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Musician Life

Mar 11, 2019 06:00 AM

Dan Reifsnyder

3 Dangers of Inter-Band Dating

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Bands can be plenty of drama all on their own – from flaring egos, to musical differences, to boiling resentment. Even if a band is mostly drama free, there are going to be issues from time to time. Some bands bring it on themselves, though, and one way they do this is by inter-band dating.

A surefire way to create epic amounts of drama (and possibly break up the band) is for members to start dating each other. This is doubly true if the people involved in the relationship are strong personalities. Here are just three ways it can really mess things up.

What Are Band Managers Looking For?

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Your band is playing a dive bar, and you totally kill it. The audience is small but into it, and it's evident you're meant to be playing arenas. After the gig, a guy in a three-piece suit walks up, hands you a card, and tells you he's some famous manager and looking for an act just like you. “You have what it takes to be a star!” he'll tell you, before imploring you to call him. There's even movies and TV shows that emphasize this fantasy.

The fact is, this may have happened at one point in decades past, but it simply doesn't happen anymore. You need to work really hard at networking and hustling to get a “chance encounter” like that to occur. So how do you get a manager to notice you? Here are four tips to help you start on that path.

How to Fund Your Tour in 2019

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You've got big dreams of going on the road – so what's holding you back? The answer, of course, is money.

Unless you're especially established, money is always an issue, and tours can be expensive. You'll probably need a van or bus, money for meals and gas, not to mention hotels. So how do you even get the ball rolling? Fortunately, we're here to help! Here are three ways you can fund your next tour.

5 Insanely Smart Products That Every Musician Needs in 2019

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Sometimes being a musician can feel like an arms race – there's always new gear, new software, and new instruments coming out. While sometimes the changes are incremental (you might be able to get away for a couple of years without upgrading certain things, for instance), sometimes you can miss a lot.

It's good to remember that although great gear is important – depending what you do, maybe quite important – it can't substitute for great musicianship. If you can't play guitar, a $5,000 instrument isn't going to suddenly make you sound better.

That being said, here's a quick list of five of the latest and greatest products we've seen emerging onto the scene for 2019!

The Basics: How to Copyright Music in 2019

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I know some writers who clutch their notebooks to their chests when they meet a fellow artist or who refuse to even play their songs out for fear they'll be stolen. Perhaps they've heard horror stories or had bad experiences themselves.

For the most part, however, it isn't necessary to be quite this protective of your music – the vast majority of fellow artists you come across are honest with no interest in ripping you (or anyone else) off. At least, in my experience.

That being said, there's no reason not to protect yourself and your work properly in this day and age. Read on for how to copyright music in 2019.