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Ed Sheeran: The Biggest Lesson I've Learned From My Breakthrough to Success [Video]

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Let's be honest: does Ed Sheeran look like a rockstar? Hell no. When the scruffy little redhead broke out and took the world by storm, it shook the music scene to its core to realize this kid was behind insightful powerhouse songs like "A Team" and "Lego House." He was an instant sensation, and the lesson here is that if he can do it, you can, too. Here's what Sheeran has to say about being true to yourself as an artist, persevering in the rough waters of the music industry, and learning to love your music for what it is.

Stop Putting More Barriers Between You and Your Fans

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This article originally appeared on Haulix.


In the '90s, it was all about getting your music into big box stores like Best Buy, Tower Records, and Circuit City. Distribution wins! But those stores didn’t really care about your music or your label or your scene. Sure, you sold a bunch of CDs through them in the '90s, but where does that leave you today? Who bought those albums?

Then, the iTunes store comes along in 2003. Quick! Get your music on there, just like every other band and label. Upload your music, adjust your metadata, sit back, and sell to people in parts of the world that you'll never visit.

The Realities of Making an International Move for Your Music Career: Advice From goodbyemotel

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Have you ever felt like your music would go so much further if you just lived in a city better suited for your sound? Maybe you're from a small town in the South, but all of your influences are from the UK, and you can bank on the fact that so many more doors will open up once you get your music over there. Well, goodbyemotel felt similarly, and after scoring a spot at CMJ through Sonicbids, they decided to pick up and move from their hometown of Melbourne, Australia, all the way to New York City.

Even though it can seem like music is most commonly spread online in the 21st century, there's no denying the countless opportunities that come along with physically being in big music cities like New York, and that's why goodbyemotel now calls it their new home. But as you can imagine, making the international move wasn't easy, nor was it cheap. Through perseverance, hard work, and lots and lots of planning, they've managed to make their way to big stages across the country, as well as landing impressive TV sync deals. Below, the band gives an honest account of the challenges of moving to NYC, and their best advice for other bands looking to do the same. 

5 Great Musician Vines You Can Learn From

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There are how-to articles about the holy social media trifecta  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter  all the time. But what about Vine? As a musician, how can you use Vine to showcase your music to its maximum potential? The video-sharing platform could be the key to marketing your new single, your upcoming tour, or your image as an artist.

We've published a quick guide to Vine marketing already, which provides tips like posting consistently and keeping your videos simple and fun. But to harness the full power of the six-second video, it may be more helpful to see examples of five great musicians on Vine – and how they used it.

3 Things Musicians Don't Think They Need to Invest In, but Actually Do

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As indie musicians get more and more freedom and power over their music, it also means they need to start making calls about what they should invest back into their career, and these days, there are a lot of options. Do you focus on hiring an artist, creating product, and developing your merch? Do you focus 100 percent on the music and give up a percentage of your income to a manager or agent to take care of the business side? Do you pay big bucks to work with a top-of-the-line producer? Or do you give your fans some physical product like CDs and vinyl?

Of course, every music career is different, and every artist will need to invest differently to grow their career. But there are a few things that every artist should invest time and money into on an ongoing basis (and they're probably not what you expected).