has spent the last three years knee deep in music marketing due to a partnership with Audo Rokit. We've gone a stage further and developed an Artist Promotion package to take care of all your marketing. Think of it as zen marketing because we really have everything covered!
Here we go, changing the website again! Sorry guys if you are feeling disorientated by our constant image change but we're not web designers - we're music producers!
This is a bell curve. It shows in a rather effective way how we learn any new skill, whether that's the trumpet, bass guitar or playing cricket. As beautiful as it is in it's simplicity, the bell curve hides an uncomfortable truth. But can we learn from this truth and increase our ability to learn faster?
Here we explore several ways to get free music production. For many musicians and bands, it's the cost associated with music production that limits their growth.
For every new song idea you have, you need to spend money for studio time and producer/engineers. Read on to see how you could get free music production!
A non job is a form of income which you get without the need to work for an hourly wage. I am thankful that I managed to achieve this several years ago and I would like to share with you how I did it. Read the full story here
A buddy of mine sent me this article the other day which pointed out how trends are changing significantly in the album buying world. Today's music buyers can't be doing with the long ass albums full of filler songs, so they download singles ... in other words, just the good stuff.
Record labels know that (more than ever) quality songs are the best marketing tool out there. Forget social media hype, that has failed for a number of recent high profile releases, such as Paul McCartney and Katy Perry - in our throw away culture you need outstanding songs to shine through.
In a recent BBC Four documentary called Storyville, The Great Hip Hop Hoax, we learned how two lads from Dundee duped the record industry by pretending they were from California.
The Scottish hip-hop duo Silibil n’ Brains were getting nowhere in the industry until they lied and told venue promoters that they were a hot new act from USA. The interesting thing was how their image alone got them signed to a major label.
Imagine signing songwriters and producers and creating your very own songwriting dream team. It seems out of reach for many of us, but being the boss of your own music publishing company is actually more straight forward than many would think.
You will need to network like crazy and bring together songwriters, lyricists, musicians and producers so that they may create world class songs for you to "shop" to labels, radio and television, movies, restaurants, malls, elevators and so on.
Your job would be to place your teams songs with famous artists. You would retain a share of the publishing (anywhere from 15-30%) and the songwriters would share the rest.
There are lots of misconceptions about microphones and pre-amps. We get lots of people asking us if we have "professional" gear before they book with us. Of course, we have state of the art gear but I'm going to be controversial here and say that most modern gear is good enough.
We are excited to start work with Walker, a talented female singer from London. Darren "Ghost" Monson is developing Walker and concentrating on the sound for her début album, "This is Walker".
We made the decision to go for a very retro 80's, 90's dance sound with modern vocals because ... well, we think it's a cool sound!
Do you slave over your craft, spending hours doing vocal scales or practising licks on the bass guitar? There's nothing wrong with practising your craft, in fact it is essential but there are two things arguably more important and these two things are largely overlooked, or at least not made a priority, by many musicians.
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