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Tour Prep: Van Accidents

Henry Rollins wrote a book in 1994 entitled “ Get In The Van,” which encourages young artists to put aside previous concerns and take a risk by starting their music career. However, he may have missed the part about when the van flips over… literally. Show More Summary

6 Ways To Boost Your YouTube Channel

While its become controversial within the industry, there's no denying that YouTube remains one of the most important social media platforms for music. Here we go beyond the basics, and look at some more in-depth ways to promote your music and reach fans. ____________________________ Guest Post by Fiona Z Weib...

Music, Marketing, Me

Music is one of the few things that comes quite naturally for me; I don’t know why I love it, but every day I wake up and know that I am excited to keep writing, recording and singing. It’s been that way for a while now. I spent most...Show More Summary

Gaining Exposure: Music And The Indie Gaming Community

Getting people to listen to your music even once is a challenge, but getting them to engage with it and listen repeatedly is even harder. Luckily, the indie gaming community provides the perfect context in which to have listeners form a bond with your music. ______________________________ Guest Post by...

It's Time To “Daydream” With YouTube’s VR Platform

Eager to be at the forefront of popularizing innovative new tech, Google recently announced their new high-quality virtual reality platform known as "Daydream," set to be released this fall, a platform for which YouTube also plans on creating a dedicated app. _____________________________________ Guest Post by Nathan Day: Account Manager, Video...

10 Years of BalconyTV, 10 Celebratory Facts

In recognition of indie favorite BalconyTV's ten year anniversary, its founder Stephen O'Regan offers us ten facts about how the daily online music show works and where it stands today. ______________________________ By Stephen O'Regan, Co-Founder, BalconyTV on The Orchard's The Daily Rind It’s BalconyTV‘s 10th anniversary. As the one who...

Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Drop Out Of Presidential Race, But News Nets Drop Speech Mid-Way Through

With all the primaries over and Hillary Clinton having wrapped up the Democratic nomination, Sen Bernie Sanders is still not going quietly into the political night. In a livestreamed address to his supporters also carried on cable news, the Vermont Senator vowed to keep up his fight until the Democratic Convention later this summer. Show More Summary

Legacy Revenue Share Deals: More Trouble Than They're Worth?

In the streaming age, revenue share calculations have become so complex and convoluted that it be difficult to tell if artists and labels are being paid what they deserve, begging the question of whether revenue share deal are worth bothering with. __________________________ Guest Post by Chris Castle on Music Tech...

Google's Project Magenta Used Machine Learning To Write A Song [LISTEN]

Can a machine really write a good song? Sound scary? Perhaps, a more interesting question is, how might a musician collaborate with a machine to write a song or make art? Google is funding projects that explore these questions and they want artists to get involved. _____________________________________________ Google has launched...

Sorry Not Sorry: Indie Musician Sues Bieber, Skrillex For Copyright Infringement Over A Sample They Didn't Use

Indie artist Casey Dienel, who releases music under the name White Hinterland, recently filed a lawsuit against the Bieber/Skrillex dream team, claiming that the song "Sorry" uses a sample stolen from her 2014 release "Ring the Bell." The evidence, however, seems a bit shaky. ____________________________________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick...

YouTube Personality Sues Critics...

In the latest of what seems to be a never ending stream of ridiculous lawsuits, YouTube star Matt Hosseinzadeh has filed a lawsuit against H3H3 Productions after the channel released a reaction video criticizing some his recent material. _______________________________ Guest Post by Tim Cushing on Techdirt Copyright: for when you...

7 Ways To Be A Happier Musician

The life of an independent artist comes with plenty of physical and emotional challenges to overcome, and staying positive can, at times, be incredibly difficult. In this piece, we look at seven practices that can keep you from getting to down in the dumps and jeopardizing your career. _____________________________ Guest...

5X Grammy Winner Calls YouTube "Criminal Racketeers" In Open Letter To "Pushers Of Piracy"

In an "Open Letter to YouTube, 'Pushers' of Piracy" composer, bandleader and five-time Grammy winner Maria Schneider leaves no stone unthrown as she goes after Google and its YouTube subsidiary: "... for the vast majority of the artistic community, including me, and every musician I know (and I know thousands),...

Prince And Negativland: Tilting At A Similar Copyright Windmill

In the wake of their recent passing, this piece by George Howard looks at the surprising corollary between two artists, Prince and Richard Lyons of Negativland, both of whom greatly impacted the world of music industry copyright. _________________________________________________ Guest Post by George Howard on Forbes Like the rest of the...

J Dilla's Low-End Genius

In this piece Carter Lee deconstructs the intricate basslines of deceased record producer and rapper J Dilla, examining the structure of his music both in terms of the theory behind it and the challenges of recreating his specific tone. ________________________________ Guest Post by Carter Lee on Soundlfy's Flypaper I often...

4 WaysTo Be A Tighter Live Band

There’s nothing worse than a band that sounds great on record but sounds like garbage live. Not only can this lead to a fan feeling cheated financially, but the band in question can might lose their credibility as talented artists as well. Show More Summary

Lessons From Prince And His Struggles With Digital Music

In addition to his legacy as an artist and performer, Prince also had, throughout his career, a complex relationship with the world of digital music distribution, and while he certainly tried many different tactics when it came to making his music available to the public, it's unclear just how successful...

Sharpton: Larry Wilmore's calling Obama the 'N-word' was in 'bad taste'

Larry Wilmore's use of the N-word to President Obama at end of his White House Correpsondents' dinner performance received the stamp of disapproval from the Rev. Al Sharpton. "Many of us are against using the N-word period," Sharpton said at MSNBC's after party that followed the event at the Washington...

If You Use Bandcamp Or Soundcloud, You MUST Tag Your Music

While many artists may forget or simply not bother adding tags to their music, tags are incredibly useful as far as making your music discoverable not only to fans, but also anyone else in the industry searching for music like yours. Here we look at some pointers for maximizing the...

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Embraces Indie Rock, Does Right By Copyright

Although the second track, "Hold Up," from Beyonce's latest album Lemonade may at first seem to be brazenly ripping off preexisting tracks, closer inspection reveals that she seems to be taking all the proper legal and moral precautions. ____________________________ Guest Post by George Howard on Forbes Listening to the second...

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