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Archive for April, 2010

  • Artists Have Always Paid for Access in the Music Biz

    By Mike on April 29, 2010
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    We all pay for access whether we want to or not. The only choice we have is how we pay. For most people, the smartest choice is the path of lowest cost (in terms of time and money) that achieves the desired outcome, i.e. access. At Music Xray, we give artists access at the click of the mouse and for a fraction of the cost it would take most artists to access many of the same people. We don’t guarantee you place a song or that you get signed. That will depend on your song and perhaps the relationship / dialog you can strike up with the industry professional receiving the song.
  • The Secrets of Writing a Pop Song

    By Mike on April 28, 2010
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    These guys (Axis of Awesome) can show you that all you need are four chords (and a drummer) and you've got yourself a hit pop song. Take a look:
  • Drinking, Smoking, Eating Poorly & No Exercise…

    By Mike on April 27, 2010
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    I saw this clip on NBC Nightly News last night. It turns out they tracked 5,000 people over 20 years and those that had all of the bad habits listed above aged about 12 years more than people their age who had none of those habits. Additionally, 29% of them died as opposed to only 8% in the group that didn't drink or smoke and ate healthy while exercising regularly. Maybe it's just true that time flies when you're having fun and drags on forever when you're at the gym.
  • Why Should Songwriters & Acts Pay To Submit Music?

    By Mike on April 25, 2010
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    The nature of the business requires music industry professionals (MIPs) to view songs and sometime acts themselves as mere products. MIPs want to be efficient. If they express interest or disinterest in a song or an act they want to be able to dispatch with the business of it either way. They want smooth sailing on the business side if a deal is to go forward and they don’t want to be endlessly hounded by the artists and their managers if they don’t have interest, use or ability to move forward. From the MIP’s perspective it’s so much easier to deal with a professional they know and have dealt with in the past than it is to deal with hundreds or even thousands of emerging artists who more often than not do not know or understand the music business.
  • Mike's Picks

    By Mike on April 24, 2010
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    I run a little music blog over at http://song.cat. It's a blog where each day three songs face off against each other and the site's visitors vote on which song goes on to the next day to take on two new songs. If a song wins for 10 days in a row the song goes to the Wall of Fame (also visible on the site). In addition to the wall of fame, there's a page called Mike's Picks (terribly narcissistic isn't it?) and that's where I put songs I've heard recently that I think are particularly good, whether they've won the face-off's or not and in some cases, even if they haven't been on the blog but I've otherwise come across them. Here are a few I've been into recently:
  • Are Musicians Bad at Promoting Their Own Music On The Internet Or Is The Audience Just Jaded?

    By Mike on April 19, 2010
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    Let’s say you don’t work in the music business. Let’s just say you’re an average fan and a musician somehow gets your attention long enough to convince you to listen to their music. You listen. You hate it. Maybe it’s just not your style. Maybe it’s just plain bad. Either way, you’re less likely to give the next musician the chance. And you’re even less likely the time after that and so on until finally you’d rather kiss your sister than listen to another artist try to convince you to give their song a spin.
  • You Can’t Spell Music Business without “Business”

    By Mike on April 13, 2010
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    I do not blame any artist for feeling jaded. The music industry has a long history of mistreating artists and you don’t have to look very far to find artist-facing internet sites that are well-meaning but that can’t live up to their promises. Many times that’s due to the fact that they can’t muster the traffic it takes to help an artist promote their music. Other times, they don’t have the ability to attract industry professionals to their sites to do deals with the artists. Either way, there are simply a lot of dead end sites for artists out there. Artists end up uploading their music over and over again to tons of sites and have little to show for it. Frankly, with over 13 million artist profiles on MySpace alone it’s no wonder it’s harder than ever to stand out.