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8 Expert Gig-Booking Tips to Try in July

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With festival season in full swing, life for the touring musician can get pretty hectic. For some, the summer festival season means focusing all of your efforts to plan and perform the perfect set at those big shows. But don't forget about the end of the summer! Cool down from the past couple of months with these eight tips from our industry experts. They'll help you out when you go to book your next gigs.

3 Ways Traveling Can Boost Your Music Career

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I don’t want to overstate the obvious, but I bet there’s a lot of you right now who are dying to get out of your town and travel a bit. Lucky for you, I have some pretty great news: traveling can be one of the best ways to boost your music career.

Whether you’re a musician, manager, promoter, label owner, you name it, the way to help propel your career isn’t just by sitting behind your desk or practicing in your room all day. It can actually be extremely beneficial to get out of your chair, outside your city, and explore the world around you.

Honing Your Craft, mixing

Jul 1, 2016 08:00 AM

Sonicbids Staff

Top 3 Mixing Tips From a Veteran Producer

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Whether you're new to the art of mixing or you're a seasoned veteran, it's always beneficial to add some tools and tricks to your production knowledge. Producer Warren Huart breaks down his mixing philosophies into three tips that are crucial to getting the best possible mix of your songs. Check out the video below, and if you have any other go-to mixing techniques, let us know in the comments!

So You Want a Music Degree: Here's What You Need to Know to Make the Right Decision

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Whether you've just graduated high school or you've been out of school for years, the idea of earning a college degree is both thrilling and stressful. There are so many opportunities that come with higher education, and expanding your educational horizons is so rewarding. But the future can seem overwhelming, especially when choosing a school and a major. 

When I was in high school, I had dozens of career aspirations: a lawyer, an actor, a veterinarian, you name it. But when it came time to make those big decisions, like picking a school and a subject that I loved enough to study it every day, I felt stuck. I wanted to follow my passions, but I was nervous at the idea of pursuing a degree in college that may not lead to a stable career in the future. 

There were times that I was discouraged from chasing a career in music, but I knew that it was possible to sustain a happy, fulfilling, and stable life as a musician. However, I never had a private lessons teacher or anyone who could help with the process of obtaining a music degree. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions.

What's It Really Like to Perform at the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta? Q&A With Young Chizz

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Any budding hip-hop artist knows that performing at the A3C Hip Hop Festival & Conference in Atlanta is akin to a right of passage. Not only does it look tremendous on your EPK, but it gives you the opportunity to be a part of a huge creative hub of talented artists and industry pros.

We recently spoke with New York-based rapper Young Chizz, who wowed the audience with his performance at last year's festival. He's been on tour with huge artists such as Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy, has had his music played on MTV, and has reached nearly half a million views on VEVO. It was only natural that on his way up, he landed at A3C. Check out our interview below to learn more about his experience, and apply for your shot to perform at this year's A3C (it's free if you submit by July 31, 2016!).