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How Pentatonix Built a Social Media Powerhouse

The members of Pentatonix. (Image via billboard.com)

For many musicians, FacebookTwitter, and YouTube are just different places to post the same thing. This approach can work, but if you really want to grow your fanbase and attract a dedicated following, you need to give each platform its own role and use it to drive traffic to your other channels. In the end, you'll end up with a funnel that drives potential fans to connect, forge deeper engagement, and ultimately become paying customers that support your career.

Columns, Angry Sound Guy

Nov 19, 2014 11:00 AM

Aaron Staniulis

How to Handle a Microphone Like a Pro

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This is the first installment in a series of articles tackling live sound issues that we all run into, or may think we know the answer to, but oftentimes are muddied with myths or misconceptions. So, without further ado, a quick guide to vocal mic technique!

Microphones are effectively the most common tool of the trade for musicians, and yet somehow the proper handling of these tools seems to elude many. There's actually a lot more to effective mic usage than just grabbing it and pointing it at your face. If you're an instrumentalist and your mic will be placed on a stand, the first aspect of mic handling is taken care of for you. If you're a vocalist, the first challenge to address is how to actually hold your microphone. At this point, you may already be checking out on me, but if I had a dollar for every vocalist I've seen hold a mic wrong, I would be writing this column from my personal island off the coast of Dubai.

Columns, ask a publicist

Nov 19, 2014 09:00 AM

Laura Goldfarb

5 Types of Music Publicists That Indie Artists Should Avoid

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It's time for me to come clean  at one point or another in my career, I've been guilty of being all of the types of publicists below, and as a result, I kind of sucked at my job. I've also dated, slept with, shacked up with, or befriended enough indie artists over the years to know what simply doesn't work. I recommend that the process of choosing a publicist for yourself be as informed, careful, and intuitive as choosing a nanny for your first-born child. Here's a little help on which five publicists to avoid completely.

Columns, ask a publicist

Nov 12, 2014 11:00 AM

Amy Sciarretto

How to Pitch Your Band When You Can't Afford PR

Drowning Pool after an interview. (Photo by Gino DePinto)

As my recent "Ask a Publicist" article explained, having a publicist is an essential tool for your band's growth and success. But not every band can afford the spend, depending on where they are in their development. So if you're not signed to a label with in-house PR, relax. You are not S.O.L. There are ways to do your own PR and get some placements on a limited level so you can lay the foundation and make inroads in the media before a trained PR pro, with limitless contacts, steps in and takes over.

Ask a Music Journalist: How to Keep Cool in Your First Interview

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For many musicians, interviews can be a nerve-wracking process. There's the conversation itself, the pressure of outsiders seeing your responses once it's over, and of course, the potential of being misunderstood or otherwise misrepresentedThe good news is that interviews get easier (if not less painful) with more experience. In the meantime, should you find yourself getting apprehensive before your first interviews about your music, here are five tips you can use to keep your cool, make yourself more comfortable with the process, and allow you to make the most of the opportunity at hand. Good luck!