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Get It Together

“My drummer forgot his snare, can he use yours”? Seriously, this happens. A lot. And I don’t mean to take a dig at drummers here with this. You can interchange any member and any piece of equipment in that statement and it would be just as relevant. I’ve been touring for the better part of the last decade, and in that time I won’t say that I’ve seen it all. But I’ve seen my damn fair share. At the end of the day it boils down to how you approach…

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scarlet sails Features Guest Blogs The Most Important Thing I've Learned 


Coming from the little blue collar, southern New Hampshire village I did, access to almost everything was limited, so you learning how to make creative use of what little you had around was essential in gathering any sort of momentum for me.  Take nothing for granted. Take stock of all the good people around you, the locations around you no matter how unconventional. Certainly these days you need to take advantage of the technology around you or those who have access to it and want to be involved in your…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Let Your Dreams Guide You

This is probably the most important lesson I’ve learned — let your dreams guide you. You have one shot at this thing we call life. That’s it: one shot. If you know what it is you want to do, why you were put on this planet, what moves you — you need to do something about it. Only a small minority of people have this figured out and if you’re one of them, you have a precious gift. And you have to do something about it. Several years ago I…

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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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vamps everywhere 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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theskycatchingfire 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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em rossi 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

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

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. Please follow and like us:

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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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