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App Review: Prostudio – Rhymes + Reverb

 

Pro Studio

For any smartphone-wielding songwriter, there are an incredible amount of apps available to you to keep you active in your craft while you are on-the-go.

While many apps are developed as a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), which gives you a full suite of functions – drum pad, keyboard, mixer – others have taken the opposite approach, opting to offer several, far simpler, lighter and less expensive apps to the songwriting market.

Prostudio is of the latter and has excelled at offering a suite of apps, all of which cater to the many needs of the songwriter on-the-go. In this review, we will focus in on two specific apps in the ProStudio catalog – ProstudioReverb and ProstudioRhymes – both of which are available for iOS devices. Continue reading

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Feature Client: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

 

GPGDS

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is a psychedelic roots quintet from Rochester, NY who have most notably played 800 shows in the past six years. We spoke with bassist James Searl about his start in the biz and life with GPGDS.

How did you get started in the music industry?

I have been in a band since I was 11. First club gig when I was 12. Never stopped. Total insanity since then. Continue reading

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4 Ways To Find Your Musical Voice

 


For musicians, those who succeed and become the most recognized around the world, are those who have a definable style and approach; in other words, they have found their own voice.

Finding your voice is what will make you sound unique from everyone else – this doesn’t mean you have peaked in terms of potential or that there is no more room for growth, but rather it simply means you have found a track that you are most comfortable on. Finding your voice is the first step towards success.

While every musician may find their voice in a unique way, the following are ways that many musicians have found their voice in the past that you can use to help put you on the right path towards finding your own voice: Continue reading

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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: March 30, 2012

Patrick Carney

Big Stories

In a recent interview on the Grand Rapids, MI radio station WGRD, Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney went on a rant about Napster-founder and Spotify-board member Sean Parker, calling him an ‘asshole’ for ‘stealing $2 billion from artists around the world’.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI) reported a slowing in the decline of global recorded music revenue. Figures were helped by the inclusion of synchronization revenues (+5.7% from 2010) and revenue from global performance rights (+4.9% to $905 million).

In order to properly finance the acquisition of EMI’s recorded music division, Universal Music Group has announced Bank Of America Merrill Lynch will try raise $200 million from the sale of UMG’s classical, Christian and German schlager catalogs.

The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) has entered into licensing and administration services agreement with Google to support Google Plus.

India’s performance rights organization IPRS has launched an ‘awareness campaign’ to educated artists about copyright, song registration and royalty collection.

In The Courtroom

Sony BMG has filed to dismiss the lawsuit brought on by the band Toto, who in February filed a suit alleging that Sony failed to pay proper royalties from digital receipts. Sony’s motion to dismiss includes an agreement from 2002 that focuses on the semantic difference between ‘sale’, ‘lease’ and ‘license’.

R&B group Tower of Power has filed a lawsuit against Warner Music Group, alleging that Warner has failed to pay the full royalty rate for amount owed on the licensing of songs for digital downloads and ringtones.

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, which represents recording companies and artists, has gone to High Court to argue that the 1968 Copyright act is resulting in unfairly payed artists by the billion-dollar-a-year radio industry.

Trouble for Nas with the IRS instigating garnishment proceedings to collect his performance royalties until the rapper pays back $6 million in back taxes.

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Feature Client: Travis Singleton

 


Travis Singleton is an indie-pop artist from Morristown, TN. He’s purposefully steered away from the latest pop craze in digital production and computer-enhanced backing by sticking to the formula that musicians have been using for decades: plug in and play.

How did you get started in the music industry?

I began playing guitar when I was 13, but didn’t begin writing original music until I was 20. In 2004, I began playing local coffee shops, etc. in the Knoxville TN area. From there, I traveled to western North Carolina and northeast Tennessee doing the same. Things just naturally progressed, and my passion & desire to be a performing songwriter grew stronger. Continue reading

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