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Make The Perfect Electronic Press Kit

Electronic Press Kits (EPKs) come in all shapes and sized. There is a right way to make an EPK, and a wrong way. They can help a band obtain great shows, reviews, and press, but they can also take away opportunities if they are poorly constructed. Here are some surefire tips for making the perfect…

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Designing (And Constructing) Your Reflection-Free Zone

In part three of this series, we looked at the three components of acoustic treatment: acoustic panels, bass traps and diffusors. Now I’m going to show you how to put them to use. First, let’s go over the thing that will instantly improve the sound of any room, regardless of its size: the Reflection-Free Zone…

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Mastering The E-Mail Interview

Bloggers and journalists are usually excited about doing email interviews with musicians, until they get the responses back and realize that the sub-par answers barely communicate anything of interest, much less a useable article. Don’t let this happen to you. Pick A Comfortable Setting “Sent from my iphone” are words that no journalist should ever…

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Connecting Your Fan Base: Tips From Major Label Bands

“Connect With Your Fans!” If you regularly visit any music industry blogs you likely read this all the time. It’s important advice, but there’s another step that’s just as important: helping the people in your fan base connect to each other. Once you start to have any sort of success, you won’t be able to…

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The Benefits – And Risks – Of A Residency

[Editor's Note: The following is the first in a series of articles by Ryan Sweeney about getting a residency for your band] A residency is a phenomenal opportunity to give fans something unique. Though they come in all shapes and sizes – three or four shows on consecutive nights, one show a week for several…

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The Top Five Apps for Musicians on SoundCloud

As more and more artists try to go it alone in this do-it-yourself music era, they are taking advantage of web apps that let them create and share their tracks in ways they never could before. The app gallery at SoundCloud—the popular outlet for musicians to share their work directly with fans, other artists and…

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Success Stories: Holcombe Waller’s Bed-Ins

In the past couple of years, hotels have started to more fully embrace the role of music presenter: series like the Renaissance Hotel’s RLife Live and venues like the Maritime Hotel’s Hiro Ballroom offer guests access to big-name artists, while almost any hotel with a restaurant or a large-ish lobby offers exposure opportunities to the…

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Why NXNE is Better Than SXSW

Mention South by Southwest to any band, and they will know exactly what you are talking about. Mention North by Northeast (a.k.a. NXNE), however, and you might get some puzzled looks. But for a young band, if I had to pick between SXSW and NXNE, there is no doubt in my mind that I would…