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Tips for getting your music heard

After the reactions to my compilation of tips for music production, I've been asked to provide some advice on getting your music heard, and potentially getting it signed to a label. When you make music, one of the first things you crave is for the whole world to hear your...

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Resisting the lust to be famous

While music fame and the desire to "get famous" might seem comical to some, I'm sure that if it doesn't apply to you, perhaps there are some people in your network who have expectations to build a career in music production. It's one thing to leave your mark, but it's...

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Starting a label for the right reasons (Part 1)

Every now and then, someone comes to me for mixing or mastering and will ask if I can introduce them to a label. In some cases, I do, but I can't guarantee it will lead to anything in the end; sometimes it works and when it doesn't. I often hear...

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The 2-minute Soundcloud preview method

The 2-minute Soundcloud preview method, as I call it, is about creating tracks previews that are 2 minutes long. Why that length? If you look at most track previews labels and artists are sharing online, they're about 2 minutes in length. This unofficial standard got popular during the early days of...

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Besides music, labels are searching for these traits

If your productions are tight and ready to go, and you have been looking for ways to get labels to sign your tracks, the natural next step would be to send out a ton of demos to labels and wait for them to call you back with a deal. It's...

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What Is A Mature Sounding Track?

Recently, a video artist friend of mine was critical of a clip we were watching, and I was commenting about the audio portion of the video. We were both interested in each other's point of view to better understand what a professional in different fields felt the video could improve...

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The Changing Dos and Don’ts of Contacting Record Labels

It's understandable that producers can let their eagerness get the best of them when contacting record labels. They might make one or a few tracks, and then immediately start to hunt for a label to release them. This is not the most effective strategy though, for a few reasons. Try to think of...

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Hacking the Self-Release Option

Self-releasing an album or EP has become a growing trend for producers who want to get their music out. It's not hard to see why: with the proliferation of producers, finding a label to release your music has become increasingly competitive. Especially if your goal is to release on vinyl, you can...

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Make Your Music Bucket List Happen

We all have a bucket list of things we want to accomplish. In a recent music production webinar of mine, I was asked: What does an artist with 20 years of work have on his bucket list? Is there ever an end to new ambitions? I'd say that your bucket list changes a lot...

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Getting signed to a label

One of the things I notice most from the artists I hang out with is how obsessed they can be about getting signed to a label. But one of the main reasons people fail is that they're doing it wrong. You probably already know how to send in a demo, but do you know how...

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How Will A Music Label Find Me?

This blog post will focus on one of the anxieties that every new music producer gets in this turbulent and busy world, which is: how to reach a music label aside from sending in demos. Can your music make it to the ears of a label owner? Following one of my most popular posts on how to...

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