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Artists. The importance of your first impression (and how to not blow it)

 I was recently at a large music event full of networking opportunities over the course of 4 days. There I witnessed a lot of artists who were either making or breaking their chance at a career and didn’t even know it. In taking advantage of their surroundings, upcoming artist were …

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The importance of Communication and your career

The music industry is one big relationship, where communication is the ultimate part of it’s existence.  Having people skills, common practically and good communication will get you very far in your career. Whether it be on the industry side or as an artist/band. Here 6 key details in how communication can …

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Roles and responsibilities of your team

Depending on your where you are at to date with your music career, there are various team members you may have already have, or want to hire to help as you gain more success. The larger the artist, the larger your team is. It is important for you to know the …

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Country Music and its effects on female artists.

Why can’t women in Country music break the barrier and get a top spot on the Billboard Chart? It has been a long 2+ years since a female artist’s single hit  #1 on Country Radio Charts, Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away was the last to accomplish that in November 2012. Now …

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Tips and tricks for your best shot of having a career as a Hired Gun.

A Hired Gun, is a musician who gets paid per show for their skills, and will play/perform other peoples music for them live, in the studio or for music videos. This is a different roll as a “band member” who would write the music, perform live, and split band income. …

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Top 5 pet peeves on band submissions. Things you may be doing wrong.

Here are some incoming emails that I get when bands are looking for management. These things drive me crazy and lead to a bad first impression. Here are some tips on “What not to do” when you are enquiring for management/labels etc. This may be a slap of reality as …

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Beyonce’s success on her new self-titled visual album. 0 singles, 0 marketing, 0 leaks.

Beyonce’s new self-titled visual album has in one quick swoop, outsold both Gaga and Katy Perry’s recent albums, turned conventional marketing on it’s head, but more importantly; brought back a personal experience or event to the pop music world.  In a genre dominated by singles, multi-million dollar marketing schemes and …

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Some insight on Arcade Fire’s Marketing Of “Reflektor”

  I wanted to take the time to do a bit of a case study for you all so you can notice the value and importance of Marketing your brand and music. Chances are you’ve heard of the band Arcade Fire.  Their recent album “Reflektor” has charted at #1 in …

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SOCAN Press Release: agreement to collect more money for artists from Youtube

November 6, 2013 SOCAN has entered into an agreement with Audiam that will make it easier for SOCAN members to receive additional money that they deserve from the use of their music in any videos posted to YouTube. The agreement is believed to be the first of its kind for …

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Q&A with Chief: Basics of Tour Managing

Chief, my boss and mentor started out doing live sound and audio engineering. His first band ever recorded some 17 years ago in Vancouver, BC was Nickelback; before anyone had ever heard a song or had seen a live show. As they started to gig around town, they asked Chief …

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