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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Post Every Day

Post something every day. Hands down. When it comes to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, do EVERYTHING you can to post something every day. Anything. A silly picture of your frontman. A thank you graphic for everyone who liked your page this month. A 15 second clip of your latest music video. A black and white photo of the drum kit. I’m literally just word vomiting! If there’s one thing I learned this year, it’s that your band and/or your art is not just competing with other local bands on a…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Music in Community Development

Sometimes we ride the same train. It’s easy for me, a non-descript white male, to blend in to the background. For them, even without their loud excited conversation about a studio session, not so much. Young African men in hip hop attire – an outward expression of belonging somewhere –  in a country that still largely treats them as “the other”, something to be feared. In late 2014 I moved my recording studio to a location in inner city Melbourne. Directly opposite one of the largest public housing estates, and…

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Mental Health Matters: Accepting Help

We always try to encourage and talk about how it’s okay to seek help with our mental illness, but we never talk about how hard giving ourselves permission to receive that help can be. I’m in that position right now actually. These past few months have been very difficult, from the birthday of my departed best friend, to my father holding my mother and I at gun point. After I moved in with my two friends, I cried on the floor in my new-found home for over a week straight….

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Best Music Video

Visual representations of the songs we love have been around for decades. When the words we sing along with are brought to life, the song can take on a whole new life. In 2017, we were treated to countless music videos and hours worth of beautiful imagery. With the help of a few of our friends, we put together a list of some of the best music videos that came out in the past year. You can check out all the answers below and let us know your favorite music…

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Tour Of The Year

For the past 365 days, we’ve been hit with amazing tour after amazing tour. The lineups have been astounding and the shows have blown our minds. With a year of incredible tours behind us, we asked some of our close friends to recap which tours they were the most stoked on in 2017! Check out the entire list below! If you’ve missed any of our previous Year In Review posts, you can click here. Which tour was your favorite of 2017? Let us know in the comments!  Please follow and like…

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Coolest Pieces Of Merch

In a year full of fidget spinners and blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em trends, coming out with a piece of merch that fans would remember for months afterward was quite the challenge. But we have a list, thanks to a wonderful group of our friends, recapping the coolest merch that came out this year! Be sure to check out all the merch below, and if that particular item is still available, you can find links to purchasing it within the description of each item! What was your favorite piece of band merch that came…

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Biggest Woah Moments

2017 was, without a doubt, full of woah moments – both in and out of the music industry. We asked a bunch of our musician friends to tell us about the moments that shocked them the most! Check out their answers below and let us know your thoughts in the comments! Be on the look out for more Year In Review lists recapping the crazy year that was 2017 in the coming days!  Please follow and like us:

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Finding Business in Pleasure

I started touring right out of high school with multiple bands, including Time & Distance and Westland. We were fortunate enough to spend time on the Vans Warped Tour, open for blink-182, and multiple overseas tours including playing for the US troops in Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. In each one of those bands, I always found myself interested in the business operation and would either manage the behind the scenes goings on or would assist our dedicated managers. While I still tour (never giving up that passion and dream!) I…

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TRACK PREMIERE: Family Medicine “Wayne Winslow”

It’s that time of year again where we start thinking about everything we are thankful for! Today, we are premiering the brand new track from Illinois indie group Family Medicine, titled “Wayne Winslow.” The song is raw and in your face – the perfect track to be thankful for! Take a listen to song below and let us know what you think in the comments! The band will be having vinyl release show for their record The Truth Is, I’ve Lost Touch With All Those Who Care About Me on November 22…

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Farewell, HIM. A Public Thank You to the Band That Shaped Me

The first time I was introduced to HIM I was 18. The band had already been around in one form or another for over a decade, but to me, everything felt brand new. I came into their music right before the release of Venus Doom (an album I would initially resist, before making it one of my favorites of all time), and I was completely enamored. It was my first taste of anything resembling metal, and the way Ville Valo’s smooth vocals overlay the intense musicianship on every song was…

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