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Reflections On My Red Carpet Experiences

Red carpets are… interesting. I’m honestly still not sure where my opinion falls on the whole thing, although getting professional photographers to take pictures of you and your friends is always a good time. There’s a whole lot more to it than that – and I have to say, it’s a kind of weird experience,...

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When Does Your Indie Band Need A Manager?

A very close friend of mine asked me to be his agent earlier today and I kind of freaked out. Not because I didn’t think I could do it, but more because said friend has been around a whole lot longer than I have, and has been able to do a whole lot of cool...

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What Free Culture Means For Independent Artists

Free Culture now there’s a interesting notion to look at now isn’t it. Free Culture is also the name of a book by the lawyer and political thinker Lawrence Lessig. It would be outside of the scope of this blog to provide a review, though certain aspects of that post might take on certain review-esque...

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Precision And What It Means For YOUR Career

I might get called out for this one because it’s something I’ve struggled with for a while – and that is precision. Even as a kid I didn’t understand why I couldn’t just be ‘good enough.’ But now that I am in the professional world I have to worry about this a lot more since...

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Handshake Deals And What They Mean For Your Music Industry Career

So here’s a dirty little music industry secret that pretty much no one will ever tell you – not because it’s particularly important, in fact when you find it out you probably wont be too shocked. But in a world that seems increasingly oriented around lawyers and contracts it will certainly come off as scandalous....

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What Copyright Law Means For Your Indie Band

So, one of the things I like to write about on this blog is reflections on whatever textbook I’ve been reading (Protip: If you drop out of college to make a living in the music industry you’re going to be reading a lot of textbooks) and recently I’ve been spending a lot of time studying...

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Gimmicks And What They Mean For The Music Industry

I went to see a McDonalds themed Black Sabbath cover band on Friday night called Mac Sabbath. Lady Gaga recently had Baby Metal – a J-pop meets death metal band, open for her. Ghost won a frikkin’ Grammy for Gods sake. Meanwhile – in the pop world, costumes and stage set ups are more elaborate...

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Using The Tools Given To You: A Guide For Indie Bands

As you advance in the music industry you are going to be offered invitations into a lot of different programs that are going to claim to be able to make you money. Now – how many of these actually do is up to two factors. The first is if the resource is legitimate. There are...

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Wikipedia And What It Means For Your Indie Band

Lately I’ve been working on building a Wikipedia page for a client, it’s my first one and I’ve been at it for a few days now. It’s a strenuous process and one I’m not entirely sure that I like. It certainly isn’t for everyone – it requires a tenacity that I rarely have to tap...

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Kickstarter: The Most Important Thing Your Band Will Ever Do?

Kickstarters are rapidly become a key aspect to any young and hungry bands record release cycle. Even more established bands like Protest The Hero and Anamanaguchi who have multiple world tours under their belts are coming to rely more on Kickstarter as a tool to release their music. And this is great. A lot of...

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Is Music Industry Karma Your Key To Success?

Me and my roommate like to watch silly obscure TV shows at night when the workday is done and it’s time to crack a few beers and whip out the guitars. Right now we’re watching a show from the mid-2000’s called My Name Is Earl. It tells the story of a former petty criminal trying...

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On Discipline

I was taken with inspiration to write this particular article due to some ideas I think I’ve hinted at in other pieces I’ve written in recent months. One thing that I think I’ve already beaten this blogs readership over the head with is the importance of discipline if you wish to make it in the...

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