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The Foxfires: a Sonicbids Success Story

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Here at Sonicbids, we’re always happy to see our musicians succeed. We’ve started this series, Sonicbids Success Stories, as an opportunity to highlight our artists’ achievements, hear their stories and get their advice and insight on an ever changing industry.

Recently we sat down with Adam Kahn, bassist of the newly signed, New York bred ‘Seagaze’ band, The Foxfires. Adam said he’d had a downright hectic day, squeezing in some time while in the car, GPS directions intermittently sounding in the background as we talked.

Adam’s tone quickly shifted, however, into that of cheery optimism. Bright and engaging, he talked at length on the importance of “staying the course”, the lessons learned in overcoming strife and bringing positivity to a world and industry that batters you with negativity.

4 Things Every Blogger Wants You to Know About Music Publicity

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Doing your own PR is hard, there’s no way around that. But when your budget is tight or you just want the experience (which I highly recommend to all artists when they first start out), knowing how to put together a strong PR campaign is a must. While there’s a lot to learn through trial and error, we wanted to offer you a bit of a cheat sheet when it comes to contacting blogs and pitching your music to the masses.

Check out four tips for submitting to blogs — straight from the mouths of bloggers — below.

How a Lost Suitcase Uncovered Self-Care Strategies All Musicians Can Use

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This post contains excerpts from episode four of The Music-Preneur Mindset Podcast WTF Are My Pants?


For those of you who don’t know, I’m a mindset coach for music professionals, teaching them how to slow down and focus on what’s important in order to create a sustainable career in the music industry.

This post is a bit of a personal story that I hope will serve you well next time you feel rushed to get it all done.

Beyond the Gig: 3 Creative Ways to get your Music to the Masses

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Fair warning: this week’s Gig Roundup doesn’t include any traditional gigs. Instead, we’ve handpicked some of the best shots for Sonicbids artists to market their music through avenues like TV, Licensing and Songwriting Contests. With past Sonicbids Grand Prize Winners including Megan Trainor and a judges committee consisting of George Clinton, Natasha Bedingfield, 311, Switchfoot, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimmy Cliff, Sheila E., Bob Weir, Bootsy Collins and American Authors, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) is an unconventional star-power machine. Read on for more info on this and two other opportunities to launch your career into the stratosphere.

 

10 Great Mobile Apps That Help Me (and You) Create Awesome Music from Scratch

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

For such a long time, I resisted using apps to make music. I thought they must just be crappy, tiny versions of what they’re attempting to emulate (soft synthesizers, DAWs, digital instruments), or lame tools for musicians younger than I. Well, turns out I was wrong.

There are some absolutely amazing apps out there to help you make music on the bus, on the edge of a waterfall, or wherever you are when inspiration strikes. They sound so good, they can do so much, and best of all, they’re all pretty cheap or even free. Even the most expensive one on the below list, the iMPC Pro, is well worth its $25 price tag.