On Saturday April 13, 2019 waves of independent record stores worldwide will celebrate the most traditional way to listen to recorded music — the vinyl record.
Record Store Day invites music junkies to appreciate one of the most beloved cultural pillars of the music industry. It’s a day full of exclusive releases, limited edition pressings, live performances, contests, giveaways, and just about everything in between. The festivities take place between rows of countless record shelves all over the globe.
First, there was fire. What followed next wasn’t just ash. Instead, the curtains stayed open, and Greg Holden used his charred fingers to fuel the engine of his new album, World War Me.
Sit and picture this scenario. You’re a successful and talented songwriter living in New York who picks up everything to relocate closer to L.A. There are obvious professional advantages. Your label is there and the whole industry is basically budding new petals of opportunity on repeat.
Then, your label drops you like hot coal on a rare Persian rug and doesn’t bat an eye about it.
If you’re here, then you probably love music. That’s actually a really important first step because if you don’t know how to appreciate the craft, you probably won’t enjoy music production. Being an effective audio engineer and/or producer depends partly on the ability to translate musical and technical concepts interchangeably. It’s all about maintaining a solid appreciation for music while remaining in a constant state of learning inside and outside of the studio. If you can’t stomach it, then it might not be for you.
Then again, who am I to judge? You don’t need to know everything about music…
Jimi Hendrix’s music is the catalyst that brought me down the path I walk today. As I watch my own timeline unfold, I keep looking back to the night I first heard “Voodoo Child” for the very first time. Up until that night, I was just someone who mindlessly swallowed what the radio fed him, which consisted of the same songs played at least a dozen times a day. Then, there was Jimi Hendrix. Then, there was a reason to keep listening. Then, there was the first step down the path I’m walking right now.
The path I walk today…
Home recording studios are fun projects that are becoming increasingly common these days. Building a home studio is easy, but I see beginners getting caught on a lot of myths related to music production in general.
Here is a short list of the 5 most common misconceptions about music production.
My day job requires me to converse with a lot of people who occasionally mention their “home studio” in passing. Most of the time, I have to suffer through a brief window of bragging about what equipment they have or what pricey piece of gear they’re going to install next…
There isn’t a pastime quite as enjoyable as collecting vinyl records from eras long past. The rock n’ roll records that came out of the 60s and 70s are considered some of the most important albums in music history. Listening to them is a right of passage to some; owning them on vinyl is a full circle experience. Here is a list of 10 essential rock records to own on vinyl! Bear in mind, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“Today’s music is designed to sell, not inspire.”
I tend to dive into articles my connections share on LinkedIn pretty regularly. It’s a great source for content ideas, and I enjoy reading interesting things over coffee in the morning. One article caught my attention, and I knew I had to write about it.
The title read, “The Tragic Decline of Music Literacy (and Quality)”.
I expected to agree with the article, but I quickly discovered how narrow-minded it is. John Henschen, an independent broker-dealer recruiter, uses a study conducted by Joan Serra to back up his claims.
Motaz, a multi-talented R&B artist on the rise, released his most recent single, “This Time Around”, earlier this month. Motaz is a smooth collision of pop and R&B, but he carries a swiss-army knife of musical influences. Over the years, he soaked up a variety of styles like a sponge immersed in a mixture of rock, blues, R&B, pop, soul, and punk.
After hours at the grindstone, you’ve probably gone through great lengths to polish your music, not to mention strenuous legwork to promote it. At times, putting yourself out there feels like stretching your neck over the chopping block. You have critics, like myself, who hunt in packs, waiting to pick the meat off of your latest release. On the other hand, you’re casting your music out to a sea of followers and potential fans. Music preferences are bound closer to us than the cards we hold to our chests. Tastes are built from deeply personal experiences and trends are bound…