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4 Opportunities Your Band is Missing Out On

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When you know your music is destined for something big, it can be difficult to take it slow. It’s easy to set your sites on playing the largest venues, getting on the highest profile blogs, opening for the biggest bands — and to want it to all happen now. But if you try to skip all the steps between “just starting out” and “major success” you’ll find that you tend to stay in the “just starting out” phase a little too long — if not forever.

The reality is, when you try to skip over all the nitty-gritty steps of building your fanbase, networking with other bands and industry, touring locally, building your brand, and anything else that’s generally considered the business side of the industry, and instead put pressure on the music to do all the work, you’ll find that no matter how great the music is, you simply can’t get it off the ground.

In today’s industry, having a head for business is just as important as having a talent for music.

The Emerging Artist’s Guide to Spotify Playlists

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For many artists, landing a placement on a Spotify official playlist or a reputable blog’s coveted playlist is a major victory. In fact, in many instances, those Spotify placements are proving to be just as if not more sought-after than high-tier blog placements.

But for the emerging musician, landing that placement is never as simple as having great music. I interviewed artists who have had successful placements, along with those that do the placing, to tap into three major areas of interest: How emerging artists gain Spotify playlist placement, if Spotify placement a reality for most emerging artists, and if there’s a certain milestone artists need to speed up the process.

Why Moving to LA Isn't Guaranteed to Make Your Dreams Come True

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There’s this myth in the music industry that packing up and moving to Los Angeles to chase your dreams is bound to result in massive success. The only problem? It’s not necessarily true.

Sure, there are plenty of artists who make the move to California each year and find themselves in the right circles, talking to the right people, and making the right moves — but that isn’t because LA is some magical place that does all the work for you. It’s because they had a plan in place, they did the work, and they made the right moves. LA on its own isn’t a miracle worker, but it can work for you if you put in your share of the effort.

5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

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The end-of-year slowdown. If you’ve been in the music industry for a while, you recognize late October through the end of the year as a slow time for all things industry-related. Albums aren’t getting released, tours are winding down, publicists have less to promote, journalists have less to write about, promoters aren’t running as many shows — the whole industry feels it.

In truth, it’s a convenient time, since it allows us to focus on our loved ones during the holidays and gives us a well-needed break from the chaos that ensues the rest of the year. It’s also a great time to plan your next steps and start off the following year stronger than ever. So how do you do that? Start with these five ways.

5 Things All Musicians Should Be Grateful For This Year (And Every Year)

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Every year I like to take stock of what's happened — the good, the bad, the things I could have done better, and the things I excelled at. Now just two weeks from Thanksgiving, it seems especially appropriate to reflect back on 2017 and find gratitude in what the year provided.