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Huge Ops to Intimate Spots: Canadian Music Week, the Tender Trap, and More

Image via SonicbidsThis week, we're featuring gigs to complement performers of all levels, including performance opportunities at Canadian Music Week, Brooklyn's Tender Trap, Oregon's Waypost, and more. Click through for more gigs, whether you're ready for the big stage or just testing the waters.

How Did This Cover of "Africa" Get Over 11 Million Views (and What Can Musicians Learn)?

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On August 30, 2010, Mike Massé’s life changed forever. He uploaded his live performance of Toto’s hit song “Africa,” and it soon amassed over eight million views. Today, it has over 11 million views.

The video itself isn’t anything special. It’s just Massé and his friend, bassist, and backup singer Jeff Hall, playing the song in a pizzeria, sitting in chairs. But there are reasons why this video blew up. And every musician can learn from Massé’s success.

Here are few key takeaways you can apply to your own videos and covers.

What Do These Kinds of Music Formats Actually Mean?

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Sure, these five music formats seem straightforward enough, but if somebody asked, could you actually give them a concrete definition? You might have a firm grasp on what a single is, but what about an EP? How about a mixtape?

This list will hopefully clear everything up and give you the knowledge you need to make a smart decision when it comes to what you should release next.

Closing Soon: 4 Gigs Perfect for Artists Who Got Soul

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This week’s roundup features soul, funk, jazz, and groove gigs closing soon that artists in up-and-coming music cities (i.e., not NYC/LA) will want to jump on and fast.

The Foxfires: a Sonicbids Success Story

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Here at Sonicbids, we’re always happy to see our musicians succeed. We’ve started this series, Sonicbids Success Stories, as an opportunity to highlight our artists’ achievements, hear their stories and get their advice and insight on an ever changing industry.

Recently we sat down with Adam Kahn, bassist of the newly signed, New York bred ‘Seagaze’ band, The Foxfires. Adam said he’d had a downright hectic day, squeezing in some time while in the car, GPS directions intermittently sounding in the background as we talked.

Adam’s tone quickly shifted, however, into that of cheery optimism. Bright and engaging, he talked at length on the importance of “staying the course”, the lessons learned in overcoming strife and bringing positivity to a world and industry that batters you with negativity.