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Sigrid unveiled as Apple Music’s Up Next star

Norwegian artist Sigrid has been unveiled at the latest star in Apple Music’s Up Next camping for new artists. Apple Music’s Up Next campaign is aimed at developing emerging artists and boosting their profile within the market. Sigrid released her debut single Don’t Kill My Vibe earlier this year and is set to appear on James Corden’s The Late Late Show tonight in the US. As part of Apple Music’s Up Next initiative, a different new artist is selected by […]

FREE Long Loops MIDI Bundle w/any purchase @ The Loop Loft

The Loop Loft is offering its Long Loops MIDI Bundle as a free gift with any purchase this week. Don’t miss this chance to receive The Long Loops MIDI Bundle ($174 value) for free when you purchase anything at The Loop Loft! This offer will automatically be presented during checkout. The Long Loops MIDI Bundle includes 6 drum MIDI collections, offering a range of long loops including indie rock, experimental, cinematic, songwriter, linear and many other styles.

10 Of The Best Studio Monitors

A guide to our favourite studio monitors, from the best budget models to our pick of money-no-object dream speakers. You should always be skeptical when you hear someone make definitive sweeping judgments about something as nuanced as music production gear. Objectively there’s no such thing as ‘the best cheap studio monitors’ or ‘the best monitors for producing dance music’. Top choices depend on budget, personal preferences over sonic characteristics and, to some extent, the type of music you’re making (although […]

Free Track For May 2017

Here’s a free track for your listening pleasure.   Or you can download it from here: On The Fly track Remember to subscribe to the blog to receive the latest music news and more free tracks each month. 

10 Ways To Improve Your Music Production

Becoming an accomplished music producer is a long process, whether you’re aspiring for the top notch studio or simply wanting to get the best from your home studio setup. The paths to becoming skilled at your craft are diverse, but there are some common pitfalls to try and avoid. The following set of music producer tips will look at 10 simple ways to improve your music production and avoid sounding amateurish. 1. Learn About Compression Techniques A common mistake that […]

30 Songwriting Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

Feeling stuck in a rut? These specific and practical songwriting tips will help you cure your writer’s block in no time. Whether you’re an electronic producer or more traditional singer/songwriter, you can use this list as a resource to spark new songwriting ideas. 1. Start a remix Can’t get an original tune off the ground? Start a remix. If you can pull an acapella file into your DAW and write around it, it’s easy to remove the vocal later and turn your remix […]

ViewPoint: How data is transforming the music industry

Data from what we download and listen to can now be mined to create and promote future songs. Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music. Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become hits. Decisions about how to market and […]

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

The Latest Music Industry Jobs: Firings, Hirings, and Promotions

We start off in the birthplace of classical music (not to mention sachertorte and all-around fantastic sausages).  Vienna-based Record Bird has just announced a mid six-figure funding round.  Accordingly, the Austrian music startup has also hired former Rdio and YouTube executive Stefan Baumschlager.  Record Bird focuses on providing fans with notifications about their favorite artists, including new releases and content.  The startup said it would use the funds to grow its audience and further their work on their apps. Up north […]

Is YouTube really ripping off record labels and artists?

After years of lamenting the decline in CD sales, music industry executives might  have been popping champagne corks at the latest figures from the Recording Industry Association of America. Revenues from recorded music were up 0.9 per cent to $7bn (£4.9bn) in what the RIAA called “a milestone year for streaming music”. But Cary Sherman, chairman and chief executive of RIAA, said the champagne should remain on ice. Streaming services had accrued 13 million subscribers by the end of December, […]