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Featured Artist of the Month: Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer is cut from the same cloth as country/pop artists Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift – but I’m hesitant to float out the comparison because her music is distinctly her own.

 

The singer/songwriter was born and raised in Central Florida by her musician father and artist mother.   She began her music career at the age of 6 when she took her first classical piano lesson.  While she was reluctant to practice the lengthy classical pieces she was assigned, she instead began composing her own.

 

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Featured Artist of the Month: Jacobi

Alabama native, Nathan Brown, has always had a strong love for music.  Nathan, who goes by the name Jacobi, developed his craft by singing in church.

 

Pop acts like Michael Jackson inspired Jacobi to become an entertainer:  ”I remember learning how to ‘moonwalk’. You couldn’t tell me nothin’! I ‘moonwalk-ed’ at least 10 times a day after that!”

 

At the age of 15, Jacobi, took up the piano to further his musical ability.  He first began playing out for local groups as well as his church.  In 2010, the R&B crooner took his passion one step further as he began recording and uploading cover videos to Youtube.

 

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How to Prepare for a Successful Recording Session: Pre-Production Tips for Songwriters

This is a guest post written by Dan Ainspan.  Drummer, Producer, Videographer, Writer.  New York Giants fan. Senior at The State University of New York College at Oneonta. Check him out on YouTube and follow him on social media. @DrumsetDan13 | facebook.com/ainspandrums |ainspandrums.wordpress.com

 
So the time has come. You’ve spent hours on end writing and practicing your own original song, you’ve played it a million times and have probably even annoyed your friends and family with that catchy chorus, but, now it’s time to record it and share it with the world.

 

In order to make your song sound the best that it can be, you’re going to want to be prepared and focused once you enter the studio. Here are some useful tips and advice for a successful recording session.

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Featured Artist of the Month: Alex Ellis

Alex Ellis, also known as AE|Beats, is a man of many hats –  Producer, Multi-instrumentalist, Songwriter, Composer, Mixing/Mastering Engineer – just to name a few.  Ellis has been an extremely consistent member at FindMySong, earning him a featured spotlight.

 

The Kansas City-based artist has been writing songs – for a number of different genres – for over 17 years, although, he mainly focuses on rock, pop, and hip-hop.  Alex has played in bands his entire musical career and has been working at The Record Machine since receiving his Masters in Music Business from Berklee College of Music.  At The Record Machine, Alex does it all, including: managing album campaigns, leading innovative marketing strategies, social media promotion, as well as A&R and executing/curating local events for the community.

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From Major Label Artist to DIY Musician w/ Matt Hires

A few weeks ago I caught up with Matt Hires to talk to him about house show tours.  After catching one of his shows first hand, Matt was kind enough to stop by our office to discuss his transition from a major label artist to a “Do-It-Yourself” musician.  He even sat down to play a few songs for us – video below!

Matt offers a unique perspective, having been signed to a label at the beginning of his career.

 

Let’s start from the beginning – what was it like to get signed so early on in your career?

I was pretty young and new to everything, I didn’t have any idea what was going on.  I put out an album with a band I played with for a while in Tampa but that was the only thing I had out.  We had toured around Central Florida but that was pretty much it.

 

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Featured Artist of the Month: Northern National

Dallas, TX trio, Northern National, uses honest lyrics and foot stomping melodies to capture audiences. The alternative/pop outfit, consisting of John Michael Kanne, Michael Ross, & Michael Allen Wilson, will be releasing their debut album “Young & in Love” on September 2nd, 2014.

 

The self-proclaimed “songwriters before musicians” blend acoustic-pop music with complex ideas about love.  Add in a touch of southern twang and it’s easy to see why their music is so likable.  On the topic of being young and in love the band states:

Love is an ancient thing. But in moments it is made brand new.  Young & in Love is about those moments.  Love can be intense, sweet, fun, spontaneous, whimsical, or relaxed, and the variety of sounds in the record reflects the variety of forms that a young love can take.  It doesn’t all sound the same, because love never is.  We wanted to capture that.

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5 Reasons Why Musicians Need (Better) Websites

unnamedDavid Dufresne is the CEO of Bandzoogle, a website platform for independent musicians. Bandzoogle was founded in 2003, and tens of thousands of musicians have built their website and host it using Bandzoogle’s easy-to-use tools.

 

The Internet is a big and scary place. When you’re a musician and your focus is to practice, write and perform, figuring out where to spend the little time and money you have left for an “online strategy” can be confusing. Many bands we’ve met tell us that they see it as a real challenge.

 

Do you really need a website for your music? With Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and all the musician-specific social networks out there, you might think that owning your own .COM website isn’t necessary. Here are some reasons why I think it is:

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Simple Rules for Submitting Your Music to a Blog/Sponsorship Competition

I spent a few years in concert booking and I currently host a sponsorship competition through FindMySong.  I also preview music for our blog.

 

Every day I preview amazing music from driven artists like yourself, but most of these submissions are honestly awful.  When you don’t put much effort into your online application, it reflects poorly on you as an artist, even if your music is top-class.  After reviewing hundreds and hundreds of submissions, I’ve put together a short list of tips which will help your application rise to the top of the pile.

 

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Featured Artist of the Month: Dana McKeon

Dana McKeon isn’t your average singer/songwriter.  The Malta native is also a multi-instrumentalist and international beatbox pioneer.

 

McKeon was a female finalist at the 2012 World Beatbox Championships as wells as the 2012 and 2013 UK Beatbox Championships.  She currently is ranked 5th worldwide and second in the UK.

 

Dana uses her unique skillset to craft genre-bending tunes.  She pairs her world-class vocal percussion techniques with her folk-like ability to tell a story through her songs.  She ties it all together with catchy melodies and infectious choruses.

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How Art Became Advertising

In the early days of the Internet, an hourglass turned over. The grains of sand counted down the moments until the old creative industries inevitably collapsed. Everyone knew content companies like music and publishing were screwed; they had to reinvent themselves to take advantage of the Internet or they would rapidly become obsolete. As they began to fail, we blamed them for being too stupid, too slow to innovate.

The Internet helped to end the old music & publishing industries. But we also hoped it would bring newer, more profitable models to fill the chasm. Unfortunately, the last decade has been rough for creators trying to scrape together a living through writing, music, film, and art. Digital downloads, subscriptions, and advertising have emerged as the new models we were looking for, but they’ve done little to stem the bleeding from lost physical sales.

Advertising has had a curious effect on the Internet. It has helped foster a culture which expects art, software, and other non-physical goods to be provided for free. This hasn’t exactly been a blessing for industries like the recorded music business, which has suffered immensely over the past 15 years:

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