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Jun17 Build your band

Business Insights for Building a Successful Indie Band

Being an indie musician is different now – you don’t need a major label to push your stuff anymore, and you don’t always need traditional radio. Get a following of hardcore fans (see Kevin Kelly’s classic blog about obtaining 1,000 true fans), get your music up on iTunes, and you can make a living doing what you love. Sounds easy, right? But the fact is, it’s a lot of hard work. I’ve outlined a few simple things you can do to put you on the path to success. 1. Build Your Brand This takes a lot more thought and work than you might imagine. What is your band about? If you could describe your band in one or two words, what would they be? Find out what is at the heart of your music and put it out there in everything you do. I knew one band whose entire image was to wear turn of the century clothes (bowler hats, ascots, spats…the whole nine yards) and eyeliner. It worked perfectly for the style of music they had and what they were trying...

May21 Apps to Organize Your Life

Apps to Organize Your Life, From the Office to the Grocery Store

I love organizing things. (Well, everything except my clothes. If you look inside my dresser, you will most definitely find a ball of wrinkled shirts.) But dresser drawers aside, I love putting things in order and creating lists for everything from groceries to work tasks. In honor of my love for organization, I’ve created a list of the coolest apps to organize your life with. Let’s do this.   For Work   Triage: Email First Aid: If you feel overwhelmed by the thousands of unread emails in your inbox, consider an email-organizing app like Triage: Email First Aid, which allows you to quickly decide what to do with a message. The app creates a “stack” of notes about unread messages; by flicking the card up, you archive the message, and by flicking it down, you keep it saved and marked unread. As this reviewer points out on Macworld, you don’t necessarily need an app for archiving and replying to messages, but it does make email organization more seamless and even more fun, he says.   1Password: If you find yourself...

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4 Apps to Help Your Songwriting

We’ve all been there – you’re stuck on a line, or you can’t come up with that magical next chord. Or even worse yet, your hook book is disorganized and you don’t know where anything is. Put your pen and paper down, and pick up your device – these apps will increase your productivity and bring your songwriting into the 21st century! 1. Evernote Before the age of smart phones, I kept all my song ideas on any one of several random notebooks. Sometimes even napkins or restaurant placemats. While there’s something poetic in actually writing your thoughts down on paper, I found them easy to misplace. I was even travelling once and lost an entire notebook in a hotel room – I never was able to find it. Fortunately, most of us are never without our phones – we’re always talking, texting, facebooking, whatever. That makes it even easier to record those fleeting creative thoughts right in the palm of your hand. Plus, you never have to worry about things like scrawling something in the dark at 3...