Monthly Archives: October 2018

  1. HH Electronics Speakers - Review

    HH Electronics is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of power amplifiers and sound equipment. Designed for musicians by their own team of experts using their own research, HH electronics make some of the highest quality speakers on the market amongst other technically advanced products.

    HH electronics are renowned for their innovative design and production; they continue to focus on future of technology whilst keeping with their roots by continuing to engineer their products in the UK. Their newest range offers amazing performance and the highest quality at the best prices.

    The Tessen-X series delivers high power in a compact, professional system. Whether you’re a mobile DJ or you perform from home this series allows for complete flexibility and high quality sound.

    The Tessen-X 1501 has the same extensive features as the rest of the rang

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  2. 10 Social Media Ideas if you're Struggling for Content

    Keeping up with social media as a musician is an important part of promotion and marketing but it’s a lot easier said than done. What do you do when you’ve run out of ideas or you’re having a bad month when it comes to producing music but still want to engage with your audience. It can quickly become stressful when you’ve got the pressure of posting on your shoulders, especially if you’re seeing other artists gaining a big following.

    But it’s not all about posting all day every day, there is a balance and it’s something you have to work on but to help you get back on track with your online content here are a few ideas to prompt engagement.

    -          Behind the scenes is something audiences love to see. They want to be able to have a look into the process of making music and to see what it might take to produce a song. Share a minute of two of you creating some music or simply playing around with lyrics. To prompt engagements ask for some feedback or advice from your

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  3. A Peek into the Evolution of Music

    The evolution of music is an interesting one; many things can affect the kind of music that is produced. Whether its cultural changes or political ones you can see how years of history has impacted music just by listening to the popular songs of the time. The interesting part is seeing how certain sounds and ideas have been carried through the years, even now we are constantly hearing sounds that are influenced by music we’ve heard in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

    With each decade new influences meant that music has evolved and we are going to go through some of the most influential times in music and how we got to where we are today.

    Let’s start with the 40’s/50’s. The 40’s saw a new development in music; rock and roll was an exciting change and with the likes of Elvis Presley consumers were enjoying this new sound. Prior to this music wasn’t very diverse, at least compared to the later years. Classical music was the primary genre, it wasn’t until the 40’s/50’s were musi

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  4. Musical Formats and Which one is Best for your Music

    Choosing which format to release your music in is probably something you’ve already thought about but before making that final decision you might want to go over your options again to gain an understanding of which platform suits your music best.

    I’m sure you already have an idea of the different platforms and what they mean but if you are unsure and want a refresher, here are some of the different ways in which music is released and what the general requirements are.

    A single is the most popular choice for beginners. For the most part it’s as simple as releasing one song along with all the promotion it needs but that’s not strictly the rules. There have been many artists who have released singles which contain a couple of songs and they have done very well. If you’re a beginner and have a couple of solid songs you want to release just to test the grounds before releasing a full album then  a single is a good place to start. A single (if not only one song) will run a

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  5. How to Contact a Venue Manager

    After our post on picking the right venue we thought it might be helpful to give you a few tips for on contacting venue owners. Believe it or not there is definitely wrong and right ways to contact owners and how you do it can determine if you land a gig or not. For the most part it’s simply down to just being organized and respectful, these are just a few things to consider before sending off that email or making the phone call.

    An easy one to begin with is to not be pushy, this tends to come from musicians who are unorganised and strap for time, you may not have thought about it twice but if you’ve sent a dozen emails to a venue owner in the hope you can book a gig for the weekend then you’ve probably already ruined your chances. No one likes to be bombarded with emails so although it’s understandable that you may have gone a bit over board without realizing, make sure you simply follow up email or phone call a week or two later, you will give off a much better impression.

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  6. How to Say No without Ruining Relationships in the Music Industry

    Building relationships within the industry is a tool all musicians need and is something we hope we’ve helped with through our posts but what do you do when it comes to preserving those relationships, especially when having to say no.

    You have every right to turn down gigs or to turn someone away if you feel it isn’t right for you or your career, this doesn’t automatically mean you will ruin the relationship you’ve built with this person as long as you go about it the right way.

    It’s easy to just say yes, to be polite in the hope you don’t seem ungrateful and end up ruining your career but honestly accepting an opportunity that you’ve not got your heart set on can do more harm than good. Here are a few ways to lessen the blow when it comes to saying no.

    Most people simply appreciate the truth rather than skirting around the topic, if you are already committed to a project or the opportunity just isn’t right at the moment then its best to be honest. Explain yo

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  7. Finding the Best Venue for your Music

    If you’re still very new to the industry you’re probably looking to book as many gigs as you can, anywhere you can. It’s understandable that you will want to take any chance to get your music heard but ultimately there are right and wrong venues to play at, depending on your music. Where you play can have a huge impact on how your music is received so it’s important that you take that into consideration.

    There are a few things to think about when decide if a venue is the best fit for you or your band. Firstly make sure you’re up to date with the latest gigs and who is performing in your area, this can affect crowd numbers and exposure. If a large event is happening at the same time that you’re going to be performing its likely your crowd will be less than expected. If a huge band is coming into town then your audience’s attention might be elsewhere. Of course this all depends on what type of performer you are, if these other gigs are not within your genre th

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  8. Types of Band Mates to Avoid

    We’ve spoken quite a bit about band members and how to deal with conflicts within your band but ultimately to have the best chance at creating a band that works in harmony you need a few different elements. You can never really know someone’s true intentions but there are a few signs to look out for when avoiding problematic band mates.  

    A big part of working as a band is being able to consider new ideas and respect other band mate’s thoughts and opinions in order to maintain a balanced group. If you’re interviewing possible band members and he or she is coming off as a bit stubborn its best to move one, having someone who refuses to think differently or compromise will seriously impact the band and its likely there stubbornness will never budge.

    When you’re considering someone as a band member you can learn a lot from first impressions, if they’re late, hungover or bringing up personal problems its likely they will bring it to work with them. As a band its normal t

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  9. How to Avoid Common Mistakes made by Musicians

    Not everyone is perfect, we all make mistakes it’s only natural. However, working within the music industry mean our mistakes tend to be public and that can be harder to deal with. If you’re pretty good at overcoming mistakes and learning from the process then you’re probably a very strong musician however if you’re having a hard time handling it and its knocking your confidence then hopefully we can help. These small tips will help you avoid those all too common mistake musicians make and it will hopefully make you a more confident artist.

    Trust your talent, a common mistake we make is comparing ourselves to other artists but that can have a hugely negative effect on our work so it’s try to not over think it. Be confident in your music and trust your ability, it will be a huge difference. We tend to make a lot of mistakes when we focus too much of those performing well around us, we try too hard to be someone else that we ruin our own imagine. Be yourself,

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  10. How to Deal with Haters

    We spoken before about difficult fans and how to deal with them but haters are a whole other discussion. Unfortunately as great as social media can be at connecting people it’s also a feeding ground for haters and those simply out to spread negativity. With the ability to hide behind a screen it gives them free reign to say anything they want and for the most part it’s easy to handle but here are a few tips is the haters are getting out of hand.

    First off I’ve got to mention simply ignoring them, most haters get bored when no one is listening so ignoring them and giving your focus to real fans will likely get rid of them but for those who insist on sticking around there are some things you can do.

    Start killing them with kindness, if you’re so inclined to respond to them I would suggest discussing their comments in a respectful manner. If they have some harsh criticisms discuss how you can improve and what their advi

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