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Musician Life

Mar 15, 2017 06:00 AM

Jhoni Jackson

7 Irritating Things Every Musician Deals With

Image via Stocksnap.io.Feeling like an outsider around your non-musician friends? Perpetually working but somehow always-and-forever broke? These are the kind of issues that, as an independent musician, are often universally unavoidable. We deal with them because we love what we do, but that doesn't mean we've got to fully submit to them, either. 

Commiserate by reading our top seven gripes below, and feel free to add your own in the comments.

5 Times Music Changed the Course of History

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Regardless of how you feel about America's current government, it’s clear that the political situation in the US is becoming increasingly heated. Whenever you turn on the news, there seems to be some new controversial political development. It certainly feels like we’re living through a major historical moment right now.

Through the power of social media, musicians are making their voices heard on political issues. It's certainly not the first time artists have chimed in on the political climate. Throughout history, you’ll find examples of music and musicians playing a big role in a number of major world events.

From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, here are some examples of times when music has changed the course of history.

Musician Life

Jan 2, 2017 06:00 AM

Jhoni Jackson

The 5 Most Livable Cities to Build a Music Career

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What makes a city especially friendly to independent musicians looking to advance their careers? The obvious spots, like New York City or Los Angeles, aren't the easiest places make any sort of dent. Not only are they overwhelmed with folks with the same aims but also they're quite pricey, and when you're struggling to make ends meet financially, you'll ultimately lose time and energy that could be spent building your career.

The ideal cities for DIY musicians boast a balance of low-cost living and openness to independent music. Cheaper rent, a sense of community, fans and venues with a penchant for championing the underdogs – all of these things are important.

The five places we've picked offer all of that and then some. You can make music anywhere in the world, but in these environments, you'll likely have more time to focus on music making and a more supportive network to receive the art that materializes.

The 3 Rules You Need to Survive in Nashville

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Nashville can be a strange place. Many people come from all over the world jump in with both feet and think they'll be discovered in six months at the latest. In the meantime, they fail to understand the culture and/or why they aren't welcomed with open arms.

Some of it may have to do with talent, but some of it may have to do with breaking the unspoken rules of Nashville without realizing it. Here are just a few to keep in mind the next time you visit Music City.

Musician Life

Oct 20, 2016 06:00 AM

Dan Reifsnyder

4 Signs You're That Musician

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You know the type I'm talking about: beyond negative, beyond jaded, an undiscovered genius who cynically thinks everyone else is terrible. I've heard them referred to as “black holes,” which is an incredibly apt description. They suck the energy out of everything in their orbit, and everyone tries their best to avoid them. Here are some of the hallmarks of "that musican."