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The Game of Music Knowledge

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Written by Tommy Darker of Darker Music Talks. I see musicians every day making decisions concerning their career. They choose to do this instead of that and invest on this instead of taking no action at all. Being an independent musician myself, I make decisions every day too. I realized, when you’re your own boss and have the vision to prosper making art, the gravity of your decisions shows the direction you’ll take in a world full of possibilities. I see the world as a game, where every decision doesn’t kill us, but gives our lives a different twist and…

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Maintaining Privacy and Sanity on Twitter as a Musician

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This is a guest blog post by Christine Infanger, who writes a blog about tech and the music industry. You can follow Christine (@norabarnicle) on Twitter here. While the world of social networking allows us the opportunity to stay in closer touch with our relatives and friends, it also give us something that is a relatively new phenomenon; constant access to entertainers. A quick glance at your Twitter feed can give you a glimpse into what your favourite musicians, actors, comedians, and writers are doing and with that comes the feeling that you know them. After a couple of weeks…

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How Many Songs Do You Need to Sell to Keep a Roof Over Your Head?

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I’ve recently been doing some interesting research with a property search engine called Gartoo on how much it costs to keep a roof over your head as a musician in the United Kingdom, and I decided to put a post together to show the sheer volume of sales a musician would need to make to live in the various major cities around the United Kingdom – hopefully this should highlight the fact that there is a true need to monetise music through means other than just downloads, as the volume of downloads required to put food on the table and…

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How Green is the Music Industry?

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Today I polished off my latest infographic ‘How Green is the Music Industry’, which is a short and sweet visual campaign I created in the hope of raising awareness of the good, the bad, and the ugly environmental impacts the music industry has on the Earth – Enjoy! Hopefully, we will all choose to learn from the musicians who are saving the planet and act on it ourselves, whilst thinking twice the next time we hear the U2’s of the world giving hypocritical advice. Screw U2, Lets Save the World Now Do you care about the environment? Please help spread…

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Why You Need a Band Agreement Contract (Guest Post by Daniel Ward)

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This guest post was written by Daniel Ward, Legal Adviser with Altarboymusic.com who offer affordable legal services for musicians. Most people who decide to go into business together (be them plumbers, dentists, accountants, bakers) will have a lawyer to write them a partnership agreement. However, it is common to find bands that are earning millions that never got around formalizing their relationship. Band members either fail to see the need to make an agreement OR just don’t want to come across as ‘uncool’ for raising the issue; after all, who likes to hear about anything negative (like breakups) when everything…

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An Interview With Dave Kusek (Music Power Network)

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Today I was honoured to have a chat with a guy who not only accurately predicted the future of the music industry in 1995, but also innovated it himself. Dave Kusek co-invented electronic drums, he was also a part of the team who invented MIDI (music instrument digital interface) which is used by millions worldwide. And as if that was wasn’t enough he is also the Vice President of Berklee College of Music responsible for running Berkleemusic.com, the world largest online music school and the founder of the Music Power Network.. woah! A few weeks ago I decided that it…

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iTune launch a 24-hour song upload service

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iTunes have just announced something really exciting – your music can now appear on iTunes in just 24 hours if you upload your song with one of the major music distributors like Zimbalam, Tunecore, or my personal favourite as outlined in my video comparison of the digital music distribution services (see below); Ditto Music. What’s all the fuss over a 24-hour upload service? In the video below I compare all of the different music distribution services and talk through some of the different things that I consider to be important factors when choosing a music distribution service, and one of…

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Uploading Your Music to iTunes with Ditto Music: Walkthrough + Competition!

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Last month I wrote a blog post called Which Music Distribution Service Rocks the Most, in which I reviewed my new favourite music distributor: Ditto Music. A few weeks after my review I was contacted by Lee Parsons at Ditto Music who explained that they had significantly improved their system since my first experience and invited me to try out the service again. So below is my step-by-step experience of uploading your music to iTunes with my thoughts at each stage, enjoy! Step 1. The Home Page

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How much do Pretentious Music Videos Cost the Music Industry?

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If you’re anything at all like me, you might have once wondered why it is that record labels keep reporting multi million pound losses year after year, but we still see ridiculously pretentious music videos, which quite clearly are costing them a fortune. Product placement advertising will obviously fund some of the shiny toys, but it’s surprising at how low a percentage of product mentions and video features are actually paid product placement, particularly in hip hop music which is renowned for its name dropping. Damon Dash of Roc-a-Fella Records (Jay Z’s label) said in an MTV interview “We only…

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