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Should You Have A Backup Plan? 5 Reasons Why You Should Just Go for It!

How much do you hate your day job? Maybe you don't hate it at all. There are lucky folks out there who are psychologists or attorneys by day and play in a band at night, and they're completely happy. They feel well-balanced and fulfilled doing what they do. Then there are the rest of us: workers, strivers, many of us feeling blocked or drained by whatever we do to pay the bills. Nobody needs a rehash of the ...

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6 Things a Band Manager Does (Or Should Do) for You

[caption id="attachment_60190" align="alignnone" width="548"] Image Via Shutterstock[/caption] Face it: once your career gets to a certain level, you're going to need a manager. That word scares some musicians, and while it's tough to find the perfect one, it's going to be necessary. Many artists just starting out are aware that having a manager is important, but they don't quite know what that role is resp ...

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The Premier League A-Listers

It has been a crazy Premier League season to say the least. English striker Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s league record of scoring in 10 consecutive games, Leicester City have competed at the top of the table, and other promoted teams proved their worth in the league. Practically no one expected such a unpredictable season with last season’s title winners Chelsea floundering near the bottom of the ...

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6 Must-Read Rock ‘n’ Roll Autobiographies

  Autobiographies are a very unique form of literature. Often blending elements of nonfiction and memoir styles of writing, autobiographies can serve up a healthy dose of fiction depending on the reliability of the author. When it comes to musicians (who notoriously distort and exaggerate their claims), something unique happens: instead of being forced by an interviewer to dish out their deepest secret ...

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How To Get A&R Attention

  [caption id="attachment_60021" align="alignnone" width="550"] Photo supplied by Author[/caption]   Music has become a saturated market, and getting noticed by A&R can be a difficult task. Nowadays anyone with a song can create a SoundCloud account, upload a track, and send out mass emails to labels hoping that they open it up and hear something they want to sign. While in some rare cases thi ...

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The 3 Biggest Delusions Musicians STILL Have About the Music Industry

Despite mountains of easy-to-find evidence to the contrary, musicians still have some serious delusions about the music industry and how to "make it." To quote the amazing Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones - because what he says is #truth - "If it was an overnight success, it was one long, hard, sleepless night." If that still hasn't penetrated your skull, well, here are three more specific delus ...

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5 Tips for Describing Your Sound When You’re Trying to Get Press

1. Get specific when using genre terms I pointed out that certain tags, like fusion, indie, or alternative, are too broad to use alone - but you can use them in conjunction with other terms. Think of those three specifically as starting points to which qualifiers should be added. For example, alternative refers to a subversion from the traditional, so if your brand of country, rock, pop, R&B, or what ha ...

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“Are We Cool Now?”

Are We Cool Now? is an indie rock road trip that was inspired by and features the songs of Dan Mangan, the Vancouver-based two time JUNO Award winning Canadian musician. If you have spent any time on this planet feeling hopelessly lost or filled with complete wanderlust,  Are We Cool Now? will surely have you questioning your life and existence while filling you with a desire to find out more about the worl ...

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Photo Essay: The Magical History Tour – A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition

At Vancouver’s 2015 Pacific National Exhibition, attendees were invited to view a Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition, The Magical History Tour, for an extra cost of just $3 per person. It arrived in Vancouver on August 22nd, marking fifty-one years since the Fab Four made their first-ever Canadian stop at Empire Stadium. The exhibit featured four distinct galleries that included The Beatles’ Hamburg and Cavern ...

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17 Canadian Pop Artists Of The 90’s and Early 2000’s You Forgot Existed

Does the name The Moffatts ring a bell? What about B4-4? Soul Decision? Check out 17 artists below that you likely forgot even existed in the 90's and early 2000's.  b4-4 A three-piece boyband with their biggest song being the suggestive “Get Down”. The band went their seperate ways, but not before twin brothers Ryan and Dan Kowarsky formed RyanDan and released an album before disappearing. The Moffatts Bro ...

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