While you were out and about, we were churning out helpful tips and tricks for your music career. Here are the top 10 most read articles last week on the Sonicbids blog. Consider it your CliffsNotes of the past seven days.
At some point, every musician hits a wall. The worst part is, sometimes you don't even realize it. You're trudging along, so stuck in the day to day and what you need to do to keep your head above water that any room for growth is instantly stunted. And before you know it, you're beating your head against the wall trying to figure out why there hasn't been any real progress in six months.
When a venture is new and everything is still fresh and exciting, it's easy to get swept up in the potential of it all. But when dreaming turns to reality, and the stress of day-to-day life hits us, we forget how essential it is to step back and really focus on the future – not just the now. So before you go throwing in the towel, try asking yourself these five questions.
This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.
Have you seen the new gold and brown "hi-res audio" logo on a website or a new piece of high-end audio hardware? Maybe you learned about "high-resolution audio" from Neil Young and his Pono initiative, the one that resulted in the third largest Kickstarter campaign in history. Jay-Z's purchase of TIDAL attracted mainstream press because his site offers "high-resolution" streaming of over 20 million albums. It would seem that "high-resolution audio" has arrived.
Unfortunately, it's all a myth… a mix of opportunism, greed, spin, ignorance, and arrogance. Basically, the push for high-resolution audio is a clever marketing campaign cooked up by a few self-appointed experts supported by the major labels and music organizations to get you to repurchase "high-resolution" versions of the older standard resolution catalog at premium prices.
As I've written about before, one of the easiest ways to save money on tour is to avoid staying at a hotel and simply crash on someone's floor. It's a tradition for DIY musicians and a great idea if you're someone nobody's ever heard of.
Most people I've stayed with on tour are really great (see Mr. Let-Me-Make-You-Breakfast or Mr. Cool), but everyone has stories where they would have been more than happy to just sleep in the van for a night. Most people I know who tour would agree that the people I've described here are accurate descriptions of situations they've been in or heard of, so let's take a look at the selection of people you stay with on tour.
While you already know that there's tons of work to be done between the day you get confirmed for a gig and showtime, the day right before the gig is an especially critical time; it's likely the last chance you'll get to do some real promotion and take care of any last-minute business. Here's a checklist of five things that should always be done the day before your gig. Make sure you've got 'em all taken care of!