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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: The Impact Of Social Media

From the very beginning, everyone in Palatine Harbor has continuously been learning from our successes, failures, and opportunities. We started with something simple and of course, as most bands start, only thought that we had to produce good music for people to notice. We soon learned the importance of social media and how intense of an impact it makes on fans and their impression of you as a band. Starting with Facebook, we learned it is crucial to spread the word to anyone who has interests in bands that seem…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Invest In Yourself and Follow Your Passions

I’ve been making music my whole life. I started playing piano at age five, guitar at twelve, and started writing songs around the same time. I used to get in trouble when I was young for drumming on my desk or singing during class. All I wanted to do when I was young was write songs, sing, and play music. I’d sit in my parents’ basement for hours fiddling with Garage Band, recording, making beats, and playing with ideas. Time was irrelevant — I got lost in the creative process….

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Don’t Try To Control Your Creativity

I have spent a lot of time writing songs. A LOT of time. It started when I was 13, matching up simple poems to the first 3 chords I had learned on the guitar. Fourteen years and a huge stack of notebooks filled with songs later, I still notice something peculiar about it: you never know how the song is going to turn out. I’ve also realized that you also never know where those songs may lead you in your career path. It does take hard work overall, but those moments…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Be Your Own Clock

Often times, and especially when you are DIY, artists have deadlines they have to meet. They have to have songs done in time for recording so they don’t waste time in the studio. They have to be on time for shows. They have to get the video out in time for the corresponding season. They have to book shows 5 months ahead of time. It’s crazy! When I was recording the demos to my newest batch of singles, I was very concerned with timing. I was getting them done, but…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Patience

I have played in various musical projects for the majority of my life, some of those projects did better than others, but the main points of learning ring true for every band, regardless of skill or genre. The main, and most important learning moment that happened for me, and this took quite a while to sink in, but it is critical, is that while playing music you have to learn to be very patient. Patience is a virtue that will never hurt you, but is unfortunately very difficult to manage…

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The Most Important Thing We’ve Learned: Finding Your Niche & Creating a Community

One night last year, Derek and I were standing by a dumpster in an alley before playing a small club in Hollywood. Having just loaded in down a narrow hallway, ducking around bartenders, dishwashers, and drunk patrons, we found ourselves back in the alley by our van. We were checking each side of a dumpster for gear we had pre-loaded around it, when a black pickup truck with oversized tires pulled in behind our van and started honking. It was a bartender about to start his shift, and understanding we…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Identify What You’re Thinking & Feeling In The Moment

Building a career in the music industry is difficult. Being in a working band is difficult. Writing and crafting sincere, yet marketable songs is difficult. All of this would be IMPOSSIBLE if you don’t have a highly developed sense of how to clearly communicate with all parties involved. It took awhile to figure it out, but I’ve learned that listening more and speaking directly and articulately, will move you forward faster by avoiding problems before they happen. Before we get too far here, I am no expert. I’m still learning,…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Listen To The Professionals

This theme is interesting to us, and we decided to talk about our “secret weapon” and also our good friend. All of our songs we record with Andrew Konoplev, who is an excellent sound engineer and a sound producer from Moscow. He is so important to us, that it is practically another member of REMARK. He helps us make exactly the sound that is in our head, that we don’t always know how to get. When you are going to record your first album or you do the first recordings…

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I’VE LEARNED: Be Resourceful

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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