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4 Bands That Had Their Biggest Hits After Calling It Quits

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Being in a band is tough. It’s even tougher if you want to be in a band that has the ambition of "making it." You know the old story: cars, girls, drugs, parties, photographers all hounding the band wherever they go. Living the good life. Though few bands ever actually meet this standard of "success," some come close, keeping at it as long as they can. But many times, that success never comes, or doesn’t match the standard the band had set for itself, and the group folds. It’s a sad, but real, tale.

But there are lucky ones. The luckiest bands that ever roamed, bands that were so lucky to achieve great success even after they disbanded, enjoying a popularity that came nowhere close to what they saw in the time the band "existed." In some cases, they would regroup to cash in and enjoy their newfound popularity. After all, who wouldn’t? But the bigger lesson to be learned is the reward of persistence and hard work as a musician. (Or is it that sometimes the idea of a great band that once existed is more enticing than that of a band that currently exists?)

Either way, there are many things to be learned from these great bands. It proves a point that their music wasn’t truly lacking, either. Sometimes, music goes over people’s heads and they have to figure out how to understand it on their own terms. Sometimes, the music doesn’t get the distribution it deserves, limiting the number of people who are exposed to it. Whatever the reason, these five bands were able to outdo themselves after they had called it quits, and saw their greatest successes after giving up.

6 Subtle Production Tricks That'll Bring a Track to Life

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Sometimes having great songs and performances isn’t enough – you also need unique and ear-catching production. What actually makes something sound even better than it does? Well, that’s that true art of audio production. The more techniques a producer or engineer has at his or her disposal, the most opportunities for inventiveness.

That’s not to say that tried-and-true methods of audio production don’t work wonders. Some things just happen to sound good the way they are across a wide spectrum of listeners. These tips and tricks aren’t meant to replace the basic sounds of audio production; rather, they're for augmenting and fleshing out specific instruments and tracks. More so, they're ways to inspire you. Hearing your music from a new angle is sometimes all it takes to hit on a great idea, and these subtle production tricks can help anyone bring tracks to life.

6 Huge Ways to Help Your Band (Without Stepping on the Leader's Toes)

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There are usually multiple personalities and many assumed roles within a band, but none more polarizing among bandmates than "the leader." The problem isn't so much in the title. However a leader may come to power or be chosen, after someone is dubbed "leader," the rest of the band will often consider themselves to be merely "bandmates," a role assumed to be limited only to playing music and showing up to performances and practices and band activities. From then on, bandmates will debate who's contributing most, with the implied leader expecting more while the implied bandmates assuming their contributions are unwanted.

This doesn’t have to be so. There are still many ways to assert influence within a band that has nothing to do with anything personal or selfish, only the growth and advancement of the band’s goals. On top of it, you can do all of these things without interrupting the bandleader's flow and own personal outlook. The benefits of taking initiative are immense. At minimum, taking the time to help your band out in major ways that don’t step on the leader’s toes will not only help your band succeed with its goals, it'll endear you to the rest of the band as someone who cares.

7 Tips for Covering the Right Song at Your Next Show

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Playing cover songs is a classic way for bands to connect with their audiences when they play live. It's a great way to add depth to your repertoire while showing fans some of your favorite songs or influences. But covering songs isn't something to take lightly. Picking the wrong song can have the same effect, just in a negative way. That's because a cover song is like a band's atomic bomb: used wisely and sparingly, they can be very effective, but one false move, and you can scatter the crowd faster than an air-raid siren. These seven tips can help you choose the right song for your next set with a minimal risk for cover-band fallout.

The 5 Phases of a Recording's Life Cycle That You Need to Know

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Writing and recording music can be time consuming. Most of the time, it’s also very expensive. Regardless of how you record and produce your material, you wind up taking home essentially the same thing  a finished song in a song-file format. But after you’ve gone and paid for your masters, what should you be doing with the material you’ve recorded?

The answer, if you want to make the most of the effort you have put into getting this far, is to get ready for a wild ride. That’s because every recording you make is really like a vehicle. It should always be designed with the intent of letting people hear the best you are capable of. You’ll want to see that you get the most mileage you can out of each song to get the true return on all the hard work and time you put into making the recordings. To do this, you must understand the full life cycle of a recording.