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3 Misconceptions About Being a Full-Time DIY Musician

Alex White. (Photo by Dojo Zine)

Before you dedicate yourself to the goal of being a full-time DIY musician, you should know what you're getting into, as well as what you're not. Even once you think you've reached the shorelines of success, you'll have to not only sustain it, but also keep progressing. The hard work simply never ends.

What can make the challenges easier, though, is foresight from someone like Alex White. She and brother Francis of the garage-rock duo White Mystery are a superb example of a successful DIY enterprise. Below, Alex clarifies three misconceptions about how many full-time independent musicians get things done and what kind of results can realistically be achieved.

How to Make the Most of a Support Slot

We Are the In Crowd making the most of a support slot with Mayday Parade. (Photo by Chloe Chaplin)

It's a truism of being in a band that opening for an established act is a sound method to promote your music and get your name out there. When you're starting out, the chance to open for your musical heroes is a reward in itself; playing on the same bill as a band whose albums you've pored over just years before can feel like a dream come true.

But along with the exhilaration that comes with getting the gig, we shouldn't forget that playing a support slot requires a different approach than headlining the back room of a pub in front of your friends. Here are six ideas about how you can make the most of that short time onstage and maximize the experience of your support slot. Who knows – with a little hard work, the headlining band might ask you to play a few more dates the next time they're on tour.

It Happened to Me: The Record Label I Was Signed to Went Under

Lacey-Lee Brass of Lillix (right) says when Maverick folded, "I had no concept of living a 'normal’ life." (Image via

Signing a deal with a record label is often thought of as not just a major step in an artist's career, but a signifier that all the hard work that's been put in has paid off. To put it another way, it's a heck of a high. That high, however, can be short lived if the label you sign to folds. No one ever wants to think about the proverbial walls crashing down, but it's a very real possibility. And when it happens, it can leave an artist in an extremely difficult place.

5 Action Steps to Maximize Your Band's PR

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Last month, I talked about what you need to do to maximize your music PR campaign. In this follow-up article, I'm digging deeper on how you can specifically take action on those steps I outlined.

The Essential Guide to Busking in Nashville

Abby the Spoon Lady, second from left, with other street performers in Nashville. (Image via Nashville Street Performers)

There's no shortage of incredible musicians in Nashville, so it makes sense that its street performers are exceptional – and that there's plenty of 'em, too. So if you're planning to busk in Music City, expect stiff competition for audience attention.

Still, Nashville's a really great place for free, open-air sets. The city and its residents actually welcome musicians, magicians, and other performances – so long as you abide by the rules, of course. Read on for a complete guide to busking in Nashville, rules and locations included.