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Sep 18, 2017 06:00 AM

Jhoni Jackson

5 DIY Musicians Whose Writing You Should Read Right Now

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When practiced musicians with years of DIY know-how offer guidance, we listen, because we know that real-world experience offers some of the most accurate and telling lessons. There's no blueprint for newbie independent musicians to follow besides the histories of the folks who've carved that niche outside the mainstream before them — and the bands and artists who continue to cultivate it are the ones with the best foresight into its future.

We're thankful for the musicians who've documented their stories, and by sharing them have given a leg up to those just starting out. The list below is built around five musicians who broadcast their knowledge with the intent of uplifting others; it's a gesture so exemplary of DIY ethos that's another lesson in itself. Read on for our favorite stories they've written.

3 Reasons to Slow Down and Reflect on Your Music Career

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With everything that's expected of a DIY musician, it's common to feel the pressure knob go to 11 as you attempt to learn the business, build a fanbase, promote new music, write newer music, and balance all of your other obligations as a human.

Not to mention the fact that, since the beginning of time, the music industry has has a reputation pushing the 24/7-grind lifestyle regardless of whether or not one can go about it in a healthy way. (Spoiler alert: There is no way to grind 24/7 in a healthy way.)

But, rather than focus on the braggarts who claim to "get it all done" with little-to-no sleep, why not focus on building a career that's sustainable and that serve you for years to come?

Musician Life

Aug 28, 2017 06:00 AM

Dan Reifsnyder

5 Indicators of Whether You're an Amateur or a Pro Musician

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Being a pro – or not – doesn't depend on how many shows you perform a year, how much money you earn, or even how talented you are. It is 100 percent one thing: mindset. I've played with amateur musicians who had the heart of a pro and vice versa. The good news is that this mindset can be learned.

Want To Be A Tour Manager? Here's Advice From 4 Industry Pros

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Tour life. It’s something most bands dream about, but what about balancing your musical ambitions with the logistical requirements of planning and preparing for life on the road? Is it even possible for an artist to become a tour manager, too?

3 Ways to Tell It's Time to Hit Pause on Your Music Career

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All artists experience hardships in their careers. There's always a question of whether to persevere or quit. The obvious answer, at least most times, is to soldier on. Often, we find success at the limits of our endurance, right when we're going to give up.

Sometimes, though, stepping away for a while is the right answer. Of course, it's always possible a temporary break turns into a permanent one – and, sometimes, that may be for the best. Only you can decide if and when to come back. Regardless, here are three ways to tell if you need to take a break from making music – at least temporarily.