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Selling Your Music on Facebook With OneRPM

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Over the past few months i’ve been mega busy researching the best tools & services to include in the epic deal that launches on September 1st. Back in June, I had a conversation with Emmanuel Zunz, who is the founder of a website called OneRPM – a hybrid music distribution / direct-to-fan marketing platform. After hearing Emmanuel’s vision for the site and having a play around, I decided it was something worth sharing here on The Musician’s Guide. Compared to five years ago, there are so many distribution companies popping up here and there, so when I first saw OneRPM…

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An Open Letter to Young Musicians

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Dear young musicians, For years, I’ve been receiving emails from you asking for my advice on how you can get into the music business, how to convince your parents that it’s what you want to do in life, and how to not let your age hold you back. Today, I decided I’d post all of my advice online in this open letter, which I hope you will share with other young musicians asking the same questions. How can I get into the music business? Get 10,000 hours under your belt My first piece of advice is to get your 10,000…

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How To Get Rid Of Writer’s Block

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This is a guest post by Mark Spacey A songwriter sits over the table with a notebook and pen in hand. He keeps scratching his head, maybe as a way of reigniting his creative juices. Something keeps bugging him; it is month end and the rent is due. The problem is that he is flat broke and is staring at the stark possibility of eviction. This issue has been predominant in his mind. Song-writing has become an arduous task because he cannot think creatively. This scenario is indicative of musical writers block. Most musical writers have at one time found…

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Announcing The Ultimate Package to Build Your Fanbase & a Chance to Win 1 of 20 Packs for Free!

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Over the past three months I’ve been working hard to bring as many great music companies together to create a package that helps musicians get £1,000s worth of music promotion, distribution, recording, and other services for less than £50 to help bands build more fans without having to worry about forking out a lot of cash. Tough Love, 6am Starts & an Australian Winter… It’s been a tough few months putting this together – a lot of tough love, 6am phone calls, 12pm phone calls, and to top it all off Australia has reached winter time, which I swear is…

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75 Musicians Share Their Perspectives on the Best Things About Being a Musician

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Last month, as a part of a competition I asked 400+ musicians what they enjoyed the most about being a musician. After reading through the responses I realised just how much inspiration I had accidentally collected, and I knew I had to share them some how. Today I created this poster / manifesto to share with you 75 of my favourite responses. I hope this brightens your day as much as it did mine :) Feel free to share this poster or repost it on your blog. I might also make it available to purchase as a poster, but I’d…

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A Guide to Clearing Music Samples

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Over the past few months, i’ve received a lot of questions on the topic of sample clearance, and while I do have some limited experience in clearing samples, I thought i’d ask my friend Juan Lopez, a legal advisor at music & media law firm Avenant Law and co-founder of MusicLawContracts.com, whether he could share his expertise on sample clearance with you. Fortunately he said yes, and without further ado, here’s his nuggets of wisdom! The key principles of sample clearance Sampling is a form of copying someone else’s music (sound recording and underlying composition) Only use a sample with…

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How to Prepare for a Day in the Recording Studio

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This is a guest post by Steve Hillier, writer, record producer and teacher of Sound Engineering Courses at Point Blank Music School. The big day has arrived: you’re going into the studio to record your first single. It’s an exciting prospect, adrenalin is flowing like water and your band can’t wait to become the next whatever it is that they want to become. But not so fast. Going into a recording studio is becoming an increasingly rare occasion for today’s up and coming musician; many never set foot in a professional setup before hitting the charts. It’s uncharted territory, a…

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What are the Best Studio Headphones?

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After writing about the best DJ headphones last month, I received several questions about which headphones would be best for studio work. After a long day of being the World’s most annoying customer at the local JB Hifi shop and several hours of research, I’ve come to some conclusions as to what I think are the best studio headphones. Of course, there isn’t a single ‘best pair of headphones’ as like many things, it all comes down to personal preference, but here are some of my picks that I felt really stood out. First of all, there are a few…

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Signed & Unsigned Musicians are the David & Goliath of the Music Industry

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Last week I wrote a blog post on Reverbnation’s blog about how signed and unsigned musicians are the music industry’s equivalent of David and Goliath. My point is that if musicians get creative and work hard, they become more powerful than any money-backed signed artist. If you missed it, here it is… What is it that holds unsigned artists back from achieving the widespread recognition that’s all too often reserved for the signed artist? Is it the advances poured from the pockets of record labels? Is it the connections that labels facilitate? The reality is that whatever it is, unsigned…

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What are the Best Wireless Guitar Systems?

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Tired of tripping over cables and being limited to the confined area of the stage? Sounds like it’s time to get kitted out with a wireless guitar system and rid the hassle of having to mess around with guitar cables! First things first, if you’re looking to buy a new wireless guitar system, you’re going to want to pay at least £250 for a high quality system. While there are plenty of options on Amazon for less than £100, it’s likely that you’ll wish you had spent a little bit more if you do decide to go with one of…

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