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Nov 30, 2015 10:00 AM

Sonicbids Staff

This Week's Most Read Articles on Sonicbids

Pull yourself out of your turkey coma, and check out what you might have missed last week on the Sonicbids blog with this delicious 10-post roundup!

How to Avoid Music Industry Scammers

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I am constantly amazed to hear about the dumb things some artists choose to do with money. You know, the guy who has every new sneaker known to man, but will complain about paying for gas to get to his own shows. Or the guy who hasn't paid his child support in months, but who'll have the most expensive studio sessions in the city. Ugh!

But even more gut wrenching than hearing about cheapskates with questionable priorities is listening to people who've been robbed. Not at gunpoint, not by home invasion, but robbed by willingly handing over hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to scammers.

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Nov 30, 2015 08:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

What's the Difference Between Entertainment and True Art?

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Lady Gaga recently talked about being used as a "money-making machine" in today's industry at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and hinted at hopes of branching out of the music world. She has previously discussed the challenges of creating art out of passion while simultaneously being expected to make money for those surrounding her. Gaga's transformation from "Poker Face" to her lead role in American Horror Story: Hotel has some fans confused, while others applaud her newfound prowess.

While this situation is not unusual, it begs to answer the question of art versus entertainment. At what point in navigating the music business world does a creator get lost in translation, having to consistently make art that's commercially viable and true to his or her identity? Are intention and motivation what inspire the differences between being a true artist and being just a public figure? We'll examine these questions and more below.

Here's Why Your Arguments Against Amp Modeling Technology Are Totally Wrong

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In the last five years or so, amp modeling technology has advanced tremendously. And as the units utilizing this technology are starting to become higher quality and more affordable, a lot of prolific musicians are jumping on board, switching out their current rig for portability and variability.

However, there's a lot of speculation and many misconceptions out there about the effectiveness of modeling rigs, and to someone who's debating exploring this technology, all of this misinformation can be confusing and discouraging. To make things easier for those curious to learn more, we thought we'd address some of the common arguments.

4 Things Every Musician Needs to Know About Band Member Agreements

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This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


So, you and your buddies have formed a band. You're stoked to play and chase that record deal. Ready to take on the world and collect those royalties. Wait! Have you discussed how you are going to divvy up those royalties? Will all band members be sharing publishing income if only some are writing the band's music? How you will make decisions when that deal comes along? Have you even thought about what happens if one band member isn't pulling his or her weight by not showing up at rehearsals or gigs? Or if a band member leaves, what continuing payments is he or she entitled to?