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3 Books That Can Help Solve the DIY Musician's Biggest Hangups

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It’s hard being a DIY musician – part-time or full-time. You know this.

Doing most (or everything) on your own is tiring. Depending on your resources, you might have to be your own manager, PR person, accountant, and roadie. And on top of that, you can’t forget to be the artist.

Many indie musicians (myself included) experience a learning curve when it comes to doing some of those things, whether it’s the business side of music, promotion, or just creating and sharing more music.

So, to help you solve some of those common problems, here are three books that have encouraged many a musician.

7 Cities Booking Major Gigs Now Through Far True

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This week's gig roundup dives deep into opportunities hosted through Far True, a progressive music, art, skate, and multimedia company dedicated to consulting, booking, artist representation, and promoting music artists countrywide. With ops already running in NYC, LA, ATL, DC, and Richmond, Far True has recently added shows in Miami and is seeking Sonicbids artists to fill their fall bills.

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.