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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Music Is Your Job, Treat It Like One

I’ve been playing and touring with Big Something for seven years this May and I’ve learned so many things from these guys individually and from our travels together. After so many shows and miles traveled it’s hard to pinpoint the most valuable thing that lends itself to success: staying in shape, squeezing in practice time, putting on an entertaining and engaging live show…these are obviously all really critical to thriving as a group. But after taking some time to think about something I’ve learned in THIS particular band that I…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: It’s Not About the Fame

(photo credit: Megan Thompson ) When I started performing, I was about 7 years old. I fell in love with music and the adrenaline rush of being on stage. I was excited for every rehearsal, vocal lesson and talent show. When I decided to pursue music as a career though, my focus changed. All of a sudden it became about “making it”. My only goal was success, and many of my relationships suffered because my life became about networking and only making friends that could help me achieve this very…

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THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I’VE LEARNED: The Music Is Only Half Real

Alright, you’ve read the Buzzfeed style title and have thus been sucked in by my ruse. You’re here, why not stay for a bit, I’ve only been given 500 words so you won’t waste too much time. The most important thing I’ve learned is actually something I came to terms with far too late in my ‘career’ and as such I bring it to you, here, hopefully early doors, so you can interact with it in any way you see fit. Perhaps a lot of it will sound like the…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Allowing Time For Play

The experience of writing and recording our first album, youth shield antioxidant complex, was a necessary medicine during a frenzied point in time.  The songs were recorded at Morph Productions in Toronto in the years 2016 and 2017.  Both of us were pursuing academic degrees that demanded most of our time and so writing and recording became a powerful elixir for anxiety and fatigue.  Because of the rigorousness of our respective schedules, I do recall really looking forward to any kind of jam session or time spent writing lyrics for the album.  Such breaks…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Staying True To Myself

The most important thing I’ve learned as both an artist and young woman is to stay true to myself. Growing up, I always wanted to sing and perform for people one day. I began my musical journey in theatre, begged my parents for guitar lessons, and wrote my first song when I was 12 years old. What I didn’t really know at that time was the amount of work artists put in other areas outside of the music. In this day in age, the artist’s identity is key for success…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Post Every Day

Post something every day. Hands down. When it comes to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, do EVERYTHING you can to post something every day. Anything. A silly picture of your frontman. A thank you graphic for everyone who liked your page this month. A 15 second clip of your latest music video. A black and white photo of the drum kit. I’m literally just word vomiting! If there’s one thing I learned this year, it’s that your band and/or your art is not just competing with other local bands on a…

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The Most Important Thing We’ve Learned: Treat Every Show Like It’s The Most Important One Of Your Career

You finally landed that gig that will put you on the map.  You put countless hours into practice and promotion, text everyone in your contacts list (even that girl you had a crush on back in high school ), and strike a deal with that shady promoter to sell 50 presale tickets, otherwise you’ll have to mortgage your parent’s house. After weeks of stressing out, the day is finally here. You pick out your best clothes, do all your pre-show rituals, and load into the venue. Now you are ready…

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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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