10 Tips for Keeping Your Hip Hop Beats From Sounding Stale

A producer’s main challenge is to constantly create fresh material. No matter whether you’re a seasoned pro or an inspired upstart, at some point in your journey you’re likely to encounter what we sometimes refer to as “beat block.” Either that or you end up feeling like you’re reproducing the same beats over and over again.

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The State of Playlists – 2020

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Monica Moser of Streaming Promotions.] Playlists have evolved from a music lover’s pastime to an essential area of attention for all artists & groups in 2020.  Some have even posited in recent years that they are the “new radio,” though their function is different and the strategy to […]

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Tips For Social Media Posting Frequency in 2020

While many have the opinion that you can never post too much on a social media network, research shows that there’s definitely a threshold after which additional posts begin to feel like spam. That point varies for each network however.

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Planning Your Release – TuneCore Live Session [Recap + Stream]

Release planning is essential. Whether it’s a single, an EP or an album, having a road map will help ensure that you’re as prepared as possible for a successful campaign. That means everything from distribution (cover art, audio files, and dates) to promotion (media list, playlist pitching, and creative assets). But as an up and […]

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Life During Quarantine: What About the Music Venues?

As we stay glued to our phones, laptops and TVs for the latest updates as to when we can go back to enjoying things like getting back into the studio and practice space, there’s one thing we seem to know the least about: shows and touring.

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5 Things Artists Do To Stall Their Careers

Have you ever worked so hard towards something, only to feel like no matter what you do, you can’t get any traction? You work so hard to build a name for yourself, only to burn out and stall—but as I’ve noticed, it’s almost always because of the same five hang ups.

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On Making More Mistakes and How They Help You Learn in Music

The rigidity that many of us bring on our musical paths can deeply hurt us later on as musicians. A chronic fear of making mistakes has resulted in more bland songs than we can count. It’s a mindset that inspires fear and dread in the hearts of amazing musicians and keeps them from taking risks and embracing new ideas in their performances.

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Life During Quarantine: Staying Creatively Challenged During COVID-19

Social distancing has made band practices, recording sessions, and collaborative writing work difficult or even impossible. On the surface, the significant extra time at home seems like the perfect opportunity to delve into new writing and recording projects, but some musicians are surprised to discover that they aren’t feeling creatively inspired during the pandemic.

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5 Things Seasoned Pros Wish They Knew About Touring

While the outlook on touring in 2020 remains bleak, remember that we’re all going through this together. Fans, venues, artist teams – it isn’t great. However, we wanted to share this piece as artists begin to think about their future tour dates and soak up some critical words of wisdom from artists and tour managers with on-the-road experience.

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Marketing Your Art Without Losing Your Integrity

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Shannon Byrne.] If promoting yourself makes you uncomfortable or if you feel like it challenges your integrity, now is an excellent time to find what feels right. If you’re a career musician, you have to sell your work and you have to grow your audience. You are a […]

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