The music world is characterized by a blend of constants and continuous change; Beat examines the inside of the industry from recording studios to record labels, live performances, music streaming technology and beyond.
How to Grow Your Fanbase
When you first start out in your local scene, you may realize that you don't draw a big crowd at your shows. This may be disheartening to you and your bandmates, but you shouldn't worry about it. Just by playing a show, you've taken the first steps towards growing your fan base.
Music as Communication, Not a Sensation
I sang before I ever talked. Apparently, my uncle Jack was visiting my parents and I started singing "Scarborough Fair" by Simon and Garfunkel. I'd heard that song numerous times since my parents were huge fans of the duo. Of course, I didn't know how to articulate the words... but I could sing them.
Music as a Healing Tool
Music is a wonderful thing. It can help you get over a breakup, help you get through a bad day, keep your spirits up when you're sick, and many other things. Artists put their souls into their music and often leave the true meaning up to interpretation. But can some songs can be used to tell the story of a struggle and help communities heal from a devastating event or tragedy?
Why Supporting Your Local Scene is Important
Recently in Ottawa, a popular venue had to close its doors. It was a sad day in the Ottawa music scene; the venue, Zaphod Beeblebrox, or Zaphod's for short, was popular among the indie scene and electronic scene. The reason that the venue closed was that it wasn't making enough money to pay staff and all its bills.
How To Write a Song!
Writing lyrics to a song is one of the hardest parts of being a professional music artist. There are so many factors to think about and writing a hit is even harder.
How To Make Sure the Artists You Love Can Keep Making the Music You Love
We live in a world where access to music has become easier and easier, and that's a beautiful thing. We can find almost any song for free on YouTube or Spotify and share playlists with our friends or followers. But while the access to music is a wonderful thing for listeners, where does it leave artists?
Small Music Blogs Charging for Music Reviews
In the world of music lovers and 6,000 new aspiring artists every 30 minutes, it seems as though there are becoming less and less music blogs who are actually willing to post an unsigned artists music without CHARGING THEM (or if you don't have a relationship with them). And of course, the ones who don't charge either:
Why Study Music?
As a six-year-old boy growing up in a working-class area of London, I watched my parents deliver a massive object into the house which was called a piano. I wondered what my parents were going to do with this "thing." The questions that came into my mind were "are they going to take lessons themselves?"
Hip Hop Is Still Dope, Calm Down
It’s 2017, and I’ve just listened to a 12-year-old white Philadelphian by the name of Matt Ox bang out an autotune studded jam and I’ve heard it a handful of times. 5 Million plus YouTube views later, Hip Hop done changed, B. After another Soundcloud crawl I'm onto Global Dan (who looks like a million strung out emo kids from Jersey at a VFW hall show circa 2008). He loves lean, women, and being cool. I’m not going to go further, but if you’re interested in seeing what’s been up in young hip-hop recently, Gothboi Clique, $uicideboys, and the highly influential Astari YouTube Channel might like to have a word with you when they sober up.
How K-Pop Is Taking Over the Music Industry
Being into K-pop has never been popular, and unfortunately we have to thank PSY for that. His "Gangnam Style" put a label on K-pop that was not accurate to what this genre of music actually is like. So what is it like then? Well, let me explain.
Mixtape Heat: Quentin Miller's 'Falco'
Life is not about how many times you fall down but about how many times you get back up. Quentin Miller is not about to let a terrible accident keep him down. The Atlanta rapper was involved in a car accident last September. This accident led to Miller having to have one of his legs amputated from the calf down. Ever since the incident, Miller has been using a prosthetic leg. Tyrion Lannister once said "Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you." Quentin Miller seems to be embracing that idea with the name of his latest mixtape Falco. Falco is a character from the video game series Star Fox. Falco is the wingman to Fox McCloud and Falco just happens to have metal legs. Just like Falco, Quentin Miller is ready to takeoff and shoot for the stars.
Help us, Hipsters. You're Our Only Hope.
Musicology is the study of music. Within classical musicology, there are terms given to certain musical formats or layouts of pieces of music. For example, let us imagine a hypothetical piece of music that has a certain length of music that we would call Part A. Imagine now a piece of music that is distinct from this Part A, which we will call Part B. If a piece of music arranged these parts in the order AABB, meaning that our Part A was played twice, followed by two playings of Part B, we would apply the term ‘Binary Form’ to this piece.