When you watch breathtaking visuals from your favorite artists, it may be a bit discouraging because it's next to impossible to match the resources they have. However, the evolution of technology has proven to be an equalizer. You don’t necessarily need an enormous budget to create a great music video. In fact, many indie artists have used their iPhones to record stunning, top-tier videos while saving thousands of dollars in the process.
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It’s a new year, and you probably have plenty of resolutions. How many of them have you kept, and how many of them have already been broken by this point? If there are a few that have fallen by the wayside – which I suspect there are – maybe it’s time to pick up some new ones. If you’re in a band, or if you’re trying to make a go at working in music full-time, social media should be a big focus of yours, and there are a few things that you should resolve to be better at this year. Here are four resolutions you might not have thought of that you should take on for the remainder of the year.
Take care of your instrument, people. I can’t stress that enough. You already know the importance of cultivating the vocal instrument through breathing and proper technique. Today we’re going to talk maintenance.
If you think of breathing and vocal technique as the cornerstones of the voice factory, vocal maintenance is the practice that keeps operations running smoothly. This is especially important, because unlike other instruments, your voice is in use around the clock, minus time for sleeping – which I imagine are some pretty odd hours if you're out there chasing the dream. There’s no fancy, velvet-lined case in which to send it off to bed between gigs. You can’t easily change out the strings, reed, or mouthpiece. So, how do you take care of your voice?
Musicians who are new to booking their own gigs should first start by learning about booking – rather than, say, blindly contacting local clubs with requests to play "whenever possible." The latter route can result in an awful first impression and serious mistakes that could have been avoided.
For those just beginning to organize shows, these answers to common questions should help lay the foundation for smooth, problem-free DIY bookings.
With live performances being one of the main sources of income for musicians these days, it's no secret how important touring is. However, before you let your eagerness get the best of you, there are several "reality check" moments you need to be aware of before going on your first tour. As you become more well traveled and gain experience, these lessons will become engrained in your head. But when first starting out, you may not know what to expect when it comes to life on the road and performing on stages where no one knows your name (yet!).
After numerous conversations I've had with independent artists who will never forget their first tour experiences, I've narrowed it down to the top five truths you need to know before you pack your bags.
This article originally appeared on The DIY Musician Blog.
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