What Bands Should Do To Prepare For Their First Studio Album


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If you’re preparing to record your first studio album, you’re probably dealing with a mix of emotions that range from excitement to pure fear. You’re wondering how the final product will turn out and whether people will actually like it.
To ensure the recording process goes smoothly, though, you need to put these feelings on the back burner and prepare yourself in the following ways.
1. Listen to some field recordings of your music.

Sometimes what sounds great live doesn’t work well in the studio. New bands often rehearse in cramped quarters and play in small venues, so chances are band members might have different opinions about how well their parts fit with others. Make some live demo recordings so you can work out the kinks before you get in the studio. You don’t want to waste time and money by changing your parts in the studio.

Recording yourselves will also help you get used to playing when the “record” button is pushed. People tend to tense up with they know they’re being recorded because they know there’s little room for error.

Finally, be sure to give these recordings to your engineer ahead of time. This will provide them with point of reference to follow when working on your album.

2. Answer the following questions.

  • Do you want live recordings? If so, you should be prepared to play each song multiple times in a row without tiring or getting burnt out. Practice this in your rehearsal space beforehand.
  • Do you expect the recordings to be overdubbed with multiple layers? If so, you should be prepared to record with a click track. You’ll want to practice with a metronome to ensure consistency in pace. This will make editing, overdubbing and punching in-and-out easier for your engineer and better for your overall sound quality.
  • Do you fully understand the studio’s policies? Failing to understand the studio’s policies could produce problems later on. For example, some studios allow a free grace period to set up and break down equipment while others start charging right when you get there. Without knowing the rules upfront, you and your engineer could have different budgets in mind.
  • How much time and money can you afford to spend? Set a budget for time and monetary expenditures — then multiply both numbers by 1.5. It’s better to overestimate how much time and money you expect to invest in your recording than underestimate it.

3. Elect a project manager.

Although you should always make group decisions to avoid any conflict among band members, when it comes to recording you’ll probably find it beneficial to have a tie breaker vote when you face indecision and other lukewarm feelings. The point isn’t to have somebody be the boss of everyone else but to keep the band focused and on task. The levelheaded person you defer to in these situations should be able to understand how the details you’re working out now will fit into the big picture later on.

4. Make sure all equipment is in perfect working condition.

About a week before you’re set to record, change all strings and drum heads. This will give you enough time to break them in while still ensuring they don’t sound worn. Check amps and pedals for hums because they’ll be much more noticeable in a recording. Be prepared for minor bumps in the road; bring extra strings, batteries and other supplies as necessary to avoid wasting time.

5. Remember to keep an open mind throughout the process.

Not every band is the same, nor every recording studio, nor every project. What works for one band might not work for another. At times you might have to just go with the flow and make quick decisions. However, the better you prepare yourself now, the more confident you’ll feel when you’re in the studio recording your first studio album.

Danielle Rodabaugh is an online marketing specialist for SuretyBonds.com, a surety bond insurance company. She also manages online branding and PR for We Live In Public (an electrified folk/pop/rock band based out of Columbia, Missouri). Check out more articles on the Dotted Music website.

Happy Holidays From The Music Business Network!!!


Happy Holidays!!!

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

Hope you’re having a great time with friends and family and that you have a great New Year. We’re currently in the process of planning our 2013 events so please keep checking back for updates!

P.S. Chunk can’t wait to get into his stocking!

2012 SAE New York’s Alumni Awards 7/2/12 – REGISTER NOW!!!


 The event is free and open to members of The Music Business Network and their guests. RSVP is required prior to the event date (e-mail Jeff Lanier at nyc.placement@sae.edu

What: A networking event and awards show featuring networking with and recognition of current and former SAE students’ successes.

Date: 7/2/12

Time: 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Location: Abington Theater Complex (312 W. 36th Street)

Cost: Free with RSVP

We will be attending the event so Don’t Miss Out!!!

Award Judges:

  • Riche Clarke (Le Poisson Rouge)
  • Scott Hull (Masterdisk)
  • Roy McDonald (Production Planet)
  • David Weiss (SonicScoop)
  • David Rosner (KMA)

Sponsors: SonicScoop, The Music Business Network, SAE, The Recording Academy

Volunteer Opportunity: Guerrilla Union is Looking for Volunteers for Rock the Bells 2012!


Guerrilla Union is looking for volunteers for Rock the Bells!

The following message is from Music Business Network member Elnaz Nesva, who is heading the search for volunteers this year. If you are interested, please send the requested information (listed below) to her at elnaz.nesva@gmail.com

It’s that time of year again!! Rock The Bells NYC show is searching for volunteers!

This year the show is being held at PNC Bank Arts Center (Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ 07733) on September 1st and 2nd 2012.

We are looking for unpaid volunteers to help out for the entire day on 9/1/12 and 9/2/12, starting at around 8am and going to around 11pm. Volunteers can help one one day or both days). Each day is a long day so only serious and professional volunteers need apply!

Where: PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 116, Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Volunteers will be helping the Guerilla Union team (organizers of Rock the Bells) with the VIP ticket holders area, artist meet and greet, general admission area, 1 or 2 professional volunteers will be asked to help with backstage area duties and runners to help with all kinds of stuff around the show. Its a great experience and opportunity to make contacts with the organizers and everyone will have breaks to watch some of the show.

This is a show that brings together some of the World’s best Hip Hop veterans for two days of live music to perform at Rock the Bells. This year the line up is amazing including: Lauryn Hill, Nas, Erykah Badu, Cypress Hill, Black Star, Common, Raekwon and Ghostface, Immortal Technique, Mobb Deep, Genius and Gza, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Slaughterhouse and many many many more!

Check out the website for more details:  www.rockthebells.net

All interested volunteers please e-mail Elnaz Nesva the following information: DEADLINE IS FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2011

  • Which day you can help (if both, please indicate you are available for both days)
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Cell Phone Number
  • Age (You will need photo ID – 18 and over only)
  • 2 Work References (Title, Full Name, E-mail, Telephone Number)

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Send Your Info To:

Ms. Elnaz Nesva
NYC Regional Coordinator, Rock The Bells
E: elnaz.nesva@gmail.com

ONLY SERIOUS AND PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEERS NEED APPLY!

 

About Guerilla Union

Established in 2000, Guerilla Union has developed into one of the premiere core urban lifestyle brands in the U.S., manifesting itself in many forms including music, events, media and fashion. Guerilla Union’s mission is to create experiential platforms, unique content and provide services that develop artists and their communities. Guerilla Union is a creative engineering corps dedicated to supporting artists and shaping urban culture.

Articles To Help You Get Through in Tough Times


Articles To Help You Get Through in Tough Times

Recently a renowned writer about managing psychological stress and mental illness reached out to us. Based on our dealings over the years with many industry professionals and musicians, we’ve noticed that articles like this could potentially help many people. This is why we’re posting this information. Hopefully these help to keep you sane.

Please Note: He focuses sometimes on Christianity and we’re not trying to push any religious beliefs on people so please take anything related to religion in these articles with a grain of salt. We didn’t post this to offend anyone – we’re very accepting of everyone’s beliefs.

A Couple of Articles:

How to Deal with the Stress and Anxieties in the Music Industry

By Stanley Popovich

Stress and anxiety are very common in today’s music industry. As a result, here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help manage the daily stresses and anxieties of their music industry profession.

Sometimes, we get stressed when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things before they perform.

When facing a current or upcoming task at your music profession  that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, divide the task into a series of smaller steps and then complete each of the smaller tasks one at a time. Completing these smaller tasks will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.

Some music industry professionals can get anxious when they have to perform in the near future. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you  have to perform in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself doing the event your mind. Imagine that your playing in front of a large audience. By doing this, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.

Remember that no one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. For instance, you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your manager comes to your office and tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. Remember: We may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.

In dealing with your anxieties at your music profession, learn to take it one day at a time. While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. Get all of the facts of the situation and use them to your advantage.

Our anxieties and stresses can be difficult to manage in the music industry. The more control you have over your stresses and anxieties, the better off you will be in the long run.

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WHEN SOMEONE YOU KNOW STRUGGLES WITH FEAR, ANXIETY AND STRESS

By: Stanley Popovich

What do you do when someone you know in the music industry has to deal with fears, anxieties, addiction or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, here are some other techniques you can use to help the person cope.

Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the answers your looking for in managing your fears.

Be understanding and patient with the person struggling with their fears. Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult for the person so do not add more problems than what is already there.

In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around.

Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you fearful or anxious, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, you are afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location. Changing your thinking can help you manage your fears.

Another thing to remember is that things change and events do not stay the same. For instance, you may feel overwhelmed today with your anxiety and feel that this is how you will feel the rest of the week or month. This isn’t correct. No one can predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. You never know when the help and answers you are looking for will come to you.

When your fears and anxieties have the best of you, seek help from a profession

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Article Links

1.) Mental Health Articles:

When Someone You Know Struggles With Fear And Anxiety

Facing The Fear And Anxiety Of The Unknown

When Your Fears And Depression Have The Best Of You

On The Road A lot?? Manage Your Fear Of Loneliness

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2.) Substance Abuse Articles:

Alcohol And Substance Abuse Will Not Take Away Your Fears

 How To Convince An Addict To Get Help

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Leadership & Work/Personal Life Balance:

 Managing The Anxieties Of Being A Leader

Dealing With The Anxieties And Stresses Of Managing Your Own Business

How To Balance A Family, Your Job, And Your Stresses

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A little bit of info about the author:

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/

The Music Business Network’s 3rd Annual Post-SXSW Networking Event


Wednesday March 21, 2012, Music and Entertainment Industry professionals are invited to attend The Music Business Network’s 3rd Annual Post-SXSW Networking Event

After the craziness of SXSW, come chill, drink, and meet the individuals who make up the future of the music industry.

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Additional Information:

Musicians – Bring Your Press kits and Demos for consideration to perform at the The Music Business Network’s “Music Takes Over Albany” Festival (in October) – this will be held October 9th – October 13th

**More Details To Follow**
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This event is open to those individuals who are currently working in the music industry, musicians, and all students of the music and entertainment industries. Come along to meet a host of excellent people working in the music industry.

** YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND THIS EVENT **

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $5 Cover Charge To Attend This Event

If you would like more information about The Network or would like to RSVP for the event please RSVP on Facebook, LinkedIn, or email: TheMusicBusinessNetwork@gmail.com

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SPREAD THE WORD to your friends and colleagues in the music industry and Don’t forget to bring your business cards!!!!

For More Info About the Venue Please Visit:    www.madamex.com

Drink Specials:

  • Beer (Amstel, Corona, IPA, Yuengling, Original Sin Hard Cider) – $4
  • Well Drinks & House Champagne – $5
  • Specialty Cocktails (Born Yesterday, Cherry Pop, Indecent Proposal, MadameX, Paradise Found, P***y Galore) – $5
  • House Wine (Pino Grigio & Pino Noir) – $5

The Music Business Network’s 3rd Annual Post-CMJ Networking Event


 

Wednesday October 26 2011, Music and Entertainment Industry professionals were invited to attend The Music Business Network’s 3rd Annual Post-CMJ Networking Event. After the craziness of CMJ, individuals who are currently working in the music industry, musicians, and all students of the music and entertainment industries came out to chill, drink, and meet a host of excellent individuals who make up the future of the music industry.

 

**Check out our Event Information & Pics page to view more photos from the event.**

 

Here’s Some Feedback We’ve Received from Attendees:

 

“I wanted to email you and say thank you for having that wonderful event at the Blue Owl. Made some great connections and met some talented people. Who knew some many talented folks in one space. Keep doing your thing and looking forward to the next one.” – Brooklyn Ink Songs

 

“Thank you for hosting the networking event at The Blue Owl last Wednesday – I wish I could have stayed longer. The crowd was quite the interesting amalgamation of young entertainment professionals – I look forward to attending events in the future.” – An Attendee from The Harry Fox Agency

The Music Business Network’s 3rd Annual Post-CMJ Networking Event


 

Wednesday October 26 2011, Music and Entertainment Industry professionals are invited to attend The Music Business Network’s 3rd Annual Post-CMJ Networking Event

After the craziness of CMJ, come chill, drink, and meet the individuals who make up the future of the music industry.

This event is open to those individuals who are currently working in the music industry, musicians, and all students of the music and entertainment i…ndustries. Come along to meet a host of excellent people working in the music industry.

** YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND THIS EVENT **

PLEASE NOTE: There is a $5 Cover if you do not RSVP by 10/20/11

If you would like more information about The Network or would like to RSVP for the event please email: TheMusicBusinessNetwork@gmail.com

SPREAD THE WORD to your friends and colleagues in the music industry and Don’t forget to bring your business cards!!!!

For More Info About the Venue Please Visit:
www.blueowlnyc.com/

Drink Specials:

Bud Light & Corona – $5
Well Drinks, House Cocktails, House Red Wine, House White Wine – $6

MBN Member Show: Check Out Kylie Edmond At The Crosby Street Hotel Theatre on 7/9/11


Check Out The Awesome Artist Kylie Edmond At The Crosby Street Hotel Theatre on 7/9/11 

Date: 7/9/11

Time:  8:00 PM

Location: The Crosby Street Hotel Theatre (79 Crosby St, New York, NY)

Cost:

  • $45 Assigned seating
  • $75 Rows 2&3
  • $225 A special Champagne meet & greet that includes seating in rows 1 or 2 – very limited. Meet & greet participants will spend a half an hour with Ferras in a private lounge, have a photo taken and hang out

Ticket Details: Email your ticket request toCBFSupportNYC@aol.com
Be sure to specify which level of seating you would like.

Kylie Edmond – SOLO SHOW Saturday July 9 – 8pm



Tickets are limited! I’m opening for Ferras & Caleb Maitland at this very hot show. I hope you’ll be there to cheer me on….I’m representing the girls!!

A couple of words to describe these guys I’m honored to be opening for….

Ferras: California based, signed with EMI Capitol, Katy Perry’s BFF (literally), co-written songs made hits by Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and others. I may have to kidnap him.www.ferrasmusic.com/news.aspx

Caleb Maitland: Nashville based, soul rocker, fronts his own band, has an awesome music vid, destined for greatness. Caleb will cause the diversion in the kidnap.www.reverbnation.com/maitlandmusic

 

About Kylie Edmond

Being an Aussie girl, now living and writing in the fabulously crazy NYC, I look to the sun, the beach and all things glorious for inspiration. Originally from sunny Perth, Western Australia, I came to NYC in search of inspiration and adventure. New York has since become my home and my muse.

While I had been writing on and off over the years, it wasn’t until a trip to London that I decided to make things happen. Sitting in a hotel room, watching the London rain, I decided it was time to follow my heart and pursue my passions.

So, I moved to NYC and had a few cultural differences to deal with like using the words “flip flop” instead of “thong”, people thinking I’m from Sweden or Texas (seriously), and trying to give it a red hot go in one of the coolest, but toughest markets in the world. NYC is definitely a unique city. And it’s affected me as a songwriter and human in so many ways.

I was signed to music publishing company Missing Link Music in January 2009 and am in the studio recording new songs with my co-writer Griffin. I recently performed for the SESAC Writers on the Storm showcase for up and coming talent and was featured as a Spotlight Member with the Songwriters Guild of America. I’ve played in famous NYC venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Baggot Inn, The Bitter End, Caffe Vivaldi, The Sidewalk Cafe, Banjo Jim’s, Parkside Lounge and Waltz-Astoria.

But at the end of the day, you can take a girl from Australia, but you can’t take Australia out of the girl. And you can give an Aussie a flip flop, but it’s still a thong. So, welcome to my music. These songs remind me of endless summer days back in Australia, the beach and sunshine. I hope you enjoy them!

 

HAVE YOU HEARD KYLIE’S NEW SONG YET?

Go to www.reverbnation.com/kylieedmond and take a listen to “I’ll Remember You“.

Become Her Fan On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KylieEdmondMusic

Follow Her On Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kylieedmond

Check Her Out on MySpace:http://www.myspace.com/kylieedmond

Internship Opportunity: New Haven Symphony Orchestra – Development Internship


Internship Opportunity: New Haven Symphony Orchestra – Development  Internship

Internship Title: Development Internship

Compensation: School Credit

Job Start Date: 7/1/11 (ASAP Preferred)

Location: New Haven, CT

 

Qualifications:

We are looking for an enterprising, hands-on and creative individual with a flair for development.  It is essential that the intern work well independently. This intern will report directly to the Executive Director (an NYU arts admin grad) and assist Board members.  S/he should demonstrate maturity, poise, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent writing ability.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The NHSO development team raises over $1 million annually. In addition, we are in Year Two of a three-year campaign to fund special projects; over $500,000 in special funding was secured in Year One. The intern will help to propel this campaign forward and maintain relationships with the current funders. Assistance is also needed in grant writing, annual fund development, and donor relations.

This intern will enjoy the rare experience of working with senior staff on a major project that will affect our orchestra’s future.   S/he will interact with major donors and local leaders of diverse backgrounds. For a student interested in development this would be an incredibly valuable experience to develop a broad range of skills.

 

About The Company:

Through its live performances of classical music and educational programs, the NHSO aspires to exceed expectations, unite communities, challenge, delight, and inspire. Formed in 1894, the NHSO is the fourth-oldest orchestra in America. Artistically excellent concerts featuring diverse repertoire are a hallmark of the NHSO experience. We present concerts in venues across the state of Connecticut and education programs to 120,000
listeners. As a leader in Connecticut’s cultural life, the NHSO works in partnership with numerous
schools and community organizations.

 

About New Haven, Connecticut:


This Sound-side city is Connecticut’s cultural arts hub with numerous performing-arts organizations and theaters, outstanding museums, notable restaurants, and the extensive resources of Yale University.  New Haven is 1.5 hours northeast of Manhattan on the Metro-North Railroad express line; the NHSO office is located one block from the State Street station. Partial telecommuting option.

 

How To Apply:

Please submit resume or CV to the attention of Elaine C. Carroll, Interim Executive Director,  ECarroll@NewHavenSymphony.org.

Development_Intern Description

Dedicated To Providing Career Development Services To Musicians, Students, & Industry Professionals.

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