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Music & A Message: Making A Difference Features Guest Blogs 

Music & A Message: Making A Difference

I’ve been listening to music with a message for a long time. It started when I was a little kid in the modern heyday of the message song: the ‘60s. “Meaning” and “music” were synonymous to me sitting on the floor pushing my wooden truck around with songs like Tom Paxton’s “Buy A Gun for Your Son” and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” serenading me in the background. Paxton sardonically sang, “Let his little mind expand, place a weapon in his hand…” In Tom’s case, and throughout the country, the most powerful weapon was…

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Whose Lyric Is It Anyway? Features Guest Blogs 

Whose Lyric Is It Anyway?

How many of us are mesmerized by our favorite bands lyrics? Certain lyrics can change a persons mood and​ behavior. There are so many die hard fans that live by these lyrics to get through the day or maybe even a bad breakup. I would even go as far to say the lyrics define the artist. The statements we make through music define who we are ​and​ what particular genre we fit into. Now, all this being said​,​ what if ​I​ were to tell you ​that ​95% of artists don’t write their own lyrics? Would this then change…

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Ending Pay To Play In The Local Scene Features Guest Blogs 

Ending Pay To Play In The Local Scene

In the last year and a half, the local Orange County music scene has been engaged in an experiment. That experiment can best be summed up in the words “End Pay to Play.” The Sky Catching Fire has been fortunate to have come together in the right place, at the right time to participate in this endeavor. The results have been promising, thanks to a handful of dedicated people calling themselves Orange County Music League. Orange County Music League was founded in 2013 by John Safari and Kevin Martin, bookers…

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How Losing My Dad Took Me On A New Journey Features Guest Blogs 

How Losing My Dad Took Me On A New Journey

At the age of 14, I began pursuing my passion for music as a professional career. Only one year later, shortly after recording my first EP, that all changed in an instant when my father unexpectedly and suddenly passed away at the too young age of 50. It completely altered the foundation of my life and my family. Our worlds were turned upside down. I needed to step back and take much needed time off to pick up the pieces. It gave me a chance to reflect and pour myself into writing. It…

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Out Of The Box Promotions: Tapping Into The Inner Child To Promote Our Music Features Guest Blogs 

Out Of The Box Promotions: Tapping Into The Inner Child To Promote Our Music

Being a band with a unique sound, we knew we needed an innovative promotion strategy to connect with people and to build our fan base. We had to totally operate outside of the box to reach new fans. Collectively we decided that tapping into the “inner child” would be the best way to organically reach more people. This is something that most artists would never consider doing to promote their music. We innocently started on this mission about a year ago by organizing kickball games during the summer on Sunday…

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Why Whosah Does Music Features Guest Blogs 

Why Whosah Does Music

The fans. The lights. The stages. Signing autographs. Feeling important. These might be some underlying motivations people would expect for musicians. But those motivations, while they might be fleetingly fulfilled, won’t weather the stormy path of surviving as independant musicians. The grind to keep playing music, booking shows, promoting, paying thousands of dollars for recordings which are mostly given away for free, is hard. For us in Whosah, we get pumped about the long and difficult road ahead, because we know why we’re doing it.

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GUEST BLOG: Artists vs. Venues – A Love Story Features Guest Blogs 

GUEST BLOG: Artists vs. Venues – A Love Story

Based on a true story: Artist: Hey, can my band play here? Venue: Sure, we have an open Thursday night. How many people you bringing in? Artist: What? Oh, um … I don’t know. Do you want to hear our music? Venue: Nah. If you’re good people will show up, right? Artist: Um, I guess. Venue: Good. Here’s 50 tickets. You need to sell a minimum of 25 for $10. Beyond that, you get $1 per ticket you sell. Artist: Oh, okay. But it’s a weeknight, what if we can…

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GUEST BLOG: “Stereotypes” Alternative Features Guest Blogs News Pop Rock 

GUEST BLOG: “Stereotypes”

Stereotypes. They are most certainly a thing. I have a love-hate relationship with stereotypes because I absolutely hate being pigeonholed into a certain category. But on the other hand, there’s nothing more satisfying than shattering someone’s preconceived notions about you, and who they think you are. A little background about me. At three years old, I firmly believed that I was indeed, the Little Mermaid and my only responsibilities in life were to sing every song in the movie loudly while prancing around the living room in my bathing suit…

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GUEST BLOG: The Struggle Is Worth The Payoff Alternative Features Guest Blogs Metal News Rock 

GUEST BLOG: The Struggle Is Worth The Payoff

Being in a band and being on the road is a mix of both intense highs full of reward and long days and nights of hard work, boredom, and sacrifice. The highs are undeniable releases of expression and satisfaction along with a serious camaraderie with your bandmates as well as the audience that you start to crave when you go too long without it.  The sacrifice is one of comfort, familiarity, the company of your family, cleanliness, and if you’re like me, the personal belongings that I will lose despite…

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GUEST BLOG: Tidal: So What Now? Alternative Features Guest Blogs Indie Metal News Pop Pop Punk Rock 

GUEST BLOG: Tidal: So What Now?

Within a plethora of methods that we have to get music out, in a rather grandiose unveiling, Jay-Z announced Tidal. This is a streaming service that allows the consumer to stream lossless files and high-quality video for a $20 dollar fee. It’s also billed as the music service controlled by the musicians themselves, totting co-ownership from the likes of Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire, Beyonce, and Calvin Harris just to name a few. As I was viewing the press conference where many “A list” artists signed the declaration to the service,…

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