Singer Songwriter

By Gary Carey | The song, the performer, the tech, the business...

What Separates a Demo from a Polished Mix?

by Nick Messitte, iZotope Contributor<p><b>February 27, 2018</b><p>After hours of hard work, yes, we’ve all been there: that which we have mixed—which we have …

Max Martin generated $51m for his Swedish company in 2016

Net profit of $18m for hitmaker's corporate entity secured last year, up 22%The post Max Martin generated $51m for his Swedish company in 2016 …

Music Industry

11 Things Millennial Musicians Just Don’t Get

1) Spotify Plays Don’t Equal Fans I can’t tell you how many artists I see on Spotify with hundreds of thousands or millions of streams, but can’t get …

TV shows

SoundCloud sinks as leaks say layoffs buy little time

A tense scene unfolded yesterday as user-generated, music-streaming service SoundCloud held an all-hands meeting to explain to employees why it suddenly had to lay off 40 percent of its staff last week.<p>Exiting team members wanted to know why they weren’t warned, while those who survived the cuts …

Here’s What Music Publishers Want MORE Than A Hit Song

<b>Yes, music publishers want a hit song. But that’s not all they want. And it’s not even what they want the most. What is it they REALLY want? Well,</b> …

Eggs

Carly Simon reveals famous song’s missing verse

How revealing is the missing verse of “You’re So Vain”? Image by Alan Light. Creative CommonsThe verse that didn’t make the cut. “You’re So Vain”’s …

Carly Simon

PRS Foundation's Vanessa Reed: New Writer Producer Fund will 'level playing field' for songwriters

The PRS Foundation, in association with the BASCA Trust, has launched a brand new Writer Producer Fund for songwriters, which it claims will support …

Brown eye handsome Man

There aren't many giants of music still striding the earth. With the death of Chuck Berry another titan has left the stage. Out of that remarkable …

Chuck Berry

How To Flesh Out Your Lyric

How I wrote ‘Stay Another Day’ by East 17’s Tony Mortimer

The songwriter and former East 17 member recalls the deeply personal tragedy behind his band’s unlikely and enduring Christmas smashThe pop world of …

Music

US Songwriting Chart – 21 November 2016

Twenty One Pilots lead vocalist Tyler Joseph tops the week’s Hot Hitmakers. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Ralph ArvesenOur new Hot Hitmakers partnership …

Music

Picking Your Plectrum: An Audio Comparison of Odd and Unusual Guitar Picks

<b>This story first appeared in</b> <b>Trust Me, I’m a Scientist,</b><b> November 3, 2013</b><b><br>Keys to the Kingdom</b>“Timber Tones” wooden guitar picksIn an expectant moment …

Guitar Lessons

What A Difference A Note Makes (In A Chord)

In a song I’m currently working on, there’s an 8 bar section where I started with this simple progression:<p><b>|| C | G | F | G | C | G | Aminor | F …

How Seasick Steve turned out to be Session Man Steve

In 2007, Mojo gave its best breakthrough act award to a 66-year-old untutored blues player from Mississippi who built his own instrument from a cigar box and a spatula. At least it thought it did. In fact, it was giving it to a 56-year-old Californian session musician who had produced Modest …

San Francisco

Introducing… Ben Abraham

Ben Abraham: “It’s much easier to know that the idea is working when you can see the look on someone’s face”The tale of an Australian …

Top 10

How Danny Kortchmar Helped Craft Classic Rock

Danny Kortchmar, Don Henley and 12 others<p>Listen now<p>If London was the epicenter of the music world in the 1960s, Southern California laid claim to …

Greenwich Village

How to command the room’s attention at your next gig

Photo of the band 9 Mile Roots.[<i>This post was written by Katarina Underwood. It originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog.</i>]As a performing musician, …

Body Language

'Sorry' Songwriter Justin Tranter Owns His Sexuality and the Pop Charts

"As an artist, I was being told at least once a week to be less gay," he says of the pressure to conform.<p>In an unpredictable business, Justin Tranter …

Music

What It's Really Like to Be a Hit Songwriter

Julia Michaels has written songs for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Gwen Stefani<p><b>Age:</b> 22<p><b>Length of time at current gig:</b> 6 years<p><b>How did you start</b> …

Music

History’s 16 Most Creative Legal Defenses ... And Their Result! | The Reeves Law Group

Home > <b>History’s 16 Most Creative Legal Defenses … And Their Result!</b><p>Shares 2K<p>As long as judicial systems have existed, there has been a tug-of-war …

Crime

Choosing your path

MAKING A RECORD PART 2: How important is quality? Have you ever wondered what you have to do to get your music heard by the right people? Whether …

Songwriting

Interview: Dan Michaelson

Dan Michaelson: “My memory is like a dodgy VHS player that I’ve recorded one too many episodes of Countdown on.”<p>With a new album out, we chat with …

The Most Valuable Thing You Can Bring To A Cowrite

<b>Let me tell you a tale of two cowrites, both from my early “pro” days. First… the bad cowrite.</b><p>I was signed with Major Bob Music at the time, and …

Songwriting

"I didn’t think that Bridge Over Troubled Water was a hit”: DiS meets Paul Simon

In London for an almost literal ‘flying visit’, a two-day press junket to promote the upcoming release of new album <i>Stranger to Stranger</i> (his first …

New Albums

Writing and Recording a Huge #1: Inside Adele’s “Hello” with Producer Greg Kurstin

You can’t escape it – so you may as well just give in.Yes, we speak of “Hello” by Adele. It’s one of those tracks that arise, and suddenly is …

Adele

How To Release Music As An Independent Artist (Infographic)

Hi, my name’s Josh. I’m a rapper/producer from Atlanta, GA, and a music business graduate from Loyola University of New Orleans and I was asked to do …

Music Industry