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Watch Nirvana's First-Ever Performance of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

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Do you remember the first time you nervously stepped up to the mic and delivered the first-ever performance of your magnum opus, or the song you thought would define your career? On the flip side, could you imagine being in the audience as Nirvana served up "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time? The video below is actual footage from that very performance – with the original version of the lyrics that you probably haven't heard.

As you watch it, keep in mind that your next performance could be just as important, so make it count.

How to Craft the Perfect Artist Pitch: Advice From CD Baby Founder Derek Sivers

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As the founder of indie-artist hub CD Baby, Derek Sivers understands the importance of a solid pitch. After all, as he says, artists on the site have one sentence to describe their music and album to potential buyers. Defining your sound is tough but not impossible, and it's wholly necessary if you want to gain traction. Take these points that Sivers discusses with Ariel Hyatt of Cyper PR to heart, and get working on that perfect pitch for your band.

Ed Sheeran: The Biggest Lesson I've Learned From My Breakthrough to Success [Video]

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Let's be honest: does Ed Sheeran look like a rockstar? Hell no. When the scruffy little redhead broke out and took the world by storm, it shook the music scene to its core to realize this kid was behind insightful powerhouse songs like "A Team" and "Lego House." He was an instant sensation, and the lesson here is that if he can do it, you can, too. Here's what Sheeran has to say about being true to yourself as an artist, persevering in the rough waters of the music industry, and learning to love your music for what it is.

How to Develop Yourself as an Artist, According to the President of A&R at Interscope

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As musicians, we all strive to continually hone our craft and make each of our albums better than the last. We tinker around with our songs until they're just right, and we're constantly looking for ways to bring our artistry to that next level. But... how exactly do we bring ourselves to that next level? In this video, Aaron Bay-Schuck, president of A&R at Interscope Geffen A&M Records, distills his years of experience in the music industry into one minute of valuable insight on how to develop yourself as an artist. Check it out below!

Here Are the Top 3 Things the President of Capitol Records UK Looks for in Artists

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The elusive record label contract: sought after by many, but achieved by few. It can be challenging, to put it lightly, to pin down what exactly A&R reps are looking for when they're scouting new talent with that star potential. However, Capitol Records UK President Nick Raphael lays down very succinctly what he believes to be the three most important factors: likeability, ambition, and talent (yes, in that order). Check out the video below to understand his rationale behind the list and how each trait is important in different ways.