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What Kind of Impact Does Our Music Really Make on Society?

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As musicians, we are carriers of influence, whether or not we are aware of it and whether or not we intend to be. The sound and messages we release through our art form directly impact our listeners in powerful ways. This is especially true of the youth and adolescents of our society, who are still extremely malleable to the world around them. I remember sitting in the car with my two little cousins, ages five and eight, when "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk came on the radio. They both started singing every word at the top of their lungs. And when Katy Perry sang during the Super Bowl halftime show, the kids at the party sang nearly every lyric verbatim, putting me to shame because I didn't know all the lyrics, and I'm aspiring to be a pop artist. It began to shock me just how acutely youth are being impacted by the music they listened to, and how much attention they're paying to the music being played around them.

7 Inspiring Quotes That Will Reignite Your Drive to Pursue Music

No matter how driven and motivated you are, there are seasons where you just don't feel like it. These are dry periods of time, ruts that we can all get stuck in during our musical journey. If that's you, take these seven quotes to heart – they're sure to inspire you to get up and go for it once again.

8 Rules for Being a Great Music Industry Intern

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Internships are a huge part of breaking into the music industry. You've probably heard it's all about the connections – and it's true. However, that can be to your advantage if you know how to establish relationships and make the most out of your time interning. After interning throughout the summer and learning a few things the hard way, I've compiled a list of guidelines to help you best navigate the art of interning.

8 Best Free Mixing Plugins of 2015 (So Far)

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A great mix requires great tools, but great tools aren't always cheap. Luckily for us, there are some quality mixing plugins that are free and do a great job. Here's a list that you can try out for yourself that range from compression to EQ to effects.

5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Co-Writer

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Songwriting is a personal and vulnerable art form, and to share this process with another person can be a tricky and sensitive endeavor. While co-writing, there are just some things that should never be said. These deadly phrases can kill the writing atmosphere in an instant, and you'll want to avoid saying things like this at all costs.