Dave Grohl keeps the music career advice simple, which it really is, but in practical application it can be a bit more complicated than it sounds. But never fear just persevere.
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Today a guest post of mine was published on Broadjam.com. I wrote about planning for the success of your music career, and specifically talked about a few music business processes that will help make your life easier if you take the time to think through them and even write them down.
These are a few ideas I referenced in The Local Music Journey book, but I've expanded on them a bit further with this post. Please check it out!
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Posted By: Nick Venturella
I finally got a chance to check out the SoundLot. It's a service for musicians, as well as artists and filmmakers, to connect with one another.
At the SoundLot you’ll discover a group of like-minded folks to connect with locally. The site boasts your ability to build relationships with local musicians, local artists and filmmakers to build an active community online that you'll hopefully be able to take off line to collaborate on projects, shows, etc.
I like the site. It's super simple and clean - not a whole lot of navigation to figure out what you need to do. The concept is simple. It's apparent the idea is to build professional artistic relationships to learn from each other allowing those who participate to further their craft beyond what they could alone.
The site offers user generated resources, tips, other sites to check out and more. If you're looking for a place to interact with others facing similar things as you, then the the Soundlot is the right place.
Groups are split up by the three main categories, music, art, and film and beyond that there are local groups by city.
Here are some of the features highlighted on the site:
-Field specific profile sections (music, art, film)
-Join local and regional groups
-Shared group documents (to keep info that the community can use)
-Rate posts (reward the best contributors)
-Share your bandcamp, soundcloud, flickr, deviantart, youtube, vimeo, twitter, and personal site
Also, here's an infographic explaining the site (click the image to make it larger):
In the last post we talked about describing yourself, your band, essentially your band's brand. In continuing that discussion a bit, I wanted to talk about the importance of language and the choice of words you use to describe yourself and your music.
It's important that you're confident in who you are and what you do as a musician. When someone asks you what kind of music you play you should be able to rattle off a clear concise and easy-to-understand message - because you've thought about this question before anyone has ever asked you.
Now, when you describe what you do, as I said before, you have to have confidence in yourself and belief in what you do, or others will sense that you don't quite believe it yourself, so why should they. In other words, if you don't take yourself seriously, in regard to your music and musical endeavors, no one else will.
So when you describe yourself and your music, or your band don't use language that minimizes or negates what you do as a musician. For example, if someone asks me what kind of musician I am and I say, "I'm just a folk/pop singer/songwriter," I've totally diminished myself and what I do as a musician making the other person hearing my description think that what I do is unimportant or insignificant because of the word, 'just.' In this example, the word 'just' is a minimizer. You want to avoid those (it's a work in progress, trust me...I'm as guilty of this as anyone).
Posted by: Nick Venturella
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I just read an article on the Wired Magazine website about a new book called, The Music Instinct: How Music Works and Why We Can’t Do Without It.
What struck me as most interesting, as a reason I might pick up the book, was learning the psychology behind how and why music evokes various emotions in its listeners. As a musician and creator of music, that sort of information could influence how I write songs to help make them more "sticky." (and by "sticky" I mean catchy--you know the kinds of songs that end up being timeless and evergreen in their popularity)
From the article it sounds like the book also discusses quite a bit of the history of music and traditional music education as it relates to understanding music terms and the math involved with reading and counting notes and measures.
By: Nick Venturella
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