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How to Balance Your Crazy College Course Load With Your Music Career

pencil icon Dylan Welsh

date iconNov 24, 2014 10:00:00 AM

tag icon Features

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Anyone who's been through college knows that a full course load can be just as intense as a full-time job. Classes are particularly difficult because the work stays with you afterwards, as well as on weekends and holidays. Oftentimes, it can get very complicated to balance your life outside of school with the workload you are given, not to mention your music. Between the practicing, rehearsing, and gigging, music takes up a ton of time as well, usually occupying evenings and late nights. Though it's a complicated and tedious balancing act, it is possible to be both an active musician and an excellent student. Here are four ways to maintain both sides of your life.

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4 Things Musicians Should Do Immediately After Joining LinkedIn

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Read part one of our "LinkedIn for Musicians" series to learn how to fill up your profile before continuing on to the tips below.

Having a LinkedIn page is important these days if you want to be a professional and make a living doing, well, almost anything. Once you've set up a profile that looks great and tells the story of who you are, it's good to actually use it! The website can be great for meeting new people and reconnecting with old ones – as long as you know what you're doing and run with it. Here are four more tips to make LinkedIn work for you and your music.

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Emeli Sandé Shares Her Songwriting Tips [Video]

pencil icon Sonicbids Staff

date iconNov 21, 2014 12:00:00 PM

tag icon Features, songwriting, videos

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Emeli Sandé, of "Free" and "Next to Me" fame, shares her tips on songwriting in this video from BBC Radio 1. In it, Sandé gives us a glimpse into the mind of a true lyricist and shares the many types of inspirations that have influenced her writing

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Indie Artist Cheat Sheet: The Best (and Worst) Months to Release Your Album

pencil icon Janelle Rogers

date iconNov 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

tag icon Features, Promotion & Booking

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A version of this article originally appeared on the Green Light Go blog.

 

Whether leaves are growing on or falling from trees, it's a good idea to look at the full year when you're planning to release an album. Why? Because working a minimum of three months in advance is a must to meet media deadlines and help build awareness of the artist in advance of the release.

One thing I never, ever, ever want to do for an emerging artist is schedule their album release in October. That is where an emerging indie band gets eaten alive, overlooked, and pushed aside for the established bands who will always take precedence. I’ve seen great records die simply because there was so much competition. Pitchfork even passed on a premiere for an established band last October simply because they didn't have time. Come November, the tide turned and they were two thumbs up for giving us coverage.

So how do you determine the best time to release your music? Here's my cheat sheet for emerging bands.

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Lazzy Lung: Here's What It's Like to Be a Rock Band in the Middle East

pencil icon Kathleen Parrish

date iconNov 21, 2014 10:00:00 AM

tag icon artist, Spotlight

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Though the Middle East had only seen a handful of successful English-speaking rock and alternative acts through the 1990s and 2000s, that all changed when Beirut rock outfit Lazzy Lung emerged onto the scene in 2010. Last year, their second full-length album, Sailor's Delight, was chosen as one of Rolling Stone Middle East's "Top Three Unsigned Albums of 2013." Setting forth the journey into the US music scene, Lazzy Lung began using Sonicbids to find international touring opportunities. Guitarist and vocalist Allan Chaaraoui spoke with us about the diversity of the Middle Eastern music scene, what he loves about Sonicbids, and what obstacles the band has faced and overcome.

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