Helping bands get gigs and people book bands.

Start Getting Press: Top 5 Niche Blogs for Rising Hip-Hop Artists

pencil icon Jhoni Jackson

date iconOct 1, 2014 12:30:00 PM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking, press

SheBloggin combines underground hip-hop with music industry tips.

The pay-for-posts practice is, unfortunately, spreading beyond the mainstream into the once-diplomatic indie music blogosphere, and a lot of hip-hop sites appear to have succumbed to the lucrative, but regressive, setup. These five hip-hop blogs, however, still thrive on discovering new artists, producers, and DJs, many times through user submissions. Most artists want to see their names alongside the big shots, of course, and that's totally fair. But, you've got to build up to that – and these sites might help you get there.

Read More

4 Things You Need to Know Before Heading to the Studio Without a Producer

pencil icon Dylan Welsh

date iconOct 1, 2014 11:30:00 AM

tag icon Features, Recording

Image via dunnryte.com

More than ever before, independent artists on limited budgets are heading into high-end studios. How do they afford it? Often by sacrificing a producer. For those with the vision and know-how, this is a great use of resources. All too often, however, artists acting as producers spend too much time decison-making and aren't able to focus on the music-making. If you're planning to forgo a producer, use these four key pieces of information to immensely improve the end result.

Read More

The 4 Most Game-Changing Album Releases of the Last Decade

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconOct 1, 2014 10:30:00 AM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking

Image via factmag.com

Typically, album releases are heralded with extensive promotional campaigns and hype. But, what happens when an artist changes up the pattern? For a certain level of artist, unexpected and unconventional album releases make sense for their careers. Still, for others just establishing themselves, an unanticipated drop might not be the best plan. Here’s a look at some of the most notable, game-changing releases in recent history, plus how indie artists can adapt these strategies – or why they shouldn’t.

Read More

Dear Bands, Here's How to Write a Damn Press Release

pencil icon Kim Kelly

date iconOct 1, 2014 9:30:00 AM

tag icon Columns, ask a music journalist

Image via beernexus.com
As part of my job as a music journalist, I sift through anywhere from 50 to way-too-many press releases daily, separating the wheat from the chaff and trying to find something that fits into the holy trifecta of interesting, relevant, and newsworthy. By now, I've seen plenty of good press releases, a few truly great ones, and an ungodly amount of no good, horrible, downright deplorable excuses for a press release. If you want me or anyone else in the press to give you the time of day, you either need to hire a publicist or master the art of crafting a solid press release yourself. Here are four rules of thumb to keep in mind when sallying forth into treacherous unknown inboxes.
Read More

13 Tips to Make Co-Writing Fun and Productive

pencil icon Christiana Usenza

date iconSep 30, 2014 12:30:00 PM

tag icon Features, songwriting

Image via blog.songtrust.com

There are a million ways to write a song – which means there are also a million ways to co-write a song. Writing is a personal practice, and each person does it differently; in fact, some writers feel the process is too personal to share, while others thrive on collaboration. Even if you're a songwriting loner, you might find someone who you feel compelled to share your creative process with every once in a while. And when you inspire each other and complement each other's strengths, what could be better?

Read More