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7 Reasons Why Releasing Your Music Digitally Isn’t Enough

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From humble beginnings in digital keyboards and samplers, all the way to the modern, internet-connected digital home studio, the evolution of music has run mostly concurrent with the development of digital technologies. CDs, cassettes, and vinyl have largely been challenged in power by streaming audio and MP3s. Expansive and expensive recording studios have been closed, but not before their precious gear could be analyzed and turned into software for replicating their properties on a computer. It's now possible to record entire albums without playing a note (in the strictly physical sense). Entire bands can be replicated. A small laptop can contain and create the sounds of a million dollars’ worth of obscure vintage mixing boards. After recording, a band can upload their music and artwork to Bandcamp, then share and sell it around the world to eager listeners. After the music is streaming, there are a multitude of ways to promote the recordings, all from your own home.

So, why should anyone bother releasing their music on a physical medium at all?

Like every large technological shift, people are eager to dismiss the past so they can welcome the future with wide, open arms. While digital technology offers lots of exciting possibilities for musicians, there are still many things lacking, some of them easier to understand now that the dust is settling. It can be hard to decide whether you should release your music on vinyl, or even cassette or CD. The important thing is understanding these seven reasons why releasing your music only in a digital format isn’t enough.

Musician Life, opinion

Feb 9, 2016 10:00 AM

Laura Goldfarb

The One Sentence Everyone Needs to Stop Saying to Artists

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Here on Sonicbids, our readers are primarily musicians and artists of all levels. We aim to offer advice and knowledge to help you build your careers. In this piece, though, I’m preaching to the choir in an effort to not only show you that we’ve got your back, but to maybe assist you in communicating with your fans and the public about a topic that’s sometimes tough or uncomfortable to bring up. Feel free to post this on your socials if you think it’ll help.

Musician Life, opinion

Feb 9, 2016 09:00 AM

Jonathan Hack

Musicians: Here's the Thing About Creativity That Took Me Way Too Long to Learn

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This is a perspective I wish I had long ago. Creativity is a funny thing. It’s arguably in all of us, yet it isn’t always easy to access. In fact, sometimes it's downright fickle – here one moment and gone the next. It occurs to me that we appeal to our creativity for so many things that it couldn't possibly keep up: fulfillment, release, expression, notoriety, escape, and money (to name a few). Perhaps the last is the most troublesome.

Do We Need to Disconnect to Be More Creative in the Limitless Realm of Digital Recording?

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This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


As we find ourselves moving fast along the digital highway, there's never been a more important time to cultivate a disciplined approach to our craft. While advances in technology are pivotal to the progress of science and industry, what part do they play in the working of art?

Is It Worth It to Study Genres You Don't Play?

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It's natural to predominantly listen to and study the genre of music you play. We always hear the old question, "When am I ever going to use this?" when studying things irrelevant to our goals. But with music, there's always something to learn from other artists – even ones that don't play music like yours. One of the best things an artist can have is an open mind. Here are a few key benefits of going outside of the box and into the music of various genres, regardless of whether they make it onto your next album.