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From Stage to Studio


From MusicWorld, posted 10.27.22. If you’re looking to take a break from the studio routine, you might consider bringing your songs and recording equipment to a suitable music venue in order to capture the spontaneous energy of a live gig. Naturally, there are all kinds of challenges when attempting to cut band tracks in… Read more...

BMI Congratulates Little Simz for winning ‘Album of the Year’ Mercury Prize


From News, posted 10.19.22. BMI proudly congratulates Little Simz, who was announced as the overall winner of the 2022 Mercury Prize with FREE NOW for her album Sometimes I Might be Introvert. The awards show was held at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on Tuesday, 18 October 2022. The award recognizes artistic achievement across… Read more...

An Important Company Update from Mike O’Neill


From News, posted 10.12.22. Today, BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill announced exciting and transformational news about the future of the company. Below is a note that was sent to BMI affiliates describing the company’s decision to change its business model from operating on a not-for-profit making basis to for-profit, and the benefits to… Read more...

Ellie Goulding Honoured with BMI President’s Award at 2022 BMI London Awards


From News, posted 10.03.22.

Soundalike Suggestions


From MusicWorld, posted 9.22.22. When trying to compose a new song and nothing is happening right away, occasionally I find it helpful to conjure a particular artist, genre or era, and use that as the basis for crafting something original. For instance, I might think of a riff that hints at early-‘80s techno pop,… Read more...

Ellie Goulding to be Honoured with BMI President’s Award at 2022 BMI London Awards


From News, posted 9.01.22. BMI today announced that world-renowned singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding will receive the BMI President’s Award at the 2022 BMI London Awards. The chart-topping musical luminary will be honoured for her exemplary contributions to the art of music and songwriting. In addition, globally acclaimed singer/songwriter and producer Tems will receive the BMI… Read more...

A Day in the Life of a Demo


From MusicWorld, posted 8.19.22. Having run a professional recording studio as an engineer and producer for close to thirty years, the process of taking a songwriter’s rough recording to a finished master is second nature to me. However, I’m well aware that for songwriters getting ready to demo one of their songs for the… Read more...

Top Tips for Session Etiquette in a Recording Studio


From MusicWorld, posted 7.22.22. It takes a certain kind of personality to excel at tricky recording maneuvers while simultaneously working with an equally tricky recording artist. Perhaps it’s for that reason alone that I admittedly never sought full-time studio operator status, choosing instead to track guests on a case-by-case basis. But even in a… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its O2 Silver Clef Award Winners


From News, posted 7.05.22. Nordoff Robbins, the United Kingdom’s largest music therapy charity, held its prestigious annual O2 Silver Clef Awards last week to honour songwriters and artists from across the music industry while raising funds for their important work in supporting some of the UK’s most vulnerable. The star-studded ceremony, which took place… Read more...

How to Write to a Music Track: The Art of Toplining


From MusicWorld, posted 6.23.22. For genres like pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM/dance music, in most instances, the backing track is created before the words and vocal melody. The track consists of essentially all the music that will accompany the vocal and typically includes drums and percussion, keyboards, and bass. Live guitars or computer generated… Read more...

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