One of the most frightening things for musicians putting their music out in the world is… well… putting music out into a world full of people, some of whom are of the mind that music should be free for everyone to use without a thought of paying the musicians who create the music.
I've been singing ever since I could remember. When I was happy, I'd sing. When I was sad, I'd sing. When I was lonely, I'd sing. I never got formal training from a private teacher, but I did get training through music class and choir. My music teachers have been amazing and an integral part of my development as a musician. I've sang with a few choir teachers and professors, and I've learned so much about my voice, and what I can do with it. Something that wasn't always talked about, however, was vocal health.
The right record deal can determine your path to music industry success. Knowing how to sell your music can be as important as knowing how to create music. For instance, many a famous talented musician has suffered later in their careers because of selling too cheaply, or outright giving up rights to their music.
Music bands have been around for decades, but they all started somewhere. Once they get more experience and become popular, you see them on the big stage in front of big crowds playing perfectly. The truth is they weren't always like this, a lot of bands started at someone's house. There's someone right now who wants to start a band, but doesn't know-how. There are simple steps you can take to start that band today. After you read this and start making your dream band can become a reality.
My name is Kate Pavli, and I am a Rock artist called Finding Kate based in London. I moved to London when I was just 17 to pursue my career in music, and along the way I have experienced a lot within the music industry.
The major scale is essentially the building block of all Western music as we know it. It is the foundation in music from the classical artists of Mozart and Beethoven to the pop stars of Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran today. And while there are many other scales in music, many are derived and can be built by some variation of the major scale. But, what exactly is the major scale, and how is it formed?
Many brides fear that a vendor; typically DJ's, photographers, or videographers, will cancel on them last minute. It's for good reason, I as a DJ, have gotten many day-of wedding calls from brides whose DJ cancelled on them or didn't show. I can rarely help them because I am typically doing an event already. Here are some things you can do to prevent this from happening. Of course there's no guarantee your DJ won't cancel, but these steps will protect you if they do and prevent them from cancelling.
Paradise was one of the first tracks I finished for my album. It really encapsulated the sound I'd been trying to get at for a long time and was my first release. This is the story of how it came together.
Something I get asked as a songwriter ALL the time is: 'How do you write a song?!' Non-writers are FASCINATED by this process, but writers also ask me this question a lot, because there's always something we can be sharing and learning from one another. Something I do regularly is breakdown the latest pop song I love, and see what the chord progressions are... listen to a review of a track to see how it was made (e.g. Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" supersmash writing process was SO easy, but still had a process!) and it MAJORLY impacts my writing. You’ll also hopefully see that writing isn’t as daunting as it sometimes seems; it can actually be fun and easy!
I was fascinated by being a musician from the early days of my youth. The truth is, I am already a musician; every day I pick up an instrument, practice every day, or write something new every day. But I want to be a working musician whose work is heard. After graduating from college, I found flexible jobs so I could pursue my passion for music. Now I wonder if I should have gone so deeply in debt just to get a job that is fairly easy to acquire. But I think that getting a formal musical education is beneficial for aspiring musicians.
A self produced musician is when you make music and support yourself, in the form of booking agents or managers from a major company. Do you do it yourself if you hired someone who is promoting your tour? Are you ready for the road trip? What if someone has helped book you? Do you play at traditional music venues or play hard at home and non-commercial shows? Does your project depend on external help? I am often asked to share my advice on how artists plan their tours, so I wrote it down, to share some of what I learned on the road. These tips will allow you not only to have your full creative control, but also to maintain the same level of professionalism as any major artist you find while traveling.