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How to Navigate Music Career Success as a Young Musician: Advice From Ryan Brahms

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NYC-based rock artist and singer-songwriter Ryan Brahms found success at an early age. He was performing alongside some of the world's most renowned musicians. But with early success comes struggles, such as balancing your school and social life, managing yourself as a business with little-to-no experience, and sustaining that success as you grow. No one wants to be an Aaron Carter, they want to be Michael Jackson. While Brahms may not be going for pop star status, he's done an incredible job championing his talents and successes. We spoke with Brahms to figure out what keeps him going and how he handled his success at such a young age.

'If Your Music Can Help Someone, Let It': Singer-Songwriter Tristan Bouchard on Overcoming Trauma Through Music

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In our normal lives, we often live day by day not thinking about "the bigger picture": death, pain, accidents, suffering. I mean, it sounds like a bummer, right? Sadly, those experiences can hit you at any moment and change your world. Boston-based singer-songwriter Tristan Bouchard had his life flipped upside down after witnessing a horrific accident. And while it took him some time to sort through his experience, he's used music as a way to navigate through the trauma. Not only has music been a rock for him, but he’s even begun raising money through his music for nonprofits dedicated to mental health. There's no question that music has the power to heal, but Bouchard is taking the next step by pairing music with helping the greater good.

This DIY Artist Found an Insanely Unique Way to Always Make a Profit on His Tours

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When we think of what a full-time musician looks like, we often picture someone famous performing around the world on huge stages. On the other hand, we look at a budding musician as someone performing for free and not selling their music. Well, there's a whole middle area where full-time musicians can flourish by taking advantage of several different revenue streams. Dylan Holton, a fast-rising songwriter from Canada, took the success of his debut album on tour across the country and, at an airport gate, made a very valuable connection that led to a cruise-ship job that's taken him across the world, put his music in the hands of thousands of people, and kept his bills paid. We caught up with Holton to learn about what it's been like performing around the world, both on land and water.

How to Successfully Book a Cross-Country Tour, DIY Style: Advice From Lindsay Kupser

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Just about every musician who wants a full-time career performing original songs and making a living off of it will have to spend some time on the road. For smaller, independent bands, this usually means doing it all yourself. While it seems like an impossible task at a far glance, there are several steps that you can take to get across the country in front of new fans.

After Canadian singer-songwriter Lindsay Kupser released her promising EP Quiet Songs, she wanted to bring the music to life on tour and promote the music she worked so hard to write and release. Email after email, she spent every day working on booking and promoting her tour and ended up with some incredible insights you can only get on the road. We caught up with Kupser to learn how the she successfully traveled cross-country with her best friend, playing night after night in front of strong audiences.

How to Make the Transition When Band Members Leave: Advice From My Darling Fury

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Richmond, VA, indie-pop outfit My Darling Fury first started out with a robust line-up: two guitarists, an upright bassist, a drummer, and a loop-using vocalist. Both of their guitarists left the band amicably for other life commitments, leaving the core members with tough decisions. Should they replace each member? How would they fill the sound? And how would they divvy up all this newfound work?

Listening to their music, you can easily hear that these are smart, creative, and dedicated artists. It's no wonder that they haven't lost any steam, and they're currently working on a strong follow-up album. While many trios find success, it's not easy writing and releasing an album, building a following, and creating a group friendship as a five-piece band, and then having to create the same success and more as a three-piece. We caught up with My Darling Fury to learn about how they've done such a wonderful job keeping the ball rolling despite the obstacles that come with downsizing.