Jon Ostrow

App Review: Prostudio - Rhymes + Reverb


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.

May 31, 2012

Feature Client: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad


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.

Apr 3, 2012

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:

Apr 2, 2012

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: March 30, 2012

Mar 30, 2012

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.

Mar 27, 2012

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Lyrics

For most bands, the songwriting is the key factor in their success. And while we certainly don't want to underplay the importance of writing unique music, it is the lyrics that often make the difference between remarkable and unremarkable songs.

Mar 26, 2012

Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: March 23, 2012


Mar 23, 2012

What Is Essential To A Good In-Home Recording?


With budgets shrinking and recording equipment becoming more and more affordable, in-home recording has become a very viable solution for many musicians to make high-quality recordings. However, there are so many different ways to rig together an in-home recording studio, that many musicians may find themselves lost in the mix (no pun intended).

So, this week's Open Mic discussion is focused on which components of an in-home recording set up are crucial for any musician.

We want to hear from you about what equipment you use, where you record, and any techniques you use to record that you feel are essential to the overall success of the recording project. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Mar 21, 2012

Feature Client: Taylor Thrash


Taylor Thrash is a singer/songwriter from Dallas, TX who recently released his first EP. Taylor's new upcoming pop album Step Forward will be released Spring 2012.

How did you get started in the music industry?

When I was 18, I started college as a songwriting major. Two weeks in to school, a record label in Los Angeles asked me to move out to LA and build a band around me. I dropped out of school and moved to LA to become a singer and songwriter. The best part about that was the fact my parents didn't freak out.

Mar 20, 2012