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The 5 People You Need to Know When Booking Shows

This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

The music scene is a tricky place to navigate. It often feels like you can't get anywhere without knowing the right people and that your fate is entirely in someone else's hands. But many of the "gatekeepers" are actually there to help you, and knowing who to talk to at the right moment can mean the difference between booking a sold-out show, playing to an empty room, and not playing at all. Whether you're booking your very first gig, or gearing up to head out on tour, here are five people who can make all the difference.

Recording, Honing Your Craft

Jul 3, 2015 09:00 AM

Belinda Huang

5 Tips for Effectively Communicating With Your Producer

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As artists, we count on producers to transform our songs from their raw, acoustic forms into their fully realized versions, instruments and all. Their role is pivotal in the record-making process, yet it's not always the easiest process or relationship to navigate. I know many artists who have had to completely scrap songs and start from scratch because their producer didn't understand their vision. As both a producer and an artist, here are five tips I've learned that will take you from being at the mercy of a producer to working together in realizing your vision.

5 Tips Every Artist Must Know Before Signing Their First Record Deal

Betty Who with her RCA record contract. (Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford)

This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


You've finally made it. A record label recognized your talent and offered you what seems like the deal of a lifetime. But before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you actually understand what you're signing so your dreams of fame and fortune don't turn into a nightmare. Here are five tips every artist should consider before signing their first recording contract.

How to Make It as a DIY One-Man Band: Advice From Whetherman, Who Plays 180 Shows a Year

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If you're a solo act – whether you're a singer-songwriter with a guitar or a DJ with a laptop – it takes a great deal of independence and self-motivation to stand out. So, how do you manage to book tours and land gigs on the big stages as a one-man band? Well, folk artist Whetherman – the stage name of guitarist, producer, and vocalist Nicholas Williams – has certainly figured out what it takes to get his music out there on his own. He not only entertains large crowds solo at 180 shows per year, but he's the one responsible for controlling his creative vision. Below, Williams shares his tips for filling the stage as a solo artist and how he's been so successful in self-managing his music career.

5 Non-Musical Hobbies That Can Help Your Music Career

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Even workaholics need to take a break. Most people have fun hobbies that they do outside of their day job, and creative types are no different. However, there's rarely enough time to push a music career while simultaneously pursuing a hobby.

Thankfully, you can kill two birds with one stone while cultivating certain hobbies that can be used to directly benefit your music career. There are plenty of stories out there about the weird and quirky hobbies held by some famous rockstars. If you have a cool, creative hobby such as the ones I've outlined below, you could be an even bigger asset to your band and career.