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The Queen Is Dead

Hell hath no fury like the sound of the drums thundering The Smiths third record to an open. Perhaps the four piece’s finest showcase of their combined musicianship, ‘The Queen Is Dead’ was a defiant movement of rock versus the monarchy, Johnny Marr’s fiery wah-wah lines leading the procession for Mike Joyce’s angry drumming to follow. Grabbing the microphone, Morrissey’s vocals give a doctrine to the listeners, a muscular styling in place of effete marvelling. “The Queen is dead boys, and it’s so lonely on the limb” he bellows, smirk audibly placed, his most forceful vocal since ‘ How Soon Is Now?’. Little wonder it remains very much in Morrissey’s mainstay set-list thirty years later.

Bridging a gap between the song-writing brilliance of ‘Meat Is Murder’ and the tremendous sonic atmosphere courtesy of ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’, ‘The Queen’ found the four piece at the height of their live prowess, Marr a more versatile guitar player, Morrissey a stronger performer than heard previous. Orchestrated during their 1985 U.K. tour, Marr came up with guitar riffs and melodies during their sound-checks. Aided by Joyce and bassist Andy Rourke, the band’s arrangements would be the tightest ever heard.

Bluesy and literate, ‘The Queen’ would name check the band’s influences as far afield from Paul McCartney to Johnny Thunders, Billie Whitelaw to Oscar Wilde. Marr’s funk influences would come into play on ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’, his self-confessed love letter to Nile Rodgers, Morrissey’s endearing nuanced whisper would be played to strong effect on ‘I Know It’s Over’. ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ threw skiffle stylings with Byrd jangles into the foray, the duo placing their jubilant skills on each other, Andy Rourke’s bass bouncing between melody and guitar solo. One of the finest pop players of his generation, Rourke’s plays it over real life best friend’s Marr’s playing, their kindred sociability visible in their interactions.

Such a mélange would lead to certain unnecessary noodling or irrelevant compositions, ‘Frankly Mr. Shankly’ and ‘Vicar In A Tutu’ particularly guilty of this accusation. But when used appropriately, the band’s forlorn attitude would work excellently. Although a melodramatic title, ‘Never Had No One Ever’ proved one of the finest songs Morrissey ever penned, ‘Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others’ proof his dark wit had aged with the turn of the eighties. Co-producing the record with songwriting partner Morrissey, Marr looked to the production of sixties legend Phil Spector, layering the various instruments, seducing the listener more than it attacked. Marr’s vibrato would be better served by engineer Stephen Street’s technical know -how, echoing into and out of the songs when needed. Street would later prove himself a competent producer, as Morrissey’s excellent solo debut and Blur’s most successful albums would attest.

Street’s tenacity for effects and Marr’s ear for melody would be best served on ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, a song ridiculously passed as a single until its belated release in 1992. While Morrissey was resilient to the idea that a synthesiser be used on the record, the song’s synthesised string arrangement brings such feeling to the beautiful song, it is impossible to imagine the song without it. “If a double-decker bus, crashes into us/ to die by your side, the pleasure, the privilege is mine” echoes Morrissey over what may have been the finest song Morrissey and Marr ever wrote together.

MS Whitney Houston Who Voice Now Illuminates Heaven

MS. WHITNEY:A star whose light went dim before the final curtain call was FULLY REALIZED. She was on a comeback train that never quite arrived, or shall we clarify and say that the train stopped suddenly and without warning.

AT TIMES, Sweet, endearing, beautiful and multi-talented people, leave the planet FAR too soon. I WOULD PUT MS. HOUSTON AT THE TOP OF THIS LIST..

My guess is that God; The Universe, and the angels, IN HEAVEN, have a special theater for YOU and that you AND THE ANGELS are singing hymns, songs and praises to the Almighty One; that your voice is resonating louder and bolder than ever- MORE INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL THAN EVEN YOU MS. HOUSTON, COULD HAVE ever thought possible.

My one question is:” Why did you choose to go so soon?”

I realize that it is selfish OF US, all of your brothers and sisters in Christ, YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FAN-BASE, to ask you to want to stay on the planet and entertain us when you are so full of inner beauty, majesty and shine. Your voice vibrates and illuminates in a display of the creator’s love for art, music, singing and melodies that HAVE EVEN touched OUR Heavenly Father’s heart…

May the eager harp players, pianists and background vocalists, that are now in Heaven, rejoice in knowing that their lead singer: Ms. Whitney; desired to arrive and play a concert for the Almighty One; melodies and vibrations enjoyed day in and day out for ALL eternity, as we enjoyed your voice on the earthly plane of existence.

IN HEAVEN, the light is no longer dim, the light is brighter and more beautifully illuminated, if that can even be imagined.

From the Lord you received your voice to transmute beautiful vibrations of sound and majesty, released and expressed out into the world, NOW your soul is consecrated to the Almighty Lord, returning to Him; where your home is forever and I’ll bet that you engage and illuminate Heaven in an amazing way!!!!…

Thank you LORD for giving the world your beautiful, live singing SONGBIRD WITH THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL: MS.WHITNEY HOUSTON, for as long as you let the world listen and hear such a remarkable song bird, letting us all see the beauty in your majesty and in all that you touch, if we allow ourselves to listen to your divinity, and follow our hearts and our faith to trust in the Lord to guide us everyday. WE TOO CAN REACH SUCH AMAZING HEIGHTS OF SPLENDOR AND GRACE. IN OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL AND UNIQUE FORMULA AND SENSE OF ADVENTURE.

Many blessing’s to YOU, MS. HOUSTON, BOBBY BROWN and BOBBIE CHRISTINA, a family that will all reunite in HEAVEN. MS. Whitney Houston Who’s Voice Now Illuminates Heaven-A True Songbird – We Will Always Love You!

A Lifetime of Gigs

I love playing shows. Even the ones where I’m exhausted. Just getting up on a stage is like a drug for me. I’ve played hundreds, maybe close to a thousand shows over the last ten years of my life.

But yet, it’s only happened a few times, perhaps about four that I can truly remember, where there’s this perfect synergy between band and audience. You look around and the band is just clicking, the vibe is right, the energy is high and the crowd is totally into the show.

Four times. From 1990 to present day.

These are those times: –

– Roxy Cinema, Trinidad (October 1990) – My first ‘real’ show with my thrash metal cover-band Warhead, I didn’t even know what a sound check was, I hadn’t a clue what playing a ‘rock show’ entailed. Tt the end of our set, the crowd was screaming our name, I was 16. We played an encore. The band lasted another year before we called it a day. I thought my music career was over then. Little did I know it was just beginning.

– El Mocambo, Toronto, Canada (November 2008) – From 2004 – 2008, I occasionally did solo shows. They weren’t my favourite but, this time I played a solo acoustic show for a group of underprivileged migrant school children. They all wanted my autograph after. I’ve never experienced such gratitude, I was 34. They never heard my music before. Such honesty and appreciation.

– Womad Festival, London, England (July 2014) – Charlie Gillet Stage, 4pm show. The crowd was screaming for us (Kobo Town) in between every song. They sang along to songs they never heard till that evening, I know this because we’ve never played at Womad before. It was the loudest and most appreciative audience we’ve ever played for, we signed autographs for almost an hour after, I was 40.

– Assumption Church, Trinidad (2001 – present) – The Saturday evening choir is sometimes a hit and miss, but every once in a while we get it right, and we play hymns the way they’re meant to be played – reverent, with love and homage to God, and I can see the look on the parishioners, that they enjoy what we do, and for a brief moment, the church is filled with a sense of peace and love. God’s peace perhaps.

What Is Form

When I was a teenager watching the West Indies play test cricket against Australia, I would hear my dad say over and over that such and such was ‘in form’ or that another batsman was ‘out of form’.

I always wondered what he meant. What caused a batsman to be in form? What is form?

For that matter, what causes any sportsperson to be in form or out of form for that matter? Is it talent? (although that is a subjective question), is it training? Is it a particular time of year or season? Is it luck? Is it how much the person is enjoying the game? Is it their practice routine? Is it just being in the right place at the right time and then presto, everything starts to click?

And can we take this to the realm of music where we can say sometimes, when a musician is sounding a bit sloppy, that they are ‘out of form’? When a band doesn’t sound tight, can we say they are out of form?

Perhaps.

Having watched my beloved Barca crumble in the space of two weeks (April 2nd till April 17th) for the 2016/2017 season where they’ve gone from being the only team to possibly repeat winning the Treble in back to back years to being ousted from the quarterfinals of the Champions League and now they’re tied at the top of the table in La Liga where up until two weeks ago they had a nine-point lead. How did this catastrophe happen?

For want of a better word – form. Barca’s star forwards – Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez have played more minutes collectively than any other group of forwards (in other teams of course) so far for this season. They seem physically fit, but they are mentally burnt out. e.g. Neymar hasn’t scored or had an assist since February.

They maybe fit or claiming to be, but the end result paints a different picture. Last year this time they were unstoppable, now, they’ve lost the last 4 out of 5 games (their worst record since 2003). There are holes in their defence, the midfield is wobbly and their star forwards aren’t producing goals.

Could it be that the entire team is out of form? And before this they were on an unbeaten streak of 39 games! A world record. So what happened? How can you go from being in form to being out of form so quickly?

It’s such a subtle thing, but I believe form has everything to do with practice, preparation, rest and rotation.

How do you prepare for a game? A show? – do you leave it all to chance, or do you rehearse everything? How much time do you practice? Do you practice the same thing over and over till it’s perfected? After it is perfected do you revise it? Do you seek to improve on it? How do you split up your practice time? Do you practice how to recover when a slip up occurs? Do you work on the weakest links? Do you have a backup plan?

Do you rest enough or do you keep going? Do you rotate your players? (In the case of music, do you change your set-list, do you practice songs at different tempos to see what can be done differently).

When this season started, a few sports writers said ‘rust’ could set-in. Not in the bones of players but in the style of play. Rust has set-in, and now the harsh reality is going back to the drawing board.
How do we create and re-create form? How do we keep things fresh that mental fatigue does not set-in, that we always feel alert?

It might have something to do with analyzing our practice methods and see what is affective. It might have something to do with critiquing what is working and what isn’t and getting rid of what’s not.

I think form can definitely be improved with an effective plan of proper mindful practice, preparation (for the best and worse case scenarios), a well thought out roster of rest periods and last, a rotation plan (focusing on different aspects of the game OR song on different days, e.g. Today focus on lyrics, tomorrow rhythm, the next day, timing, the day after that bass, and so on).

If all these four legs of the ‘table’ (practice, preparation, rest, rotation) can be made to work in harmony, then form would be a matter of discipline and work, rather than a game of luck.

Point to note: Those musicians who improvise know what they’re doing, because they practiced ‘it’ enough such that their improvisations sound like second nature.

Preparing For A Cruise Ship Musician Job

Looking at a career as a musician

In this article we will look at working on a cruise ship and the type of preparation needed to land the job.

Please note, if you don’t like or can’t play some jazz don’t apply.

OK, now you’ve been playing in bands for a number of years and you might have graduated with a degree from one of the excellent music academies around the various countries. You have decided that you want to have a career as a professional musician, so what is your next step.

Well, one of the options you might consider is a musician on a cruise ship. Large cruise ship companies operate all year long and are always very popular with tourists and travelers. There is still something enchanting about sailing across the ocean to stop in exotic ports, explore ancient cities and soak up the atmosphere of busy seaside restaurants. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?I I am sure you want to sign up right now and set sail.

Well, before you do there are a few things you might want to know.

First, there is a lot of competition out there, cruise lines hold auditions on Skype, so they can recruit from a global talent pool. Speaking English might give you a slight edge but it’s the music that counts in the end.

Second, there are two types of musicians required, the orchestra musician is the main work horse, his role is to play as part of the main show and also accompany guest musicians or singers that might be brought in for special events. They can also be entertaining guests during daytime sessions as part of a smaller unit or more traditional four price band.

The other act is the solo musician which will certainly entail being able to sing and play your instrument.

Third, contracts can be for a limited period especially if you are new to the job, your first contract might only be for 3 – 4 months. The typical contract is for 6 months. So remember you are not set for life once you pass the audition.

Finally, you will have to pass a medical, as well as being a musician you will be expected to be part of the crew so you must be in good physical health. So ease up on the pizza and drinking yourself under the table every night.

Before you worry about any of the above check out if you suffer from seasickness!

OK, you have your sea legs now let’s find a job. Well, that part is fairly easy, just Google music jobs on a cruise ship and you will find plenty. Some companies like Carnival cruise line advertise directly, others use talent agencies. Application is straight forward, if you are applying as a solo act you will be asked to supply a recorded video of you performing, if you are applying for orchestra it’s not as important but it’s always a good idea to have something recorded that demonstrates what you can do. Remember, this is a cruise ship so no point recording your best Yngwie Malmsteen licks. Try some smooth jazz or top 40 hits with a blues feel to it.

Now, this is the point where the two jobs differ. As a solo artist you will need to have a large repertoire of music to perform across a substantial number of genres. You need to be able to cover 50’s music right through to current top 40 hits. Because you will be probably entertaining a group of passengers for 5 – 10 days you will need to have at least 80 – 90 songs ready to perform.

For the orchestra player you have a different challenge, your sight reading must be proficient enough to read a chart quickly and also be able to improvise smoothly and with confidence.

I would recommend learning as many jazz standards as possible and study your chord changes and inversion. A guest singer at the last minute might decide to add a song to his/her set and you have to be capable of playing it.

It does take time to get prepared but it is worth the hard work.

If you are invited for an audition the company will set up a time and date. They will contact you normally 10 – 15 minutes before your audition to give you your song charts allowing you the same amount of time to review as you would have on a ship.

Once they call you back then it’s down to you.

If you are successful, then the company will make all the arrangements including medical and contracts and flights to get you aboard ship.

If you would like to see a sample of an audition sheet, send me an email and I will send you a copy of my original sheet.

Just another point to note, if you are employed through an agent then commission will be deducted from your salary. The good side of working for an agent is that once you are on their books, they will probably keep you in work for as long as you want to work on the ships.

I hope this helps anyone looking for a career on the cruise ships.

Your Parties Must Have Entertainment

Many corporate companies have felt the benefit of an improved economy over the last couple of years and a recent survey has shown they are ready to break the purse strings and organise a Christmas party or corporate event for their hardworking employees.

In 2015, out of 100 companies surveyed over 89% declared they would be holding some form of party for their employees, that’s an increase from 82% in 2012 and 68% in 2011. A big rise in business, especially for companies who specialise in event and party planning. The same companies who suffered when companies tightened their belts in the recession.

Over 60% of corporate companies will rely on outside help in organizing their party. Event planners, caterers and local hotels are all high on the list as companies businesses will turn too for assistance and guidance.

There are so many options available for parties, which is made even harder when companies are trying to cater for all of their staff. Every year the same murmurs and complaints will do their rounds in each department. Some employees complain about the food choice, the venue or the entertainment that has been chosen.

Many companies like to play it safe and organise the same venue year after year, it takes the worry of choosing somewhere that is not great value for money or that will present terrible food or entertainment. The party is then ruined for everyone.

The most popular form of entertainment at corporate events is actually a disco. The disco is usually part of a package if you choose to attend a party organised by a hotel. Hotels will offer the entire package, from food, drink and entertainment. They also offer extras like crackers, hats and even mince pies and coffee. Many corporate companies choose a hotel as everything is taken care of and there is minimal input required from them.

For larger companies with a larger budget the most recent fashion has been to organise their own venue, caterers and entertainment. This gives them more chance to personalise their party; from the food to the style and location of the venue.

Surprisingly the disco is no longer top choice for entertainment at a corporate event or party. The biggest growth in entertainment has been bands or a professional singer. Companies have found bands can offer a better experience for their staff, they can choose the style of band they want, including the look and type of music.

When it comes to a professional singer, they also offer companies the chance to have a more personal entertainment experience. A professional singer will be able to tailor their songs and style to that of the companies. The most common style being a singer who can offer entertainment as well as generic music for when they are in between sets.

Most will offer packages to suit their clients; from a set including songs they have chosen or a set containing songs the company have selected. The entertainment will feel unique and personal for the person organising the event.

A professional singer is usually booked for weddings, closely followed by parties. They will be expected to sing the first dance song for the couple as well as providing interim music when guests are eating and listening to speeches.

Many will offer flexible packages to suit all types of budgets and personal requests. If you are a company looking for a unique and bespoke entertainment option for your party, choosing a band or professional singer could be a great and affordable option.

How to Find Singers for Hire

When it comes to your party, event or special occasion there are so many different things to consider and add to your ‘to do’ list. A special occasion such as a birthday party or wedding needs to be a part of your personality and suit your individual style and image.

If you are on a tight budget choosing to organise your own party or event will save you money. Event planners will cost in the region of £40 – £250 per hour, depending on how involved you want them to be. For example; the average cost of an event planner for a wedding could be as much as £10,000 and that is on top of the wedding outfits, food and associated costs.

If you are planning your own party or event, you will need to be very organised and a lot of time will be spent on writing ‘to do’ lists and speaking with various different companies in trying to determine exactly what it is you want. From deciding which venue to hire to selecting the food, and more importantly what kind of entertainment you will choose will be at the top of the list.

Entertainment is one of the most important parts of ensuring everyone enjoys your party or special event. The last thing you want is people sat around looking uncomfortable as they are not enjoying the music or band that you have chosen.

Many people are moving away from traditional discos and more are either turning to bands for their event or singers. You should take time to look at all options when it comes to bands and singers; there are so many various styles of music and types of bands available it can be a hard decisions to make.

Bands and Singers for hire at events and parties are a fairly new concept to the UK. They have traditionally been big in the US, with people choosing them for an array of special occasions; from weddings, Bar Mitzvah, baby showers and even children’s birthday parties.

You will need to select your entertainment based on your audience, you do not want a country and western band or singers for a group of friends who love the music from the 1990’s. Decide if it is a band or a standalone performer you are looking for, this will narrow down the type of entertainment you need to search for.

If you can listening to a sample of the performers music will help you realise just how suitable they are. Just because they are professional singers for hire does not mean they will suit your party or audience. Knowing the type of music you want will also eliminate room for upset, you do not want a performer to arrive and start singing Frank Sinatra when you wanted ACDC.

Sometimes the saying ‘get what you pay for’ comes into play when booking your band or singer. If you want to hire a good performer with lots of excellent reviews you will need to be prepared to pay more, there is always room for negotiation and many performers will expect to have to work to a clients budget. Do not be shy in asking.

A good way of negotiating would be to offer to feed or give free drinks to the band or performer throughout the evening, this reduces their costs and everyone likes to eat free food, especially as the food at your event will be extra special.

It maybe a good idea to organise a ‘backup’ band or performer, on the rare occasion the entertainment you have chosen to hire may well be sick or break down on the way to your event and you are left with nothing. Buying a spare pair of speakers and knowing you can put some music on or there is someone you can turn to at the last minute will help.

There will be plenty of bands and singers for hire in your local area, the best place to start to is ask around and see if anyone can recommend someone to you. The internet is also a great place to find your ideal performer, with many offering music samples online that you can listen too.

When you have the details sorted, all you need to worry about is everyone turning up!

How to Start a Record Label

The music industry is an open house for talents. Digital distribution is a boon for independent record labels. Creating your own record label is not difficult with access to music and a loyal fan base. If you are passionate about music, you can start your own record label with planning and hard work.

You should have clear goals about what you want to accomplish with your record label. Your recording company may want to make a lot of money or cater to a specific audience. You should choose your music accordingly. Once you have established business goals, you should create a business plan. This business plan will have all the steps necessary to create your own record. Then you should set off to create a legal business entity. To become a registered business, you should learn the rules and regulations in your city. You can start a record label all on your own or partner with your friends. If you plan to start a partnership company, you should register your partnership first.

After completing the legal formalities of a record label, you should focus on finding great music. Music composers who can’t find an easy way to record their music now create record labels. You can also find great music bands that are just waiting for the spotlight. The success of your music label depends on the quality of music you wish to sell.

Setting your budget is crucial to earn profits with your record business. You should establish a deal with the musicians to record music. In most of the cases, the record label should bear the recording costs. If the artists need advance, you should plan your budget so that you will have enough money to cover promotional expenses. Profits can be shared with your artist in any way according to your business goals. You can sign the artists for several albums or just for a single album depending on your prediction about the future of the musicians.

Digital distribution is simpler than physical distribution. You can use aggregating music service to directly put your music on various websites. It is best to deal with distributors who can actively participate in promoting your music label. You can promote your music on your own if you have enough resources. Otherwise, you can hire PR teams to promote the music label. You should be prepared to understand and update your business according to the music industry demands. With every release, your business should evolve and improve.

The Types and Styles

Music is a melody of words. A lover’s song to his love. A vent for anger. A sight painted by a musician for a blind man. A plea for deliverance. It brings happiness to the heart. It is the expression of life. Music has thousands of meanings. To explain all the ways it touches the heart is rather difficult, but the essence of music is to reach out and communicate a message not understood. It has evolved in style and composition over the ages, which resulted in different types and forms. Different types of music evolved as civilizations evolved and made their mark in the human history.

Instrumental:

Instrumental music uses a composition of instruments to create the perfect rhythm and beat whether it is classical, jazz, opera, or other musical styles. This type of genre is different as there are no vocals and no lyrics and is enjoyed by many. It just uses the beat of a drum, the strings of a guitar, the chords of a violin, the sound of a trumpet and a range of other instruments to create music. Gary Gable, Richard Amos and John Adams are some of the most famous instrumental music composers.

Trance:

Trance music style uses the electronic medium to create the melody. It had originated in the 1990s. The melodious notes take the listener to an emotional high. It uplifts the mood giving the listener an out of the world experience. Goa trance is a subset of this music type which originated in the late 1980s in Goa, India. This type of music has been the icon of hippie culture. Tiesto is one of the globally recognized, famous trance players. He wanted to share his music with others.

Country:

Country music finds its inspiration in traditional folk, Celtic, and Gospel. Country music brings the listener closer to home, inducing a feeling of warmth and nostalgia. Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard are some of the most famous country music composers and singers of all time. The origin of the country music dates back to the 1940s.

Hip Hop:

Hip hop is rhythm, its style, it’s shaking your leg to the very rhythmic vocal. It originated in the 1970s. Hip hop is much influenced by African American culture and the Jamaicans. The funky style of music is famous among teens for its easy style and rhythm. This is a different music type as it does not have any historic tradition involved. It is very urban, chic and contemporary.

Classical:

This popular genre uses the traditions of music for its compositions. Classical musical is divided into many classical genres which include Baroque, Chamber Music, Opera and Romantic just to name a few. However, Indian classical music is one of the most popular in this category. It originates from the Vedas, brining in the 7 notes to make different ragas. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Begam Akhtar, Amir Khan and Kishori Amonkar are some of the legendary classical singers.

Latin:

The sumptuous notes of Latin melodies gets the world grooving at its feet. The beat, the rhythm, the mandolin and the plucking of strings are incredible. Dances like the Salsa, the Mambo and the Cha, Cha, Cha evolved to enjoy this style of music. Latin music style makes the world come alive.

It is a Herculean task to put down so many types of music. These are just a few popular ones, which the world has discovered. However, the traditional folk style, Jazz and the magic it creates with the saxophone, the Blues which sing the song of the heart and the Tribal music which comes straight from the jungles are some other melody types. The styles of music will keep evolving and continue to remain an integral part of human development. Yes, of course, we are an outcome of its transformation. Let’s not forget that it is the music of the heart, its beat and rhythm that gives us life and love!

Necessary Steps to Developing a Successful Music

No matter how successful you were in your music career last year, this year could be better. Then again, if you are unwilling to change with the tide, it could end your career completely. Here are 8 steps to make sure your music career develops into the most successful business venture it can be.

Write Down Your Goals

At the beginning of each year, you should write down realistic, attainable goals for the next twelve months. Break your long term goals down into short-term goals so that you can monitor your progress, and reward yourself every now and then.

Keep that list of goals in front of you every single day. What you do then is work out a plan of how you will achieve each of goal. By having an actionable plan that you can look at every day, will reinforce the need to complete a certain number of things per day. You may also come up with additional ideas as you go along. By the end of the year, you will be amazed at just how much you did accomplish from your list.

Learn How to Make a Strong Marketing Plan for Your Music

Your music is a product, so you better have a strong marketing plan to get the word out about it. This is especially true if you’re an unsigned artist, and still need to do a lot of your music promotion yourself. It’s a lot more than recording a great sounding album, commissioning artwork for it and spending tons of time on the packaging. These days, only the most die-hard fans even buy CD’s. You should be spending your marketing money on promoting the music itself. In the long run, your money does a lot more work for you that way.

Start Gigging

Playing shows is one of the best ways to promote your music. Not only is live music everywhere, but once you’re established enough, you get paid to play, rather than the other way around. It also offers a great venue to sell CD’s and other merchandise. You can’t really beat live shows, no matter how big or small they are, because they offer some of the best word of mouth you can get. They are also a great way to get contacts within the industry, as people scouting for talent scour even the most out-of-the-way places to find the next big thing.

Make Your Own Music Website

Having your own website is extremely affordable. After purchasing a domain name, hosting can even be free outside, of paying for the domain every year. Make sure that you have strong knowledge of online marketing or hire someone who does. Your website becomes the hub of all of your music marketing efforts and from there, visitors can branch out and see everything that you do. It can be one of your greatest assets and can make even unsigned musicians a lot of money through the exposure.

Get Your Music Promoted on Blogs

Bloggers are happy to promote good musicians and they are one of the easiest ways to get song promotion. They often only require a bit of your time for an interview, as people want to know the artist behind the music. By taking the time to interview, the blogger can gain a better grasp of who you are and provide valuable information to people who are looking for new artists in your genre. Bloggers get paid by their own advertisers and by referring their visitors to your music. The social media coverage that bloggers offer is also fairly substantial and can get you a lot of new followers.

Understand That Your Music is a Business

Like any industry, music is a business. This means you have to make money to get anywhere. Whenever you make a profit from your music, it’s smart to reinvest that money. You can put some into marketing and advertising, some into improved equipment, and some into getting to play better venues.

Streaming is Where the Money Is Now

With album sales going by the wayside, streaming music is the area to focus on. While it doesn’t look as glamorous as record sales, the long-term profit margins are actually considerably higher. People who like your music and listen to it all the time will actually make you a lot more money than they would have by simply buying an album or their favorite tracks. It also means that the tracks that aren’t as widely marketed are just as accessible as the hits, meaning that people will be a lot more likely to check out your whole catalog, meaning you can make a lot more money.

Learn How to Adapt and Grow with The Industry

Every industry is always growing and evolving, and keeping up with those changes is extremely necessary to stay successful. This doesn’t mean buying into every new trend that comes along. But if you can find a way to take advantage of new technology or other new advancements, while staying within your budget, and making a profit.