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Watch: Rachael Sage Performs "Happiness" at Sonicbids Office Gig

pencil icon Lisa Occhino

date iconJul 24, 2014 3:14:00 PM

tag icon office-gigs, sonicbids, rachael-sage, News

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Award-winning singer/songwriter and longtime Sonicbids user Rachael Sage recently stopped by our headquarters in Boston for an intimate Office Gig performance, presented by Olympus Audio. With 150+ shows a year under her belt, Rachael is one of the busiest touring artists in independent music, having shared stages with the likes of Marc Cohn, Melissa Etheridge, Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan along the way. Rachael has won numerous prestigious songwriting awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and was named one of the 100 most influential independent artists of the past 15 years by Performing Songwriter magazine.

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8 Steps to Building Your Personal Music Brand

pencil icon Clyde Smith

date iconJul 24, 2014 12:20:44 PM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking

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This article originally appeared on Hypebot.

 

Neil Patel freely shares his "Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand," which mixes notions of business image and personal identity in a manner that's quite relevant to musicians. Though some musicians would prefer to take a haphazardly organic approach to brand building that just leaves it up to others to decide who you are, building your brand doesn't have to be a superficial process. Patel advocates the perspective that "your personal brand is what separates you from everyone else in the world."

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Spotlight On: Filippo Gaetani, Founder of the Recording Festival

pencil icon Dylan Welsh

date iconJul 24, 2014 12:00:00 PM

tag icon Spotlight, Promoter, recording festival

Filippo Gaetani has spent over 20 years producing, engineering, and working on developing young artists. Over the years, he has taken a totally immersive role in the music of the artists he works with, often engineering, producing, and performing as a studio musician simultaneously. In order to give young artists the opportunity to experience the kind of environment that sprouted his career, he has started a new competition project called the Recording Festival. Bands from all over the world can submit their music, with three finalists being selected to each spend 14 days in a state-of-the-art studio in Ireland where Michael Jackson, Muse, Bonnie Raitt, Snow Patrol, and many others have recorded.

Sonicbids members have the opportunity to submit for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by December 5, 2014. We recently got the chance to talk to Gaetani about his career path and the inspiration behind the Recording Festival.

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How to Book a DIY Tour Like a Pro

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It’s no secret that in today’s industry, musicians are much more than musicians. Often we have to be our own booking agents, publicists, marketing teams, merch coordinators, and a myriad of other tasks that are often overlooked: chef, accountant, driver, babysitter, and much more.

So, when an artist decides to go tour, juggling all of these roles can be incredibly daunting.

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Top 6 Must-Have Apps for Songwriters

pencil icon Caleb Hsu

date iconJul 23, 2014 10:47:30 AM

tag icon Features, apps, Tech

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Songwriting can be broken down into two parts at its most basic form: inspiration and execution. Creative-minded people need sources of inspiration, a place to store those ideas and visions, and the technical means to carry out and realize their songs.

Alicia Keys once said, “The most important thing for me when I write is that I properly express the emotion that struck me so deeply.” In order to encapsulate the fleeting, powerful emotions that inspire you, it’s crucial to have quick and easy methods of transferring intangible ideas into accessible records. Here are the top eight mobile apps to help songwriters succeed in both categories of the writing process.

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