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Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Singers
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.
Songwriting
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.
Singers
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Videos
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.
Songwriting
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!
Singers
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.)
Songwriting
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.
Singers
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.
Songwriting
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?
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Singers
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.
Songwriting
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.”
Videos
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Videos
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Songwriting
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.
Music Business
March 24, 2016

Is James Bay Set to Emulate the Beatles U.S. Takeover?

A number of solo acts, duos and groups from the UK have all managed to make an impact on American radio and even having a U.S. fan base, but none with the impact of the Beatles. However, the fresh new English acoustic rock singer and songwriter, James Bay, may just be the one to break that mold.
Songwriting
March 22, 2016

Custom Song Writing Services For Independent Song And Lyric Writers

Using professional studio recording services will make you earn more credibility among music deciders. A quality-recorded demo is a necessary part of the equation for song writers aiming to get their music heard by music industry professionals.
Videos
March 21, 2016

Season 1 Episode 3 - About Music Lyrics and Copyright Law

Songwriters and musicians. Nothing's more important than learning the truth about Music Lyrics and Copyright Law. In this short video, business lawyer Myron Mallia-Dare recounts the subject.
Songwriting
March 18, 2016

Break Into A Long Lasting Career – The Irresistible Compact Guide Reveals Tips For Songwriters Looking For Longevity

It's an endless struggle to get your stuff noticed. So many ways to break into the current music industry exist. But now the amount of new content just drowns out works of many talented songwriters.
Songwriting
March 17, 2016

Basic Tips For Writing Your First Song

A huge part of songwriting is the artistic aspect, but there are also a few rules you should at least know about. As every other successful musician has done, you must first learn the rules, then follow them, before you can break them. Here are a few basic rules and tips to get you started.
Singers
March 14, 2016

Learn How To Sing Better With These 6 Tips For Vocalists

Learning how to sing better begins with acknowledging the fact that each and every one of us has a unique and special sound. We cannot expect to perfectly replicate any of our favorite singing artists. Rightfully, we shouldn't want to.
Music Business
March 10, 2016

Radio Stations Eager To Add New Christmas Songs To Their Playlists

Is it really so weird to think about Christmas so early? It isn't even April yet! Interestingly enough, people are thinking about doing Christmas a little earlier than everyone else.
Songwriting
March 7, 2016

"My Brain Never Turns off of Songwriting”

Writers are, by nature, very close observers of the world around them. "My brain never turns off of songwriting. Every conversation, everything I see, I'm just kind of like a sponge and I soak it up.”
Songwriting
March 2, 2016

Songwriter Rocc Nobles Reveals Inspirations Behind 'I Get Up'

Songs inspire. They help people get up and continue. They help people cope. So imagine what singer-songwriters draw upon to create songs from the heart. Songwriter Rocc Nobles wrote 'I Get Up' drawing from his personal experiences as a disabled veteran.
Music Production
February 29, 2016

Demystifying Recording Studio Mixing – An Online Guide to Compression and How It Works

Easy to conceptualize. Hard to understand. A lot of music listeners don't think about audio compression, but why would they? Many avid fans of music get treated to the end product.
Music Business
February 24, 2016

5 Gripping Album Covers Since The Beginning of 2016

With almost two months gone in 2016, a lot of music has already been released for the not so New Year. Numerous albums have been released in the short period, which not only offer listeners tons of listening material but also displays of interesting album art.
Songwriting
February 22, 2016

Songwriter Demo: Define Your Goal

Great importance is placed on TV and film placements. In order to score these, one has to pay attention to what is needed at the time which involves knowing what is being used and why.
Videos
February 18, 2016

Season 1 Episode 2 - About Collaboration Agreements

But what happens when each collaborator needs to figure out who gets compensated? Well, when that happens, what's collaborative might quickly become a headache. Collaboration agreements can resolve such issues.
Singers
February 15, 2016

5 Gifted Female Singers Born In London In The 80s

Can you name five absolutely talented female singers? What about those from London? Can you name five that were born in the 1980s? Surprisingly, there are a lot of gifted, London-born female singers. And the best part? Many of these talented ladies are quite popular around the world. Let's take a quick look at five.
Music Business
February 11, 2016

If You Want a Smash Hit Worldwide, It Pays To Collaborate

2015 was a pretty big year in music. Across the board and between genres, 2015 had some of the biggest hits that the music scene has ever seen, both financially and overall popularity. Adele made the world stop with “Hello” and Drake had everyone dancing to the “Hotline Bling”.
Songwriting
February 8, 2016

Making Your Last Chorus Memorable

Writing the chorus of a song is not the easiest thing to do, unless of course, it’s not worth remembering. Regarded as the catchiest part in most cases, the chorus is often what determines whether a song turns out to be a hit record or not.
Music Business
February 6, 2016

Mean Comments: When Your Self-Esteem Is At Stake

So how do you deal with such toxic people? There are much better ways of handling these types of people. As Taylor Swift says, “Haters gonna hate…” and all you can do is “get that dirt off your shoulder”, as Jay-Z so eloquently put it.
Music Business
February 4, 2016

The Biggest Misconception of the Music Industry… According to The Big Guys

The music industry has plenty of myths. Don't believe it? Well, try googling articles and interviews about the so-called mysterious world. Even people who have been in the industry for years agree. The music industry is still pretty mysterious.
Videos
January 28, 2016

Season 1 Episode 1 - First Time In A Recording Studio

While an experienced and quality producer and engineer can make the most out of an inexperienced musician, there are steps you can take to maximize your time in the studio and optimize the tracks you lay down.
Songwriting
January 25, 2016

Verse 2: A Simple Rewording of Verse 1?

Oftentimes, lyricists find it astonishingly difficult to create a second verse to continue the progression of their message after completing the first.
Music Production
January 20, 2016

Gain, Volume, Level and Loudness: Critical Differences and What You Need to Know

While twiddling and twisting those knobs and making those adjustments might seem like fun, they serve a critical and crucial purpose in the creation of well mixed music.
Songwriting
January 17, 2016

Coldplay Gives Insight Into The Creative Process Of Songwriting

In an interview with Fuse, frontman Chris Martin spoke about songwriting and his comments give their fans insight into the creative making process that is the hits they are known worldwide by.
Singers
January 16, 2016

5 Ways to Improve Your Vocal Strength

Want to sing, or speak, with outstanding volume and power? Well, you have to improve your vocal strength. Since, without them, it would be immensely tough for you to dominate those songs which are strong and soulful, and have challenging notes.
Music Business
January 13, 2016

What Are The Main Differences Between Songs Written For TV/Film And Specifically For Artist Placements?

Songs written for film are more vague in their desired emotional response. Rather than attempt to convey a specific detailed memory, the songwriters must be able to evoke a more ubiquitous feeling for the audience.
Singers
January 10, 2016

Singer and Band Demo: A Musician’s Voice Goes Far Beyond Vocals

You have a voice and you want to be heard. A musician’s voice goes far beyond vocals. Your voice is how you express who you are, whether that is through your mouth, your strings, your keys, or your snares.
Songwriting
January 6, 2016

My Style of Songwriting Is Influenced By Cinema

This was part of a famous quote by one of the most iconic female songwriters Joni Mitchell. As a songwriter, the rest of the quote is probably the most important to what you do as a lyricist.
Songwriting
January 3, 2016

Ernest Tubb: Father of Honky Tonk

Ernest Tubb is a legend among country music fans. Born and raised in Texas, Tubb was no stranger to country music. Listening to Rodgers’ music influence Tubb greatly and helped lead him down the path to country stardom.
Songwriting
December 30, 2015

Some Motivation to Get The New Year Off to a Great Start

This article will consider a few things which a songwriter going into the New Year may consider to get the year off to a spectacular start!
Music Production
December 27, 2015

Improving Oldies But Goodies: Clean Up Old Cassette Tape Recordings

Do you remember recording songs directly from the radio? How about making your own recordings if you're a musician? Or recording other people making music? Remember—not everyone grew up on CDs, DVDs and thumb drives. Lots of people grew up recording music onto cassettes.
Videos
December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Songbirds!

The holiday season offers us a special opportunity to extend a warm and exceptionally personal thank you to all of our clients, readers and partners.
Songwriting
December 21, 2015

How To Finish What You Start: Five Salient Tips For Lyricists

One of the primary downfalls of lyric writers is ironically lack of knowledge on the point which they desire to write on, or even knowledge on interlocutory points of interest surrounding that subject.
Music Business
December 17, 2015

Were Songs Really Better 30 Years Ago?

This is one of those questions that comes up all the time, be it on the Internet, on the radio, or in the pub, so not wishing to be a party-pooper, we thought we would write our own thoughts on the subject.
Music Production
December 10, 2015

Why Is Mastering So Important In Today’s Competitive Market?

While the technology is easily accessible, the “art” part of the equation is being lost, and the market continues to be filled with a lot of poorly constructed albums and demos.
Songwriting
December 7, 2015

How The Mood of Your Song Can Truly Resonate With Your Listeners

From the point of view of songwriting, 'how the mood of your song can truly resonate with your listeners' is a difficult thing to really quantify. So, the best way to start, is with a little bit of history and look what types of mood there are and how the moods of music work.
Songwriting
December 3, 2015

Brilliant Examples Of WordPlay Tricks In Songwriting

As we appreciate the great lyricists before us, let’s take a moment to examine, study, understand, and appreciate some of the fine examples of lyrical wordplay that has come before us and see what we as songwriters and lyricists can learn from them by genre.
Songwriting
December 2, 2015

Mary J. Blige – The Original Queen of Hip-Hop Soul

In the late 80's, Mary J, Blige was noticed by the R&B Uptown Records after recording “Caught Up in the Rapture” in a shopping mall, but it wasn't until her debut album “What's the 411”, produced by Sean “Puffy” Combs, that she began her long and prolific career.
Music Business
November 25, 2015

Songwriter Equity Act: How Will it Affect Songwriters?

Much is being written about the Songwriter Equity Act at the moment and one can understand why but what is it and, probably more important for regular readers, how will it affect songwriters?
Songwriting
November 17, 2015

Keith Richards & Songwriting: The Driving Force Behind The Rolling Stones

In any music interview, one of the most common questions to be asked as a songwriter must be, “Where do you get the ideas for your songs?” The sheer banality of it must send shivers down the guitar neck of even the most seasoned of musicians.
Music Business
November 15, 2015

5 Unique Christmas Gifts Musicians Will Love To Have

Among the trickiest individuals to buy gifts for? Musicians. Why are musicians so hard to buy for?
Songwriting
November 12, 2015

Songwriters Worst Enemy: Writer’s Block - How To Overcome It

Many people claim that they have the magic cure for writer’s block. In truth, they can all work. There is no one solution to writer’s block, but that does not mean that there is no way to deal with the problem.
Singers
November 9, 2015

3 Singing Weapons Certified By Lead Singers

Polishing your singing skills a little can go a long way. Your voice is a gift that you need to embellish if you want to boost your singing career – grandly.
Songwriting
November 4, 2015

Differentiating The Singer-Songwriter Genre From Others

The concept of genre is an important point of distinction between different forms of music, although artists have increasingly been mixing genres, making it difficult to differentiate among them at times.
Songwriting
November 1, 2015

Sam Hunt’s First Steps Into an Unplanned Songwriting Career

Every songwriter hopes that they write a song that really resonates with their audience – one that is a real touchdown. Sam Hunt is no exception, after all, he is perfectly accustomed to writing huge hits...
Songwriting
October 26, 2015

Song Theme Ideas For The Motivated Songwriter

In addition to having a natural flair for writing, becoming a good songwriter takes time, patience and knowledge. It also means understanding people and what’s happening in the world, in order to use songwriting themes that listeners will find appealing.
Music Production
October 21, 2015

Guidelines For Dealing With a Music Producer

You are going to need a producer to assist you as you embark on the path to achievement: for instance, if you are a youthful rock star, songwriter or composer who wishes to place music with established artists in TV, music or advertisement.
Songwriting
October 14, 2015

Symbolism Will Help Your Songs Take Wings

For a songwriter, symbolism is like an extension of your body. It is such a vital part of songwriting, it cannot be a tool you leave out of your creative toolbox. In songwriting, a symbol works much the same as it does in any other application. But it packs much more emotional punch.
Songwriting
October 8, 2015

How to Listen Like a Songwriter? Be a Poet on a Motorcycle

Professional songwriters, from all walks of life, recommend listening to songs judiciously. So, stop doing whatever you’re doing, find a silent place, play some music, and listen to it wholeheartedly.
Songwriting
September 30, 2015

Those Details That Make Your Songwriting More Credible

This article will help you learn how to add little details into your songwriting that will make your songs more credible, and more memorable for those who listen to your songs.
Music Business
September 28, 2015

Digging for Gold: A Music Listener’s Journal

When was the last time you heard a record that truly astonished you; that reconfigured your concept of music by stretching the boundaries of creativity?
Songwriting
September 16, 2015

You Won’t Believe it: Finding a Rhyme is not Art!

Before we move further, and tell you how to rhyme in songwriting, first allow us to explain what exactly rhyme is, so that you can understand the fine line between a super-hit song and a flop. “Rhymes are basically the flow of the lyrics; they keep the listener interested by keeping a predictable tone.”
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