Cultural Criticism Based On Pop Lyrics

thumbnail

The singer of the British indie rock band The Smiths is twisted but the fact is that the members of this band are considered to be one of the best lyrics writers of all the long history of pop music. The provocative personality never minced words during his time with the group or during his solo years. Stephen Patrick Morrissey relied on razor-sharp, socially critical texts where other unimportant love songs thrilled with innocent lyrics. That has repeatedly given him massive criticism from all sides, but the British singer who has the Irish roots has never paid too much attention and was just focused on his art. The best example […]

Read More »

Things to Know When Designing Your Album Art

Post Image

So, you’ve made an album, an EP or even a single and you’re ready to get it out there and stream it into as many peoples ears as possible. You’ve done everything yourself, you’ve recorded your own music, thrown down your own vocals and found a way to distribute it, but you don’t have an album cover. Maybe you think you don’t need one? Well that’s where you’re wrong, friend, you definitely do need one if you want people to pick up your stuff, despite it having no effect on your killer tracks whatsoever it matters. Why Do You Need an Album Cover? There’s a reason that the saying “don’t […]

Read More »

Inventive Ways of Advancing Your Music Making Skills

Post Image

Sometimes when creating music (or any creative project) you can start to feel as if you’re getting stuck in a rut. It can be hard to admit it to ourselves but if we don’t continue to challenge ourselves the products that we create can become stale, boring and altogether unoriginal. In order to keep our skills sharp and our output interesting we need to make sure we are learning new techniques, finding new ways to understand the medium and beginning to focus on every minor detail of what we are creating. But how can we do this? What can we do to keep our music unique, interesting and progressive? Here […]

Read More »

How to be a Conductor Part 2

Post Image

Get Educated There are all sorts of forms of education you’ll need to successfully become a music conductor, let’s start by talking about qualifications. The absolute base requirement for a conductor is having a Bachelor of Art’s degree (BA) in a musical subject, that being said many professionals will likely have gone on to attain a Masters (MA) degree too. There are plenty of options for students to take when it comes to music and many courses will even offer modules on conducting too to further help you learn import factors of the job ahead. Essentially, as with many other lines of work, the better qualified you are the better […]

Read More »

How to be a Conductor Part 1

Post Image

These days we’re told as we grow up to always follow our dreams, that we can be whatever we want to be, all we need is to go out there and seize the opportunity, but the reality of it is that life is of course not that simple. It’s a competitive world out there and often it’s hard to know what path to follow in order to even come close to attaining that dream job. Becoming a musical conductor is just such a dream, a dream that plenty of people aspire too. It’s a great job to aim for but not one that you can simply walk out there and […]

Read More »

Creating Unique Sounds

Post Image

Music is an undeniably important part of our history, for as long as we know, since before recorded history, humans have enjoyed creating and listening to music and they find ways of making it sound different year after year. The 20th century saw great change in the way music is made, however the costs were high if you wanted to sound like the best, then came the 21st century and with it all the wonderful technological advancements that meant almost anyone could reach that same production quality from their bedroom at home. Of course, though this is a wonderful thing it does mean that the music scene has become somewhat […]

Read More »

How to Promote Your Music in 2019

Post Image

More opportunities than ever lie before today’s independent artists looking to launch their very own career without a large budget or the majors in their corner. However, while there is an increasing number of unsigned artists making it on their own, a large number of them have no idea where to begin or how to keep up a promotional campaign. Of course, your No. 1 priority should always be the quality of your music. While you can adhere to the following advice completely, if your music is poorly written or produced, none of it will matter. Now that’s been said, let’s explore how you can best promote your music as […]

Read More »

Best Musical Instruments for Beginners

Post Image

Music is a wonderful thing, most of us will listen to music, sing a song or even hum a tune al least once a day. At least! Some of us are lucky enough to be able to play an instrument too, and what a skill that is, to be able to play your own music really is something special that often we take for granted. Many people can’t play any instrument, having perhaps only dabbled in a bit of triangle, symbols and wooden block at school and many of you will no doubt wish you could do more (not that these classics aren’t without their own merits). If you’re serious […]

Read More »

How to Start Your Own Record Label – Part 2

Post Image

Ensure your music sounds good This isn’t just music you wrote for yourself but an actual product that you intend to sell. So you’ll need to ensure that it sounds professional and ready to be released into the marketplace. There are two mistakes that you can make when recording your tracks: one involves the arrangement and the other, the mix. Making minor changes to either one, or even both, of these could mean a world of difference. Compare your finished product with your competition on various playing back devices and speakers. Ask friends for feedback, too, but stress that you’re looking for honesty, not just comments that they think you’ll […]

Read More »

How to Start Your Own Record Label – Part 1

Post Image

Some of the best record labels have improvised as they’ve gone along. If you want to maximise your chance of succeeding with your label, however, you’ll need to ensure that you go through a number of steps. Here are the 10 steps you will need to start a record label all of your own. Decide on the music This may seem like an obvious step but it’s also a very basic one that you need to ensure you pay sufficient attention to. Often, it’s better for a new label to focus on a narrow genre. This also relates to the format/s, so invest some time into thinking about whether you […]

Read More »