Seven Essential Tips For Home Producing Your Vocals

As a singer who records and produces her own vocals, I’ve been through that lengthy process of “learning by doing.” After years of hitting record without a plan for my session, the mistakes I’ve made over time have led me to develop some systematic techniques that allow me to dive in more quickly and confidently every time. These solutions often save me time and headaches when I enter the mixing process, as well. Here are some elements of my system that you can use to figure out your own. 

Nov 6, 2018

Six Tips For Finding Your Ideal Venues on Tour

Touring with your band is a great experience no matter what, but the feeling of driving for hours to a new city to perform for a new audience and then showing up at a venue that just doesn’t fit the vibe of your music can be extraordinarily deflating. At some point, your band is going to get to a place where you can adequately control that sort of stuff, but for now, on a DIY level, it’s up to you to put in the hard work of researching the right spaces for your music to make sure each stop on your tour is a success. With that in mind, here are six tips for finding your ideal venues on the road.

Oct 30, 2018

How to Decide What to Charge for Your Next Gig

One of the first financial decisions you’ll make as a band is how much to charge for your gigs. And while I’d like to say that setting an appropriate price gets easier the more you play, the truth is it always feels a bit like haphazardly choosing a number and hoping people are willing to pay it, or lowballing yourself with a pay-what-you-can (PWYC) entry just get some people in the door in a weird city on tour

Oct 4, 2018

Feeling Stuck? Try This Goal Setting Tactic

Feeling like you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of deadlines, putting out fires, and zero progress? It’s the absolute worst. How are you supposed to get ahead and thrive if you’re constantly struggling just to get your head above water?

Sep 4, 2018

How to Get the Most Out of Someone’s Criticism of Your Music

Unless you’re one of those rare human beings who somehow manages to not let criticism penetrate your ego, it can sting quite badly when people have not-so-nice things to say about your music; especially when you’ve put a ton of time, energy, and passion into it.

Aug 28, 2018

Are You Talking to Me? Using Conversation in Lyrics

Whenever songwriters use ordinary conversation in lyrics, the song quickly becomes very direct and very personal. It’s a profoundly effective technique, despite its simplicity. Conversational lyrics allows a songwriter to speak one-on-one to the listener, who almost takes on the role of a close confidante, rather than a cog in the wheel of a mass audience. And it creates a powerful emotional connection. Just ask Adele.

Jul 3, 2018