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How a Fully DIY Band Has Booked Over 500 Shows in 16 Countries: Advice From Double Experience

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Your brand is your story, and for musicians, having a story that resonates is what it's all about.

Look at Pink Floyd's experimental narrative: they went from a typical British rock band (of the time) to one of the world's most innovative groups. The Grateful Dead took jazz improvisation, simplified it, and applied it to rock music, all while amassing one of the most dedicated fanbases of all time. Their fans call themselves "Deadheads" and wear the token tie-dye shirts. They belong to a community, built around the band's story.

And today, we have up-and-coming bands like nerdy neo-rockers Double Experience from Ottawa who embrace what makes them unique and share that story with their fans. What makes them unique? Well, for one, after their shows, they give out their gamer tags to their fans to connect with them!

Through Sonicbids, they've performed on some huge stages like Toronto's Indie Week Canada in 2015 and, more recently, FOCUS Wales. And through their own independent efforts, they've booked over 500 shows in 16 different countries. We spoke with the band's bassist/vocalist, Ian Nichols, about how they've built their following around the idea of being "a nerd." 

What Musicians Need to Know About Australia's Music Scene: An Inside Look With BOOM! BAP! POW!

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Australia's not only known for its unique natural wonders and beautiful nature, but also for its great contribution to music. While the Billboard charts usually feature artists from England or the United States at the top, there are tons of great music communities Down Under.

Soul-pop band BOOM! BAP! POW! has seen a ton of success in their hometown of Perth, one of Australia's most vibrant music cities. Whether they're licensing their music with major brands, reaching thousands on social media, or rocking their local scene, they're doing it right. We caught up with Paul Hines of the band to find out what might surprise people about the Australian music community and how they've found international recognition as an independent band.

What the Rest of the World Needs to Know About Iceland's Incredible Music Scene: An Inside Look With Hinemoa

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When you think of Iceland, you probably imagine volcanoes, blue eyes, and Björk. The country has become a big tourist attraction for its stunning landscapes and nature, but also because of its vibrant culture. Even with a population of just over 300,000, the country has one of the most exciting and diverse music scenes today. 

Icelanders have no barriers when it comes to creating art; they're ambitious and driven by self-expression. We spoke with Sindri Magnússon, the bassist of Reykjavík indie-pop band Hinemoa, whose music has reached the top 20 on the national radio chart in Iceland, about all the surprising things the rest of the world doesn't know about their flourishing local music community.

What's It Really Like to Perform at the A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta? Q&A With Young Chizz

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Any budding hip-hop artist knows that performing at the A3C Hip Hop Festival & Conference in Atlanta is akin to a right of passage. Not only does it look tremendous on your EPK, but it gives you the opportunity to be a part of a huge creative hub of talented artists and industry pros.

We recently spoke with New York-based rapper Young Chizz, who wowed the audience with his performance at last year's festival. He's been on tour with huge artists such as Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy, has had his music played on MTV, and has reached nearly half a million views on VEVO. It was only natural that on his way up, he landed at A3C. Check out our interview below to learn more about his experience, and apply for your shot to perform at this year's A3C (it's free if you submit by July 31, 2016!).

How to Use Music to Get You Through Financial Hardship: Advice From Supa Soop

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When falling on hard times, we often prioritize our most lucrative opportunities. For some, that might mean picking up shifts at the local bar or succumbing to a job we might not like – or worse, engaging in illegal activity such as drug dealing.

It's already hard enough to make a substantial profit from being an independent musician, but depending on music while you're falling short on money takes serious dedication. Richmond, VA-based rapper Supa Soop felt the weight of his family struggling to pay the bills, but instead of turning away from his passion for music, he embraced it. We caught up with Supa Soop to learn about how music helped keep him afloat during hard times, how he was able to make a profit, and what keeps him motivated to stay focused on music.