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What I Would Change About the Music Industry: Bands Who Resist Labeling Their Sound Features News What I Would Change About The Music Industry 

What I Would Change About the Music Industry: Bands Who Resist Labeling Their Sound

No one likes being labeled. Being pigeon-holed into a certain category of anything can be frustrating. Here’s the thing though, from a radio personality, concert photographer, promoter, music reviewer, and live show booking agent standpoint, labels are needed. I’m not talking about record labels, but rather, providing the people with some sort of description or label of your sound. Imagine this. You’re a concert promoter. Or you’re a street team member. And you have no idea what kind of band (insert super generic-sounding band name here) is, so you go…

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What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Digitized and Desensitized Features What I Would Change About The Music Industry 

What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Digitized and Desensitized

One of the things I dislike most about the music industry is also something I really enjoy, so I suppose I’ll have to be the objective Devil’s advocate – or just seem contradictory. What I’m talking about here is technology in distribution. Basically digital music. To preface what follows: when I say I dislike these things, know that my band uses all the digital platforms for our music, and I’d like to think we use them well. But my complaint is that technology has made so much music available that…

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What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Taking Control Of Your Own Material Features What I Would Change About The Music Industry 

What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Taking Control Of Your Own Material

For me, being an artist is about showing the world that I’m only human. I’ve always felt that when I give people something that’s real to me, something that honestly reflects on my own humanness, they’ll take something real away from it. I think that’s why I’m so protective of songs while they’re in the writing phase. I don’t want anybody to dilute the work in a way that I can no longer feel honest about it. It’s sad, and often frustrating to me that in today’s pop music industry…

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What I Would Change About The Music Industry: The Indie Vocal Sound Is Annoying Features What I Would Change About The Music Industry 

What I Would Change About The Music Industry: The Indie Vocal Sound Is Annoying

The indie vocal sound is annoying for both listeners and sound engineers, especially in live settings. I’ve heard it a million times. Everyone’s doing it. Please stop it. What is the “indie vocal sound”? It’s a heavily layered lead vocal effect. It includes digital distortion, digital delay and digital reverb. Here’s a male and female vocal example:

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What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Negativity In Music Journalism Features News What I Would Change About The Music Industry 

What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Negativity In Music Journalism

For as long as we can remember, there has always been some form of negativity in music journalism and the stigma of being viewed as ‘the devil’ among the artist community only elongates as time goes on. While opinions are often subjective, there comes a time when the lines are often blurred between constructive criticism and unwarranted cruelty. I’ve been fighting against negativity in music journalism before I ever stepped foot in this business. As a teen, I’d read tons of music magazines, hopeful for some thoughtful anecdote on my…

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What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Pay To Play Features News What I Would Change About The Music Industry 

What I Would Change About The Music Industry: Pay To Play

Ah! What a beautiful morning! The sun is shining, birds are singing and your neighbor’s kid has managed to flood the tub and now it’s leaking into your living room. Time to call a roofer. So you call them up, hire them for their service, set up the date and time they’ll fix your stuff and then you charge them up front to have the privilege of working on your busted roof. Oh, wait…that’s not how that works. Let me try again. So your kid is turning four and for…

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