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Record Label 2.0
The music landscape has changed drastically over the past two decade. It's so intertwined with technology that it deserves a new label (pun intended). We refer to it as Record Label 2.0. Virtual mixing and mastering services like CrazyEye Music Services, music distribution through Amazon, iTunes or on flash drives, online recording collaboration and much more can be found in here.
Singer/Songwriter Ralph Murphy shares his insight and experiences from his 30+ years of being in the music “business”. This is a fantastic lecture that took place at Layola University. He stresses over and over about how this is a business.
He also stresses that all artists need to know how to craft a song so that it appeals to your audience/fans. If you can keep you fans entertained and wanting more then you will remain in the business and potentially make a pretty good living. If you neglect the basics of songwriting you will more than likely not be in the business for very long.
Below are a couple of gems I picker out as points to remember for up and coming artists like yourselves.
“What brings you to a song 100% of the time is melody. What keeps you there is lyric.”
“For you artist or singer songwriter a song is not a song, a song is a linear lyrical conversation between you and every single person in that room.”
“Music is the underpinning of society.”
“The three things you ask yourself when you’re finished with your work are, what’s in it for the listener? What’s in it for the listener? What’s in it for the listener? If there’s nothing in it for the listener you’re wasting your time.”
Here’s a post from Brian Thompson over at MTT. He raises some very good points about the downside of becoming an overnight success. I posted a comment on his original article, but I’ll reiterate some of my points here. I’ve been in this business a long time. I’ve seen artist come and go. Sometimes they burn […] Continue Reading »
Whenever I work with a young artist I stress the facts that it’s not about the gear, the studio, the producer or anything external to your original intention of what you’re creating. You are making art so make it the most it can be without worrying about what others will tell you they think it […] Continue Reading »
This is a guest post by mix engineer, Unne Lilijeblad over at www.mix-engineer.com. This is the fifth and final article in a five part series about his experience with mixing in this still under utilized medium for listening to music. Last week it was Mixing in Surround. This week he talks about Multi Stereo Surround. Unne Lilijeblad – Mix […] Continue Reading »
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If you’ve worked with me or know me personally (or both) you know that I have a pop music sensibility. I really love a song with a great hook. The catchier the better for me. And I’ve been very lucky lately because I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with some amazing songwriters. One in particular […] Continue Reading »