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What’s a Working Band to Do? -
A practical 15 part series of how-to articles. It is not about describing the unified field theory or exploring the outer reaches of human philosophy; it’s about working in the music business in the real world, so it’s not even about being a star, okay? It’s practical, do-able advice from Erik Jay.
South by Southwest 2010 -
OnlineRock's March update features artists who will be playing at SXSW, panels that we'll be involved with and information on a day party that we will be sponsoring.
How to Command A Higher Fee For Your Live Show -
Whether you are booking your own band or have an agent, it is important to establish your value within your particular market. Jeri Goldstein gives us some tips onincreasing income from gigs.
Set List for the Sound Man or Women -
Do you ever find yourself wishing the soundman knew your songs or your music a little better? Telling yourself if he only knew about this dynamic or that change, or that you mean to make this horrible screeching sound that should not be compressed. Loren Weisman has some thoughts.
South by Southwest 2009 -
Features and information about the annual SXSW music
conference Austin, TX.
Top 10 Music PR Tips By Mona Loring -
Publicity is a huge driving force when you’re looking at success in the music industry. Although it’s definitely beneficial to retain a publicist once you have your music career in gear, you can still manage to create a little buzz on your own in the meantime.
True Fans -
Attempting to capitalize on the long tail slowly dooms creatives to small sales and little profit. However, focusing on hits doesn’t help, either. There’s no formula for an intensely popular work. So, what are artists to do?
Features and information about the annual Austin, TX music
Report: Music as a Business - OnlineRock
Founder Steve Beck visits Zambia to talk to musicians
and media about treating music as a business.
Steps to Creating a Successful Blog for Your Band (Part
1 of 2) - Blogs prove to be a tricky field
to conquer, especially when it comes to gaining an
initial reader-base. However, once you get that reader
base, great potential for increasing your online reputation
Steps to Creating a Successful Blog for Your Band (Part
2 of 2) - Your blog will only see success
if you follow all these steps and promote it as often
as possible. Blogging takes a lot of dedication
but pays off in the end with increased music sales.
Founder Steven Beck Visits Sierra Leone -
About three months ago I was asked to travel to Sierra
Leone to speak and participate in a conference entitled “Moving
the Music Industry Forward”.
Methods to Getting Openers and Support Act Slots -
One method to expand your audience is to serve as a
support act for a known main act on multiple tour dates
or to open a show for a larger act. These are choice
slots and many acts are vying for them. If you are
more interested in process rather than chance, here
are a few suggestions on how to go about landing some
of these choice performance slots. By Jeri Goldstein
In The Hole/Fallback Day Jobs - Prior to
my graduating high school and, particularly, when my
family and friends realized that I was going to attend
college as a Music Education major and, subsequently,
make music my career, the eternal words of "be sure
you have a real job to fall back on" were forever etched
in my mind. By Kenny Love
Year In Review - A stunning visual
reflection of music in 2006 by photographer Hali
2006 - The
indie music and media conference turns 20 years old
and we celebrate by featuring artists and
discussing the conference.
Yeko's Mission Statement - From my
perspective, many artists these days are forgoing
the major label route and doing it themselves. Many
superstars are unhappy with their label and wish
they could get out of their deal.
Property Rights in Montenegro - OnlineRock's
founder, Steven Beck travels to Montenegro to discuss
IPR with musicians,
club owners, media, law enforcement and government
is a Guitar Set-Up? - Every
guitar needs to play in tune all over the neck,
and to have a string height that allows for comfortable
playability. Most guitars, both new and old, are
lacking one or both of these traits.
Your Fanbase and The Power Of Personal Persuasion - There
is NOTHING more useful to you than a fan's contact
data. Build your list slowly and your career will
blossom. You can use that e-list to notify fans of
your upcoming releases, offer special discounts and
let them know when you are in their town on tour.
Next Big Thing? - The audience is
more fragmented... There is no "mainstream" in
pop anymore, just scores of little tributaries.
the Road with OnlineRock - Late
last fall, OnlineRock Records released “Spirit
and Decibels” from the Gregory
Paul Group. This
July they will embark on their first tour to the West
Is Success? - Success means different
things to different people, and being a successful
musician depends on how you look at it.
Steps and the Road to Success - Musicians
and actors are similar in that we like the highs that our
performances give us. We thrive on the exhilaration. It's
like a drug. When it goes away we want it again.
Austin Diaries: Four Days at South by Southwest -
Here I am, on the plane about to land in Austin,
Texas for my first South by Southwest festival and
fair in a record deal?
- A personal opinion on what changes might be made in order
to exercise a more fair record contract situation by Chris
Blood is Spilled at Record Industry Hearings - The War is
On!!! - Major
Label lawyers testified to a panel of senators in Los Angles
that most artists are happy with their recording contracts.
'Johnny' Record Label (Can't Come Out to Play) - Major
record labels are truly out of options because the Internet
and its vast amount of "how-to" information is
now exposed to the masses and there for the taking.
Paradigm Shift - The values of Rock
music are dead, the airwaves are ruled by music so
lightweight it could be aural styrofoam,
and the music industry powers-that-be have a grip
on the business so tight that not even light can
and the Beast - Does being physically
attractive get you more attention than you would
get from just the music itself?
Music, Ourselves Part III, Solidarity - Now
is the time to blaze trails through the wilderness
of online music.
Music, Ourselves Part II, Our Rights - When
it comes to composing, recording and selling music,
do you know your rights? Most of us dont.
Music, Ourselves - If we are waiting
around for someone else to come along and fix it
for us, then we are doomed to the status quo forever
Venice Beach Drum Circle - The drum circle phenomenon
is playing out across America, but nowhere is the scene
as riveting as it is on L.A.'s Venice Beach, where drummers,
dancers and spectators have been gathering on weekends for
some 50 years.
For Their Art
- Those brave souls who devote their full time to their
art often suffer greatly as a result - lacking health care,
proper nutrition and live meagerly or in poverty.
Labels are Loan Sharks, What Do You Call the Signees?
- Imagine if all the top sellers walked out on the majors
and started up their own label By Lauran Gangl.
- Panacea or Paranoia; The Choice is Yours - Are
you ready to begin your search for your musical "other
for America - The
recent world events have affected almost everyone in some
way. Members of OnlineRock asked for a place to post their
music relating to the tragedy.
I Stay or Should I Go? - If your heart is set on
moving to a big city and living the life that brings, then
don't let me talk you out of it by Ken Klar of Must Have
Timely Gimmick - May Go A Long Way Toward Advancing
Your Musical Vision. The FBI from Bruce Shutan.
Business of Music: Music Attorneys - That's what
you will be, DUST IN THE WIND, unless you have an excellent
music attorney by Charles Katz reprinted from The Muse's
is Back! - A letter from the founder of OnlineRock,
Submissions to Record Labels: It's
Music to Every Garage Band's Ears by Bruce Shutan.
Your Own Style - The ultimate goal is to develop
your own sound or "voice" by Harry Jacobson.
and Songwriting by
Mary Dawson, reprinted from The Muse's Muse.
in Tights: Tap Dancing Can Add Grace and Endurance
to Your Footwork by Bruce Shutan.
Muse Zing - So why haven't I been able to create
anything of note all month? by Danny McBride, reprinted
from The Muse's Muse.
Minutes of Fame May Be Just A Web Site Away a
handy strategy for musicians to get noticed by Bruce Shutan.
Your Songs Stand Out - Lyrical & Musical
Contrast by Danny Arena & Sara Light, reprinted from
The Muse's Muse.
Do We Do This? - And for all of us
who play and sing, at whatever level were
at, music is the water of life!
Writing Contest Winner - A tale about an experience
with the man behind Mad Dogs and Englishman and his
missing bag of pot!
Writing Contest Runner-Up - A native West Virginian
finds the "perfect" rehearsal space.
- By Matthew Collins, reprinted from The Muse's Muse.
Belew - Few people in the music industry
are as busy or accomplished as Adrian Belew. The list
of people he has worked with is literally a whose-who
of the music world. King Crimson, Talking Heads, Frank
Zappa, David Bowie, Trent Reznor and Paul Simon are
only just a few.
with Daniel Lanois -Silence, nighttime and
the mysteries of the South is what drives Daniel Lanois – guitarist,
pedal steel artist and producer. His latest album, ‘‘Belladonna’’ is
a travel log from Mexico, where Miles Davis got to
join in on the nightly studio adventures by Nikki O’Neill.
Interview - Master Session Vocalist Kim
Parent Speaks To Songwriters About Working With Professional
Vocalists For Your Songwriter Demos
Kelley: The Q & A - We introduced you to
Publicist a few months ago and since then
artists around the country have been using it with
great success. We decided it was time to sit
down with Rhonda Kelly, the creator of the Virtual
Publicist and ask her how she came up with
the idea and how it could help some of our readers.