The music industry landscape has changed drastically over the past 10-15 years. It’s pretty much unrecognizable from the music industry that I grew up with through high school. So why hasn’t the mindset of the musicians changed as fast? For those seeking a musical path to stardom, it sounds to me that the majority of bands still see getting signed as Nirvana (the point of enlightenment, not Kurt Cobain’s band). […]
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I’ll be the first one to admit, compiling top lists like this is never easy and subject to author bias and reader criticism. However, I’m still gonna go for it. And that’s only because I’m putting this disclaimer here and letting you fantastically awesome people tell me what else I might have overlooked or should not have included in the comments on this article. We good? Aight, let’s do this. […]
There are several ways you can show your support and help local music in the Madison area, as well as any place that has a local music scene. Supporting local music isn’t expensive, a serious headache, or inconvenient. This list proves it, so no more excuses! […]
As most of you who live in Madison know, the Madison Area Music Awards, or MAMAs, are held late spring, early summer at the Overture Center. This year the MAMAs are on Sunday, June 22. The theater doors open and the Red Carpet Experience kick off at 6:00pm and the curtain rises at 7:00pm. […]
As a new band starting out, you might immediately think that there are only a couple of ways to earn extra revenue. Between that and the fact that people around you are telling you to give up the musical dream and get a real job, you might think that music will never be an actual job. But I have good news for you: music IS a real job, and those people don’t get it. […]
Each year, people in the record store industry have looked forward to that special time in April when the jolly man comes down their chimney and fills their stockings with all sorts of gifts and goodies. This year, that man is no other than Public Enemy’s very own Chuck D. And just for the record (pun intended), this has nothing to do with Christmas. It’s the third Saturday of April: It’s Record Store Day! […]
With all the discussion about tackling the music business on your own and choosing not to get signed by the existing industry, it’s hard to keep the two separate. There is plenty of overlap in several subjects that pertain to both the mainstream and independent industries. The one thing that most people say you should leave to the mainstream is your royalties and licensing. I personally would beg to differ (cue the critics!). […]
It’s almost March, and if you’re in the music industry, you know what time it is: South by Southwest (SXSW) time! As many bands make the annual trek to Austin to either perform or promote, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a guide that covers some important things to remember when representing yourself, your band, your business and your music to fans and industry professionals, at SXSW or any music event. These opportunities are about making a good impression and educating yourself, not getting discovered and signed! […]
Let’s face it: more and more of us are putting away the good ol’ fashioned FM radio and opting for services that give us more options and freedom, such as Pandora, Spotify and other Internet-based services. […]