Music is mind-changing. Literally. It affects your brain more than you realize. To prove my point, here are five amazing facts about music and the brain. Prepare to get your mind blown.
Being an artist means being vulnerable. You're putting yourself onstage in front of strangers. You're exposing your personal life through your music. You're standing in the spotlight. While we can't all have the confidence of Kanye, we do need to believe in ourselves to make it.
Let's face it – whenever we hear any of these nine things, it takes all the self control we have to not break out into a happy dance right then and there! Allow these encouraging words to lift your spirits, then dive deeper to find out how to hear them on the reg in your everyday life.
Living a creative lifestyle can be really hard. Songwriters, in particular, often find themselves stretched thin, tapped out, or just plain scattered. If you're lacking motivation, or feeling dry creatively, it's hard to know where to turn.
Sometimes, though, a little push is all you need – and it can often be found in the wisdom of fellow artists and gurus. Fortunately, we're here to save the day with five quotes to get your engine revving again. And although these definitely speak to the songwriting experience, all musicians can mine some invaluable inspiration from them.
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.
All Three Coasts festival, or A3C, brought the best in hip-hop to Atlanta with performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, Saweetie, J.I.D., Westside Gunn and Conway, Trina, and other absolute bangers. Also on that star-studded bill? Thirty Sonicbids artists!From October 3-7,