Arranging is one of those mystery topics within the music world, where we hear about it all the time, but only a few people really know what it is or why is it so important. Especially today it is a super relevant skill, because we have a surplus of singer/songwriters and producers out there, but arranging is usually a skill that both lack. For this reason, I want to shed some light about what arranging is and why is it so important.
A few months ago I wrote a blog post about the end of ‘album’ as a mainstream music release format, demonstrated by purchase, download and streaming data. According to the finding by RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), based on the album releases in 2018, listeners usually listen only up to three songs on an album. Of course, it is not all dark, as we are all music lovers and we have certain albums that we will always listen from beginning to the end. However, it does mean that album is probably losing its status as the mainstream music release model.
In a recent blog post you can read here, I shared the great news about the ruling by U.S. Copyright Royalty Board a few days ago. According to the ruling, the songwriter payouts would increase by 44% in the next five years. Apple Music announced that they would not appeal the decision, while Spotify, Google, Amazon and Pandora have been idle for a while.
About a year and a half ago, I wrote this blog post about why artists need to create podcasts. My main argument was that these days, one of the coolest ways to differentiate yourself from the crowd and market yourself is through podcasts. Especially if you’re an independent artist who’s just starting his/her career, you want to create content, establish credibility and make connections with people in your area, which podcasts allow you to do.
If you are creative artist, from time to time you probably have periods where are you struggling to find good ideas. It is the nature of making art – Sometimes we make great work, and sometimes, we do not. Whether you are a composer, writer, painter, or a sculpture artist you have probably experienced times like these during your creative process. In this week’s blog post, I want to share five strategies to share for getting rid of creative blocks.
For the last few years, streaming has been the main platform for consuming recorded music for millions of listeners around the world. To the surprise of many people in the post-2008 recession world that assumed the music industry dead, streaming has succeeded to increase revenues for major & independent record labels, decreased piracy significantly and brought significant revenue to many independent musicians. What we know for sure is that streaming will be here for at least a few years more. But, we are also starting to get a hint of what life after streaming might look like.
One of the most vulnerable topics of being a musician, accidents. We musicians are typically stubborn, and since rejection is part of this business, we are masters of finding new ways to get where we want to get to! We are creative because we have to be in order to “get there”. In fact, some of the greatest guitar players had hand accidents in the past, yet developed their own techniques that led them to be the great guitar players that they became. Here are my three favorite who developed their own techniques after the accidents they experienced: