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December 5, 2016

4 Things Rock Guitarists can Learn from Playing Classic Guitar

Playing the guitar is fun, regardless of whether you play steel or nylon strings. But playing classic guitar can open you up to so much more if you already play hardcore rock and want to become better at it. Here are four things you could learn.
Music Production
December 2, 2016

Some of The Weirdest Requests We’ve Received From Clients

There is never a dull moment in our line of work, thanks to the dynamic environment that results from creating great music. Among the things that have intrigued us is some of the requests that have been made by clients we have worked with.
November 28, 2016

Let’s Talk About Garth Brooks

After a period of dormancy, Garth Brooks, one of America’s most loved sons, has been in the news more often of late. From new album talks and tour dates after being in retirement for 13 years, to releasing new music and appearing on several popular shows, Brooks has been slowly easing back into the spotlight.
Music Business
November 24, 2016

4 Advantages of Remaining Small-Time

So, you want to be a star? Maybe even a rock star like the one Nickelback sings about, hanging out at the coolest bars “in the VIP with the movie stars?” While many other things mentioned in that song sound desirable, huge success is not always a good thing. Here are a few reasons why.
Music Business
November 22, 2016

Your Ultimate Thanksgiving Playlist: 6 Timeless Musical Treats

Holidays are here again. But before we get to the really big one, let’s pause for the blessing of Thanksgiving and give you a chance to explore some good music. (For those of you who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we still hope you have a good time.)
November 21, 2016

How to Optimize Your Songwriting Capabilities Through Creativity

Songwriters get motivation for their lyrics from various sources, including personal experiences, fantasies, current events, and even other people’s drama. Regardless of what drives your writing, your level of creativity is what will bring the story to life to create the impact you are looking for.
Music Business
November 16, 2016

How to Stay Hungry for Success

Never mind fame; for many people in the music business, including songwriters and musicians, just achieving their goals is hard enough. However, many have found success by staying hungry. That statement may cause many of you to roll your eyes due to how clichéd it sounds.
November 15, 2016

Ear Training For Guitarists: The Very Basics

Ear training is an essential part of your development as a guitarist. For a well-rounded guitarist, it’s important to be able to learn and transcribe using a combination of your musical ear, tabs, tutorials, from friends, teachers and bandmates. Everything has its place.
November 12, 2016

The SongCat Success Stories + Your Questions Answered

First things first, when you get a song professionally produced by us, it’s only the first step in getting that song placed in a major production, or picked up by an artist or record label. That means it can take a while before you start earning any royalties. In fact, it may take up to five years or more to get noticed. This is par for the course in the music biz.
November 8, 2016

Singers: How to Give a Good Interview

First impression matters… a lot. What someone thinks about you the moment they set their eyes on you goes a long way in determining how they respond to you and how they treat you. Same thing can be said for how you present yourself when giving an interview. As a singer you want to make sure that you nail that interview. Why?
Music Business
November 6, 2016

What the Presidential Election Can Teach You About Music

After all the drama, the United States is now just hours away from selecting its 45th President. Will the next POTUS be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? It’s anybody’s guess, but whatever the case, it’s not debatable that the presidential election process can be pretty interesting. In fact, there are many lessons that can be learnt if one is paying attention.
Music Business
November 5, 2016

Is the Election Hurting Your Music?

Have things been tough for your music projects in the last couple of months? Maybe you haven’t been getting the crowd support expected during tours, or maybe your music has just not been selling as you thought it would. Well, like everyone else, maybe you should put it down to pre-election jitters.
November 1, 2016

Of Math in Music and Alicia Keys’ Emotions

Without dropping much music, Alicia Keys has still managed to grab major spotlight in 2016. From abandoning make-up to being chosen as a judge for the popular talent show, “The Voice,” in addition to teasing fans with new music, Keys has made her mark this year without really trying.
Music Business
October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! Some Heavy Hitters Could Enrich Your Music

It’s another Halloween, a fun holiday that we all love. Did you know that Halloween is over 2,000 years old and that it originated in Europe? Trick or treating was added as part of its festivities during the Middle Ages and remains one of its most enduring traditions…in addition to dressing up in scary-looking outfits and telling spooky stories.
October 30, 2016

Learn How to Play the Harmonica in Just 5 Lessons

Want to learn how to play a musical instrument without spending a lot of time or money? Why not learn how to play the Harmonica? With the Harmonica Jamz video course, you could be playing the instrument in only two weeks from the time you read this article.
October 26, 2016

Three Off-the-wall Tips for Generating New Song Lyrics

Get creative with your new song lyrics! Use these three fun tips to up your lyrical game. And don’t forget… The beauty is, because you're unique, your lyrics will be just as unique as you are. We help you find ways to search for those lyrics that only you can write, and become a better songwriter in the process.
October 25, 2016

Guitarists: How To Take Care Of Your Hands

Guest post by Alex Bruce. Alex runs Bruce Music - A London-based Guitar and Piano school. "As Guitarists, our biggest assets are undoubtedly our hands. We can’t play without them, (unless you’re one of those busking toe strummers) and no amount of expensive equipment can cover for them."
October 24, 2016

Singers: How to Promote Your Music Without Spending Big

Guest post by Uche. Uche is a passionate singer and a blogger at "people tend to see marketing and promotion as something that requires big bucks and a large team to implement. Well, I am here to tell you that’s not the case."
October 21, 2016

Does What's Currently On The Radio Influence Your Songwriting?

Turn on the radio at any time of day and, depending on the station you tune in to, you’ll possibly hear a popular song being blasted over the airwaves. While this is how many people get their daily entertainment, it is also a source of inspiration for many songwriters who are looking to formulate their next tune.
Music Business
October 20, 2016

That Millennial Whoop Sound Everyone is Loving to Hate

Ever since musician, Patrick Metzger, shed light on the millennial whoop, a sequential melodic hook that is present in many pop songs, music lovers have been losing their collective minds as to just how prevalent the trend is. There have been countless other well-known tracks identified as ‘suffering’ from the same recurring beat.
October 17, 2016

How to Harp on Listeners’ Emotions Using Longer Note Lengths

Have you ever noticed that the songs which appeal to you on an emotional level usually have parts that have longer notes? Maybe it’s the chorus or a recurring set of words throughout the song that are vocalized slower than the rest of the composition, but produces a harmonious tone that resonates with your emotional senses.
October 16, 2016

9 Quotes That Will Make a Difference In Your Day

We have gathered some quotes about songwriting and music, so you can soak some inspiration in between those lines and maximize opportunities in the creative flow. Remember… Focus on the process. It's great to have a goal. It is as important to spend your days doing what pleases you. Stay in the loop with top-notch music news by subscribing to the SongCat newsletter. See you there!
Music Business
October 15, 2016

No Tricks, Just Treats

Are you getting ready to go trick or treating for Halloween? Or maybe getting in the frame of mind for the festive season? Whatever the case, we thought it was an ideal time to break out a few treats – just for you. We know you’re always looking to save money and that’s just what this bag of goodies is about. Here’s the deal, whenever you choose any of our premium music production services, you’ll get credit that goes towards your next order.
October 14, 2016

Do Drugs Enhance Imagination or Creativity?

The ongoing debate, as it relates to the use of drugs by songwriters and other creative minds to boost the quality of their work, doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. There have been many songwriters, musicians and other artists who claim to have taken their craft to another level while under the influence, but on the other hand, science has placed a question mark on what really happens.
Music Business
October 11, 2016

What is the San Francisco Music Tech Summit?

The 18th San Francisco Music Tech Summit in California happens on October 17 this year and the SongCat founders will be among the list of guests. That’s right; we’ll be at the famous Hotel Kabuki in the Japantown area, speaking to a crowd that usually consists of many of the who’s who from the technological and music worlds.
October 10, 2016

Simple Guide to Working with Irregular Time Signatures

Need to enhance your songwriting skills? It might be a good idea to try writing irregular time signatures to add more interest and depth to the songs you create. An irregular time signature, also called an asymmetric or uneven beat, occurs when a piece of music does not fall naturally into equal groupings, such as popular 6/8 or 4/4 crotchet groups.
Music Business
October 6, 2016

Insider Secrets from Successful Songwriters

The life of a songwriter can be rather unpredictable but the promise of glorious uncertainty is enough motivation for many. This is a statement many songwriters, who have managed to find some level of success, can attest to. For hit makers, such as Sia, Ester Dean, and even the great Bob Dylan, the keys to finding success are pretty similar.
October 5, 2016

The Struggles Before, During, and After Creating a Song

To begin with, there is the challenge of coming up with song topics and, while that may not be hard some of the times, it may take several rewrites before your lyrics sound just the way you want them and your melody rings right.
Music Business
October 3, 2016

Songwriters Left Out in the Cold as Music Industry Records Rare Growth

The rise in streaming services has helped to boost real growth in music industry revenues for the first time in almost twenty years, as reported by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in late September.
Music Business
September 29, 2016

How to Write Songs That Have Commercial Appeal

Songwriting is a very personal process that involves sharing not just your talent but also your story and experiences through your own cultural lens. But if your goal in writing songs is to sell them to popular artists then you need to create music that also has commercial appeal.
September 28, 2016

Whose careers have been skyrocketed after participating in a songwriting contest?

A topic that intrigues so many songwriters. Do you have a song you want to bring to life? Ready to give it that clean, professional sound? Well, it’s the perfect time to make your move and have a shot at getting a free entry to the Transatlantic Songwriting Contest.
Music Production
September 26, 2016

Understanding the Difference Between Soundproofing and Sound Treatment

If you have a home recording studio or planning to build one, soundproofing and sound treatment are bound to be on the list of topics you will encounter. However, these two concepts are often confused by a lot of people and can lead to the wrong approach in dealing with unwanted sound feedback.
September 25, 2016

Using Personification to Express Emotions in Your Songwriting (with Examples)

Almost everyone knows how to use metaphors and similes, which are often the first two literary devices that are taught in school. But did you know personification is one of the most powerful figures of speech that you can use to create lyrics people can relate to?
Music Business
September 23, 2016

10 Things you Probably Didn’t Know About The Radio City Music Hall

The Radio City Music Hall in New York City is a worldwide attraction staging huge music concerts. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ray Charles and BB King have all appeared on the Great Stage. Today, the Music Hall continues to attract celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and has remained a magical place for people in the spotlight.
Music Business
September 22, 2016

5 First Steps to Getting Noticed in the Music Industry

Making it in the music industry (whatever ‘making it’ means for you) is no easy feat. Despite all the new technologies that have come on stream in recent times, the basic formula for success has remained pretty much the same – talent + passion + hard work + dedication. Luck is sometimes part of the equation.
September 18, 2016

Songwriters, Don’t Be Shy With Your Creative Weirdness, Here Is Why...

Great music was created by bizarre people! Some people may call it a curse while others will say it’s a blessing, but creative genius usually comes hand in hand with some amount of oddity. This fact has played itself out in history and across numerous disciplines, including sports, art, music, and science to name a few.
Music Business
September 14, 2016

A Very Special Thank You From The Founders

This message is just to let you know that you’re awesome (just in case nobody told you lately) and that we thank you wholeheartedly for being a part of SongCat's journey. You are the reason for us being here. Our calling is not just about having a good idea, but having a vision of making it possible for more songwriters to fulfill their musical dreams.
Music Business
September 13, 2016

The Bill Dees Story: A Classic Rags-to-riches Inspiration for Songwriters

After his death almost four years ago, the Bill Dees story is still one of the most classic rags-to-riches inspirations any songwriter could hope to emulate. Not many broke and penniless songwriters would have taken the risk of driving their young family to another city, while facing the possibility of the car not making it.
Music Production
September 13, 2016

Producing a Successful Demo with UK Producer Chris Birkett

“Hear that?” UK producer Chris Birkett’s razor sharp ears detect a faint buzz on the drum kit. We all scuttle into the recording studio to lay material over a vibrating snare drum and lock the cymbals to ensure a clean recording. “The first thing we have to do is get a feel for the room,” he says.
September 12, 2016

Do You Have a Songwriting Business Plan for Success?

Because nothing in life is assured, it is never wise to place all your eggs in one basket. Many songwriters ignore such sage advice and forget to handle the business side of things; instead, pinning all their hopes on the dream of one day striking it big. However, while there is nothing wrong with being optimistic, the unpredictability of the music business means that it’s possible you simply won’t make enough money.
Music Business
September 10, 2016

Let’s Talk About Music Licensing

In recent times, the issue of who has the rights to use music and for what purposes has been a major talking point for many people, including music creators, artists, and the consuming public. Access to music has been reduced to having an internet connection and a mobile device nowadays, which makes music licensing more important than ever before.
September 5, 2016

11 Annoying Things People Say that Drive Songwriters Crazy

It’s something that possibly every songwriter can attest to – having to suffer mind-bending comments and questions from people who just don’t get it. While they should be forgiven for much of their utterances, it’s still a struggle not to get annoyed at times.
September 2, 2016

Learn Why Creating a Song Is Like Baking a Cake

Do you know how to bake a cake? Whether you do or not, almost anyone can whip up a delicious cake nowadays by following the steps of a recipe or watching popular cooking shows on outlets such as the Food Channel. Likewise, writing a song that is catchy and memorable can be a piece of cake if you know how to put the right elements together. If you’ve never thought about it, here is why making a song is like baking cake.
Music Business
August 29, 2016

The Difference Between EP and LP

If you’re planning to put out new music, you will need to figure out which release format is best at the given time. Should you release a single, an EP, or an LP? While it is pretty obvious as to what a single is, if you’re new to the music business, the difference between an EP and an LP may not be all that clear to you. As usual, you can count on us to help you out. So, what’s the difference?
August 25, 2016

What Songwriters Can Learn from David Bowie

Few musical legends can match up to the accomplishments of the late David Bowie. The British entertainer and global personality stamped his mark on the music scene during a career spanning several decades. Among his many talents as rock and roll superstar, actor, and businessman, was the knack of writing powerful songs.
Music Business
August 24, 2016

10 Resources to Help You Choose the Best Guitar

Are you in need of a guitar? Owning a guitar could be the biggest game-changer to how you approach creating music. That’s because guitars, whether electric or acoustic, are highly versatile and can assist greatly in how you write your lyrics, create melodies, and perform your songs. However, choosing the best guitar is not always easy because there are so many available that suit different types of music and playing styles.
August 22, 2016

How to Sing Like Another Singer

While developing your own sound is important, singing like another singer comes with its own benefits, especially early in your career. Learning to sing like another artist can be a true testament to your actual vocal ability – just check out Jimmy Fallon’s Wheel of Musical Impressions.
August 19, 2016

Transitioning from One Key to Another Like a Boss

Some of the most interesting and catchy songs are those that make effective use of key changes, also called modulations. If done right, a key change in a song can add more life to it and provide the listener with added excitement. A few songs that perfectly utilize key changes include oldies such as Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” and Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,”.
August 16, 2016

Three Little Notes: The Danny Elfman Story

Opportunity comes in all shapes and sizes and can rush out to you at any moment. For songwriter and composer, Danny Elfman, his big break came in the form of a three-note composition that lasted a grand total of five minutes, but which has kept paying him for the last 27 years.
August 14, 2016

Why Being a Songwriter Rocks

All true songwriters have one thing in common – they love what they do. But while there may be a great deal of passion for creating songs, it can feel unfruitful at times, especially in light of the fact that only a small percentage of songwriters actually see significant rewards from their efforts.
August 10, 2016

The Art of Writing Bluegrass Songs

Songwriters who aspire to write traditional Bluegrass music may find that it is not always easy. They say simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and the greatest practitioners of Bluegrass have been those who could convey even the most complex topics in common, everyday terms. Steeped in a long history involving migrants and rural living, Bluegrass is one of the most charming styles of music.
Music Business
August 8, 2016

How Sia Rose to the Top by Swimming Against the Tide

For the first time in her career, Sia has hit the top of the Billboard Charts with her party anthem, “Cheap Thrills.” But the song could easily have been credited to, Rihanna, if it was accepted by the management team of the Barbadian pop princess.
August 2, 2016

Lessons In Nonsensical Songwriting From Elvis – The King

Do you write lyrics that could be considered unintelligible or nonsensical based on the laws of English? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Elvis Presley, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists to have ever lived, is famous for spitting lyrics that defied natural language or comprehension, but resonated with millions of fans around the world.
August 1, 2016

6 Top Qualities to Look for In a Songwriting Mentor

Finding a mentor in your respective field in life can turn out to be a valuable experience that sets you up for success. But finding a good songwriting mentor is not always easy. He or she has to be someone who you can connect with and who will understand you. Here are 6 things to look for.
July 31, 2016

How to really test whether a song has hit potential

A few days ago we told you about our new Song Check package, which allows you to ‘test drive’ a song for a low cost before jumping into full production. Since it’s now officially launched, we invite you to celebrate!
Music Business
July 29, 2016

How Weather Influenced the Music of the '60s and Beyond

The 1960s has gone down as one of the most pivotal and revolutionizing decades as far as pop and rock music are concerned. From The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to Bob Dylan and The Supremes, the music landscape was impacted by a diverse array of talent and styles during the period.
July 28, 2016

Do You Sing Like You Speak?

Singing and speaking are often viewed as two completely different vocal activities. For one, singing is considered to be more melodic and beautiful to listen to, at least when done right. Despite that view, speech-level singing is a popular technique employed by many in the voice training business.
Music Business
July 26, 2016

Apple Taking Aim at Spotify? This is A Must Read for All Songwriters

If you’ve been following the ongoing row between music creators and a number of digital streaming services about songwriter compensation, then you probably would have heard about the recent proposal by Apple, which also swiped at Spotify. No worries if you didn’t, we’ve got you covered as usual.
Music Business
July 25, 2016

What is the Fair Trade Music International Initiative?

The Fair Trade Music International (FTMI) initiative came about in response to deficiencies in the way music is distributed and how music creators are compensated. Conceptualized in 2007, Fair Trade Music represents many tens of thousands of songwriters, composers, and musical artists from all over the world.
July 21, 2016

3 Fun Songwriting Games To Inspire Creativity

No matter how good you are at writing songs, some days the creative process will just cease to flow. Try as you might, you just can’t seem to get a single lyric down on paper. There are a number of fun and creative games you can try to get in the frame of mind for writing, which could also help you create like you never have before. Let’s look at a few.
Music Production
July 20, 2016

Find Out If It’s a Hit – Test Your Song's Potential

It’s a wonderful feeling to write a song and then hear it being played on the radio or even climb the charts. On the other hand, if it doesn’t make the impact you expected, you may end up feeling pretty disappointed, especially if you invested a lot of time and money in its production.
July 19, 2016

5 Facts About Bernadette Peters’ Singing Career

Peters has entertained many audiences, not just as an actress, but also as a singer. Nicknamed the “Queen of Broadway,” Peters’ was seemingly born with numerous artistic talents and has excelled tremendously as a singer. Here are five facts you probably don’t know about her singing career.
July 14, 2016

How the Right Lyric Can Fortify the Listeners' Creative Mind

To write creative lyrics that will get listeners to open their eyes wide and press replay over and over again, you have to understand how to use the different agents of figurative language. Once you understand how to use even a few of these literary devices, your songs will automatically become more poetic, which will affect your listeners more, especially if your lyrics have subtle meanings or deliberately have dual interpretations.
Music Business
July 11, 2016

6 Do's and Don’ts When Pitching a Song

Like most serious songwriters who are looking for their big break, you’ve probably sought opportunities to pitch your songs to accomplished acts. From trying to get your foot in the door via your cousin who works at the café frequented by Adam Levine, to hobnobbing with countless bigwigs who are close to an artist you are interested in, you have probably tried all the ways to land a pitch.
Music Business
July 7, 2016

How To License A Cover Song For A Music Video

Recording a cover version of a song and shooting a video for it could help get you quick recognition in a crowded marketplace, especially if you’re an unknown artist. However, if you do not get proper authorization to cover a song and/or publish a music video for it, you could find yourself in deep trouble.
July 5, 2016

Play This Pinterest Game For Song Inspiration

Pinterest is actually a treasure trove of songwriting ideas if you know how to use its billions of pins that people share every day. Today, we’re going to play a little game that can help get your creative juices running just by visiting Pinterest. By the way, we will be posting several fun songwriting games in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to this spot.
Music Business
June 30, 2016

DMCA Reforms Sought By Superstars as Dissatisfaction with YouTube Grows

Over 180 artists have pledged support for immediate reforms to be made to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the United States. The list of artists boasts big names such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Pharrell, and they have received backing from a number of music bodies, including ASCAP, the RIAA, Kobalt, along with big name publishers and record labels.
Music Business
June 30, 2016

6 Popular Slangs in Music and What They Mean

If you’re constantly keeping up with the terminologies, you should know what 420 and many other popular music phrases mean. But if not, don’t worry. These are just a few slangs that have become embedded in music and pop culture in recent times. The following short list of popular slangs should be enough to mess with your head, if even for a little while.
June 27, 2016

Mid-Year Motivation & Songwriting Inspirations – FREE Giveaway Inside

The seasons have changed and we’re already looking towards the second half of 2016. Perfect time for a giveaway to all our songwriter friends out there. How has the songwriting journey been for you so far by the way? Inspiration is everywhere, just ask our friend Anders from Albany, New York. Anders sent us a tearjerker of a message last week about his most recent song inspiration.
June 23, 2016

Keep Them Guessing: How to Write Lyrics That Have Dual Meanings

The best songs that have dual meanings keep people guessing even after several replays and combing through the lyrics. Some of your lyrics can come close to revealing the true meaning but still maintain the mystery. If you’re able to do this, you could generate quite a buzz.
June 20, 2016

Season 1 Episode 6 - Producing Tracks For Placements

More people are producing music than ever before, and the competition is immense. A&R reps listen to hundreds of songs every single day. So, put yourself in their shoes. If you have thousands of flawlessly produced tracks, what is your interest in listening to a poorly recorded demo that sounds like it was hammered out in a bedroom with a heavy noise floor? For them, there’s no interest.
June 18, 2016

Exciting Times Ahead – Time to Write Your Next Masterpiece

Can you feel it? Yet another summer is upon us, which means hello to the great outdoors for our friends in the US, Canada and Europe. It’s also time to take your music to the next level; just wait until you see the great songwriting ideas and music insights we share with you in our upcoming newsletters!
June 14, 2016

4 Stupendous Ways To Improve Your Stage Presence

Are you a great performer? Based on your last performance, do you think your audience was interested and engaged? Whatever the case, you can always get better. Here are four exciting ways you can improve your stage presence.
Music Production
June 9, 2016

Will You Pitch My Song If You Record My Song Demo?

"Will you pitch my song if you record my song demo?" Without a doubt, this is probably is the most frequently asked question we receive. It is asked so often that we don't just put it on our FAQs, it actually deserves its own blog post. (Yes, it is that frequently asked.)
June 7, 2016

How Songwriters Can Emotionally Connect With Their Audience

The best songs, and the longest lasting songs are the ones that are able to connect to listeners across generations, and across popular fads. But how can modern songwriters accomplish this? In today’s world, everything is constantly changing, and what people want from their music is constantly changing with it.
June 3, 2016

How to Learn to Sing and Play the Guitar Simultaneously in 4 Steps

Being able to sing and play the guitar at the same time is a fine art that many upcoming songwriters have struggled with. The good news is, as many popular musicians, such as Tracy Chapman and Eric Clapton have proven, it’s not impossible.
June 2, 2016

Is The Fame or Fortune Irresistible?

Learn Why Songwriters Don't Need To Resist A Flourishing Songwriting Career in The Irresistible Compact Guide for Songwriters. Songwriters exist. They exist as hobbyists. They exist as superstar scribes. Many are out there writing songs when they feel the right song comes to them. Most hope they'll write that song in a way that just works.
Music Business
June 1, 2016

Get Up To Speed With the Money Your Music Makes In Real Time

Are you a songwriter, artist or musician with work released all over the place? Keeping track of what you earn will prove hard to do if you just leave it up to your handlers. Not that you shouldn’t trust your manager et al, but wouldn’t it be simpler if you could get real time updates on the revenue your music is making, whether it’s on iTunes, YouTube or Spotify?
May 27, 2016

Was “Blind Willie McTell” a Missed Opportunity for Bob Dylan?

Arguably one of his best works never to have made it to a studio album, “Blind Willie McTell” is a song many Bob Dylan fans absolutely love. In fact, the song is regarded as a true classic and is considered one of the best the iconic singer-songwriter has ever penned.
Music Business
May 26, 2016

Minding Mental Health in the Music Industry

The glamour of the music business often masks the toll that it can take on the minds of artists, regardless of their mental fortitude. From substance abuse to weird behavior, many artists simply become overwhelmed with the pressure of constantly being in the spotlight and the expectations placed on them.
May 23, 2016

Leol Williams Opens Up On Songwriting And Describes New York City State Of Mind

In this interview, Leol Williams outlines how he was introduced to songwriting, explains how special New York City is and shares some tips and insights for upcoming songwriters and musicians.
May 19, 2016

So Long Prince, You Genius! 4 Things to Learn From This Great Artist 

He had it all: vision, uniqueness, talent and charisma. With more than 15 albums, he is one of the most legendary and revolutionary singer the music industry has ever witnessed. He inspired others, was an icon, idol and most certainly a unique master mind.
May 17, 2016

So You Want To Be a Lyricist!

The work of a lyricist is a subject that is close to the hearts of many. But, what is a lyricist? Simply put, a lyricist is someone who “…writes song lyrics for performance in songs, musicals, film/TV, and commercials.”
May 12, 2016

Season 1 Episode 5 – About Stage Performance

Stage performance is a critical part of every musician’s life, especially if they want to succeed in the business. Everything your do is effected by your ability to draw in, captivate, and sell your audience through your performance.
Music Business
May 10, 2016

Beyonce’s Lemonade Comes Under Fire for Lack of Originality

While the Beehive has been abuzz with the controversies and mysteries surrounding Beyonce’s latest compilation, Lemonade, a number of detractors have been calling attention to its numerous songwriting credits. Some of the writing credits seem unimaginable to say the least, leaving many to wonder how they got on the album in the first place.
May 9, 2016

4 Tips on Publishing Song Lyrics on Your Own Blog

The topic of publishing lyrics on personal blogs was recently highlighted by one of our readers as an opportunity that some songwriters are not utilizing or not doing well enough. If you’re like many independent lyricists, self-publishing the lyrics to your songs is one avenue you’ve probably not yet tried, or tried with limited success.
May 4, 2016

Here Are 3 Tips For Writing Topnotch Choruses

Going by common definitions, the chorus is the part of a song that is usually repeated throughout the composition, often contains the hook, and forms the title for most songs. By default, it is often the catchiest part and is sung most often when people try to sing a song from memory.
Music Business
May 2, 2016

Sometimes It's Better Not To Walk Away.... But To Run!

Aaaw, the music industry. A cozy place full of honest and nice people. Money grows on trees, rivers run liquid gold, and everyone who believes hard enough lives in castles overlooking the ocean under lush, green palm trees. Okay, time to wake up now.
Music Business
April 28, 2016

Songwriters Stand Together to Force Amendment to Contentious Songland Agreement

Adam Levine’s Songland, has created a stir in the public space, albeit for the wrong reasons. A show developed specifically for songwriters, Songland spurred a social media firestorm after concerns were raised about its terms and conditions.
April 25, 2016

Inside the Art of Songwriting: What 14 Great Female Songwriters Have to Say

Is songwriting a man's world? How about telling some of the greatest female songwriters of the past few generations that! What goes into songwriting? Well, it's not that simple. Everyone has a process. So, if you're wondering what some of the best female songwriters have to say about the subject, you're in luck.
Music Business
April 20, 2016

You (Yes, YOU) Can Write a Golden Globe Nominated Song with Google

“Simple Song #3” has taken not only the music industry, but the film industry, by storm. Appearing as the final song and the musical climax for the movie “Youth” starring Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, and Harvey Keitel, “Simple Song #3” has been nominated for a Golden Globe in 2016.
April 18, 2016

Season 1 Episode 4 – What Is a Brand?

What do The Who, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, The Ramones, Iron Maiden, and Chicago all have in common? Two things: Chart topping, worldwide, award winning success in the music business AND they’ve all worked with long time music industry veteran Bobby Owsinski.
Music Business
April 15, 2016

Online Music Production Company SongCat Presents At the Prestigious Canadian Music Week

Offering music production, mixing & mastering, session singers & musicians and consulting, our innovative enterprise will participate May 5 in the ‘CMW Startup Launch Pad’. In its 34th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier music conferences and festivals in North America.
Music Business
April 14, 2016

Tremendous Ways For Songwriters To Get Their Songs Heard

Multitude of ways for songwriters to have their song heard exist. Getting your song heard doesn't end with music distribution. Songwriters actually have a responsibility to promote their songs. It counts long after they publish and distribute their music.
April 11, 2016

How To Make Your Lyrics Shine

Lyrics are a critical piece of songwriting, and the process of writing these lyrics can be one of the most difficult tasks that any songwriter will encounter. Like any other art form, songwriting is a powerful way to communicate with an audience and evoke emotion or convey a message. However, only some songwriters manage to accomplish this task. So how do you make your lyrics shine?
Music Business
April 7, 2016

6 Famous Songs With Misunderstood Meanings

While seemingly pretty straightforward, many mainstream classics have turned out to be different in meaning from what the general populace thinks, resulting in ‘Ah-haa’ moments and ruined childhood memories.
April 5, 2016

9 out of 10 Songwriters Will Be Pissed After Reading This!

"I love working with songwriters, [...] giving them a fighting chance to get somewhere with their music. So, why on earth would I write something that offends, no, not offends, really pisses off 90% of all people calling themselves a songwriter and potential clients for my business?"
Music Production
March 31, 2016

Demystifying Recording Studio Mixing – An Online Guide for Getting Started With Effective Audio Compression

What helps smooth out aural soundscapes? Okay, so what makes a song sound like, well, a song? If you guessed audio compression, you're right. Compression is essential and controversial. It's simple and complicated. And, most importantly, it's here to stay.
March 28, 2016

Striving for Simplicity in Your Songwriting

In creating songs, one of the best things you can do is to keep your songwriting as simple as possible. Keeping it simple does not mean lightweight or nonsensical or adding a lot of fluff, it simply means maintaining clarity so that your listeners don’t have to be doing mental gymnastics to keep up.
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