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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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GUEST BLOG: 5 Things To Know Before Playing Your First SXSW Alternative Features Guest Blogs Indie News Rock 

GUEST BLOG: 5 Things To Know Before Playing Your First SXSW

  1. Pack appropriate clothing! It’s all well and good wanting to look like cool guys but when you land in Austin to 75° in a pair of doc martens and black jeans with three jackets to avoid more luggage charges, you will regret it! Coming from Scotland, where I’m almost certain it has never been that warm ever, I was caught out wearing too much and looking the opposite of cool. 2. Plan your itinerary meticulously. If there are bands you really want to see when you’re at SXSW – and…

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GUEST BLOG: Confessions Of A Lesbian Drummer On Tour Alternative Features Guest Blogs Indie News Pop Rock 

GUEST BLOG: Confessions Of A Lesbian Drummer On Tour

When Infectious Magazine asked me to write a guest blog about being a lesbian drummer on tour, I realized I was a lesbian drummer on tour. I never really thought about my identity in such clear-cut terms, I just kind of…existed. I am Liliana, sometimes Lil or, my personal favorite, Lilisagna. I play drums with too many bands (City In Light, PFL, Hop On Hold Tight) and still decided to join my musical friend, Diana DeMuth, on tour. During shows, my extreme extroversion translates to perpetual pigeon dancing and word-heaving…

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GUEST BLOG: 13 Musical Lessons Learned The Hard Way Alternative Features Guest Blogs News Rock 

GUEST BLOG: 13 Musical Lessons Learned The Hard Way

13. Good enough is for losers. This lesson was one of the hardest to swallow. We all work hard creating, refining and defining our music, but understanding that good enough is detrimental to you and your success is the key to furthering you and your band. 12. Being in a band is no different than investing in the stock market. Expect losses. Expect gains. Earn windfalls. Find sustainable growth and keep it as your bread and butter, but realize that without risk, there can be no reward.

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GUEST BLOG: Our Most Influential Albums Alternative Features Guest Blogs Indie News Rock 

GUEST BLOG: Our Most Influential Albums

Any group of people coming together to make music are going to find some level of diversity within their band – whether it be a simple matter of taste, background, or even writing style. In the best case scenario, these differences can be used as a tool to elevate songwriting and hopefully, show a variety of influence in the finished product. Northernmost is definitely an interesting collaboration of people and even though we’ve found a common musical direction, we’ve also got a wide assortment of tastes and backgrounds that exist…

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GUEST BLOG: Licensing, Composing, And The Unique Avenues Of The Music Business Alternative Features Guest Blogs Indie News Pop Rock 

GUEST BLOG: Licensing, Composing, And The Unique Avenues Of The Music Business

Along my journey in the music business, I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in many different facets of it. As a songwriter, artist, singer for hire, producer and composer, I’ve worked with the Warped Tour bands to the video game and television network heavy-hitters. When it comes down to it, much of the work that I do day to day isn’t ever released under my brand as an artist. In fact, the majority of the work is anonymous. Here are a few of the highlights of my…

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GUEST BLOG: Working Nine To Five…To Midnight: Having A “Real” Job & Playing In A Band Alternative Features Guest Blogs News Rock 

GUEST BLOG: Working Nine To Five…To Midnight: Having A “Real” Job & Playing In A Band

I gather sleep like natives gather morsels of food: in small but much-needed increments. You see, my band, The Paper Jets, is unfortunately not my main piece as far as income goes (yet). No, no, I work in management for a publicly traded Fortune 500 global conglomerate. I am a number. I am a robot. I am Jack’s raging bile duct… until I leave work, change in the car, and make my way either to practice, the studio, or a show. Some articles may tell you that Corporate America will…

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GUEST BLOG: Paradigm Shifts (or: Surviving) In A Dying Industry Alternative Features Guest Blogs Indie News Pop Rock 

GUEST BLOG: Paradigm Shifts (or: Surviving) In A Dying Industry

If you can believe what you hear, the music industry has been hemorrhaging money for decades. According to money.cnn, in just the decade between 1999 and 2009 music has gone from a $14.6 billion dollar industry to a $6.3 billion dollar industry – in the US alone. While there are quick answers to point blame at internet radio, piracy, and the sporadic attention span of consumers, the question really comes down to, “how will this affect the music of the future?” Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars answers it…

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GUEST BLOG: Transition From Being In A Band To Building From The Ground Up Alternative Features Guest Blogs News Rock 

GUEST BLOG: Transition From Being In A Band To Building From The Ground Up

I’ve been lucky enough over the years to join some great bands. I’ve joined bands ranging from Celtic-Rock, to Prog-Rock, to Blues, and most things in between, but in 2012 I put together my own band, and found that there’s some pretty distinct differences between joining a band and starting a band. But one thing stays the same in either situation, and that’s to just be cool. You don’t have to be the best musician in the world. I certainly am not, but I learned early on that if you want the gig, you gotta be cool.

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GUEST BLOG: Which Came First – The College Or The Career? Alternative Features Guest Blogs Indie News Pop 

GUEST BLOG: Which Came First – The College Or The Career?

The entertainment industry loves youth. This very much includes the music industry. Obviously. I feel very comfortable making this statement, though I will admit I’m not actually sure if it’s true. I just know that I have felt throughout my life a continuous, ever growing pressure to “make it” before I am “too old.” This leads me to the very real conundrum young artists face: If you want to be an artist/a musician, should you go to college or go straight into the real world and try to make it?

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