Building Your Music Business Team - Part 1: Publicists

October 24, 2014

Welcome to “Build Your Team,” a 3-part series of posts where we'll tell you about who you may want to help take your career to the next level: a publicist, a booking agent and a manager.

In each case, you should not put the cart before the horse—in other words, don't let the concern for building your team distract you from making your music. You first need to have a solid body of work and some live performance experience under your belt before any serious people will want to work with you.

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Rock & Roll Singer-Songwriter Danny Worsnop Does It All

October 22, 2014

"She's an unrelenting b#tch, the entertainment industry," said Asking Alexandria frontman and singer-songwriter Danny Worsnop. "You just gotta stick with it."

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Start Podcasts the Easy Way, Part 2

October 17, 2014

In Part 1 of this post, we detailed the first two steps to get a podcast ready for distribution. Now we look at how to make it successful.
3) Create a Website
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Start Podcasts the Easy Way (Part 1)

October 15, 2014

Podcasts are ubiquitous on the Internet. It’s easy for performing musicians and producers to get in on this trend, and use podcasts to promote themselves and connect with listeners. One of the great things about the medium is that you have 100% creative control and freedom to create a podcast of any length, and with any content that you want. 

Some reasons for musicians and producers to start a podcast include:

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Audio Engineering Ace Steven Slate's Words of Wisdom

October 10, 2014

Audio Engineer, Software Developer, Business Man: Steven Slate is all that and then some. He's become a music industry powerhouse for his line of Slate Digital and Slate Pro Audio products, which have revolutionized the way music is recorded, mixed and mastered. His unique tools can be heard on tracks by top artists like Taylor Swift and Black Eyed Peas, and are used by the best producers in the game including Chris Lord Alge, Jay Baumgardner, Justin Niebank and Michael Brauer, among others.

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Protect Your Hands & Learn Good Guitar Technique

September 26, 2014

"Stop Trashing Your Hands!" That's the excellent advice that we received from Martina Fasano, a guitarist and blogger for Guitar Player magazine's GPBlog.  Next Level Noise couldn't have said it better, so we've decided to share her helpful tips below on how to protect your hands and learn good guitar technique.
“It’s all in the hands.”
As a guitarist, you’ve heard countless players claim that’s where their tone comes from. While that is hardly research-based evidence that one could bet the farm on, what is a fact is that if you don’t take care of your hands, you may not be able to play at all.

As a 16-year-old, I spent countless hours practicing my guitar. I played until my hands hurt so much that it was impossible to even think about strumming another chord. Like most young people, I assumed that nothing would ever prevent me from being able to continue such a practice regimen. I was wrong.
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