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8 Commonly Overlooked Ways to Save Money on Your Album Production Costs

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If you're like most of the musicians that we see coming into the studio, you don't have a major label financing the recording/mixing/mastering of your album. Most artists have to pay for the production costs themselves, and most of them have to work on a budget. Now, this seems like a pretty daunting task. You may be asking yourself, "How am I supposed to record and produce an entire album without having to take out a second mortgage on the house?" In all our years of engineering and producing albums, we have found a number of things you can do as an artist to make your time in the studio as efficient as possible.

9 Critical Things You Should Know About Publicity Before You Make Your First Move

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This post originally appeared on Cyber PR.

 

You have your music, your vision, and you're eager to make that first move in the world of PR. But before I jump into what you're here for – the nine critical things you should know about PR – we need to be sure that you're ready to begin such a relationship with the media. It's not a matter of feeling ready, it's a matter of being ready.

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8 Easy Tweaks to Make Your Practice Time Way More Productive

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As we get older, there are more and more responsibilities that get in the way of practicing. For most adults, the 10-hour days spent glued to your instrument are long gone. I've encountered the same issue and have thus tried to really streamline my practice. In doing so, I've found (or have been shown) some really great methods to maximize efficiency in the practice room.

3 Things All Artists Should Know About Their Fans

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Your fans are (obviously) the lifeblood of your music career. You need to know who they are, what they want, and how you can best cater to their needs to effectively to communicate with them. Just as any brand or business should be aware of their customer demographics to better advertise, you need to find out a few important things about your fans to better push your music and your message. Here are top three things you need to know.

EP or LP: Which Album Format Is Right for You?

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This article originally appeared on the CreativeLive blog.

 

You're in a band. You've played some shows. The material feels strong and you want to start working on a record. But should you start out slow with an EP or go full steam ahead with an LP?

First of all, we'll skip all the talk of what constitutes an EP vs. a full-length. This is your project, and you'll know the difference between just a sample of your music or most everything. So which one should you do? Here are the best reasons for both.