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Tips for Recording a Compelling Demo

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From MusicWorld, posted 5.10.18. Many of the world’s best-sounding records required only a handful of recording tracks—and such minimalism can still work wonders for today’s demo makers Read more...


How to Write Non-Visual Lyrics That Engage Listeners

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.12.18. “Show—Don’t Tell” is one of the basic tenets taught in almost every songwriting class. Writing cinematic lyrics—lyrics that incorporate visual imagery that listeners can envision like a movie in their minds—is often thought of as one of the most effective ways to connect with audiences. Cinematic lyrics do not spell out… Read more...


How to Write Song Hooks That “Hook” You in

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.09.18. The more you have, the better your chances of having a hit Read more...


The Song or the Studio: Which Comes First?

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From MusicWorld, posted 9.13.17. There are those who won’t even think of entering the studio until they have a completed work in hand; others turn on the red light in hopes of capturing song seeds as they spontaneously germinate. Which approach is best? Read more...


Indie Spotlight: The London Souls

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From News, posted 7.06.17. Their name more an allusion to their classic influences than their personal geographic roots, The London Souls are a New York City band who harvest the essence of hallowed rock masters like the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and distill it through an explosive contemporary filter. The end results have earned them… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Irontom

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From News, posted 5.05.17. “It’s like Led Zeppelin and the Beatles had a baby, and it was raised by wolves.” That’s how Charlie Sheen described Irontom to Rolling Stone (Sheen had a cameo as a masked man in their 2014 video debut, “The Minista”). The band, made up of vocalist Harry Hayes, guitarist Zach Irons,… Read more...


6 Top Recording Mistakes (and How to Avoid Making Them)

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From MusicWorld, posted 4.05.17. Rather than attempting to “fix in the mix,” avoiding these common recording errors will go a long way towards ensuring a satisfactory session every time out Read more...


The How and Why of Building Bridges in Your Songs

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From MusicWorld, posted 2.23.17. At a songwriting conference I attended, GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat shared some comments that her father, record producer and engineer Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys) had made regarding bridges in songs. He had stated that bridges are crucial elements because they are typically the final new… Read more...


5 Tips for Songwriting Success in the New Year

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From MusicWorld, posted 1.20.17. Turning the page on a new year is exciting! We get 365 new opportunities to accomplish goals and live our dreams. But success is rarely realized by dreaming unless it is accompanied by action. So … here are some tips to help you attain all that you hope for in the… Read more...


Like Father, Like Son: A Conversation With Hit Songwriters Steve and Andrew Dorff

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.14.16. When it comes to songwriting, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Steve and Andrew Dorff Read more...


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